Internship — Policy Studies
Policy Studies students can work in diverse positions involving education, business, government, healthcare, oil and gas, research institutes, policy consultants and lobby groups. Opportunities may include: research, data analysis, policy formation, foreign policies, themes and trends in economic and political issues, technical writing, statistical compilation and interpretation with instruments and techniques of policy implementation. It is advised that students explore volunteer and/or summer employment opportunities before taking the internship course, as some positions require additional experience and/or qualifications.
Option 1 — Postings on the Online Job Board
A major component of the work experience coordinator role is to establish and maintain employer contacts for the purpose of promoting the degree and facilitating learning environments for Policy Studies students. Opportunities are posted by the work experience coordinator on an online job board that is accessible only to eligible Policy Studies students. The number of postings is dependent upon industry participation and labour market conditions. Once students submit their application packages, employers review, shortlist, interview and extend offers to candidates.
Option 2 — Student Identified Opportunities
Students also have the option of seeking out a specific opportunity that meets the individual's areas of interest and career goals. The first step is to arrange an appointment with the work experience coordinator to discuss this option. If the employer contact and job description are approved, Career Services will continue with the necessary validation points for all internships including agreements pertaining to safety, verification, feedback, site surveys and employer evaluations. This could apply to work where students remain in a related position that they currently have, pending faculty approval.
Option 3 — International Opportunities
Students interested in working abroad should book an appointment with the work experience coordinator at least eight months in advance of the Internship. The Mount Royal University International Education has strict deadlines for international arrangements for internships such as Work Visa Permits and other regulatory travel preparations.
By starting to plan now, you can be financially prepared for the Internship. Expenses include:
- Course fees (15 credits): See the Mount Royal University Calendar
- Relocation expenses incurred by the student when completing an internship outside of Calgary. Planning for travel expenses to and from the workplace location and/or paying rent and food to live for four months should be budgeted for.
- Many internships require the use of a vehicle.
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