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 may be volunteer or paid work experiences that relate to any aspect of policy planning, analysis, decision-making and implementation. The SPPG Career Services team work individually with students to help them identify and secure internships appropriate to their program and career needs and 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 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
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