Grow and stretch your skills

“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)

Our Program

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.


Student Program Prerequisites

Application Information

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.

Student Orientation

Are you preparing to start a student placement with AHS? Please visit our Student Orientation information.

Student and Preceptor Resources

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.

Clinical Placements

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.

Non-Clinical Placements

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:

  1. Complete the Non-Clinical Placement Request Form and attach the required documents.
  2. Complete the HSPnet Student Consent Form A.
  3. Submit these two sets of documents to your placement coordinator at your school. If you are unsure of who your placement coordinator is, consult your program and/or school.

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.

Student Research

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:

  • You have identified your academic advisor at your educational institution;
  • Your post-secondary institution is approved by AHS;
  • You are conducting a “research” project by completing the Alberta Research Ethics Community Consensus Initiative (ARECCI) screening tool. If possible have your academic advisor also complete the ARECCI tool, independent of you. Use the scores and feedback judiciously.
  • Connect with a manager in Alberta Health Services in the department where you wish to conduct your research. You must have operational approval and full support of a manager before you can start a project.

For a ‘toolkit’ of information about AHS Research policies and procedures for student researchers contact Research Support.