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. Although it is equivalent to a co-op placement, it does not normally extend the student's time in the program.
Recent placement hosts include:
- Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
- Canadian Out-of-Home Measurement Bureau
- Canadian Tire
- Cara Foods
- Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity
- City of Toronto
- CoStar Group
- Halton Region Conservation Authority
- Ivanhoe Cambridge
- Ministry of the Environment
- Ministry of Natural Resources
- Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
- Pizza Pizza
- Post Media
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Toronto District School Board
- Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
- Yum! Brands
Employers interested in hosting a Geographic Analysis student intern are encouraged to contact the Department at <email@example.com>.