Internship Program

The SCARP Internship Program is an integral component of SCARP's Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program.

What is the SCARP Internship Program?

The Internship Program is designed to teach our already substantially trained and versed students important real-world experience in the community, by connecting them with experienced professionals in their field of interest. 

Our Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program uses internship placements as an essential part of its curriculum, allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply academic knowledge and analytic techniques to "real world" planning problems.

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What is the MCRP Internship Program?

The MCRP Internship Program is an essential and integral component of the two-year Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program offered by the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at UBC.

The program connects you with experienced professional planners in your field or specialty of interest, allowing you to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply academic knowledge and analytic techniques to "real world" planning problems.

The Program Structure

The primary goal of the Internship Program is to help you develop professional skills and capabilities through guided, hands-on experience in a workplace environment, while gaining academic credit. You may complete your internship in any field related to planning, in a variety of public, private, non-profit, and academic organizations.

For more information, the Internship Handbook is your primary information resource when securing and finalizing internships, as well as the administrative tasks entailed to complete the internship component in the program. You are expected to review this outline in preparation for starting your internship. 

Please note:

  • Most students complete their internship in the summer between the first- and second-year of their master program.
  • Internships may be paid or volunteer work experiences on a full-time or part-time basis
  • The minimum length of the internship is a total of 80 hours with a previously agreed start and end date
  • You must first complete one term (i.e., 4 months) in the MCRP program before starting an internship

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While not required, SCARP strongly supports paid internships and encourages internship providers to provide remuneration for student interns. It is not economically feasible for many students to undertake unpaid work.
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