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Internships & Career Services

Gaining valuable policy experience for future opportunities

The MPP program has a dedicated Career Services team which supports students in their internship and full-time job search. MPP students have access to a variety of professional development workshops, networking events, job postings and exclusive MPP Career Resources.

In 2020, 100% of students from the MPP Class of 2021 secured paid policy-relevant summer internships. Three months after convocation, more than 80% of graduating students from the MPP Class of 2020 found full-time work in policy-relevant careers.


Students are required to complete a summer policy internship between the first and second year of study. 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 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. The Public Policy Career Services team work individually with students to help identify and secure internships that fit each student’s career goals. Upon completion of the internship, each student submits a written research report to their faculty advisor providing an original analysis of the policy and/or organizational issues dealt with during the internship.

Internship Timeline and Career Services Support

Internship Timeline and Career Services Support

Year 1: Internship Support (Sept – April)

  • Career Exploration Days: Students will meet and learn about public policy employers
  • MPP in Ottawa:  Annual trip to Ottawa for students to meet potential MPP employers and learn about employment landscape in Ottawa
  • Resume and Cover Letter reviews by MPP Career Services Team
  • Interview coaching and practice
  • Professional Development Sessions

Summer Internship (May –Aug)

  • Internships are minimum of 10 weeks with average being 15 weeks
  • Opportunities with federal, provincial, municipal government, as well as think-tanks, private sector, and not-for-profits
  • Students are paired with a faculty advisor who will help them maximize their internship learning and development

Year 2: Full-Time Recruitment Support (Sept – April)

  • Networking events with employers
  • Professional Development Session
  • MPP Career Services Support

Sample Internship Job Description

  • Researches and collects various sources of information (e.g., legislation, regulations, policies and programs in other jurisdictions, environmental scans, surveys) to support policy and program development
  • Analyzes and evaluates policy/program information and data, using quantitative analysis to synthesize data, identifies issues and trends, and prepares analytical and statistical reports, for review/action
  • Under guidance, prepares a range of draft analyses, and policy/program reports, such as options papers, briefing notes, contentious issues reports, and briefing materials for use by senior management
  • Liaises with other branches to discuss research and exchange information, and responds to inquiries from other branches, levels of government, community groups and agencies
  • Prepares correspondence, information, presentations, and question and answer packages and materials for internal and external purposes to communicate policy/program changes

Professional Development

The professional development workshops for first-year students focus on the internship search and include sessions on resume and cover letter writing, the job interview, and communications for public policy professionals.

The sessions for second-year students focus on the job search process and include networking sessions in both Toronto and Ottawa.

Both cohorts also have the chance to attend data analysis and visualization sessions, as well as public consultation and cultural training.

Check out the sessions that were offered during the 2021 Professional Development Week for both first year and second year MPP students.

Career Services for Year Twos

Second-year MPP2 students are supported by a dedicated Career Services team who:

  • Advertises full-time Job Postings (over 350 job postings from Sept 2019 -Aug 2020)
  • Provides access to a policy-focused online Career Resources Website
  • Offers one-on-one Career Advising, Job Search Strategy and Interview Prep Meetings
  • Delivers Professional Development Workshops on a range of topics including Job Search Strategies, LinkedIn, Change Management, Microsoft Excel, Behavioural Insights, Public Consultation, Financial Accounting, and Digital Governance.
  • Develops and maintains employer relationships, with the goal of connecting students to jobs.
  • Connects students with the Alumni Contacts Database for Networking (over 700+ MPP alumni)
  • Organizes networking events & trips (i.e. Speed Networking Session, Second-year MPP Ottawa Trip)

Sample Alumni Careers

  • Policy Analyst
  • Manager, Issues & Reputation Management
  • Press Secretary
  • Behavioural Insights Researcher
  • Research Analyst
  • Senior Consultant, Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Government Relations and Public Affairs Manager
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Senior Economic Analyst
  • Consultant, UN
  • Senior Policy and Research Officer
  • Economist
  • Where else are some of our recent graduates working? View recent grads
  • Where are MPP alumni making an impact? View alumni