Student Internships

What is the SCARP Internship Program?

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.


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



Students are responsible for securing a suitable internship.

To be registered in the internship course (PLAN 527), students must submit the signed Liability Waiver and Internship Agreement.

To complete and internship, students should submit an evaluation and their final internship product. In cases where students do not produce a report or project for their internship, they will be asked to submit a short summary. Students should ask their supervisors to submit a supervisor evaluation.

Grades will not be entered until all appropriate paperwork has been submitted.

All internship forms are found and must be submitted to the shared Co-op/SCARP online internship platform. Please email the Student Development Coordinator: when you have submitted any form/evaluation to the online internship platform.


Internship Handbook


For questions please contact:

Simon Erlich
Student Development Coordinator

Mailing Address:
School of Community & Regional Planning, UBC
Room 433 – 6333 Memorial Road | Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2