Experiential learning

International co-op

Many students in our MAIS program gain valuable work experience with government agencies and organizations through Co-op, an optional program where students alternate between study semesters and paid work in real-world organzations.   

Our Masters students have held co-op positions with the following organizations:

  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Embassy of Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • BC Ministry of Finance
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Department of National Defence
  • Joint Advocacy Initiative – YMCA of East Jerusalem
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Peacegeeks
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • BC Ministry of Finance

And many more…

Alumni Stories

  • Daniel uses his expertise in project management and stakeholder engagement gained through an internship in his role with the Mastercard Foundation, supporting initiatives and programs that aim to address youth unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • After building on her interest and expertise in Latin America as an undergraduate and graduate student at SFU’s School for International Studies, Jenna now works for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia.

  • During the last year of her MAIS, Leanne worked in a co-op position that was later extended into ongoing employment as a Gender Equality Policy Analyst with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA, now Global Affairs Canada) in Ottawa.

  • Tori used her co-op experience to "bridge" a position with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, conducting policy analysis and research relating to improving Canada’s environmental assessment and regulatory regime.