A very important 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 the concepts and skills acquired through two terms of course work to a real world problem. Graduating Projects may take many forms, including a consultancy project for a business or industry group, an academic research project at UBC or a partner university, a formal internships with government, 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, small and large companies in various industries such as healthcare, food production, processing and retail, commodity trading, import-export, etc. Most candidates have chosen to carry out their projects in the Vancouver area, although some have gone to the federal government in Ottawa, Ontario, while 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 an opportunity that meets his or her interests and learning objectives. The Graduating Project is an excellent stepping stone that helps mid-career candidates transition to a new industry, or younger candidates transition from an academic to a workplace environment.
Employers: more information about our graduating project program is available here: MFRE Graduating Project.
Examples of where previous MFRE graduates spent their summer:
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