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Six universities across Ontario offer accredited planning programs which allow students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field.
OPPI recognizes today's planning students as the Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) of tomorrow and provides our student members with scholarship opportunities that award excellnce and community contributors.
Since 2021, OPPI has partnered with Mitacs Canada to provide planning students with research internship opportunities through the Mitacs Accelerate program. These internship opportunities allow OPPI to help employers access new talent and also allow student members to obtain meaningful employment that contributes to the planning profession.
OPPI is pleased to continue our partnership with Mitacs and encourages both employers and students to apply.
In 2022, OPPI has committed to $30,000 in funding, allowing us to support up to 12 research internship opportunities (two opportunities per accredited planning program in Ontario). Each internship will be four months in length.
OPPI will contribute $2,500 for every employer who contributes $5,000 under this initiative. Once approved, Mitacs will match the $7,500 contributed by OPPI and the employer, providing a total of $15,000 for the student internship project.
Projects may be eligible for further funding through the Mitacs Accelerate program.
This internship opportunity is open to planning consulting firms, non-profits and municipalities. All employers must be confirmed as eligible by Mitacs.
Eligible students must be OPPI student members from an accredited planning program at the commencement of research work. Students must also have an academic supervisor in their program supporting their research internship.
Projects must fall within the Mitacs eligible research guidelines.
In keeping with the commitment underlying OPPI's Anti-Black Racism Task Force, OPPI's funding will give priority to high-quality student proposals that advance equity, diversity, inclusivity, and Indigenous strategies.
For both students and employers, the application process is as follows:
Applications take about eight weeks to be reviewed.
Employers and students are encouraged to express their interest as soon as possible as there are eligibility requirements that must be fulfilled to complete the internships.
Contact your local Mitacs representative:
Contact Mitacs Canada: