A core mission of CROSH is to collect and disseminate Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) knowledge in remote and rural communities of Northern Ontario while at the same time providing OHS training to the students who will be our future OHS professionals.

CROSH is funding student interns to partner with workplaces, potentially in their home area, to assist that workplace with an OHS problem.

Our aim is that these funded internships will:

  • Enhance student training;
  • Reduce financial strain for students; and
  • Help workplaces solve their OHS problems at no additional monetary cost to themselves.In addition to funding, CROSH provides knowledge translation guidance and assistance to the student if they need to prepare infographics, posters, brochures, or other materials for the workplace in order to educate their workforce on the selected project.The duration of an internship is 150 hours (approximately 12-16 weeks).CROSH will:
  • Provide a $3000 stipend to the student (approximately $20/hr); and
  • Provide internal supervisory support for the student, including access to our Marketing CommunicationsSpecialist to assist in the development of any knowledge translation and exchange materials the workplace might want the student to develop.The Workplace will:
  • Identify and oversee the project to ensure that the student is working on a project that helps the workplace achieve its OHS objectives; this would include regular, ideally weekly, communication with the student about the project; and
  • Provide the student with opportunities to learn about OHS in the workplace. This can be passive – e.g. having the student attend OHS meetings to listen to and learn about workplace challenges/objectives. The goal is to have the student gain a better understanding of OHS in the real-world.

Why CROSH internships are good for businesses

CROSH funds student interns to partner with workplaces to assist with a workplace-identified OHS problem. In return, we ask the workplace partner provide opportunities for the student to observe or participate in company activities related to OHS in order to gain real-life experiences in workplace OHS management.

Given the many aspects involved in health and safety management and the financial challenges for workplaces, these internships provide businesses with support to resolve a pressing OHS issue, in a relatively short time frame, at no cost to the business. CROSH aims to match student skills with the identified project in order to help the business resolve their problem. This may connect businesses to a skillset that their workforce does not currently have access to (e.g. data analysis, literature reviews, knowledge transfer material development). The workplace will also have access to CROSH equipment and other resources (e.g. experts in a field) through the student intern.

CROSH interns may also provide new perspectives to workplaces on OHS problems and will bring new skills and academic knowledge into the workplace. Additionally, internships can act as a test period where businesses can evaluate the working relationship for future hiring opportunities or further collaborations with the Centre for other workplace projects.

Why CROSH internships are good for students

CROSH internships provide students with valuable workplace experiences and training in OHS. This may include: exposing students to Joint Occupational Health and Safety meetings, policies and procedures used to monitor safety hazards, workplace procedures to resolve OHS concerns, historical safety data, safety and training meetings, and more.

The internships also help students’ professional development. This is done by giving them the opportunity to interact and collaborate with industry professionals and by presenting them with opportunities to develop their knowledge dissemination skills. Likewise, students’ skillsets are further developed by exposing them to projects, information, and data that they have not previously had experience with. Students will also experience the challenges that arise in “real world” situations, and they will learn how these challenges can be approached and mitigated.

Providing internship funding to students helps reduce the financial strain they may be facing.

Internships may lead to employment opportunities for students.

Duration

Internships are for 150 hours (approximately 10 hours a week for 15 weeks).

Funding

CROSH provides a stipend to the student. Recent stipends have been $3000.

Download Blank Internship Forms

CROSH Student Internship – Notification of Interest Form
Download Workplace Internship Project Description
Download Student Pre-Internship Form
Download Workplace Post-Internship Comments
Download Student Post-Internship Reflection

Examples of Recent Internship Projects

ProjectOrganizationStudent
Modified Bow-Tie Analysis of OMA COVID-19 ControlsOntario Mining Association and MIRARCO (Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation)Amanda Dodaro, Undergraduate
WSIB Excellence Program ReviewLaurentian University, OHSAzin Zargham, Master’s Student
Health, Safety & Training Data AnalysisTorex Gold IncEmily Tetzlaff, PhD Student
COVID-19 Management in the Workplace: Swabbing to Result Management of Essential WorkersNEOMOEyad Kinkar, PhD Student
Working at Home Ergonomics/Panbio Antigen COVID-19 Rapid Testing 8-Week Pilot ProjectLaurentian University, OHSGeorge Flagler, Undergraduate Student
Various OHS Projects including development of Courses and TrainingNORCATJosée Cormier, Master’s Student
Health Promotion; Influenza Campaign; Workplace Violence PreventionHealth Sciences North OHS DepartmentKelsey Lefebvre, Master’s Student
Using models from safety theory to explore historical accident data from the mineral exploration fieldAvalon Advanced MaterialsRebecca Bond, Master’s Student
Reliability of thermal detection equipment to detect human body temperaturesProvix and GlencoreSara Gauthier, Undergraduate Student
COVID-19 controls within the Ontario Mining Association and the International Council on Mining and MetalsMIRARCO and Ontario Mining AssociationVanessa De Coppi, Undergraduate Student
Analysis of return-to-sport protocols amidst the COVID-19 pandemicCROSHJared Whitney, Master’s Student
Leadership Diversity and COVID-19 Risk Management in NCAA Division I FootballDivergent Lab (University of Guelph)Lance Warwick, Master’s Student
Measuring whole body vibration on heavy duty machinery mine operators within the New Gold Rainy River MineNew Gold Inc., Rainy RiverKate Posluszny and Emily Tella, Master’s Students at Lakehead University
CMHA Cochrane Timiskaming – Safety of health care clinicians performing house visitsCMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) – Cochrane Timiskaming BranchVictor Benitez, Master’s Student
Field evaluation of the ergonomic conditions and physiological effects of using a loop-wire carrying backpackValeSydney Boileau, Undergraduate Student
Virtual training for healthcare workers in rural & northern communitiesLaurentian UniversityJared Whitney and Adam Graham, Master’s Students; Sara Perfetto, Undergraduate Student
Nutrition Knowledge Translation Exchange (KTE)AFFES (Aviation Forest Fires and Emergency Services)Parastou Zargham, PhD Student
Fatigue Knowledge Translation Exchange (KTE)AFFES (Aviation Forest Fires and Emergency Services)Kira Gouchie, Undergraduate Student