Internship Program

The internship provides practical field experience and fulfills the 'planning work experience' part of the CIP Program Content Requirements. Building especially on Planning Theory it also provides an opportunity to more directly explore the planning theory/practice interface and to more actively reflect on the planner's fundamental role, in the public domain, of linking knowledge and action. It is expected that the internship activity will be undertaken at some period during the intervening summer, between Years 1 and 2. There are no credits associated with this required program component; student performance is assessed on a pass/fail basis - taking into account an evaluation provided by the placement supervisor.

Objectives: 1. To revisit, reconsider, integrate, and apply / test, the PlanningTtheory course, and the learning from other courses taken to date, in a practical placement setting; 2. To initiate and facilitate active exploration by students of their evolving praxis of planning, in all its dimensions - technical, utopian and moral, through active reflection on their learning, in terms of acquired knowledge, skills, ethical insight and practical wisdom. 3. To experience full-time planning practice first-hand under the supervision of a practitioner (assisted by City Planning department representatives), to maintain a professional journal recording reflections on this experience, and to participate in a summative evaluation of the experience to extract lessons and learning. 4. To effect mutually beneficial linkages between students, the Department of City Planning and the planning profession, in pursuit of the advancement of the theory and practice of planning in the public domain.

Students have been very successful in securing internships following their first two terms of classes. The internship integrates theory and practice, giving students the opportunity to synthesise and apply their planning knowledge and skills as interns. Students are placed with practising planners in planning office settings, private, public, community and n.g.o. sectors.

Those interested in suggesting or offering possible internship opportunities, or wanting further information should contact :

Dr. Richard Milgrom
Department of City Planning
University of Manitoba
Phone: 474.6868

Photo: City Planning students Hyunshim Lee, Xu Liu and Dan Garrison at an c2000 MPPI mentorship evening. (Hyunshim is currently working as planner in Korea, Xu Liu in Beijing and Dan for City of Vancouver)

The remainder of this page provides a list of recent internships, by year, showing the variety of experiences obtained and locations of work:

Summer 2011:

  • Christopher Beauvilain. Planning policy researcher with the Province of Manitoba looking at fringe development. (Kristy Lebaron)
  • Robin Beukens. Project Research Assistant, Metro Vancouver Policy and Planning Department, worked on environmental management projects (Andjela Knezevic-Stevanovic)
  • Jill Collinson, Planning Technician, Regional District of Nanaimo, Rural Village Centre inventory in relation to Regional Growth Strategy. (Paul Thompson)
  • Ryan Eidick. Summer Program Coordinator at St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry. Coordinated program activities for inner-city residents, including trips to Winnipeg Beach, Bomber games, Assiniboine park, etc. Helped run a twice weekly food bank and a men's meal program. (Juanita McKinnon-Smith).
  • Jonathan Hildebrand. Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, worked on a Comprehensive Community Planning project for Manitoba First Nations, in partnership with the U of M (Brian Saulnier).
  • Caitlin Kotak. Policy Researcher, Manitoba Local Government (Planning Policy and Programs Branch) Prepared a research report on policy and legislation options for development cost charges. (supervised by Kristy LeBaron)
  • Chris Larson. Planning Intern, City of Revelstoke Planning and Development Services, worked advancing projects related to implementing the Parks, Rec & Culture Master Plan, (John Guenther)
  • Shengxu Li. Research Assistant, Spence Neighbourhood Association, did research on community garden land tenure and other inner-city green space planning work. (Supervisor: Kathryn Mackenzie)
  • Alexis Miller. Assistant Housing Coordinator, Point Douglas Resident's Committee (PDRC), worked on the Block by Block Improvement Program (a neighbourhood revitalization pilot project), Chris McCarville
  • Marie Cecile Mbadugha. Housing Procurement Coordinator. Winnipeg Regional Health Authority - Community Mental Health and housing Program Worked on the At Home/Chez Soi Project., contacting public and private landlords to partner and provide housing for the homeless participants. I also engaged in project management, writing reports, proposals and planning workshops and training to develop awareness on mental illness, addiction issues and homelessness, and developing strategies to reduce the rate of eviction and promote successful tenancy. (Ben Fry)
  • Meghan Norman. Planner at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., Calgary, AB, collected survey results and wrote a report based on the results, wrote and submitted proposals, worked on a Municipal Development Plan review and did background research. (Cam Lang, Senior Planner, RPP)
  • Jennifer Pritchard. Oral Historian, University of Northern British Columbia. Place: Lake Babine Nation, British Columbia. Key Words: Creation stories, borders, cultural mapping, discourse analysis. (Alyce Johnson, UNBC and Sheri Blake, UM).
  • Laura Rempel. Research Assistant, on Complete Streets Age Friendly Pinawa (Richard Milgrom) and worked as a Researcher on Creating Sustained Opportunity: A Business Case for the Employment of Manitobans with Disabilities, with O'Neill & Associates (Jim Hamilton).
  • Ryan Paradis, Manager of Planning & Development, (MEDO) Metis Economic Development Organization, working on Development Planning & Project Management, (Blake Russell - CEO).
  • Johanna Washchyshyn. Planning Assistant; Health Sciences Centre, WRHA Capital Planning; research and background documentation for an updated HSC Campus Master Plan (Ken Kollinger)

Summer 2010:

  • Adam Cseke. Downtown College Planner and Shuswap Construction Industry Professionals (SCIP) OCP Planner Salmon Arm Economic Development Society and the Shuswap Construction Industry Professionals (SCIP). Prepared a report outlining the stakeholders vision of a new and relocated College in Salmon Arm. Prepared a report outlining SCIP's views during the OCP process. (Lana Fitt, Economic Development Manager)
  • Pamela Elias. Heritage Winnipeg, Junior Heritage Officer Intern, Some of the tasks I performed included research, data entry, document layout, assisted in event organization tasks, etc. (Cindy Tugwell)
  • Kimberly Farris
  • Michael Friesen, Planning Assistant, Thompson District Planning Office, worked on a community development plan for Cross Lake Community as well as assisting in general planning duties. (Matthew Pawlow)
  • Krysti Horton
  • Erin Huck, Planning Intern, Dillion Consulting Ltd (Winnipeg), planning district development plan research, community communications and site planning (Jacquie East)
  • Mike Lennon
  • Kyle McStravick
  • Carole O'Brien, film research and production project in collaboration with members of a coalition of community-based organizations in the inner-ctiy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - MB (Dr. Richard Milgrom).
  • Christina Maes, Research Assistant, Main Street Project, worked on Winnipeg Street Health Report, which was a study of the health, social service, and housing situation of 300 people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg (Suzanne Gessler, Ian Skelton, and Brian Bechtel).
  • Aaron Short, Research Assistant, Main Street Project, Conducted primary stakeholder interviews with persons living on the street for the Winnipeg Street Health Report. Supervisor - Christina Maes, Ian Skelton.
  • Fernando Velarde-Trejo. Intern at Food Matters Manitoba, assisted with a local food procuring program, wrote articles for their newsletter, phone interviews, helped develop survey distributed with Manitoba food producers, and attended farmer markets in the city to share information about food security and local food production. (Kreesta Doucette)

Summer 2009:

  • Waleed Albakry, Planning Intern, , Planning and Development Department, City of Winnipeg (working on the two secondary plans: St. Norbert and South Osborne village. (David Marsh )
  • Vince Barletta, Research Assistant doing cross-collation of South Point Douglas studio workshops, background research (Dr. Sheri Blake)
  • Brock Feenstra, Planning Assistant, District of North Vancouver, Planning Permits, & Bylaws (supervisor tba)
  • Jacob Edenloff, Planning Assistant, Steinback District Planning Office, worked on a community development plan for the Town of Ste. Anne, Manitoba (Allison Dreidger)
  • Andrei Friesen, Steinback District Planning Office, continuing from Studio 2 CITY 7420 work, St. Anne's and the development plan policy work on St. Pierre Jolys. (Allison Dreidger in Steinbach and Sheri Blake)
  • Pawan Gill, worked as a Planning Intern for Lombard North Group, (David Palubeski)
  • John-Paul Harris, at Urban Edge Consulting Inc., working on a participatory visioning document for the Valour Community Centre Orioles Site. (Gerry Couture).
  • Lauren Lange, research assistant on Supportive Housing for Aboriginal Seniors, partnering with the Aboriginal Senior Resources Centre. (Dr. Ian Skelton).
  • Brodie Lister, Institute for Urban Studies (working on the IUS's 40 year retrospective and Churchill, Manitoba Sustainability Plan). (Michael Dudley).
  • Lacey MacLean, Research Assistant (Dr, Rae Bridgman)
  • Scott McCullough, Bridgman Collaborative, (Marcella Poirer)
  • Jeffrey Pratte, City of Winnipeg, developed and administered a public engagement strategy as part of Speak Up Winnipeg, and writing and research for the website and background reports (Michelle Richard)
  • Elisabeth Saftiuk, Planner, ADI Limited in Fredericton, New Brunswick. (Lydia Lewycky, Senior Planner, MCIP, RPP,CSLA)

Summer 2008: .

  • Chris Baker, Planning Intern, Portage la Prairie Planning District (Kinelm Brookes, Development Officer with Don Malinowski, Manitoba Inter-Governmental Affairs, Portage District Office)
  • Barb Besner, Intern, University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation (Sherman Kreiner, managing director) and Research Assistant, IUS, (Jino Distasio)
  • Bwale Bwalya, Planning Intern (Paul Raths, Provincial Planning Services, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Winnipeg)
  • Devin Clark, Planning Intern, Heritage Winnipeg
  • Sarah Cooper, Housing Issues Research Intern (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba (Shauna MacKinnon, Director )
  • Karin Kliewer, Planning Research Intern, Centre for Sustainable Transportation, University of Winnipeg (Arne Elias, Executive Director, CST)
  • David Kuxhaus, Planning Intern, Urban Exchange Program, United Way of Winnipeg (Eric Friesen, Program Director)
  • Richard Mahe, Planning Intern, Housing Coordination, Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg (Bob McFadyen , Housing Coordinator, CMHA Winnipeg Region)
  • Vicky Reaney, Environmental Planning Assistant, Town of Banff, Alberta (Chad Townsend, Environmental Services Coordinator, Planning & Development, Town of Banff
  • Becky Raddatz, Planning Intern, Historic Places Initiative, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Winnipeg (Ian Hall, Municipal Liaison Officer, Historic Resources Branch, Heritage Buildings Unit)
  • Andrew Ross, Planning Intern (Housing and Mental Health), Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation (Heather Ferguson)
  • Marli Sakiyama, Planning Intern, West End BIZ, Winnipeg (Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner CHRP,CIM,P.Mgr., Executive Director, West End Business Improvement Zone)
  • Robyn Webb, Planning Intern, Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation, Winnipeg (Kelli Adams )
  • Kaeley Wiseman, Research Assistant, Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg (Jino Distasio, Director, IUS)
Summer 2007: .
Quincy Brown, Planning Intern, Access Management, Planning and Design Department, Manitoba Highways, Winnipeg (Richard Nichol, Senior Access Management Analyst,
David Danyluk, Planning Intern, Save Our Seine, Winnipeg (Suzanne Gessler MCP, SOSBoard Member, Ferguson, Planning Intern, Community Planning and Environment Services, City ofCoquitlam, BC (Rob Innes, Manager, Community Planning )
Matthew Fitzgerald, Planning Intern, District of North Cowichan, BC (Chris Hall,Director of Planning, )
Shelagh Graham, Summer Intern, Scatliff+Miller+Murray, Winnipeg (Derek Eno MCP MCIP, Planner, telno 927-3445 )
Matthew Gratton, Planning Student Intern, Urban Land, Stantec Consulting Ltd, Edmonton (Simon O'Byrne MCP MCIP,
Reuben Koole, Planning Student Intern, Neighbourhoods Alive! Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Winnipeg (Myra Cruz Arado MCP , Nadalene Khan MCP )James Moore, Planning Student Intern, Regional District of Central Okanagan, BC (DanPlamondon, Deputy Director of Planning, RDCO,
Cara Nichols (Burbridge), Planning Clerk, Planning and Land Use Division, Planning, Property and Development Dept., City of Winnipeg (John McNairnay )
Tom Pearce, Summer Student Planning Analyst, Public Schools Finance Board, Province ofManitoba (Rick Dedi )
• Marcella Poirier, Summer Intern Researcher/Writer: i) for Sheri Blake – interviews and transcription; ii) and for Jino Distasio - re-writing a document for IUS about Housing Distress in Winnipeg; plus iii) Communications Director, Bridgman Collaborative.
Stephanie Whitehouse, Contract Researcher, Mapping Cultural Resources Project, Winnipeg Arts Council (Carol Phillips, Executive Director, and Planning/Design Intern, Center for Urban Pedagogy, New York City, NY, USA (Rosten Woo, Director of Programs c/o )

Summer 2006:
Matt Glavin <>, Research Assistant, Selkirk and District Planning Area Board [Sue Sutherland <> and Lloyd Talbot MCP MCIP]
Lindsey Graham-Dyck <>, Research Assistant, Chartered Institute of Housing, Edinburgh, Scotland [Lyn Jardine <> ]
John Koch-Schulte <>, UNESCO, Bangkok
Justin Lee <>, Creative City Network, Vancouver BC
Ludwig Lee <>, Urban Design Intern, City of Saskatoon - Urban Design Section, Land Branch. Website: [Jeanna South, Urban Design Coordinator,]
Jason Locke <>, Project Planning/Research Assistant Centre for Indigenous and Environmental Resources, Winnipeg> [Lisa Hardess, Planner/Research Associate]
Fereshteh Moradzadeh <>, Project Researcher, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg (Rodney Macdonald)
Tammi Peralta <>, Housing Research Assistant Canadian Mental Health Association [Nancy Testar, Director, CMHA Winnipeg]
Allahyar Raza <>, Research Assistant, Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation [Dwayne Rewniak <> ]
Simi Sandhu <>, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade (Bob Grodzik)
Kari Schulz <>, City of Winnipeg, PPD (Michelle Richard)
Brett Shenback <>, City of Winnipeg, PPD (Martin Sandhurst)
Katy Walsh <>, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade (Bob Grodzik)
Tracy Woitenko <>, Research Assistant – Business Revitalization Zones, Planning Department, City of Edmonton

Summer 2005:
Kimberly Balance: Intern/Volunteer, Water Efficiency Web-Site Project, Manitoba Conservation, Winnipeg (Lisbeth Liebgott, Pollution Prevention Branch
Lee Anne Beaubien: CED Project Coordinator, Spence Neighbourhood Association, Winnipeg Aliaga Executive Director, SNA
Richard Borbridge: Design Intern, VIA Architects, Vancouver(Matthew Roddis, Urban Designer ) 
Gary Christopher: Summer Research Assistant, Institute of Urban Studies,University of Winnipeg (Michael Dudley, Research Associate/Librarian
Devin Dietrich: United Way, Winnipeg(Crystal Laborero, Director of Aboriginal Relations) 
Tara Fulton-Roy: Project Volunteer, Manitoba Food Charter, Winnipeg (Kreesta Doucette, Project Coordinator ) 
Suzanne Gessler: Support Staff, Proposal Fund Allocation Committee (PFAC: Alleviating homelessness through community partnerships)(Bern Bileski, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg) 
Jing Hua: Assistant to the Director, Urban Planning and Administration Division, Binhu Branch of the Urban Planning Department, City of Wuxi (Jing’s hometown in China) has(Mr. Ni Feng, Division Director
Stephanie Long: Junior Planner, Community Planning Branch, Planning and Development Department, City of Coquitlam(Erica Tiffany, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Rob Innes, Manager, Community Planning Department ) 
Roxanne Lypka: Program and Policy Researcher, Planning and Coordination Branch, Manitoba Water Stewardship (STEP) (Jeremy Angus
Marcin Pachcinski: Resource Support, MSTC (Movimento Sem-Teto do Centro) Sao Paulo, Brazil (Movement of Roofless People in the Centre of Sao Paulo)(Neti – President, MSTC) 
Kent Paterson: General Manager, Community Initiatives, YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg(David Young, Chief Executive Officer) 
Darin Ramsay: Research Analyst (Accessible Transit Strategic Plan), TransLink BC (GVTA) (Maria Su, Program Manager, Transportation Policy and Strategy) 
Jessica Roder: Project Researcher, Building Green Educational (SDIF) Project (David van Vliet, UofM and Rodney Macdonald, Manitoba Green Building Chapter, with Roger Lam and Lisbeth Liebgott) 
Misty Sklar: Assistant Project Officer, Neighbourhoods Alive! Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, Winnipeg (Myra Arado Cruz ) 
Robert Tarulli: Summer Planning Intern, Urban Design Section, Downtown Branch, Planning, Property and Development Department, City of Winnipeg(Lee Caldwell, Senior Urban Designer
Noah Yauk: Researcher, North End Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, Winnipeg(Nanette McKay, Executive Director ) 

Summer 2004:
Dana Bao: Bob Grodzik, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, Capital Region Planning
Haijing Gao: David Palubeski MCIP, Lombard North Group
Meagan Henke: Bob Grodzik, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Capital Region Planning
Christa Jacobucci: Dwayne Rewniak, MCP MCIP, Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation
Jennifer Jenkins: Giles Bugailiskis, City of Winnipeg (Heritage Unit, Planning and Land Use Division, Planning, Property and Development Department ) Exchange District Secondary Plan.
Amy Jordan: Ian Skelton, University of Manitoba, with Tom Yauk (Housing Opportunity Partnership) UHAND/Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance Project (Understanding Housing and Neighbourhood Dynamics)
Om Joshi: Jacquie East, MCP, City of Winnipeg
Allison Lazaruk:
Erin McCleery: Ian Skelton, University of Manitoba, with Tom Yauk (Housing Opportunity Partnership) UHAND/Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance Project (Understanding Housing and Neighbourhood Dynamics)
Susan Radstrom: Donovan Toews, ND Lea (Consultant Planners and Engineers), Winnipeg
Leah Ross: Institute for Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg
Cheryl Selig: Ian Skelton
Tom Young: Scott Pragnell, City of Edmonton

Summer 2003:
Internships for the summer are incomplete. Placements ranged widely for students.
Ayoka Anderson:
Leanne Anderson Doug Clark, MCIP FCSLA, Executive Director, Downtown Biz, Winnipeg
Jessica Boot:
Jennifer Ferguson:
Shaun Klassen Robert Connolly, Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut, Rankin Inlet
Natasha Knautz
Khawja Latif: Chris Leach, MCIP, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Portage La Prairie Office
Donald Nip: Jay Bradley, District of Highlands, BC
Rachel Philippe:
James Platt:
Stephen Walker:
Richard Warren: Robert Connolly, Dept. of Sustainable Development, Baker Lake, Nunavut.

Summer 2002:
Marc Brown, Community Planning Advisor, Dept. of Sustainable Development, Whale Cove, Nunavut (Robert Connolly)
Derk Eno, Planning Technician, Municipal Development Department, City of Chilliwack, BC (Karen Stanton, Provisional MCIP, Assistant Manager, Development Services)
Veronica Elves, CMHC and ND Lea (Donovan Toews MCP)
Martin Frigo, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Steinbach Office (Bill Sawka)
Jason Granger, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (Colleen Schneider MCP, Coordinator, Community Health Advisory Councils, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)
Njeri Karanya, St. James-Assiniboia Neighbourhood Resource Network WRHA (Jennifer Conlin)
Nadalene Khan, City of Winnipeg, Planning and Land Use (Urban Land) Division (Michael Carruthers MCIP)
Roger Lam, Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness, Winnipeg office, Emergency Preparedness Canada (Andrea McDonald, Regional Director, OCIPEP)
Sara Macarthur, The Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Centred Prairie Communities (Darren Lezubski)
Gord McGonigal, City of Winnipeg, Planning and Land Use (Urban Land) Division (Valdene Buckley/Chris Knoll)
Susan Mulligan, Community Planning Advisor, Department of Sustainable Development, Coral Harbour, Nunavut (Robert Connolly)
Mechyslaya Polevychok, Institute for Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg (Jino Distasio and Michael Dudley MCP)
Larissa Sveinson, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (Doug Clark MCIP)

Summer 2001:
Zumin Bian: Project Officer, Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone, Winnipeg (Doug Clark MCIP, Executive Director)
Myra Cruz: Assistant Program Officer, Neighbourhoods Alive! Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Winnipeg (Richard Dilay, Program
Fiona Foster, Research Officer, Housing Policy Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services, Victoria (JulietteProom, Senior Policy Analyst)
Dolu Mary Gonzalez, Research Assistant, 'A Planning Strategy for the Urubamba Valley, Peru'.(Prof. Basil Rotoff, MCIP)
Grant Melnychuk, Assistant Capital Region Planner, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Provincial Planning Services Branch, Winnipeg (Jennifer Rogers MCIP, Capital Region Planner)
Richard Kanne, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
Kangjian Luo, Project Officer, Urban Innovations Inc., Winnipeg (Bryson Maternick, President Urban Innovations); and Lombard North Group Ltd, Winnipeg (David Palubeskie MCIP, Managing Partner)
Blaine Russell, Planning Assistant, Regional District of Nanaimo, Nanaimo, BC (Pam Shaw)
Randolph Wang, Project Planner (City of Dong Guan Project), Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shen Zhen (UPDIS), Shen Zhen, China (Can Ming Yu, Senior Planner/Director, Urban Design Division UPDIS)

Summer 2000:
Joel Casselman: Project Assistant, Universal Design Institute, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB
Angie Clark: Planning Assistant, Brandon and Area Planning District, Brandon, Manitoba MB
Allison Cook: Planning Assistant, Go For Green (advocacy non-profit), Ottawa ON
Dan Garrison: Project Research Officer, Housing Policy Branch, BC Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security, Victoria, BC
Kristy LeBaron: Program Assistant, Neighbourhoods Alive! Program, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Winnipeg MB
Xu Liu: Project Assistant, Wangfujing Area Construction and Management Office, Beijing, China
Bobby Mitra: Planning Assistant, Social Planning Council, Winnipeg MB
Erik Nilsen : Community Planning Assistant, Kivalliq Community Planning Project, Repulse Bay, Nunavut
Kirsten Robinson: Resort Municipality of Whistler, BC
Karen Sadler : Community Planning Assistant, Kivalliq Community Planning Project, Baker Lake, Nunavut
Kent Snyder: Planning Assistant, Asset Management and Area Plans, Real Estate Department, Canada Post Corporation, Winnipeg MB
Michael Strong: Intern Volunteer, Old Strathcona Foundation, Edmonton AB
Kevan Sumner: Planning Assistant, Dauphin MB Office, Community Land Use Planning Division, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs
Kevin Yim: Planning Assistant, Shindico Inc. (Commercial Real Estate Developers), Winnipeg MB

Summer 1999:
Michael Dudley, Planning Assistant, Design and Project Implementation Branch, Planning and Land Use Division, Property and Development Services, City Of Winnipeg (Kevin Nixon/Tom Fred/Jim Patterson/Donna Beaton/John Kiernan).
Dan Demytrie, Project Officer, Khasrati Imam Heritage Preservation, UNESCO Office, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Dr. Kamol Sharakhmedov).
Yisen Li, Project Assistant, Winnipeg Chinatown Revitalization, Chinatown Development Corporation (Raymond S.C. Wan, Architect).
Simon O'Byrne, Junior Planner, Planning Department, City of Edmonton
Brad Squibb, Survey Project Assistant, UMCP Survey of MPPI Members, Re. Hiring Needs (Skills/Knowledge) (Dr. Ian Skelton MCIP)
Greg Steves, Planning Assistant, Real Estate Department, Canada Post Corporation, Winnipeg (Joseph Ryan, Regional Area Manager)
Andrew Vuong, Research Planner, Transportation Development Institute, Faculty of Management, University of Manitoba (Dr. Barry Prentice)


Scroll down to some illustrated examples:


Photos above and right by Marc Brown during his internship in Nunuvut: Whale's Tail (built for Canada's centennial); Tug of War (part of community celebration of Canada Day); Hamlet Office; Marc Brown With two members of the community planning committee after a swim in Hudson Bay.

Above: Whyte Avenue, Edmonton. Old Stratcona Farmers Market.

L: Michael Strong interning in home town of Edmonton. R: Blaine Russell interning in home town of Nanaimo.

Kangian Luo (standing) with office colleagues at Lombard North. Principal of this firm is David Palebeski (at centre), current President of CIP.

Myra Cruz reporting on her internship in the colloquum delared: "I've always been interested in community development but was not familiar with the workings of a community. My experience during the summer provided me with a new view. I am more passionate about it now than I was before".

CP students interned in different communities in Nunavut in summer of 2002! The Government of Nunavut's Department of Sustainable Development, (DSD), created two summer Community Planner Advisor placements.There will also be an opportunity for 12 month internships. See Dr. Ian Skelton for details.

Above: Marc at the airport with the Mayor and SAO of Whale Cove.

Town of Whale Cove
Sunset over Hudson Bay

CP students first interned in Nunavut during the summer of 2001 with The Government of Nunavut's Department of Sustainable Development, (DSD), working as summer Community Planner Advisor placements.

Erik Nilsen, in Repulse Bay
"The internship allowed me the unique opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the professional planning environment. This important practical experience expanded my knowledge of planning in a way that lectures, discussions and studio sessions simply could not."
"My experience in Nunavut over the course of the summer has provided me with a focus for further research and study. The internship was extremely influential in shaping my planning interests and informing my thesis work."

Photos: Post office. Deputy Mayor. Hunting and fishing with residents. Council chambers. Erik standing by large 'inukshuk' and with Dr. Ian Skelton at cairn marking the 'arctic circle'.

Karen Sadler, in Baker Lake
"I was a Community Planning Advisor (CPA) in the community of Baker Lake Nunavut. The objective of the internship was to be a resource for the community as part of an iniative to encourage community empowerment. Part of the internship consisted of the CPA's undergoing a week-long orientation in Rankin Inlet with DSD, prior to going into the community to gain an understanding of the cultural, political, social and economic circumstances of life in Nunavut. My primary endeavor was to help the Hamlet of Baker Lake Council, and the community, gain an understanding of what community based planning is and how they can use it to build capacity within the community. This experience was a wonderful opportunity and has many benefits to all involved and I hope to work with the community again in the future."

Michael Strong, in Edmonton
"I volunteered with the Old Strathcona Foundation in Edmonton. The Foundation exposed me to an array of planning issues, personal contacts and research material. I am confident the lessons and experiences gained from my internship with the Foundation and the University of Manitoba City Planning Program will aid in my professional planning development and future employability."

Kevan Sumner, in Dauphin MB
"The position was created in an adhoc manner by the Director of the Department to provide field office experience and some relief for under-staffed office. I was to provide whatever help I could to the District Manager / Planner and the Planning Assistant. The staff were great, in that they didn't shoehorn me into one specific task or project. I had the opportunity to work on a number of important projects, especially when staff were on holidays. These included cooperation with the Provincial Hog Initiative, the formation of planning districts, and cooperation with municipalities and planning districts in the creation or rewriting of Development Plans and Zoning By-Laws. More mundane taskes included procesing and filing of subdivision applications, zoning amendments, and development plan amendments. I had hoped that I would be able to gain some experience in community economic development but these responsibilities were transfered to a separate office just prior to my arrival. This was a rewarding experience. When I was working with the municipal councils I really felt that I was providing a necessary and appreciated service. I think that one can ask for little better reward for a day's work.

Allison Cook, in Ottawa
"Over the summer I worked at 'Go for Green', a national non-profit organisation which encourages Canadians to pursue healthy, outdoor physical activities while being good environmental citizens. At their national office in Ottawa. I worked closely with a young, enthusiastic planner in developing their 'Active Transportation Program'. I was involved in a variety of things, including: writing a major funding proposal, creating 'Active Transportation Fact Sheets' for their website, and gathering information to help the organisation further develop and implement the program."
"I had a great experience, because I was welcomed by everyone in the small office. I was exposed to many tasks and experiences that were not discussed in my planning courses. Also, my internship helped me narrow my thesis topic and introduced me to the planning community in Ottawa."

Kristy Lebaron, in Winnipeg
"My role was a planning assistant for the new 'Neighbourhoods Alive! Initiative'. I had a large role in the development and implementation of the Initiative as well as completing many smaller projects and daily tasks. I will continue in this paid position for another term... My thesis has evolved out of my internship experience with Neighbourhood renewal programming. My topic idea is 'how to sustain the work of existing and new community-based organizations / service providers in Winnipeg. It will utilize the concepts of sustainable development, whole-systems planning and other relevant theories. " . Kristy has since graduated and is a Neighbourhood Planning and Projects Officer for Neighbourhoods Alive.

Liu Xu, in Beijing, China
"I did my internship with Wangfujing Area Construction & Management Office (BWACMO). I worked full time for four weeks. It is a real project revitalizating an old commercial street. The working experience there made me think a lot about the planner's role in this kind of huge project, and how can changes happen step by step in urban centres. I am developing this further as my thesis topic."

Grant Melnychuk, in Winnipeg
I interned as a Research Analyst for the Provincial Planning Services Branch of Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs. My main role to assemble and analyze data that would aid in present and future planning in the Capital Region. I gained a better appreciation for the importance of sustainable land use planning and a better understanding of the variety of roles and responsibilities that a professional planner must perform. I feel that much of the knowledge I had gained throughout my M1 coursework was directly applicable to the tasks and responsibilities. As a result of the research during my summer internship, I was also able to identify and solidify a topic for my Major Degree Project.

Kangjian Luo, in Winnipeg.
I interned with Lombard North Group and Urban Innovations Inc. as a project officer this summer. My previous architectural background and knowledge gained form year one course work contributed collectively to the internship. It was a rewarding experience for me to broaden the understanding of planning and planning practice in Canadian context.

Myra Cruz, in Winnipeg
I interned at Neighbourhoods Alive! Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs full-time during the summer as a Project Officer responsible for reviewing proposals that are seeking financial support from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF), which is available to designated inner city communities most in need for local planning, enhancement projects, economic development and community support programs. I also worked on a part-time basis for the West Broadway Development Corporation as a member of the Community Land Trust interim Board, to provide support and help initiate the development of a long-term outreach strategy. My internship experience enriched my knowledge in community planning and community development. Both summer positions provided a vehicle to see and experience both sides of the spectrum -- the community level and the government level, and the interactions and dynamics between the two. It has shown me that the field is (perhaps not in all environments but in this case) working towards planning with communities rather than for them.

Zumin Bian, in Winnipeg
I worked on with the Downtown Business Zone to undertake a study and prepare a report one-way to two-way street conversion in the downtown. I am continuing with this case in my Practicum research on more sustainable transportation and collaborative planning.