Beyond the Classroom

The UTSC Department of Political Science is excited to launch our 2021 offering of our Beyond the Classroom experiential learning program. This program is an opportunity for first- and second- year students to volunteer for a day or two a week during the summer within a structured, supervised internship that will help you acquire or refine important skills relevant to your degree. We think that it is so important that you are able to pursue regular volunteer or internship opportunities within political campaigns, government agencies and non-profit organizations that the department will provide you with a small stipend. Please see below for more information.

NOTE: we are very mindful of the current circumstances regarding COVID-19 and as a result all of the placement opportunities within the program for the 2021 Summer session will be remote/work from home.

Program Description:

With the assistance of integrated learning experience coordinators in the co-op office, students will be matched with an internship according to their interests in government, politics, political advocacy groups, or non-profit organizations.

To complete this program, students must work a minimum of 80 hours during a 12-week term in the Summer. In addition to the volunteer commitment, students will be required to complete four hours of training in workshops organized by our department. These workshops will include vital tasks like Excel spreadsheet usage, as well as professional workplace conduct.

Students and employers will periodically confirm satisfactory attendance and work performance during the term with our departmental program coordinator.

Students will also be required to submit a written report in the form of a reflection paper on what they learned in their placements.


Each student will receive a $1000 stipend from our department during the term they complete their internship. $250 will be paid to each student when they complete the first set of skills workshops. Another $500 will be given to students upon confirmation of a signed sheet attesting to the hours they worked from our placement partners. The last $250 will be paid to students after completing their final reflection paper.

Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 as of the end of the 2020 Fall session
  • Must be enrolled in a program within the Department of Political Science

NOTE: While all students in the department are encouraged to apply, we will be prioritizing 1st and 2nd year student applications.

Applications steps:

  1. Complete an application form by end of day Monday March 15th 2021 via the following link:

  1. Submit your résumé to by end of day Monday March 15th 2021