Every year for the past 48 years, 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 works full-time for both an opposition and government Member of Parliament. 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 innovate 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.
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Welcome to the new website of the Parliamentary Internship Programme!
I am thrilled to introduce the 2017-18 Parliamentary Interns: Patrick Butler, Ronald Hoffman, Emily Jensen, Ross Linden-Fraser, Alex Miller-Pelletier, Andrew Merrell, Avnee Paranjape, Kim Paradis, Aurélie Skrobik and Rose St-Pierre. They are an amazing group and a joy to work with.
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 young Canadians and initiatives such as Samara Canada’s Everyday Political Citizen project.
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.
Thank you for visiting our site,
Dr. Anne Dance, Director
20 September 2017
CBC Power and Politics: 2015-2016 Interns
They’re young, they’re smart and they’re passionate about politics – three parliamentary interns talk about life on the Hill.