Thanks to the inspiration and dedication of Alf Hales, the PIP has so far provided almost 480 young Canadians with the experience of a life time. The significant contributions of former interns to Canada and the international community through academics, public service and industry are a lasting testament to important role the PIP plays in developing the potential of promising young Canadians.

Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler

BA (Journalism and Political Science), Carleton University
Patrick grew up in Conception Bay South, N.L. In 2013, he moved to Ottawa to pursue a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science at Carleton University. Since then, his work has been featured by the CBC, the Ottawa Citizen, iPolitics, J-Source, and the St. John’s Telegram, among other media. Fascinated by politics from a young age, Patrick has worked at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. He has likewise covered goings-on at Newfoundland and Labrador’s House of Assembly and disputes over federal access-to-information legislation and electoral reform. Off-beat assignments have also led him to cover the 2015 European Curling Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark, and to co-host “Speak Out,” a radio show covering human rights journalism on Ottawa’s CKCU-FM. Outside of journalism, Patrick enjoys biking, hiking and podcasts.

Ronald Hoffman

Ronald Hoffman

BA (Linguistics and Language Studies), York University
Ronald grew up in and around Barrie, Ontario. Ronald has always seized opportunities to explore life in other parts of the world, either directly, through work and study in foreign countries, or indirectly, by examining the structures and political circumstances of the world’s languages as part of his Linguistics and Language Studies degree. He completed his undergraduate studies at York University’s bilingual Glendon campus and at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Since graduating, Ronald has worked in Toronto, Tel Aviv, and Ottawa, where a magical summer guiding tours on Parliament Hill sparked his interest in Canadian politics. His other interests include languages, language policy, geocaching, and genealogy. Ronald is honoured to be taking part in the Parliamentary Internship Programme.

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen

BA (Political Science), McGill University
Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Emily holds a B.A. (honours) in political science from McGill University. She has experience working in government as an intern at the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, working in the nonprofit sector at Montreal charities Crossroads International and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and working in research at the McGill Institute of Health and Social Policy and the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. Her interest in politics stems from a passion for social justice and a love for problem solving, and she plans to dedicate her career to creating policy that is equity-based and rooted in local solutions. In her free time, Emily enjoys taking art classes, trying to understand poetry, and exploring new places.

Ross Linden-Fraser

Ross Linden-Fraser

BA (International Relations), University of Western Ontario
MA (International Relations), London School of Economics
Originally hailing from Oakville, Ontario, Ross is returning to Canada after a stint in the United Kingdom. While abroad he earned an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, focusing on foreign policy analysis and cross-cultural political theory. He holds an Honours B.A. in International Relations from Western University. Ross has worked in political analysis, research, engineering and maritime shipping (with some bar work along the way). That mix has made him a firm believer in interdisciplinarity and has given him a special interest in the diverse groups of people, interests, and ideas that assemble in Canada’s Parliament. If Ross has any spare time this year, he will probably spend it taking pictures, canoeing, or burning something on the stove.

Andrew Merrell

Andrew Merrell

BSc (Human Ecology), University of Alberta
MA (Political Science), Memorial University of Newfoundland
Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Andrew’s political interests include international Indigenous politics, global food sovereignty, and the study of campaigns and elections. Andrew holds a BSc in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta and will soon receive his MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). As a graduate student at MUN, his main research area was indigenous politics, representation, and self-government in Newfoundland and Labrador. Andrew volunteers with otherwise-abled youth and adults, and once worked at a school for children with special needs in Douala, Cameroon. An avid traveler, Andrew is always up for a new adventure and is excited to explore new ways to get involved with the (global) community as a Parliamentary Intern. Beyond politics, Andrew has worked as a wildland firefighter and also enjoys playing music and bilingual theatre.

Alex Miller-Pelletier

Alex Miller-Pelletier

BA (Science politique), Université Laval
Alex was born in Quebec City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with distinction and appeared on the dean’s honour list at Laval University in 2017. She is fascinated by and passionate about Quebec and Canadian politics, federalism and constitutions. Looking to combine politics with international experience, Alex completed an internship at Bordeaux City Hall in 2015 and a term at the heart of Europe and its institutions at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2016. She is involved in a number of associations, including the Political Science and Debate Club at the Champlain St. Lawrence CEGEP as internal affairs coordinator, Laval University’s Féministes en mouvement as co-general coordinator, and the university’s political science students’ association as academic affairs vice-president. In addition, Alex was a page at the National Assembly of Quebec in 2016-17 and worked as a research assistant at Laval University’s Centre d’analyse des politiques publiques. She has also taken part in numerous political simulations in Quebec and abroad.

Kim Paradis

Kim Paradis

BA (Études internationales), Université de Montréal
MA (Science politique), Université de Montréal
A native of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a Masters of Political Science from the University of Montreal (for which she earned a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council scholarship). She also had the opportunity to study at the Meranier-Gymnasium Lichtenfels in Germany and the University of Vienna in Austria. Kim is very interested in Indigenous issues in Canada, as shown by the various research assistant positions involving Aboriginal affairs that she has held and her master’s thesis, which concerned Indigenous people’s participation in public policy-making. Kim loves to get involved in various projects and, with her classmates, organized the University of Montreal student conference on Aboriginal issues. She also volunteers with immigrant children who have learning difficulties. In her free time, Kim loves to read and explore the visual art

Avnee Paranjape

Avnee Paranjape

 

BA and BSc (English and Biology), University of Regina
MA (English Literature), University of Toronto
Avnee completed her undergraduate education in her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, graduating with High Honours with a BSc in Biology and a B.A. Honours in English from the University of Regina. She presented her literary research on childhood trauma at international conferences and co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article on mercury in aquatic systems. Avnee also held executive positions in organizations like Engineers without Borders Regina, and led initiatives to increase youth voter turnout. She was awarded the President’s Medal for academic excellence and leadership, as well as the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Medal. Avnee then pursued a Masters in English at the University of Toronto as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholar. Recently, she represented her home riding at Daughters of the Vote. Avnee is passionate about environmental policy and science-based legislation, and is thrilled to be joining the Parliamentary Internship Programme!

 

Aurélie Skrobik

Aurélie Skrobik

BA (International Development, minor Political Science), McGill University
A proud Montrealer, Aurélie graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in International Development (Honours) and a minor in Political Science. She completed an undergraduate thesis on sectarian dynamics and political incentives in Iraq. A course at the London School of Economics sparked her interest in public policy and legislative institutions. Subsequent engagements in philanthropic initiatives encouraged her efforts to engage her community in human rights-focused social and political processes. She has worked as VP communications, VP sponsorship and Public Relations executive for McGill-based non-profit organizations and participated in several Model UN conferences. Aurélie appreciates the opportunity to see first-hand how institutions of governance accommodate social, political and cultural differences, and learn from her fellow interns and the many individuals who help shape Canada’s political landscape.

Rose St-Pierre

Rose St-Pierre

BA (Communication, politique et société), Université du Québec à Montréal
Born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Rose became interested in theatre, literature and politics at an early age. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Politics and Society from the University of Quebec at Montreal and continued her studies at the New College of Florida in the United States and interned at the French Parliament as a political attaché. Rose is keenly interested in international relations and took part in the European Parliament (Lille, 2015) and NATO (Washington, 2016) simulations. She also completed a six-month internship in a local women’s rights association in Ouarzazate, Morocco. For the French presidential elections of 2017, Rose organized a political tourism mission for 20 Quebecers with the Réseau Québec-Monde. During this time, Rose worked as a bookseller, journalist and drama teacher. She is also very proud to have helped found a municipal youth platform in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, in Montérégie, where she grew up.

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