Graduating Projects

A fundamental part of the MFRE program is the graduating project that each candidate undertakes during the summer period between May and August. The graduating project allows students to apply in the real world the concepts and skills acquired over the previous two terms of coursework.

Graduating projects can take many forms within private, public and academic sectors. Projects range from consultancy to academic research at UBC or a partner university, to a formal internship and more.

MFRE candidates have spent their summers at:
  • Top research institutions;
  • Think tanks;
  • Investment banks;
  • Provincial and federal government agencies;
  • Community organizations;
  • International NGOs; and
  • Startups, small businesses and large companies in various industries (food production, processing and retail, commodity trading).
Most candidates choose to carry out their projects in the Vancouver area, however some of our students have completed their projects with the Canadian federal government in Ottawa, Ontario; others have gone abroad to Asia, South America and Africa.

Students attend various workshops throughout the year to help them prepare for their graduating project and professional career. You can learn more about these workshops here.

The MFRE program works with each candidate to develop a graduate project opportunity that meets that student’s particular interests and learning objectives. MFRE is an excellent stepping stone that helps experienced candidates transition to a new industry, or younger candidates to transition from an academic to a workplace environment; the graduating project is a key component of this transition.

Potential Industry Partners
Interested in working with an MFRE candidate? Please view our 2017 MFRE graduating project guidelines for more information.


Examples of where previous MFRE graduates spent their summer:

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