“The mentorship is really helpful, and I feel really supported by the rest of the rehab staff and the health care team here.”
- Camira C., physiotherapist (former placement student)
Does your education program require practical experience in a work setting with guidance from an experienced professional? Whether you are in a clinical or non-clinical profession Alberta Health Services (AHS) may have an opportunity for you.
A student placement is any unpaid practice education experience (also called placement, practicum, clinical, fieldwork, internship, experiential learning, etc.) that is a requirement of an educational program.Eligibility
To help us fill the large number of student placement requests and ensure that all placement prerequisites have been met, please submit requests early. Dates for requesting placements are negotiated with local Post-Secondary Educational Institutions.
Please be advised that we may not be able to consider either late applications or requests submitted too close to the practicum start date.
For details, please contact the AHS Student Placement Team
“I am so thankful that I had such a great practicum experience, which exceeded my expectations, and allowed me to learn and grow personally and professionally.”
- Ashley K., University of Alberta BScKin Student.
Are you preparing to start a student placement with AHS? Please visit our Student Orientation information.
As a teaching and learning organization, AHS welcomes student placements. AHS provides students and employees with a variety of resources to support them before and during the placement, to help make the experience enjoyable and successful.
If you are enrolled with a Canadian educational institution or agency, your request for a clinical placement with AHS should originate from your school.
To apply for a placement on behalf of a student, the placement coordinator/faculty member from the school may use the Health Science Placement Network (HSPnet), or contact the Student Placement Team. Requests received from students directly will not be accepted.
Students attending an international educational institution (including students from the United States) who wish to request a placement with AHS, should read the international students section of our FAQs and contact the Student Placement Team directly to discuss the process and prerequisites.
AHS offers placement opportunities for non-clinical post-secondary students, where a placement is a requirement of the program.
If you are a student seeking to apply for a Non-Clinical Student Placement, you must:
Your placement coordinator will submit these two sets of documents to Talent Management Strategies - Talent Acquisition. Once these documents have been received by AHS, the Talent Management Strategies - Talent Acquisition team will assist you with finding a suitable placement, wherever possible.
If you have any questions, the Talent Management Strategies - Talent Acquisition team is available to support students and placement coordinators with this process.
If you are unsure about whether you require a clinical or non-clinical placement, please contact Talent Management Strategies - Talent Acquisition.
AHS encourages advanced educational opportunities that may include research project requirements.
How to Get Started
You need to have approvals in place before beginning a research project. Make sure that:
For a ‘toolkit’ of information about AHS Research policies and procedures for student researchers contact Research Support.
If you have questions that have not been addressed please email Student Placement.