MScSM | Internship / Co-Op

Illustration of briefcaseMScSM Students complete one four-month full-time work term from May to August.  Each student’s internship must relate to his or her individual focus in sustainability; as a result, our students participate in an extremely diverse range of industries and sectors, in many different types of roles.  Sample organizations and job titles can be found below.

The successful acquisition of an internship or co-op depends on our students’ willingness to participate fully in the process.  As a result, the MScSM Program does not guarantee a student a placement – however, the Placement & Employer Relations Manager works with each student individually to craft a search plan, create strong application documents, improve interview skills, and consider the implications of the internship on future career choices.

To achieve this, the Program:

  • Creates Class Viewbooks to share online and with prospective employers to enhance the presence of available MScSM interns in the market

  • Distributes postings to the cohort that are suitable internships, many of which are developed specifically by employers for the MScSM Program

  • Shares open or public positions that would be suitable for the class

  • Provides workshops, seminars, one-on-one advising and assorted resources to assist students in their searches

  • Facilitates informational interviews and job interviews for students

  • Connects students who are struggling with additional resources as required

Students are not restricted to internships dispersed by the Program; they may go to any role or organization that meets their interest, as long as the position is approved by the Program Office.  This includes both local and international positions. 

Past MScSM Internship / Co-Op employers include City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation, and adidas. To see the full list, please visit "Internship / Co-Op Employers"

The Internship Course (SSM 1110H) is pass/fail, and is comprised of:

  • Successful completion of the work-term: 10-16 weeks full-time, including formal mid-term and final evaluations

  • Participation in the Professional Development Sessions in the two academic terms leading up to the placement.  This includes workshops and seminars on career-related topics, as well as guest lectures in our weekly Speaker Series.

  • Creation of an Internship Poster for display at our fall Sustainability Leadership Series

Sample Internships

Students participate in an extraordinarily diverse range of internships and co-op terms both domestically and internationally.

A pie chart titled "Internships by Sector" with Private - Large Corporation at 22%, Non-Profit at 19%, Private - SME at 18%, Public Service at 15%, Private - Consulting at 13%, Education at 9%, and Private - Start-Up at 4%.

Sample roles include:

  • Associate Consultant

  • Business Analyst

  • Climate Technology Communications Intern

  • Corporate Sustainability Plan Intern

  • Environmental Project Assistant

  • Intern, Operational Sustainability

  • Program Strategist

  • Research Intern

  • Social Impact Intern

  • Strategic Relations Summer Student

  • Strategic Partnerships Intern

  • Sustainability Coordinator

  • Sustainability Intern

  • Sustainability Services Intern

  • Sustainable Business Summer Intern

  • Waste Management Summer Student

Students intern at a wide range of organizations including corporations, small or medium businesses, start-ups, non-profits, NGOs, and all three levels of Government.  Students work in a broad array of industries including retail, manufacturing, consulting, education, finance and investment, technology and beyond.

Students may undertake an internship or co-op placement anywhere in the world.  The majority stay in the GTA region, however in the past, students have travelled to Thailand, Myanmar, Switzerland, Germany and the United States.  Within Canada, students have been placed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut.

A pie chart titled "Internship & Co-Op Locations" showing GTA (Greater Toronto Area) at 76%, International at 10%, Rest of Canada at 10%, and Ontario (non-GTA) at 4%.