Every year since 1970, the Parliamentary Internship Programme has welcomed 10 young professionals to Parliament Hill from September through June. The paid, non-partisan interns are selected through a national competition. Each intern completes placements with two Members of Parliament – one from the government and one from the opposition. During their internship, Parliamentary interns meet with senior policymakers, diplomats, journalists, scholars, politicians, and leaders in civil society. The interns take part in academic seminars, write an innovative academic research paper, share their knowledge of Parliament with young Canadians, and take part in legislative study tours to Québec, Brussels, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Nunavut.
I am delighted to introduce the 2021-2022 Parliamentary Interns: Élizabeth Bergeron, Charles Bernard, Anne Campbell, Harriet Crossfield, Jonathan Ferguson, Annyse Hawkins, Ryan Jamula, Angelica Kalubiaka, Wynn Rederburg, and Rayna Sutherland. It is an honour and delight to work with such an engaged, intelligent, and thoughtful group – the 52nd cohort of interns!
The ten interns will take part in one of the most comprehensive postgraduate work-study experiences in Canada. They will work closely with Members of Parliament on both sides of the House. They contribute directly to public life through workshops with hundreds of young Canadians. Interns meet and discuss public affairs with some of the country’s leading thinkers and policymakers during brown bag lunches. As they study politics on the Hill, they are also given the opportunity to undertake comparative research during study tours within Canada and abroad.
The program is a fantastic learning experience and a tremendous stepping-stone into academia, the private sector, and the public service. Its many supporters – the Canadian Political Science Association, the House of Commons, friends and sponsors, Members of Parliament, and the robust Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association – have built the program’s rich legacy.
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