SCHOOL OF

Urban and Regional Planning

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Internship Program

This program provides students with the opportunity to work as paid interns with various public and private sector organizations in Ontario as well as in other Canadian regions. Most years have offered a limited number of placements in China. Internships normally occur in the summer between the first and second years of the program, and are usually three to four months in duration. Internships may be with community-based organizations, corporations, government agencies, consulting firms, public interest groups, district health units, and planning departments of all levels of government, among other potential employers. Although the School cannot guarantee every student an internship placement, assisting students in securing valuable work experience during their program is a priority. In recent years, the internship program has been very successful in matching students to employers, to everyone's mutual benefit.

The internship is designed to expose students to their field of interest and to professional planners with a high level of expertise and experience. The experience allows students to gain valuable skills and to apply newly emerging theories and analytic techniques to "real world" planning problems. SURP interns usually report that their placement was interesting, educational and enjoyable.

Here are samples of past internships:

  • City of Calgary
  • City of Burlington
  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Ottawa
  • City of Toronto
  • Department of National Defence
  • FoTenn
  • Government of China
  • IBI Group
  • McIntosh Perry
  • MMM Group
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment
  • Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ottawa International Airport Authority
  • Parks Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Stantec Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Weston Consulting

For further information, please contact:

Dr. John Andrew, Internship Program Coordinator
School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's University 
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 
john.andrew@queensu.ca - (613) 533-6000 ext. 75756