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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Napas Thein, MPP '24

"In 2023, I interned as a Global Security Analyst for the mining company Kinross Gold based in downtown Toronto. In my role, I was responsible for supporting the Global Security Team with analysis of the security situation in mines worldwide through research, monitoring support, and internal reporting to the Vice President of Security. The Munk School courses on Program Evaluation and Strategic Implementation of Public Policy helped lay the foundations for understanding the quantitative elements of the issues I came across while laying out facts in a way that was effective and actionable to leaders. While working at Kinross, I was tasked with monitoring and providing analysis on the situation of the emerging security situation in West Africa. I helped ensure that the Security Team, the VP of Security, and indirectly the Board were able to keep up to date on the context, recent news, and developments that surrounded the political situation of the company's assets and personnel. My greatest takeaway working at Kinross Gold was that being proactive in learning about the policy world beyond your own areas of knowledge is key to success and opens up a world of interesting work."  

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