The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services System supports students pursuing education in a health and social services field by providing clinical observerships, job shadowing and practicum placements.
These programs offer applicants first-hand, short-term opportunities to experience the HSS System alongside professionals in occupations of interest. They provide a practical opportunity to gain exposure to an occupation, while observing Mentors in their day-to-day work.
The programs are intended to:
- Provide insight into personal suitability. Through exposure to a profession and the work involved, participants will gain a better understanding of whether a profession/career is a good fit for them.
- Promote networking / contact building. The programs offer an opportunity to establish professional relationships with individuals actively working in an occupation of interest. This can help establish professional networks and build formal and/or informal mentor-mentee relationships.
Clinical Observerships are for Applicants with some education and/or work experience in a health and social services field, where they are matched with a Mentor working in that field, to observe their work in a health or social services setting. Clinical Observerships are unpaid, not linked to your university program, and limited to a maximum of five workdays.
- The Applicant will not be granted independent access to facilities and resources and will not provide any services.
- Clinical Observerships are intended for NWT residents looking for more exposure than what a standard job shadow can provide. Unfortunately, this program is not intended for International Medical graduates.
Job Shadowing is for students and youth who may or may not have education and/or working experience in a health and social services field and wish to shadow a mentor working in a specific field during their day-to-day work. Job Shadowing opportunities are unpaid and recommended for up to two ½ days. They will not be granted independent access to facilities and resources and will not provide any services.
You can apply for a Clinical Observership or Job Shadow opportunity with this application.