Public Service (Optional Co-op)
Program DetailsCredential: 1-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
This one-year graduate certificate program has been designed to meet the demand for the skills specific to working in government, the non-profit sector and public service related consultancy.
The program covers the inner workings of government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels with a particular focus on understanding ethics, policy, organizational structures, culture, and public leadership and management. Issues relating to conflict of interest, development of public policy, and the foundation of public accountability are addressed in detail. During the course of study students apply their knowledge with an applied policy analysis project in semester one, and with a capstone project in semester two.
Graduates of this program have developed skills in critical thinking, analytical communications, leadership, organizational development, and planning in the context of working within the public sector and are prepared for service at the national, provincial, and municipal level.
Student AvailabilityConestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.
Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
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Work Term Capabilities
- Advanced oral and written communications and interpersonal skills, including communications with the public, media and internal stakeholders
- Create and evaluate strategic plans including mission, vision and values statements as they apply to the mandate of an organization within the public sector
- Examine public policies and governance structures
- Develop and analyze policy and procedures
- Research legislation and regulations to guide decision-making processes and actions
- Understand the historical, social and cultural implications of the public service workplace including unionized and multicultural environments
- Apply systems theory models to solve organizational challenges
- Create social awareness and cultural campaigns
- Assist with managing cross-functional projects
- Apply software application, information and data management skills in an effective, legal and ethical manner
- Participate in succession planning and human resource activities
Sample Job TitlesJunior Economic Development Officer, Community Relations Intern, Communications Assistant, Business Support Analyst, Policy Analyst
Program CoursesTo see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.
Wage DataConestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.
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Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 2735