The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) offers MPA and MPP students the opportunity to enhance their post-graduate experience with an internship in the federal or provincial public service, municipal and local government, and non-governmental organizations or in health services research. The depth and quality of our internship options distinguish them from any other in the country. They are the only internships in Canada that pair student interns with mentors who are at the most senior executive level of the organization and focus on the development of a high quality mentorship experience. Likewise, the Health Services Research Field Placement directly engages students with health services decision and policy making processes.

Throughout the course of the internship, JSGS students gain the skills they need to thrive in a public service environment. The many concrete benefits to interns in the Johnson-Shoyama Executive Internship Program include valuable career preparation and experience, remuneration, the development of an extensive professional network, as well as accelerated professional growth and advancement.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of each internship placement is to expose MPA and MPP students to and give them hands-on experience with a broad range of activities and issues related to public administration, public policy analysis and evaluation. JSGS Executive Internship opportunities may be based in federal or provincial departments, other public agencies, and even nongovernmental or international organization/agencies. Interns will apply their knowledge and skills and learn about the organizations processes through direct involvement in:

  • planning, policy development and analysis;
  • budget development;
  • program development and delivery;
  • research and evaluation; and
  • strategic planning and reporting.

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Current and Past Partners

Saskatchewan Government, 2005 – Present
City of Regina, 2010 – Present
Government of Canada, 2010 – Present
City of Saskatoon, 2011 and 2014
Saskatchewan School Board Association, 2011
College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 2012
Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan,  2012 – Present
Institutional Assessment and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, 2013 – Present
Earnscliffe Strategy Group, 2014

For more information

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Or contact:

Gillian Borys, JSGS  Student Experience Officer
Phone: 306-585-5468