Internship & Professional Development

All MUI students will complete a 2-4 month summer internship with a host organization between Year 1 and Year 2 of the program. Through their internship, students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired through courses and professional development activities in the first year of study.  Examples of internship activities include the development, evaluation and explanation of alternative development strategies available to support the future economic growth of a city-region and the exploration of the range of public policy tools available to support that growth and the respective role of private and not-for-profit organizations in contributing to development patterns. Students will produce a brief policy report at the end of the internship. The report will include an analysis of a key policy issue or problem that the student worked on during their internship placement, and will connect experiential learning to the key theoretical approaches and analytical techniques taught in the first year.

Ensuring that students are well prepared to transition from university to professional practice is a cornerstone of the MUI program. A full roster of professional development training sessions will be embedded within the program. A dedicated staff member will assist students in identifying and selecting internships, though it is ultimately the students' responsibility to seek and accept an internship placement. MUI Program staff will also foster students’ professional development through a series of practice-oriented seminars, networking opportunities, resume and job interview workshops and one-on-one meetings.

Potential Host Organizations for Internship Placements:
City of Brampton
City of Mississauga
City of Toronto
Canada City Alliance Conservation
Halton Credit Valley Conservation Authority
The Daniels Corporation
Greater Toronto Airport Authority
Government of Ontario
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Ivanhoe Cambridge
Kaneff Group of Companies
MaRS Discovery District
Mattamy Homes
Metrolinx
Mississauga Board of Trade
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation
Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, & Science
RIC Centre
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Township of Oakville
Tridel
Urban Climate Resilience South East Asia Project
Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation