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    Discover the rewards of our internship program through the stories of our student researchers.  

Summer Research Internship Program

Summer Research Internships are an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate nursing students to work one-on-one with a faculty researcher and gain hands-on research experience. Students work in a supportive research environment with other summer interns.

Apply to be a student research intern

Deadline: March 1

Full-time opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. Part-time opportunities are available for graduate students only.

The program runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30, from May through August.


  • Must be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the College of Nursing
  • Previous experience working as a research assistant is not necessary but is an asset
  • Experience in using the University of Manitoba Libraries and libraries databases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of team
  • Attention to detail and accuracy


  • Assists in the co-ordination of short-term research projects under the direction of a research mentor
  • Monitors progress of research activities; develops and maintains records of research activities
  • Assists in various phases of the research process, including data collection, management, entry, verification, analysis and interpretation
  • Assists in the recruitment of study participants and conducts interviews with participants
  • Conducts literature and information searches, retrievals and reviews
  • Meets regularly with research mentor to discuss study progress, issues and status, and quality of data collection and data management
  • Assists with project dissemination activities by providing assistance in the preparation of presentations, reports, media releases and manuscripts for publication
  • Provides other research supports as required

Apply as a mentor or submit a project

Deadline: March 1

The MCNHR is looking for faculty research mentors and projects for its Summer Internship Program. We will accept applications from faculty for both funded and unfunded projects. For unfunded projects, mentors must clearly identify how the project would position them in securing future funding.

The Summer Internship Program facilitates the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in research projects. The program works to strengthen the preparation of high achieving undergraduate and graduate nursing students in research, provide students with the opportunity to be integrated into one or more projects and be involved in scholarship.

Eligibility and requirements

Faculty mentors must be researchers. Projects can be new or in progress. Projects can be funded or unfunded; if project is unfunded, mentors must clearly identify how the project would position them in securing future funding.

Mentors provide one to five days of summer intern support for a total of 15 weeks from May to August. By submitting an application, applicants agree to serve as a mentor with the Summer Internship Program and agree to provide mentorship, training, and support to summer interns.

Mentors will be asked to complete a questionnaire focused on their experiences in participating and to provide data to evaluate the summer internship program that may be used in internal and external publications and presentations.

    Review process

    The award will be adjudicated based on the following criteria:

    • The quality of the proposed experiential experience for summer interns including the nature of their involvement in research and skill development
    • Expected outcomes for both the intern and mentor

    Summer Research Training Institute

    The Summer Research Training Institute is a partnership between the College of Nursing, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, Faculty of Education and the Centre on Aging.

    The 2020 Summer Research Training Institute sessions has been postponed until Spring-Summer 2021, in light of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back next year and join us for these free sessions when they restart.

    The Institute’s program offer a variety of workshops that provide introductory research skills and knowledge for students, research assistants, research staff and faculty members. Any faculty member or researcher, their students and research staff that are affiliated with any of the partnering faculties and unit may participate in the Summer Research Training Institute.


    The MCNHR hosts professional development sessions and workshops to build research capacity. Topics include advanced literature searching, online surveys, using SPSS for quantitative data analysis and grant writing.

    Upcoming workshops

    Info session: summer research opportunities for nursing students

    Presenter: Diane Cepanec, Senior Research Manager, MCNHR
    Date: Thursday, Dec. 17
    Time: 12 noon to 12:45 p.m.

    Zoom meeting details:

    Meeting ID: 856 6229 3977
    Passcode: 343500

    855 703 8985 Canada Toll-free
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdpzS0qHW 

    This information session will provide an overview of:

    • University of Manitoba Undergraduate Student Research Awards (due Jan. 25)
    • Summer Internship Program offered by the Manitoba Center for Nursing and Health Research, College of Nursing (due March 1) for both undergraduate and graduate students
    • Research assistants opportunities available in the College of Nursing for both undergraduate and graduate students

    Innovations in Teaching and Research Series

    The Innovations in Teaching and Research Series provides a forum for MCNHR members to share innovations in teaching and research including ongoing or recently completed research projects, quality improvement and education projects.

    These seminars are delivered online using ZOOM conference technology.

    Please check back for upcoming seminars.


    Resources for assistance with SPSS statistics

    SPSS (short for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a software used by various kinds of researchers for complex statistical data analysis. 

    Instructional videos:

    Other Resources

    • Laerds statistics website: Subscription based website that provides step by step instructions on conducting and reporting on statistical tests using SPSS
    • Online course by Dr. Steve Bannon, author of “The 7 Steps of Data Analysis”: The class will be held from February 15, 2021 to March 25, 2021. The early registration fee of $250 covers the cost of registration and all course materials. Early registration will close on December 11, 2020 (Midnight, EST). After that date, the full registration fee of $300 will apply.

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