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Student Opportunity W24 - Experiential Learning in Global Health - Research Assistant

Student Opportunity W24 - Experiential Learning in Global Health - Research Assistant


Published on November 29, 2023

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Job ID: 59996 / 60003

Job Title: Experiential Learning in Global Health - Research Assistant

Number of Positions Available: 2

Application Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2023 by 9:00 a.m. ET

Eligibility criteria.

Hourly wage: $19 per hour

Hours per week: 6 hours per week

Start date: January 8, 2023

End date: April 26, 2024

Job description

Under the supervision of Dr. Ahmad Firas Khalid, Dr. A.M. Viens and Megan George, the research assistant (6 hours per week) will support the social media marketing, videography, photography, design and implementation of experiential learning in global health through the World Health Assembly Simulations 2024. The development of simulation-based learning is a form of experiential learning that provides learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge, understanding, and skills in a realistic and hands-on real-world environment.

Specific research activities the student(s) will be engaged in:
  • Develop and implement social media strategies to increase brand awareness and drive engagement across various platforms (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Create high-quality and visually appealing video and photo content for social media, the WHA SIM website, and other marketing channels
  • Monitor and analyze social media metrics to assess the effectiveness of campaigns and make data-driven recommendations for improvement
  • Support the design and implementation of global health simulations
  • Support simulation learning objectives/outcomes
  • Support the development of a simulation-based experiential learning faculty toolkit
  • Support the development of a simulation facilitator training manual
  • Participation in regular project team meetings
  • Providing administrative support as required
  • Creating and managing database of relevant research and educational materials
  • Draft summary documents outlining key research findings and project design elements
  • Conducting research materials search, compilation, and synthesis
Type of research experience the student(s) will receive:
  • Understanding how to develop and implement social media strategies
  • An opportunity to work on real projects to develop a portfolio showcasing your creativity and technical abilities
  • Campaign planning and execution
  • Learning how to be a good team member
  • Engaging in networking opportunities with other students and faculty members
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Hands-on experience with project development and management
  • Honing of research-based communication and organization skills
  • Understanding of the research process, especially translating research into improving practice
Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities:
  • Access resources and materials to enhance your skills in using industry-standard software.
  • Subject matter training on global health, including experiential education
  • Regular meetings with supervising faculty members
  • Experience contributing to collaborative research projects and project management
  • Methodological training around searching, compiling, and synthesizing research materials


  • Current undergraduate York student. Applicants from diverse programs of study are encouraged. The Dahdaleh Institute welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment.
  • Proficiency in video editing and photography software (Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Creative mindset with a keen eye for design and aesthetics
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms and experience managing business accounts
  • Experience in shooting and editing event videos video production promotional strategies.
  • Experience in creating social media promotional content
  • Experience in organizing and managing large-scale event
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective social media strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of marketing tools (e.g., Canva, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in issues of global health
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and implementation
  • Demonstrated eagerness to learn and take on initiative
  • Excellent communication skills (e.g., professional email/phone correspondence, presentation proficiency)
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and other team members
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, spreadsheets, social media)
  • Demonstrated research skills and experience (e.g., conducting literature reviews)

Application materials

  • Cover letter should effectively communicate the following:
    • Event Video Expertise: Share insights into your experience shooting and editing event videos.
    • Social Media Promotion Acumen: Showcase your experience in creating engaging social media promotional content. Detail campaigns or initiatives where you played a pivotal role in elevating brand visibility through digital platforms.
    • Large-Scale Event Organization Skills: Illustrate your organizational prowess by elaborating on experiences related to the planning and management of large-scale events. Discuss your role in coordinating logistics and ensuring the success of these events.
  • Resume
  • Portfolio which showcases the following:
    • Visual Showcase: Present a captivating collection of your best video and photography work that highlights your skills and style.
    • Social Media Mastery: Share links to social media accounts you've managed, illustrating your ability to curate engaging content and grow online communities.
    • Content Creation Brilliance: Include examples of content you've created, demonstrating your talent in crafting compelling narratives and visuals.
    • Video Production Prowess: Provide evidence of videos you've shot, edited, and produced. Show us your proficiency in the entire video production process.

If you have any questions, please email Ahmad Firas Khalid.


Global Health & Humanitarianism



Related Work




Ahmad Firas Khalid, Faculty Fellow, Faculty of Health Active
Megan Ann George, Research Coordinator, Global Health Research Active

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