Each year, our School of Planning admits 25-30 graduate students who are enrolled in our accredited MA/MES (Planning) programs. These students take a series of courses that prepare them for the practice world or an academic career.

By the end of their first year in the program, these students have been exposed to the fundamentals of urban planning, project environments, research skills, and the practice world through courses such as PLAN 701 (Land Use Planning Fundamentals), PLAN 720 (Introductory Planning Practice Studio), PLAN 710 (Research Design) and PLAN 703 (Planning Professional Practice).

Our graduate students need practical experience in Planning. We define Planning in broad, inclusive terms - e.g. land use planning, health planning, urban design, applied research etc. To meet that need, the School requires students to complete 10-14 weeks of work experience between year 1 and 2 of the program. This could be a paid position, combined with funding opportunities, or an unpaid internship, depending on the requirements of the position. Students are expected to find these opportunities and to contact potential employers directly.

We know that budgets are often tight, especially while we all cope with the impacts of COVID-19. The good news is that financial assistance is available. The Government of Canada has a program that could fund a position and thereby take some pressure off your corporate budget. It's called the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), and you can find information about SWPP at this site: https://uwaterloo.ca/hire/funding-opportunities/student-work-placement-program.

Timing: The work experience should be 10 to 14 weeks in duration, and normally takes place in the Spring academic term annually (May-August).

If you are interested, or would like additional information about this initiative, please contact:

Dr. Mark Seasons, PhD, FCIP, RPP
School of Planning
University of Waterloo
EV3 3227
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON    N2L 3G1
Tel: 519-888-4567 x45922