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 2023-2024 Parliamentary Interns: Jared Borgersen, Katie Campbell, Paulina Chan, Camille Cournoyer, Catherine Despatie, Sahib Kaur Dhaliwal, Jean-Samuel Houle, Cythnia Huo, Michael Nolan, Arianne Joyce Padillo, Rodney Stehr, and Ahdithya Rajan Visweswaran. It is a privilege to work with such an engaged, intelligent, and insightful group – the 54th cohort of Interns, and the first in the Programme’s history with 12 Interns!
The 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 will meet and discuss public affairs with some of the country’s leading thinkers and policymakers. They will study and produce innovative original research examining Canadian politics, especially on the Hill. And they will undertake comparative research during study tours within Canada and abroad.
The Programme 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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Parliamentary Interns work closely with their MPs and their staff. They often assist with committee work – reviewing reports, meeting …
Hailing from Valley, Nova Scotia to Surrey, British Columbia, the 2023-24 Parliamentary Interns are excited to start their time on Parliament Hill!