Atlas206 Internship Reading

… one of the Atlas Courses

Atlas course syllabus

This syllabus provides weekly readings and core concept pages deemed to be particularly relevant to the learning objectives for an MPP or MPA student’s approximately 15-week internship in a policy-related organization. Each of the 314 concepts has associated with it a multiple-choice, concept comprehension question. These questions (numbers in parenthesis in the table below) are grouped into weekly concept quizzes listed at Concept Quizzes for Atlas206 Internship Reading.

Weeks 1-5

Getting Oriented (6)

Working in Organizations (9)

Building Resources (6)

Persuading (22)

Writing to Persuade (15)

Weeks 6-10

Speaking to Persuade (14)

Fifty Concepts in Governance and Institutions (50)

Twenty Concepts in Policy Analysis and Process (20)

Forty Concepts in Implementation and Delivery (40)

Fifty Concepts in Economic Analysis (50)

Weeks 11-15

Thirty Concepts in Quant, Macro, Social, Global, Eval, and Ethics (30)

The Study of Leadership and Communication (13)

Recognizing Values and Managing Oneself (12)

Diagnosing and Strategizing (16)

Negotiating and Handling Complexity (11)

This syllabus does not introduce any concepts that are not already covered in other Atlas subjects. The subject of this syllabus, Internship Reading, can be viewed as a synthetic Atlas subject. It comprises selected readings and all the 124 core concepts in Leadership Skills and Communication Skills plus 190 core concepts from subjects that are taught in many first-year, required courses in MPP and MPA programs: predominantly Governance and Institutions; Policy Analysis and Process; Implementation and Delivery; Economic Analysis; and Quantitative Methods; but also with a handful of concepts from Ethics, Rights, and Accountability; Socioeconomic and Political Context; Global Context; Evaluation and Performance Measurement; and Macroeconomic Policy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of Atlas206 Internship Reading, students will be able to demonstrate a reasonable comprehension of the 314 concepts in the table above. Although there is some logic to the week-by-week study sequence suggested in the table, the readings could be undertaken in almost any order.

Course syllabi sources

Toronto PPG2006 The PPG Internship: See

Recommended readings and exercises

Week 1: Getting Oriented

Concept pages in Getting Oriented

Jonathan in General, 10 Tips for Effective Networking, Paid to Exist, at, accessed 4 March 2016.

Write a one-page description of where your organizational unit fits into the overall organization, including where possible the names of people in the positions between yours and the chief operating officer or equivalent.

Find the description of your organizational unit in the Estimates (or equivalent publication, such as an annual report). For the Government of Canada, these can be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPPs) at and for the Government of Ontario, they can be found at Published Plans and Annual Reports

Find your organizational unit in the contact directory such as Government Electronic Directory Service (GEDS) or INFO-GO, Government of Ontario Employee and Organization Directory.

Develop a list of 6 people to have coffee with in the next three weeks and find contact numbers.

Complete Quiz 1 – Getting Oriented.

Week 2: Working in Organizations

Concept pages in Working in Organizations

TrainingPoint, It’s All About Culture – What is Corporate Culture? 6-minute YouTube video at, accessed 6 February 2016.

Michigan State University – Human Resources, Behavioral Competencies, on Atlas at Michigan State Behavioral Competencies, original at, accessed 15 February 2016.

Complete Quiz 2 – Working in Organizations.

Week 3: Building Resources

Concept pages in Building Resources

Rene Shimada Siegel, 5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person, My clients are just like yours: They want to Skype, email and text. But here’s why you still need face time, Inc., 29 February 2012, at, accessed 3 March 2016.

Complete Quiz 3 – Building Resources.

Week 4: Persuading

Concept pages in Persuading

Gary Oren, Excellence in Communications lecture (67 minutes) at, accessed 29 December 2015.

Complete Quiz 4 – Persuading.

Week 5: Writing to Persuade

Concept pages in Writing to Persuade

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Good Policy Writing, at, accessed 27 January 2016.

Bob Behn, The Craft of Memo Writing, HKS Communications Program, at, accessed 27 January 2016.

Complete Quiz 5 – Writing to Persuade.

Week 6: Speaking to Persuade

Concept pages in Speaking to Persuade

Amy Cuddy, “Your body language shapes who you are,” at, TED Talk, June 2012, accessed 31 January 2016.

Meghan Keaney Anderson, What Makes a Presentation Great? Deconstructing an Awe-Inspiring TED Talk (the September 2009 talk by Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action, over 25 million views), 30 October 2013, at, accessed 24 January 2016.

Complete Quiz 6 – Speaking to Persuade.

Week 7: Fifty Concepts in Governance and Institutions

Concept pages in Fifty Concepts in Governance and Institutions

Complete Quiz 7 – Fifty Concepts in Governance and Institutions.

Week 8: Twenty Concepts in Policy Analysis and Process

Concept pages in Twenty Concepts in Policy Analysis and Process

Complete Quiz 8 – Twenty Concepts in Policy Analysis and Process.

Week 9: Forty Concepts in Implementation and Delivery

Concept pages in Forty Concepts in Implementation and Delivery

Complete Quiz 9 – Forty Concepts in Implementation and Delivery.

Week 10: Fifty Concepts in Economic Analysis

Concept pages in Fifty Concepts in Economic Analysis

Complete Quiz 10 – Fifty Concepts in Economic Analysis.

Week 11: Thirty Concepts in Quant, Macro, Social, Global, Eval, and Ethics

Concept pages in Thirty Concepts in Quant, Macro, Social, Global, Eval, and Ethics

Complete Quiz 11 – Thirty Concepts in Quant, Macro, Social, Global, Eval, and Ethics.

Week 12: The Study of Leadership and Communication

Concept pages in The Study of Leadership and Communication

BBC Imagine (2014), Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli (60-minute documentary posted to YouTube on 22 June 2014, at, accessed 30 December 2015. (Interested readers can view a scanned pdf of a 1905 edition from University of Toronto’s Robarts Library at, accessed 30 December 2015.)

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli – Animated Book Review, a wry 10-minute video published on YouTube on 22 June 2015 by FightMediocrity, at, accessed 31 December 2015.

Complete Quiz 12 – The Study of Leadership and Communication.

Week 13: Recognizing Values and Managing Oneself

Concept pages in Recognizing Values and Managing Oneself

Jonathan Haidt (2012), The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion. Random House, Toronto, Chapter 7, at, accessed 9 January 2016.

Jonathan Haidt (2012), “Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence.”

The MindTools Editorial Team, Developing Resilience – Overcoming and Growing From Setbacks, at, accessed 23 February 2016.

Susan Heathfield, Take Responsibility for Your Life, at, accessed 16 February 2016.

Complete Quiz 13 – Recognizing Values and Managing Oneself.

Week 14: Diagnosing and Strategizing

Concept pages in Diagnosing and Strategizing

Val Renault, SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, Community Tool Box, at, accessed 6 March 2016.

Leonard, H. B. (2002). A Short Note on Public Sector Strategy-Building, uploaded to the Atlas on 28 December 2015 at

Michael Porter, What is Strategy? Lecture at the University of North Carolina, November 3, 2012, at, accessed 31 December 2015.

Complete Quiz 14 – Diagnosing and Strategizing.

Week 15: Negotiating and Handling Complexity

Concept pages from Negotiating and Handling Complexity

Leigh Thompson, Videos – Negotiating Tactics 101, Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University, at, accessed 25 December 2015.

Bob Behn (2015), On why all public officials need to accept (if only grudgingly) that There is No Silver Bullet, Bob Behn’s Public Management Report, Vol. 13, No. 2, October 2015, at, accessed 31 December 2015.

Richard Straub (2015), Why Managers Haven’t Embraced Complexity, Harvard Business Review, 6 May 2015, at, accessed 31 December 2015.

John Kay, Obliquity: How Complex Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly, TEDx Talk, at, accessed 31 December 2015.

Complete Quiz 15 – Negotiating and Handling Complexity.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last updated 23 April 2017.

Image: LinkedIn, UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering, at, accessed 12 April 2017.