Trainee Internship Competition OPEN!

Internship Description:

Cochrane Child Health is housed in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and can provide support for a highly motivated international trainee who is interested in learning the detailed methodology associated with conducting a Cochrane systematic review. Cochrane systematic reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health-care resources. Authors of Cochrane systematic reviews apply explicit scientific methods (aimed at minimizing bias) to find, critically appraise and combine “best available” evidence in order to produce the most reliable findings about healthcare interventions. More information about Cochrane and systematic reviews are available on the Cochrane Community Website (

The selected trainee will work with a team of researchers, including methodologists, a librarian and statistician to learn the production process of a Cochrane systematic review. Author training will include how to: undertake a comprehensive literature search, screen and select literature, complete extraction and analysis of data, assess bias and quality of evidence, and report the results. At the end of the Internship, trainees will have learned the skills needed to complete a Cochrane review. The expectation is that the review will be submitted for publication to the relevant Cochrane Review Group in the months following the Internship.

The goal of this Internship is to build capacity for Cochrane systematic review production in low-middle income countries. Applicants must intend on using their learned skills to continue Cochrane systematic review production beyond the training period and to build capacity for review production in their home countries.

Application Package:

Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume (or CV) along with a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Cochrane Child Health Manager (Dr. Sarah Elliott, The LOI should outline the Child Health relevant Cochrane review topic they wish to pursue and why, its production status (if applicable) and how this Internship will benefit their plans for building capacity for this work in their home country.

Trainees are welcome to identify their own topic to work on (with an investigator team), or can work on one of the topics prioritized by Cochrane Child Health ( Please note, the Internship will not begin until the review title has been registered and the protocol accepted. We will guide and support the trainee on how to complete this process.


We will provide a stipend of $7000 CAD to be used towards a return airfare, and living expenses during the 12-week program in Edmonton, Alberta. All office resources (workspace, desktop computer, review software, stationery etc.) will be provided for the duration of the Internship.


To align with Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020, preference will be given to trainees from low or middle income countries to help build these countries’ local capacity. Trainees must be able to meet all requirements needed to obtain a Canadian Temporary Work Visa under the International Mobility Program. The University of Alberta Immigration Services can provide support. Trainees who fail to meet the eligibility requirements and obtain the required documentation to stay in Canada will be withdrawn from the program. We strongly urge you to check the visa processing requirements before applying to the Internship (Eligibility requirements can be found on the Canadian Immigration Website: 

Applications will be assessed based on academic merit, feasibility and scope of review topic, production status, research experience, communication skills and eligibility for a Canadian Temporary Working Visa. Previous experience with Cochrane and systematic review production will be taken into consideration.

Competition Deadline and Notification of Award: The competition will close at 12:00 AM Edmonton (MST) time on February 14th, 2018.  Confirmation that your application has been received will be sent within 24 hours of your submission. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application by March 1st,2018. 

If you have any questions or would like clarification on any of the above listed points, please contact Dr. Sarah Elliott (

*please note the descriptions and conditions of the Evidence in Child Health Award contained within this document are subject to change and do not commit the Cochrane Child Health Field. Due notice will be given to applicants in the event of any changes.