The Practicum, also known as Internship, is a compulsory part of the curriculum. It is intended to ensure that graduates of the Geographic Analysis Program have successfully completed a work term in addition to the more formal education achieved on campus and on field trips. To qualify, positions must entail utilization and enhancement of the skills, methods and knowledge acquired at Ryerson. Internship has been a part of the Program since its inception in 1975, and has proven to be very successful for both graduates and employers. Students gain a practical perspective and the community benefits from the exuberance of new staff that have already made an academic commitment to pursuing a career in a geographic field.
Enrolment in the Practicum normally occurs in the fall term of the fourth year, after completion of at least 350 hours of career-related employment work. Credit can be received for professional employment according to the following provisions: full credit for all work after the end of the fifth semester, and one-half credit (up to 175 hours) for acceptable work taking place after the beginning of the third semester.