Students are required to complete a policy internship between the first and second year of study, or as otherwise tailored to meet the needs of the student and the placement setting.
Under faculty supervision, the internship allows students to apply their knowledge to significant problems in the public, private or non-profit sectors, and provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in areas of professional interest. The internship helps students clarify their career direction, gives perspective on classroom learning, and assists students in gaining experience and establishing networks of great value in securing employment after graduation. Internships are paid work experiences that relate to any aspect of policy planning, analysis, decision-making and implementation.
School faculty and staff work individually with students to help them build their capacity to secure an internship appropriate to their program of study and their career needs and goals. The school promotes and welcomes partnerships with government, community and private sector organizations seeking to provide internship opportunities to MPP students.
Upon completion of the internship, each student submits a written research report to their faculty supervisor providing an original analysis of the policy and/or organizational issues dealt with during the internship. These reports, which may be in the form of case studies, will be evaluated by the faculty supervisor on a credit/no credit basis, and may be made available to first year students, teaching faculty, hiring organizations and other practitioners for review.