MCRP Internships

The SCARP 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 internship program is designed to connect students with experienced professional planners in their field of interest allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply academic knowledge and analytic techniques to "real world" planning problems.

I'm an MCRP student interested in the Internship Program

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

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. 

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.

More information about internships

  • 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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What is the SCARP Internship Program?

Our Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program uses internship placements as an essential part of its curriculum, to teach our already substantially trained and versed students important real-world experience in the community. 

The Internship Program is designed to connect students with experienced professional planners in their field of interest allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply academic knowledge and analytic techniques to "real world" planning problems.

Why hire a planning intern?

  • Gain a skilled, motivated and dynamic team member to support your organization’s work
  • Receive support for special projects, research, events or bridge short-term staffing needs
  • Benefit from a fresh perspective, knowledge about the latest planning theories, trends and research and innovative new ideas
  • SCARP students are dynamic additions to public agencies, businesses, profit and non-profit organizations.
  • Offer students the opportunity to explore the connection between planning theory and practice and define the fundamental roles of a planner
  • Many students go on to work in the organizations they intern with after graduation.
The Program Structure

The primary goal of the Internship Program is to assist students to develop professional skills and capabilities through guided "hands on" experience in a workplace environment while gaining academic credit.

  • The students can complete their internship in any field related to planning in a variety of public, private, non-profit and academic organizations.
  • 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
  • Students earn academic credits for the internship program and should have completed one term (4 months) in the master's program before starting an internship 
Program Components

Learning Objectives

Within the first 20 hours of the internship, students are required to create and reflect on their learning objectives for the internship and to review them with the supervisor.

Mid-Point Check-In

The Student Management Coordinator will check-in with the supervisor midway through the student’s internship. During this call the coordinator and the supervisor will touch base on the student’s performance, preparedness for the internship and any feedback, problems or concerns the supervisor might have.

Supervisor Evaluation

This form evaluates the student’s performance over the period of the internship and 50% of the pass/fail grade is based on this evaluation. The internship supervisor evaluation also provides valuable feedback on the student’s performance and assists with the student’s future career development. This evaluation is confidential and will only be shared with the student’s faculty supervisor for the purposes of determining the final course grade.

How to recruit students

Contact internship.scarp@ubc.ca to let us know you're interested in recruiting a SCARP-enrolled intern. Please provide:

  • A description (by way of attachment or URL) of the internship position in the form of a job posting, detailing the company, position, compensation, and specific expectations
  • Any details regarding posting deadlines, how you prefer to receive applications
Internship Policy

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.

We recognize that there may be situations where payment may not be possible. Several funding programs, including Canada Summer Jobs and Mitacs, are available to not-for-profit employers who may not otherwise be able to employ an intern.

Current Internships in the Planning World

There are currently no open postings to list. Check back soon.