MEngCEM Practicum

For Students

In the full-time practicum component of the MEngCEM program, students engage with real city challenges, synthesize and apply their knowledge in an integrated way, and work with multidisciplinary teams. The practicum requirement may be satisfied via placements in companies, governments, NGOs and academic research positions with a professor, either paid or volunteer. The practicum takes place in the summer from May to August, and lasts for four months. The requirements of the practicum are:

  • The intern should be working full-time for four months, typically from May to August.
  • Proposal: Students should submit a project proposal to the Program Director two weeks prior to the start of the position, describing the activities they expect to undertake during the internship, after consulting with the employer. Please use this form.
  • Final Presentation: The practicum will culminate with a 10-15 minute presentation describing the cities-related problem, methods of analysis and solution approach, and the results and conclusions. Students will present their project to an audience of their advisor, their peers, and employers during the first week of classes in the Fall term.

Students are responsible for finding their practicum position. They are supported by the program in the following ways: workshops on resume, cover letter and interview skills, access to eSip postings through the Engineering Career Office, and distribution of job postings by departmental partners. We are also pleased to contact prospective employers to explain the program, when requested.


For Employers:

Practicum Quick Facts

  • Time Period: 4 Month Paid Internship from May-August
  • Available Subsidy: Eligible for up to $3000 in tax credits
  • Business Locations: Students willing to relocate
  • Business Commitment: Provide 4 months of paid, full-time employment
  • Timeline: Annual opportunities to hire CEM students during May-August. Some opportunities for September-December


Benefits to Businesses

Our elite group of 16 students are ready to contribute their skills, knowledge and training to your organization from day one. They bring with them at least one year of professional experience, in addition to technical expertise in infrastructure, and a fundamental understanding of the cross-disciplinary issues facing a city. The four month placement provides a great recruitment opportunity, where both parties may assess the possibility of a continuing position. After the practicum, students return to school for one term with a flexible schedule. This provides the possibility of a longer-term hire.

Benefits to Graduates

The CEM practicum will provide our students with the opportunity to move into the workforce, be mentored, contribute to the business operation, and put into practice their education in Cities Engineering and Management.

Next Steps – Hiring a CEM Student

  1. Forward a job description to
  2. Request our resume book and contact students directly for interviews, OR, post your position through our department and we will collect the applications and forward to you.

Let us know if you have any additional questions. Questions? Contact Michael Godwin at or 416.978.5904