Student Internships

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

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 MCRP program before starting an internship

Relevant Links:

SCARP Internship Portal
MCRP Internship Handbook
PLAN 527A | PLAN 527B Course Outline


For questions related to securing an Internship, please contact:
Simon Erlich
Student Development Coordinator
Phone: 604.822.5725
Email: internship.scarp@ubc.ca

For questions related to completing an Internship and receiving course credit, please contact:
Janet Lam
Graduate Administrator
Phone: 604-822-4422
Email: grad.scarp@ubc.ca