Meet the 2019-2020 Interns

Welcome to the Parliamentary Internship Programme!

Meet Our Alumni

The record of achievement built by PIP alumni in the public service, academe, business, civil society, journalism and the legal profession is testament to the important role that PIP plays in developing the potential of exceptional young Canadians.

Message from Director

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.

Research Corner

As part of the academic component of the Programme, interns complete an original research paper on an aspect of Parliament or Canadian politics. Interns select a topic and conduct their research under the supervision of the Programme Director drawing on their unique access to people on Parliament Hill and the resources available through the Programme.

Each year, interns present “close-to-finished” draft versions of these research papers in June at a special public seminar. The Gaboury Symposium, named after former Programme Director Jean-Pierre Gaboury, is organized in cooperation with the Institute on Governance.

All ten of the interns’ final papers are eligible for the Alfred Hales Prize. The Prize is awarded each year by the Institute on Governance for the best paper written by a Parliamentary intern. The prize-winning paper is selected by representatives of the Canadian Political Science Association, the House of Commons and the Institute on Governance.

Prize Winners

Kim Paradis Awarded the 2019 Alfred Hales Prize

Congratulations to Kim Paradis! Kim (PIP 2017-18) was awarded the 2019 Alfred Hales Prize by Michael O'Neill of the Institute on Governance. Kim received the award at a luncheon in June 2019 hosted by the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons. Her paper, and those of past winners, may be downloaded here:

Recent Alumni Publications and Research

Ronald Hoffman, Avnee Paranjape, and Kim Paradis (all PIP 2017-18) were shortlisted for the 2019 Alf Hales Prize.

Madalina Chesoi (PIP 2015-16) presented her paper on organizing constituency offices at the Canadian Study of Parliament Group Seminar in March 2018.

Morgan Ring (PIP 2012-13) completed her PhD in History at the University of Oxford, published a monograph on Renaissance politician Margaret Lennox ("So High a Blood: The Life of Margaret, Countess of Lennox," Bloomsbury, 2017), and recently spoke at the Stratford Festival Forum’s Table Talk series.

Claire Sieffert (PIP 2016-17) was awarded the 2018 Alf Hales Prize for her paper on Senate constituency outreach in June 2017.

Aurélie Skrobik (PIP 2017-18) presented her PIP paper on e-petititions at the Canada Study of Parliament Group conference, “Spotlight on 42: Changes, Challenges and Conclusions” in September 2018.

Feodor Snavosky (PIP 2015-16) recently co-authored a paper with Matthew Kerby in Parliamentary Affairs based on his PIP research.

Paul Thomas (PIP 2005-06) completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral grant at Carleton University.

Jon Weier (PIP 2000-01) co-edited Party of Conscience The CCF, the NDP, and Social Democracy in Canada with Roberta Lexier and Stephanie Bangarth.

Alumni took part in a panel organized by Anoush F. Terjanian (PIP 1994-95) at the Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference. Programme Papers included:

Jon Weier (PIP 2000-01), Western University: The CCF/NDP and Parliament: Towards a Left History of Canadian Politics

Paul Thomas (PIP 2005-16), Carleton University, Getting people on the inside? The expansion of externally-supported internship programmes at the Canadian Parliament

Brock Pitawanakwat (PIP 2002-03), University of Sudbury: Anishinaabe Perspectives on Electoral Participation: Expectations, Motivations and Observations

Discussant: Alison Smith (PIP 2009-10), University of Toronto-Mississauga

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