Canadian Parliamentary Internships
The Canadian Parliament Internship Program in Ottawa runs from late May to early June. Students are placed in the office of a Member of the Canadian Parliament. Students answer constituency mail, assist in writing and editing materials, do research, write speeches, digest newspapers and magazines and do general office work. Students attend Question Period each day, a 45-minute exchange between Cabinet Ministers and the Opposition. Students also attend committee meetings, caucuses and press conferences, and informal briefings with Senators, Members, and government officials.
Students in all majors can earn six credits for this experience. Students are selected based on past achievements, writing ability, and recommendations. Participants are housed in the residence center of the University of Ottawa.
Professor Ralph Guentzel, Director of Canadian Studies, can provide more information about this program.