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 Samara Centre for Democracy.
Each of the interns’ final papers are eligible for the Alfred Hales Prize, which is named after the late MP Alfred Hales, the Programme's co-founder. A $1,000 Prize is awarded for the best paper written by a Parliamentary intern, with the first two runners-up each receiving $500. The prize-winning papers are selected by representatives of the Canadian Political Science Association, the House of Commons, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the Samara Centre for Democracy, which funds the prizes.
Congratulations to Fregine Sheehy (PIP 2018-19), who was awarded the 2020 Alfred Hales Prize at the 2020 Gaboury Symposium. Her paper, and those of past winners, may be downloaded here:
- 2020: Fregine Sheehy, Where are all the racialized staffers?
- 2019: Kim Paradis, "We Shape our Buildings and Afterwards our Buildings Shape Us": La présence autochtone au sein des édifices du Parlement
- 2018: Claire Sieffert, Two-Way Networks: Evaluating the Linkages Between Canadian Senators and Civil Society
- 2017: Étienne Grand-Maison, Les cheminements de carrières politiques et à l'importance de la politique municipale dans la formation des politiciens fédéraux
- 2016: Natalie Brunet, The Emergence of Partisan Think Tanks: A Case Study of the Manning Centre and Broadbent Institute
- 2015: Christine Guyot, Gendered Partisanship: An Exploratory Study of Party Loyalty and its Impacts in Parliament
- 2014: Vincent Hardy, From the Knowledge Economy to the Knowledge Government: Members of Parliament and Policy Networks in Canada
- 2013: François Plante, La limitation des débats à la Chambre des communes: Une perspective historique de son utilisation
- 2012: Fraser Harland, Codifying Constitutional Convention: The Case for a Canadian Cabinet Manual
- 2011: Vanessa Cotric, Constituency Town Halls in Canada and the Role of the MP as Representative
- 2010: Alexander Sculthorpe, Canada’s Coalition Conundrum: An Analysis of Debate on Democratic Legitimacy
- 2009: Ceri Au, Mirth and the Canadian Media: Using Humour for the Personalization of Stephen Harper and Stéphane Dion
- 2008: Lindsay Aagaard, Fiduciary Duty and Members of Parliament
- 2007: Paul Thomas, A Working Minority? What the Minority Government of the 38th Parliament Can Teach About Proposals for Electoral Reform
- 2006: Jeffrey Bell, Agents of Parliament: A New Branch of Government
- 2005: Cloë Rowbotham, Is Parliamentary Reform Democratic Reform?
- 2004: Jane Swann, Majority Politics and Minority Rights: Exploring the Parliament-Judiciary Tension
- 2003: Alex Mazer, Debating Canada's Anti-Terrism Legislation: What Have We Learned?
- 2002: Jacquie Steele, An Effective Player in the Parliamentary Process: A Case Study of the Liberal Women's Caucus, 1993-2001
- 2001: Yves Yvon Pelletier, L' "attribution de temps" à la Chambre des communes: un bâillonnement à la démocratie ou une gestion efficace du temps?
- 2000: David Gamache Hutchinson, Executive Backbenchers: Parliamentary Secretaries in the 1st Session of the 36th Parliament
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