This could be your opportunity for international political experience!
The Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program annually places students from U.S.
universities in the offices of Members of the Canadian Parliament for a five week
immersion in the Westminster form of democratic government.
The program runs from mid-May through mid-June, at the end of most universities’ spring
term and before other summer opportunities come. Each year between 30 and 40 interns
live together in student housing at the University of Ottawa and share their experiences
working for elected representatives in the Canadian House of Commons and appointed
representatives in the Canadian Senate. They attend to office business, attend important
committee meetings, and often write statements for delivery in Parliament.
Interns meet with important political figures of the Canadian government, have a session with career
diplomats at the U.S. Embassy, visit the Governor General’s Residence and the Museum of Canadian
Civilization, and make a weekend excursion to Quebec City to visit the National Assembly.
At the end of the program, each arranges for a letter of recommendation to be used when applying to
graduate programs and jobs. Former interns say that this letter and having the internship on their
resumes gave them unique credentials when searching for future study and employment. Many of their
competitors had taken study tours abroad, but very few could claim to have had work experience with an
official in a foreign country.
If you are interested in applying for this program, contact the program’s director, Dr. James T. Baker. He
will be glad to answer your questions, discuss details with you and if you wish to send you an application
Dr. James T. Baker