Student Opportunities at NCCID

What We Offer

At NCCID, students gain the opportunity to learn hands-on skills and enhance their understanding of infectious diseases, public health systems and knowledge translation (KT).

Each year, we host a number of Canadian and international students from various academic backgrounds and disciplines. Over that time, they gain practical experience in knowledge translation and mobilization, and benefit from gaining new perspectives in public health. Our Centre offers a broad range of supervision in areas including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Public health systems analysis
  • Understanding research methods and strategies
  • Translating research into practice
  • Consulting with content experts
  • Managing stakeholder engagement
  • Peer-reviewed and grey literature
  • Social media strategies
  • Website management
Think a work placement at NCCID is right for you? Please send us your resume and let us know the projects or particular topics that interest you the most. This will help us determine if we have the resources to provide a practical, worthwhile student opportunity.

Relevant Areas of Study

NCCID encourages students to pursue placements within such specialized areas as:

  • Microbiology, Biochemistry, Infectious Disease, Community Health, Public Health and Medicine
  • Sociology and Medical Anthropology
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Communications
  • Language (French & English)

Capacity Building

Students are important to the development of our mandate and NCCID’s rich learning environment includes our host academic institution, the University of Manitoba. The U of M provides an opportunity for professional staff at our Centre to share their knowledge and skills by teaching students during their placements.

Students are placed with a supportive supervisor: a senior, more experienced mentor who is assigned to act as an advisor, counselor, and guide to the student. The mentor is responsible for providing support to, and feedback on, the individual in his or her charge. The role of mentor is to empower and nurture self-development.

Student Contributions

Below are links to some of our students’ publications:

Student Experiences

“The fieldwork I did at NCCID was connected to climate change and was relevant to both my personal and research interests. I was able to learn more about mosquitoes, ticks, and notifiable diseases, but most importantly, I honed my online research skills, categorizing and presenting relevant data, and analyzing and summarizing these findings. I would recommend NCCID to other students.”

Will Kooistra, Sociology and Political Science
University of Winnipeg

“NCCID surpassed my expectations, as I was also able to make what I thought was a positive contribution during the time I was there. The openness of the team makes it a great learning environment.”

Noémie Savard, Médecin conseil, Direction régionale de santé publique
CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

“I had a great experience working with the dynamic, diverse and knowledgeable team at NCCID. They exposed me to multidisciplinary facets of public health programs and policy and the importance of bridging the gap through knowledge sharing. This experience allowed me to develop skills in knowledge translation that I believe will be instrumental in my future career.”

Charity Maritim, MSc, Community Health Science
University of Manitoba

“I had a great experience during my internship as an International PhD student at NCCID. Within a kind environment, I learned through real-world experience how knowledge translation related to infectious diseases is conducted.”

Dione Benjumea, International PhD student
Public Health, Colombia

“I enjoyed being a part of a collaborative team and a supportive learning environment. Many of the projects at NCCID require ongoing collaboration and partnership with different experts and organizations nationwide. This creates a dynamic environment for learning and provides an opportunity to be challenged by new experiences with each project.

Elnaz Shadabi, Doctoral Candidate, Medical Microbiology
University of Manitoba

“Everything I’ve learned is equally valuable in different ways for my future studies. I’ve used my research skills for writing papers and have looked at Criminal Justice problems through a health science lens, and vice versa.”

Michael Lorange, Criminal Justice
University of Winnipeg

“To say I’m grateful for my three-month experience at NCCID would be an understatement. I was very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to join such a warm and welcoming team. From day one, everyone was extremely supportive and went out of their way to make sure I got the most out of my practicum experience. My preceptor Margaret gave me opportunities that I never thought I would get, and I have learned more than I ever thought I would. I was given the utmost flexibility and freedom in completing my projects, which helped strengthen my organizational and planning skills.

Dania Nasser, Masters of Public Health
Western University