Interning at the City of Saskatoon

Yara Malek, MPA candidate, is currently a Performance Improvement intern in the City of Saskatoon's Parks division.

My name is Yara Malek and I am a Johnson Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) student pursuing my Master in Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Saskatchewan Campus. I am glad I had the opportunity to take part in the Executive Internship program.

I am currently a Performance Improvement intern at the City of Saskatoon municipal government - Parks division – reporting directly to the Performance Improvement Coordinator (PIC). In my internship, I have had the chance to bring the theory I learnt at school to a new practical platform. I was also able to broaden my horizons and witness how policies are made, implemented and evaluated through a thorough process involving a lot of communications and meetings. Moreover, my executive internship has introduced me to a lot of managerial-position decision makers.

In my internship, I am responsible for a number of projects. I am currently working on several projects at a time, giving me the chance to communicate, interact, ask questions and write various government documents including briefing notes, and decision items. What I also do is that I shadow my mentor in many of his meetings to learn how policies are born in real life.

One of the projects I am working on is “Improving Training Tracking” at parks. The aim of this project is to find new ways to track field employee training and to make teams well equipped and knowledgeable to meet operational and City requirements. Outcomes to be achieved are improving the efficiency of the training program at parks, including mapping current and future processes and achieving high level training program documentation.

I highly recommend taking part in JSGS Executive Internship Program for a better MPA experience and practical knowledge. 

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