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IPAC Edmonton is a proud pioneer of the Public Sector Graduate Internship (PSGI) Program!


The PSGI places full-time, graduate students in paid, part-time work experiences across all levels of government. Students gain rare and valuable work experience in the public sector, while pursuing their studies. Employers gain access to top talent and salary matching to help build the future of their workforce.   


The Program consists of a 42-week term over the calendar year. Interns complete two 21week placements – one within one level of government, and a second with another level. As a cohort, interns are offered professional development opportunities throughout their placements, developing both their skills and their professional networks.


PSGI partners include:

  • IPAC Edmonton, as the lead PSGI partner, connects the University of Alberta (U of A) and public sector organizations, ensuring that students’ placements build upon their scholarly knowledge and provide them with the work experience they require to become leaders in the public service.

  • The U of A Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research gains the capacity to place students in a wide range of rewarding professional development and career advancement opportunities.

  • Federal, provincial, and municipal public sector organizations gain access to top talent and benefit from the cross-pollination of ideas across governments. ​


Funding by the Government of Alberta has been a cornerstone to developing the U of A’s Graduate Student Internship Program, which supports the PSGI. 


For any questions about the PSGI program, please consult our FAQs or contact Program Director, Dr. Kimberley Simmonds at


PSGI 2020 Hiatus


The Public Sector Graduate Internship program is taking the year off in 2020. We value the interest we have received in the next installment of the program, and encourage you to watch this space for updates regarding 2021.   

2019 PSGI Interns

Solomon Amoateng

Solomon arrived from Ghana to complete his LLM at the University of Alberta. After completing a second LLM at the Dalhousie University, he returned to the U of A for his PhD. His research focuses on natural resources law. He engages in laws and schemes for promoting participatory governance in natural resource extraction and management in Africa.

Clare Buckley

Clare is an MA student in political science at the University of Alberta. Originally from Markham, Ontario, Clare holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo, and previously worked for the government in Ontario. Her research interests include Canadian politics and elections.

Mandy Wing Yin Chan

Mandy is a master's student of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. With her previous mechanical piping job experience and architectural studies, she is proficient in many different design software tools. Aside from design, she is passionate about policy and initiatives in transportation for ageing populations.

Sadaf Ekhlas

Sadaf is a first year Masters of Public Health student, specializing in Health Policy and Management at the University of Alberta School of Public Health. She is currently the president of School of Public Health Students Association and also does part-time research on strengthening the health systems’ response to non-communicable disease (NCD) inequities and improve NCD health outcomes in Indigenous, excluded, and underserved populations.

Emrah Keskin

Emrah is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He holds an MA from New York University and a BA from Sabanci University in Istanbul. He previously worked as a journalist in Turkey. In Edmonton, he has been heavily involved in community engagement. His current research focuses on the impact of mental health trauma on post-conflict reconciliation.

Renata Kobi

Renata is a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Alberta. She was born and raised in Brazil where she graduated as a medical doctor and worked in community medicine. Her area of interest is health promotion and policy for the aging population.

Jacqueline Krysa

Jacqueline is a PhD candidate in the department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta. Her current research aims to improve how doctors screen for heart disease in Canada.  Jacqueline is passionate about knowledge translation and health policy.

Naiomi Lu

Naiomi is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health, specializing in Global Health at the University of Alberta. She was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and enjoys spending her time outdoors and in the mountains. Naiomi has a passion for science and helping others and hopes to pursue a career in infectious disease monitoring.

Rachel McGraw

Rachel is from rural Alberta and is currently a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Alberta. Her ethnographic research focuses on the sustainability of Totonac, an indigenous language spoken in Mexico. Rachel is interested in how language(s) is used both as a symbol of sameness and difference and as a tool to construct identities.

Francis Owusu

Francis was born and raised in Ghana but has lived in Edmonton since 2014. He is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. He has a bachelor's degree in Development Policy Planning and is interested in Public Policy Governance, Program Performance and Evaluation, and Implementation Capacity.

Krisha Quiambao

Krisha is a MPH candidate at the University of Alberta where she specializes in Global Health. She is passionate about global development and capacity building with vulnerable populations, particularly those in humanitarian emergencies and resource-challenged settings. She strives for health equity and works to enable individuals, communities, and health systems to respond to public health needs as they evolve.

Margaux Robertson

Margaux is a graduate student in Community Engagement at the University of Alberta, where she recently completed her BA in Criminology. Her research focus is on ending poverty in Edmonton. Margaux has a wide array of volunteer and work experience in the community, and has a strong passion for equity and social justice.

Zahra Saidhersi

Zahra graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is currently a first year Master of Public Health student at the University of Alberta, specializing in Health Promotion. Zahra is interested in gaining more knowledge about gender-based violence in Alberta, as well as learning about preventative strategies.

Kaitlyn Skinner

Kaitlyn is working on her Masters Degree in Ancient Societies and Cultures at the University of Alberta. She is an avid traveller, having been to 23 countries so far, including living and studying in Australia. She is currently studying the relationships between mythology, religion, and history in ancient Greece.

Craig St. Jean

Craig holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from Carleton University, and is currently working toward a PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Before moving to Edmonton, Craig worked as an English instructor in South Korea and Germany. He grew up in Prince Edward Island.

Dana Tschritter

Dana was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and is currently completing her MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Alberta's School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the relationship between human health and natural environments.

Johana Zuluaga

Johana moved to Canada from Colombia in 2016. She studied Engineering and worked in the field of financial literacy for several years. She is currently an MSc student at the University of Alberta in the Department of Human Ecology. Johana enthusiastically pursues learning, research, and volunteer opportunities surrounding social innovation, family relationships, and program development.

Shiyang Zhao

Shiyang is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, where her research investigates health conditions of lodgepole pine trees in post-mountain pine beetle stands. Before this she studied agriculture for 5 years and holds a MRes and BSc related to agriculture.

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2018 PSGI Interns

Jason Bradshaw

Jason Bradshaw is a graduate student in Humanities Computing, specializing in Philosophy, at the University of Alberta. He has called Alberta home now for over 15 years. He is passionate about emerging technologies in all sectors and tries to incorporate them into his academic and professional endeavors.

Hongliang Fu

Hongliang was born and raised in China and has lived in Alberta since 2012. She is a PhD candidate in the faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She is passionate about youth development and her research interests are early childhood education and cultural diversity in education. 

Isabell Hubert

Isabell is a PhD candidate in Psycholinguistics at the University of Alberta, where her research investigates individual differences in language comprehension. She has a Master's degree in Linguistics and Web Technology and, born in Germany, she now calls Edmonton home. Isabell is passionate about multi-modal cities and related urban affairs."

Anita Khakh

Anita is a first year graduate student, studying Educational Policy and specializing in Theoretical, Cultural and International studies at the University of Alberta. She was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, is a part-time teacher and is interested in better understanding the interplay of gender, curriculum and policy development.

Nasreen Lalani

Nasreen was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan but now calls Edmonton, Alberta home.  Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.  She has 20+ years of experience both in health management, academia, and research. Her research interests are nurses and women empowerment, family caregiving, and end of life care.

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2017 PSGI Graduates

Megan Aiken

Megan is a first year PhD student of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Originally from New Brunswick, Megan's proposed research combines her love of the Maritimes with the question of how federalism in Canada affects health equity regionally and along urban/rural lines.

Xinlei Dai

Xinlei was born in China and has lived in Alberta since 2011. She attended the University of Alberta, where she received a Bachelor in Environmental and Conservation Science, with a major in Environmental Economics and Policy. She developed an interest in intergovernmental relations and its connection to resource economy during her time as a Masters student. 

Sandra Gawad Gad

Sandra is a PhD candidate in the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, with a focus on cardiac rehabilitation.  Her research interests are health care quality, outcomes and rehabilitation programs, and understanding the gap present in our health system. 

Stanley Nnoromele

Stanley was raised in Lagos, Nigeria but now considers Alberta his home. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos. He is passionate about youth development and his interest lies in talent discovery and leadership grooming for the indigent youths. 

Wilissa Reist

Wilissa was raised in the small rural community of Ryley, Alberta and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. She is eager to continue to learn how gender and race impact the day-to-day challenges of individuals through this internship.

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