The JSGS Executive Internship Program offers Master of Public Administration (MPA) students the opportunity to enhance their graduate experience with an internship in the federal or provincial public service, in municipal or local government, and in non-governmental organizations. Our Student Experience Officer works with employer representatives to pair students with senior-level executives within the organization and works with mentors to establish a mutually beneficial and high-quality experience for all parties.

For students enrolled in the JSGS Executive Internship Program, concrete benefits include:

  • remuneration,
  • valuable career preparation and experience,
  • development of an extensive professional network, as well as
  • accelerated professional growth and advancement.

Interns prepare for future careers by learning about government processes through direct involvement in policy change, budget preparation, program development and delivery, and strategic planning and reporting.

NOTICE: Master of Public Policy students admitted in 2020‑21 or prior years are eligible for the internship program.

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Goals and Objectives

The goal of each internship placement is to expose MPA 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 organizations/agencies. Interns apply their knowledge and skills and learn about the organization's processes through direct involvement in:

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

Partnering Organizations

The JSGS would like to thank the following organizations for participating in the JSGS Executive Internship Program:

  • Government of Canada, 2010 – Present
  • Saskatchewan Government, 2005 – Present
  • Elections Saskatchewan, Present
  • City of Regina, 2016 - Present
  • City of Saskatoon, 2011 and 2014 - Present
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority - Present
  • University of Saskatchewan - Present
  • Canada West Foundation - Present

Past partners include:

  • eHealth Saskatchewan, 2016
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic, 2015 - 2016
  • Saskatchewan Institute, Conference Board of Canada, 2015 - 2016
  • Saskatchewan School Board Association, 2011
  • SaskPower, 2020
  • Earnscliffe Strategy Group, 2014
  • College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 2012
  • Institutional Planning and Assessment, University of Saskatchewan, 2012 - 2014
  • Saskatchewan College of Paramedics and Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, 2015 - 2021
The JSGS would like to thank these organizations for their contributions, and we look forward to partnering with them in the future.

Current Interns

Intern Placement
Adzo Baku

Elections Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Damilola Akanbi-Famojuro

Ministry of Government Relations, Legislation and Regulations, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

David Nnamdi Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina
Doyin Jibodu

Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Dustin Olson

Ministry of Finance, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Emeka Kingsley Chigbogu

Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Eric Baah Nyannor

Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Eronmwon Joyce Irogue

Ministry of Integrated Justice Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Esther Ongere

Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Fadekemi Akindele-Obe

Ministry of Integrated Justice Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Faith Babalola

Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Fiifi Sackey

Ministry of Integrated Justice Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Guoer (Elizabeth) Du

Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Isaac Dankwah

Ministry of Social Services, Government of Saskatchewan Location: Regina

Mabel Amidow Ollimo Ministry of Integrated Justice Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina
Marachi Michael Madugba Water Security Agency, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina
Mark Wells

Ministry of Social Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Megan Kuznitsoff

Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Mojtaba Mirhosseini

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Nana Takyiwa Dadzie

Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Olutade Yemisi Christianah

Ministry of Social Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Oluwatobi Arimoro

Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Rachel Bello

Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Ritva Gahimbare-Manisha

Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Saskatoon

Shehreen Fatima

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport (Status of Women Office), Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Stephanie Onokwai

Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Tural Isgandarov

Ministry of Energy and Resources, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Udeh Kalu

Ministry of Energy and Resources, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Zahra (Yasi) Doroudi

Ministry of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety, Government of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina

Intern Placement
Karla Pizarro

Innovation, Science, & Economic Development Canada
Location: Saskatoon

Ashley Molnar

Prairies Economic Development Canada
Location: Regina

Kendall Smith

Prairies Economic Development Canada
Location: Saskatoon

Intern Placement
Fati Zahra Mubarak City of Regina
Location: Regina
Sushant Sharma City of Regina
Location: Regina
Anastasiia Kalugina

City of Saskatoon
Location: Saskatoon

Mustain Masrur Ayon

City of Saskatoon
Location: Saskatoon

Elmira Jafarieh Yazdi

University of Saskatchewan
Location: Saskatoon

Tyler Jordan Robinson

Canada West Foundation
Location: Calgary

Obianuju Asiodu

Saskatchewan Health Authority
Location: Saskatoon

2022-23 Executive Interns

Information for Students

Applicants to the JSGS Executive Internship Program must:

  1. Complete the internship pre-requirements over the Fall semester before applications open. The pre-requirements include:
    1. JSGS 891, Public Policy Professionalism;
    2. A CV/Cover Letter Writing Workshop offered by Career Services resulting in the completion of a customized professional CV and general cover letter;
    3. An Interview Prep Session and at least one ‘Mock Interview’ offered by Career Services;
  2. be current (not graduated) JSGS MPA students;
  3. have a minimum 75 per cent average; 
  4. have completed at least 50 per cent of the MPA program by the time the internship placement begins;
  5. be a full-time student throughout the winter and fall semesters and must ensure they are following their program's requirements regarding full-time status in lead up to a possible internship;
  6. be in good academic standing (no failed course) before and throughout the placement;
  7. have no ‘holds’ on your student account.

To help you get the most out of the opportunities presented, please take note of the following timelines:

Program Introduction and Preparation (Sept. - Dec. 2022)

Dates
(Year 1)

Activities
Late Aug. / early Sept. Program information will be provided to students at orientation and via email. Make sure to watch your inboxes!
Late Sept. / early Oct. JSGS will hold executive internships program information sessions for MPA students where they can ask questions and learn more about the opportunities and expectations. 
Sept. - Dec.

Eligible MPA students interested in applying to the program must complete mandatory skills-building workshops. Examples of these workshops include:

  • Writing a professional CV and cover letter
  • Enhancing your interview skills
  • Preparing for the Briefing Note Exercise
  • Improving your communication skill (*if oral/written English requires improvement)

Please watch your inboxes for information on when these sessions will be offered! 

Sept. - Dec. In order to be eligible to apply for the Executive Internship Program, MPA students must be registered full-time. Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 50% of their program requirements ahead of the internship start date.
Mid-Dec. JSGS will notify MPA students in mid-December that applications for the internship program will be accepted starting in January. A reminder will be sent in late December.

Applications Process Opens (Jan. - Aug. 2023)

Dates
(Year 1)
Activities
Jan. 1 - Feb. 1 JSGS will notify MPA students that those eligible to apply for the Executive Internship Program have until February 1 to submit their applications. 
Feb. 1 - Mar. 31

JSGS will assess the applications. At each stage, applicants are evaluated to determine whether they can proceed in the application process. 

  • Stage 1: Review of Applications
  • Stage 2: Administer Briefing Note Exercise
  • Stage 3: Applicant Interviews
Apr. - Jun. JSGS notifies successful students and provides them with letters for work permit applications. At this point in time, JSGS works with mentor organizations to finalize the matching process and tracks internship offers. 
Apr. - Jul. JSGS sends confirmation letters to students who have been successfully placed with a mentor organization.
Jun. Successful students (i.e. interns) must register for JSGS 850: JSGS Executive Internship Program course.
Jun. - Jul. To ensure interns can be compensated during their placements, JSGS must set each individual up for payroll. 
Jul. - Aug. JSGS works with mentor organizations to finalize late placements and notifies successful students of their internship. These students must register for JSGS 850 and work with the JSGS Student Experience Officer to complete the required documentation for payroll.
Late Aug. JSGS kicks off the start of the Executive Internship Program by hosting intern and mentor orientations.

Term 1 Placements

Dates
(Year 2)
Activities
Sept. - Dec.  Executive interns participate in the first semester of their internship placement.
Oct. - early Nov. To ensure a successful start to Internship Program, JSGS Student Experience Officer will conduct routine check-ins with both interns and mentors.
Once per month JSGS hosts a series of Lunch n’ Learns for executive interns.

Term 2 Placements

Dates
(Year 2)
Activities
Jan. - Apr. Executive interns participate in the second semester of their internship placement.
Once per month JSGS continues to host a series of Lunch n’ Learns for executive interns.
Apr. Mentors provide JSGS with intern evaluations, and JSGS conducts exit surveys with all interns. Final grade recommendations are submitted.
Late Apr. - early May JSGS provides final course grades to USask and U of R.

 

Students interested in pursuing an internship placement are required to apply to the internship program and undergo a comprehensive assessment process. Interns will be selected on the basis of their academic performance and the quality of their application package. Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview with an interview panel comprised of JSGS and employer representatives. Successful candidates may be invited to attend a follow-up interview with a prospective mentor.

Applications to the internship program consists of the following:

  • A completed cover check list (see Resources).
  • A professional cover letter, resume and the names of two academic references from JSGS faculty. In your cover letter briefly explain why you are interested in an internship.  Please note, “faculty” refers to individuals listed as Faculty on the JSGS website, or those who have taught you in a JSGS course. JSGS will contact faculty for reference details; applicants are just required to submit faculty names.
  • A one-page biography (500 words or less) focused on academic and career history as well as community involvement.
  • An examination of your academic standing.  Applicants can access this information via their PAWS or U of R Self-Serve account.

Please send your complete application package electronically, via email attachment to js_internship@uregina.ca. Applications are due by the end of January.

You will be sent a confirmation email that your application package has been received. If you do not receive confirmation within a day or two, please contact the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School. Only complete application packages will be accepted.

Applications for the JSGS Executive Internship Program are due by February 1.

Once all applications have been received, the Student Experience Officer will contact faculty members for written references. Please note that students only need to ask faculty to be a reference; do not submit any written reference in your application package.

Students will be invited to participate in a writing assessment. They are asked to write a briefing note on a policy piece in a set amount of time. This is to assess your writing skills and ability to produce quality material in a short time frame.

Once this step is complete, selected students will be invited by the Student Experience Officer to attend an interview in March. The interview panel will consist of JSGS and possibly employer representatives. 

Students will be contacted by potential employers starting in March for possible follow up meet-and-greets or second interviews. Please note that not all students will be contacted at the same time and that this process of contacting students may continue until June. Mentors will use these meetings to assess whether the intern will be a good fit for their organization. At this point, the mentor may choose to make an initial verbal offer of an internship. As internships are dependant on the availability of an opportunity and the needs of each mentoring agency, students selected to continue after the initial panel interview are not guaranteed an internship placement. Only students who receive an individualized offer by a mentor organization will go forward in the internship program. JSGS will assist in organizing student interviews with prospective mentors and in the moderation of decisions regarding placements. However, JSGS staff will not make final placement decisions.

Successful candidates will receive a letter of congratulations and a contract from the Student Experience Officer. This letter will explain the steps that you will need to take to set up payroll at the university (as a scholarship) and to register in JSGS 850. Contracts need to be signed as soon as possible because the process of securing all signatures can be delayed due to summer holidays. For provincial interns, the Public Service Commission will also send you a letter stating the steps you need to complete before the start of the internship. Some of these steps may include an oath of office and security check. Please note that not all ministries or agencies require these.

Federal interns are required to have a security check completed before they start, this can cause delays. Federal Interns are hired by the Federal Government, so students will receive a letter of offer and contract from the Federal Government. Federal Interns are required to register for the JSGS 850 course during their internship.

Internships generally run from September 1 through to the end of April. Interns must be registered in JSGS 850 during the entire length of the internship (e.g. fall and winter terms for eight-month internships). This course is fee-based; please see the university website for tuition due dates. The Student Experience Officer will hold monthly luncheons for the interns. Each luncheon will be a “lunch and learn” event with a guest invited to speak with the interns. The luncheons are an opportunity for the interns to continue learning and to meet and network with other interns and the guest speakers.

Interns are not permitted to hold a Graduate Teaching Assistantship during the internship, but they are allowed to have a Research Assistant position. However, these positions are not recommended because they could interfere with the internship. Interns are permitted to take a class during the internship, but only one class is recommended per semester. If interns choose to take classes during the internship, they should receive permission from their mentor to ensure that it does not interfere with the internship. The internship is a full-time commitment, which typically requires working from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days per week. For this reason, we suggest that interns discuss with the mentor and the Student Experience Officer any activities that may interfere with this commitment.

Once interns have received an offer and signed contracts, they must register in JSGS 850 for the duration of the internship. For example, those doing eight-month internships must register and pay for JSGS 850 in the fall and then register for the winter term as well. This course is fee-based; please see the university website for tuition due dates. 

Federal interns are paid at an hourly rate of pay determined by the employer. All other interns receive a scholarship of $25,000 for an eight-month internship ($3,125 per month for the duration of the program).

Student FAQs

Interns will enter into a mentoring partnership with a senior leader (deputy minister, senior executive or senior manager) of a government ministry, department, public agency or private organization. In addition to providing valuable work experience, the program increases the number of experienced individuals available to compete for future vacancies in the public service and private sector.

Placement Application Deadline Start Date Length Remuneration Location
Federal Jan 1 - Feb 1 May or September 4-8 months Hourly Regina, Saskatoon & Ottawa
Provincial Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Regina, Saskatoon
Municipal Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Regina, Saskatoon
Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Regina
Other Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Canada

Interns will apply their knowledge, while learning first-hand the nature of organizations, including the internal workings of an organization, the reporting and governance structure, legislation and interface with the organizational structure. Interns will be exposed to a broad range of activities, such as budget development, strategic planning and reporting, as well as policy and program development and the migration of this development to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages. While tasks may vary, interns will gain first-hand experience in the day to day activities of the organization, such as writing reports, gathering and analyzing public opinion, preparing briefing notes, preparing decision items and conducting research.

Students may qualify for the Executive Internship Program if they:

  • are a current (not graduated) MPA student;
  • have a minimum 75 per cent average; and have
  • completed 50 per cent of their degree prior to the internship start date.

All eligible applicants will be invited to an interview with the assessment panel. The interview will focus on areas such as leadership, knowledge of government, analytical thinking and understanding, teamwork, dealing with conflict, problem solving and other relevant areas. Students must be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of government and government processes which they have learned during the course of the program and an ability to interact with senior government officials in a confident, helpful manner.

After the initial panel interviews employer representatives will work with JSGS staff to arrange meet and greets or further interviews with successful candidates who are of interest to them. Employers will make decisions regarding potential interns and will extend offers of internship to selected applicants. JSGS will assist in organizing student interviews with prospective mentors and in the moderation of decisions regarding placements. However, JSGS staff will not make final placement decisions.

Federal internships are generally four or eight month placements starting in May or September, with the possibility of extension. All other internships start in September and are eight months in duration.

Federal interns are paid at an hourly rate of pay determined by the employer. All other interns receive a scholarship of $25,000 for an eight-month internship ($3,125 per month for the duration of the program).

Interns are permitted to take classes during the internship, but only one class is recommended per semester. If interns choose to take a class during the internship, they should receive permission from their mentor to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the internship. The internship is a full-time commitment, which typically requires working from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days per week. For this reason, we suggest that interns discuss with the mentor and the Student Experience Officer any activities that may interfere with this commitment.

Resources and Forms

Contact us

If you have questions about the program, please contact js_internship@uregina.ca