We have a dedicated Career Services team that is available to help you find internship placements and support your employment search post-graduation. In 2022, 100% of students from the MPP Class of 2023 secured paid policy-relevant summer internships.

While studying in the MPP program, you will be required to complete a paid policy internship between your first and second year of study. Under faculty supervision, the internship offers you a chance to apply your knowledge to issues in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

Most importantly, this internship will help you clarify your career direction, gain perspective on classroom learning, and provide invaluable experience and the network-building needed to secure employment after graduation. Internships may relate to any aspect of policy planning, analysis, decision-making and implementation. At the end of your internship, you will submit a written research report providing an original analysis of the policy and/or organizational issues explored during your internship.

The Career Services Team works with you to identify and secure internships and full-time jobs that fit your career goals. 

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Internships by sector: Summer 2022

Internships by sector —Summer 2022

Internship examples

During your internship, you might put your policy learnings to use in some of the following ways:

  • Research and collect various sources of information (e.g., legislation, regulations, policies and programs in other jurisdictions, environmental scans, surveys) to support policy and program development
  • Analyze and evaluate policy/program information, using quantitative analysis to synthesize data, identifying issues and trends, and preparing analytical and statistical reports
  • Prepare draft analyses or policy/program reports, such as options papers, briefing notes, contentious issues reports, and briefing materials
  • Liaise with other teams to discuss research and exchange information, and respond to inquiries from other branches, levels of government, community groups and agencies
  • Prepare correspondence, information, presentations, and Q&A packages for the internal and external communication of policy/program changes
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Jennifer Oduro, MPP ‘21

"I had the privilege of interning as a Junior Analyst for the Canada School of Public Service. I designed a case study on policy implementation through the lens of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, an experience that allowed me to learn about the importance of collaboration and consultation in government work. I thought my preference would be to work at the municipal or provincial level, but my time with CSPS made me realize that I can put my policy degree to use at the federal level and it prepared me for my current role at Canadian Heritage."

Contact our Career Services Team to learn more about MPP internships:

Katie Boomgaardt, Program Manager, Internships & Career Placement

Kate Dewasha, Career and Outreach Development Consultant