(Image and Article by Ahmed Minhas)
The School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University hosted yet another successful Master of Professional Communication (MPC) Internship Connector on October 3, 2017.
The annual event, now in its fourth year of observation, was created to provide students with the opportunity to network and discuss placements for the compulsory work-study portion of the program.
MPC Internship Coordinator, Professor Ava Cross, spoke to the many benefits of the internship program, highlighting past students who went on to find full-time employment with their industry sponsor after graduation.
Multiple MPC alumni were in attendance, representing current employers and past internship sponsors. Industry guests also included representatives from marketing and design firm Stinson Design, as well as not-for-profit agency and past internship host, Rethink Breast Cancer.
For Natasha Ramoutar, MPC Class of 2018 candidate, the Connector helped her meet former graduate students and gain insights into their internship experiences.
“I found the MPC Internship Connector valuable as it allowed me to connect with MPC alumni,” said Ramoutar. “It’s really motivating to talk with [them], learn about their career trajectory, and potentially apply to intern with their current employers.”
A sense of community was present, with many of the sponsors coming from within the Ryerson University community. One prospective sponsor was recruiting for a startup that emerged from the Fashion Zone, one of 11 innovative, collaborative and business-inspired zones at Ryerson.
The MPC internship provides students with an opportunity to develop valuable skills and further their careers. The hands-on experience and practical knowledge developed through placement is particularly useful for postgraduate students.
“The event came at a crucial time, as many of us are in the midst of finding that perfect internship for the upcoming semester,” said Travis Boyco, MPC 2018 candidate.
“It was a great opportunity not only to see what type of opportunities exist in the communications field, but to also network with a variety of professionals working under the umbrella of communications,” Boyco added.
At the MPC Internship Connector, industry sponsors have the opportunity to establish relationships with highly-motivated interns while contributing to the future of Canada’s workforce through internship placement. Host organizations also gain invaluable exposure within the academic community as they represent their brand at one of Toronto’s leading universities.
The MPC internship program is an exciting opportunity for students and sponsors alike. Interested sponsors should contact Internship and Alumni Liaison, Danielle Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the program, please visit www.procom.ryerson.ca/graduate/internship.