The Practicum, also known as Internship, is a course credit (GEO771) and required part of the curriculum. It ensures that every graduate of the Geographic Analysis program has successfully completed a work term in addition to their formal education on campus and on field trips. To qualify, positions must entail the utilization of the key theories, concepts, models, and tools studied in the classroom and labs.
The internship has been a part of the program since its inception, and has proven to be extremely valuable for both, graduates and employers. Students participate in work-integrated learning and gain practical experience with data collection, processing, management, analysis, visualization, and reporting. The government, business, and non-profit community benefits from the interaction with potential future staff or collaborators who have already made an academic commitment to pursuing a career in Geographic Analysis.
Enrolment in the Practicum normally occurs in the fall term of the fourth year, after completion of at least 350 hours of career-related placement(s). The placement itself if normally completed as a fulltime, paid internship during the summer between third and fourth year. This is a Provincially recognized co-op placement, although it does not normally extend the student's time in the program.