- Public Policy and Administration (MA)
- Policy Studies (PhD)
- Continuing Education
Field Placements are becoming increasingly popular. In the Public Policy and Administration MA program, full-time students can earn one course credit on a pass/fail basis for a field placement through enrolment in PA8213 Field Placement.
Field Placements provide opportunities for full time, non-practitioner students to earn academic credit for relevant work experience (paid or unpaid), normally outside the university. They must be related to public policy and administration and to the student’s learning objectives in the program. Field Placements offer students the opportunity to link theory with practice, to conduct empirical research, to learn about professional practices in organizations in the field of public policy and administration and to gain appropriate work experience. It is normally completed during one term, usually in the Spring/Summer term with the Field Placement Report deadline on or before the last day of classes for that term. The student is responsible for arranging with a faculty member to supervise the Field Placement and to submit a written proposal for the Field Placement for approval by that faculty member (the Faculty Supervisor) and the Graduate Program Director in Public Policy and Administration. The Faculty Supervisor, a member of the Public Policy and Administration program, is the Instructor for the course for that student and assigns the grade for the work. The Field Supervisor is the on-site person who is in charge of the student’s activities and obligations in the Field Placement.
Aside from gaining “hands on” experience, placements provide networking and mentoring opportunities. Our students have held placements in a wide variety of organizations within government, the nonprofit and private sectors. In the past few years, they include:
Please note that placement opportunities vary from year to year. In some cases, the program has facilitated placements. In other cases, students have taken the initiative in identifying placement opportunities which are then program approved. While obtaining a placement is not guaranteed, most students who have wanted one have been successful in securing a position.