What is an Internship?

An MPPPA internship is a 21-credit academic course (POLI 693), conducted in the workplace: An experiential learning exercise enabling the intern to learn first-hand about their chosen field of study, upon which they build their career.

DEFINITION from the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Leaning Canada Association (CEWIL):

An internship = 16 weeks, full-time, relevant, supervised work, normally paid, monitored by the University

Where are the jobs?

Most internships are located in Ottawa and Montreal, however, a number of interns find rewarding placements around the world, such as Geneva or Washington, DC. The sectors that pursue interns at the Master’s level in Public Policy and Public Administration are:  Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Government; Crown Corporations; Inter-Governmental Organizations (UN/EU); Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO); Think Tanks; Research Institutes; Embassies; Consulates; and Private Corporations.

Who hires?

Some of our employers:

  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Employment & Social Development Canada
  • Environment & Climate Change Canada
  • IRPP
  • Government of Colombia
  • Government of Mexico – Legislature
  • International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) – Geneva
  • International Bureau of Children's Rights
  • Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  • Office of the Auditor General
  • Privy Council Office 
  • Office of the Commisioner of Official Languages
  • Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • United Nations
  • US Consular General (Montreal)
Do Interns get paid?

Postings offered through the Internship Office with the Public Service of Canada are guaranteed paid positions. For unpaid internships, Quebec residents may apply for internship scholarships through Concordia International for placements secured outside the Province of Quebec.

Are there Co-op fees to pay in order to participate?

Unlike other universities with similar programs, we do not charge co-op fees.

Must I be Canadian to qualify?

Positions posted through our program by the Federal and Provincial government employer are reserved for Canadian Citizens or (in some cases) Permanent Residents. International students may be eligible for internships with IGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and Private Orgamizations.

What if I want to work abroad?

Students must apply to positions posted through the program. Some may be from abroad. Worth noting is that the job application process occurs the semester before the internship begins. This leaves little time for an employer or a student to organize an internship overseas.

Students interested in an international option should discuss this early in the program with the Coordinator.

Can I look for a job on my own?

Students are not permitted to look for work within the Federal or Provincial government on their own because any competition activity that would be generated independently would conflict with the program’s. The Internship Coordinator does all of the communicating on behalf of the program and its interns. Student interns are to work through the Coordinator for access to any Federal (including Crown Corporations), Provincial, or Municipal government internship positions. Students interested in pursuing positions with an NGO or an IGO are free to initiate an independent search.

What is the work like?

Most students secure positions that enable them to further develop their skills in research and analysis. Some typical titles/positions define the work as Junior Policy Analyst or Audit and Evaluation Intern. All internship positions are reviewed by the program before posting to ensure that they are relevant and at the appropriate academic level to promote learning and development.

Am I guaranteed a job?

Although we can boast that we have placed 100% of our students since 2005 – we do not guarantee a placement. The availability of internships and the competition for each, play a key role in defining placement success every semester.

Am I competing against other students?

You will be competing for specific positions with students in your program as well as with interns from other universities. Although employers post openings at several universities, Concordia’s interns have two important advantages: the internship comes at the end of the program and can be renewed for an additional four months, making it unique and desirable among employers.

How do you measure a successful internship?
  • Excellent Performance Evaluation
  • Your work has impact on the projects undertaken by your employer
  • Successful completion of internship paper-Graduation
  • Excellent Performance Evaluation
  • Your work has impact on the projects undertaken by your employer
  • Networking / contacts made / experience acquired
  • Your CAREER has been launched!
What is expected of me academically while I am completing my internship?

To receive credit for POLI 693, students are required to complete a 4-month internship placement and write an internship paper. The final grade is comprised of the successful completion of the following components:

  • 4-month internship placement
  • Internship Paper (written)
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