Earn course credit – plus essential, in-demand employable skills and experience in our field. You’ll get an unpaid part-time position within an organization where you will focus on a clearly defined project. This opportunity allows you to network within your chosen field and develop valuable work experience while also putting theory into practice.
The School of Public Policy & Administration has four unique experiential courses to choose from. Do not miss out on these opportunities to enhance your CV! These courses have a proven track-record of translating into jobs. Honours standing recommended.
Experiential Education Partner Testimonial from the 2023-2024 Academic Year
During the past 3 years the Land Registrations Service Branch within the Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery has established a successful working relationship with the York University Placement program. The partnership has been a tremendous success as it prepares the students for an opportunity to work in the Ontario Public Sector, and allows the students to utilize the skills they have learned in the classroom to the work force. The students have been engaged, participating in various projects and completing assignments in order to develop the skills and knowledge to pursue a future career within the Ministry. Students who have completed the placement program have pursued careers within the OPS once they have completed their degree. The partnership with York University has supported our talent attraction strategy and gives the students the work experience and skills to pursue a future career opportunity within the Ontario Public Sector.
We look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship with York University.
— Mike Da Silva
Senior Manager, Land Registration Services Branch (LRSB), ServiceOntario, Registries and Licencing Services Division (RLSD), Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery
What is a placement?
You will apply for a position within an organization, where you’ll practise and develop the skills learned in your course.
Will I be paid?
No. You’ll receive course credit because each placement experience is tied to a particular course.
Will I be graded?
Yes. You’ll be assigned a supervisor who will guide you through the experience and evaluate your performance.
How long is the placement?
You will work part-time so you can continue your studies. The length varies by course.
How do I apply?
You’ll get a job description that outlines the application process, which usually involves a resumé and cover letter, interview and references.
Will I be insured while on placement?
Students who are on an unpaid placement are fully insured by York University.
My practicum placement was with the Program Development Unit at the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General which develops, implements, and evaluates offender programs in correctional services. I also had the opportunity to deliver team projects to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Na-Ma-Res. By the time I graduated, these experiences had sharpened my skills and abilities, given me confidence, and equipped me for my career.
— Milena Basciano
BPA, Class of 2023