The Vanier Institute of the Family is committed to increasing our understanding of families and nurturing family researchers of the future. As a research, learning and teaching organization, we are dedicated to continuous development. The Vanier Institute provides opportunities for students interested in participating in and contributing to the work of the Institute at our office in Ottawa or remotely from across Canada.
Student Engagement Objectives
For the student
- To apply knowledge and skills acquired in a related course of study
- To gain valuable work experience
- To learn to analyze data, synthesize information, organize resources and mobilize knowledge
- To explore family-related career opportunities
For the Institute
- To actively engage students from diverse backgrounds and varied educational programs
- To collaborate with educational institutions from across Canada
- To build awareness, capacity, competency and community among students and professionals interested or involved with families in Canada
- To create opportunities for advanced learning about families
Student Engagement Opportunities
- Course placements (e.g. Faculty of Medicine, Translation Program, Administrative Assistant Program, Health Sciences, Sociology and Social Work, etc.)
- Internships and work experience (paid and unpaid)
- Co-ops (high school students)
- Volunteer contributors (e.g. publish work, research or art; participate in special events)
Student Engagement Examples
In 2012, the Institute provided opportunities to an administrative student and a writing student from Algonquin College. The writing student continued his engagement with the Institute following the completion of his placement. In July 2013, this student was hired in a full-time position at the Institute, responsible for Publications and Social Media.
In 2013, the Institute provided opportunities to an administrative student from Algonquin College and two research students from the University of Ottawa. Even after completing their course requirements, the research students are continuing their engagement with the Institute by volunteering to do additional research and writing about various family-related topics.
In 2014, the Institute provided opportunities for four students in a variety of capacities, including administration, research for our 50th Anniversary, writing for Transition magazine and translation.
In 2015, the Institute provided an opportunity for one student from the Library and Information Technician program at Algonquin College. Students who were previously engaged through placement opportunities also took part in our 50th Anniversary celebrations and Families in Canada Conference 2015.
In 2016, the Institute has provided opportunities to two students from the Library and Information Technician and Professional Writing programs at Algonquin College.
In 2018, the Institute engaged Professional Writing student Emily Beckett, who wrote several articles, research summaries and performed background research for a variety of publications.
- Perspectives: Test Anxiety Through a Student Lens by Shweta Govilkar
- Joining the Family: My Student Placement Experience, Part 2 by Monique Velisovsky
- Joining the Family: My Student Placement Experience, Part 1 by Monique Veselovsky
- OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: The Family in Canada (Dr. Frederick Elkin) by Cindy Graham
- OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Parenting Through the Storm (Ann Douglas) by Cindy Graham
- FACTS AND STATS: Access to Medical Doctors in Canada by Laura Zuccaro
- Transnational Caregiving: Family Members in Canada Caring Across Borders by Aru Sharma
- OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Jennifer Senior) by Cindy Graham
- Families Living Across the Globe by Cindy Graham
- Life After Work: Retirement and the Health + Wealth Equation by Aru Sharma
- Fit and Fun as a Family by Laura Zuccaro
Student Engagement: Academic Partners
- University of Ottawa (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences)
- Algonquin College (Professional Writing Program, Office Administration Program)
- University of Guelph (Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being)
- University of Alberta (Department of Human Ecology)
- Memorial University (Department of Sociology, SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research)
“As a writer, my placement at the Vanier Institute gave me a lot of new insight into the myriad and challenging roles family members have to play as they grow together.” – Cindy Graham, placement student and volunteer at the Families in Canada Conference 2015
- Emily Beckett, Professional Writing Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Jessie House, Library and Information Technician Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Monique Veselovsky, Professional Writing Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Can Shi, Library and Information Technician Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Cindy Graham, Professional Writing Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Karine Kingsley, School of Translation and Interpretation, University of Ottawa
- Krystal Proulx, Office Administration – Executive Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Alexandre Ribeiro, School of Translation and Interpretation, University of Ottawa
- Ashley Molyneaux, Office Administration – Executive Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Aru Sharma, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
- Laura Zuccaro, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
- Nathan Battams, Professional Writing Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
- Chantal Cléroux, Office Administration – Executive Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
For More Information
For more information about Student Engagement at the Vanier Institute of the Family, contact Sara MacNaull or at 1-800-331-4937, ext. 219.