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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Ottawa, Canada; Quebec City, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 3
Housing Option: Dormitory Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Communication, International Studies, Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: Political Science
Program Features: Internship Education Abroad Coordinator: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:
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Program Canadian Parliament tab 1

The Canadian Parliament Internship program is a five-week program during which interns work in the office of a Member of the Canadian Parliament. Students may choose which party and what area of expertise the Member represents. Students may be asked to answer constituency mail, assist in writing and editing materials to be sent to the Member's Riding, research issues of importance to the Member, write a statement/question for Question Period, write speeches, conduct tours of Parliament and general office work. At the end of the program interns will be required to submit a portfolio of their work for the final grade. Interns will live and socialize at the University of Ottawa with other students from the U.S., Canada and other countries.


Nestled on the banks of the majestic Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. A thriving international technology and business center and world class tourism and convention destination, Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture. It is home to a large number of foreign embassies and is a recognized center for both academics and professional training. The city offers an open and welcoming environment to cultures from around the world, providing service in English, French and a host of other languages. With a population of over 1.2 million, Ottawa is Canada's fourth largest urban center whose residents enjoy an enviable quality of life that is recognized around the world.


Students will live in shared rooms in the residence halls at the University of Ottawa.

Resident Directors

Dr. James Baker

Charles Smith

Education Abroad Coordinator

Rebecca McMunn
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Courses and Credit Canadian Parliament tab 2

Students will receive three semester hours of Political Science 4191 for their internship experience in Ottawa.

Students are required to take Political Science 4270 during the spring semester preceding the program.


Application Requirement Canadian Parliament tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must:
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Successfully complete Political Science 4270 and during spring semester 
  • Possess or have applied for a passport by December 1
  • Accepted by Dr. Baker through his supplemental application. This can be accessed at
All students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Canadian Parliament tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,336 program fee. The program fee will include residence hall accommodations, internship placement in Canada and study abroad supplemental study abroad insurance. It will not include the internship program application or OIA application fees, travel to Ottawa, local transportation, meals and personal expenses, a passport or immunizations. 

Please refer to the budget sheet to view all estimated costs of participation. 

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.


Information Sessions Canadian Parliament tab 5

Please plan to meet with Dr. Baker through one of the following opportunities:
  • October 5- Open office hours with Dr. Baker will be held in 2130 Derby Hall from 9am- 4pm 
  • October 5 Full information sessions will be held in 2130 Derby Hall from 11.30-12.30 and 4-5pm


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Learning how a federal political office truly functions and learning about the culture/politics of a foreign government.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017
12/05/2017 05/12/2018 06/16/2018
NOTE: Dates include travel days.
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 TBA TBA

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