Summer Highlights: MPPGA Co-op Program

The Master of Public Policy & Global Affairs Co-operative Education Program is facilitated by the UBC Arts Co-op Program. The Co-op Program allows our MPPGA students to gain practical, paid work experience specific to policy-related professions as a compliment to their classroom learning during the summer between the first and second years of the program.

MPPGA Co-op student Ali Bajwa is working as an Economic Research Intern with the National Immigration Centre at the Conference Board of Canada this summer. In one of the projects he’s addressing, he is analyzing the impact of automation on the Canadian labour market and how it ties into Canadian immigration policy.

14 MPPGA students from our 2017 cohort have secured various UBC Arts Co-op positions this summer. Their employers range from Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to CanCham Hong Kong and CowaterSogema. Their current placements include:

  • Aaron Nelson, Junior Project Officer, CowaterSogema
  • Adam Cassady, Research Assistant, The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI)
  • Adedoyin Luwaji, Research Assistant, Performance Audit, Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
  • Alex Ash, Intern, Foundation for Innovation at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Ali Abdullah Bajwa, Economic Research Intern, National Immigration Centre, the Conference Board of Canada
  • Chiamaka Mọgọ, Policy Analyst & Education Programs Assistant, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, UBC
  • Clare Min Jeong Kim, Junior Policy Analyst, International Assistance Envelope Management, International Assistance Policy Division, Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Darren Touch, Junior Officer, Indigenous Partnership Office, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada (NRCan)
  • Hadis Siadat, Junior Policy Analyst, Sectoral Policy Division, Infrastructure Canada
  • Juliana Craig, Member Management Trainee, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
  • Nicole So, Junior Policy Analyst, International Assistance Envelope Management, International Assistance Policy, Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Shaf Noorani, Student Research Assistant, Policy Co-Op with the Viral Hepatitis program, The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • Simin Yook, Junior Bilateral (Political/Commercial) Relations Officers, Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Susanne Beilmann, Community Services Assistant, The City of Surrey

As a Co-op graduate, MPPGA students are well prepared, both academically and professionally, for their future careers as policy practitioners in diverse sectors around the world.

We look forward to sharing reflections from our students’ co-op experience later this summer, so please stay tuned!