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.
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 travel.state.gov.
Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,434 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.
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.
Please plan to meet with Dr. Baker through one of the following opportunities:
October 18, 2018- Open office hours with Dr. Baker will be held in 2130 Derby Hall from 9:30am- 3pm (except during lunch)
October 18, 2018- Full information sessions will be held in 2130 Derby Hall from 10-11am and 3-4pm
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (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.
The most valuable thing I gained from the program was a hands on experience with the Canadian government. I was able to see what it would be like if I worked for government and how the life of a member of parliament looks like in Canada. I was able to work independently and with others on important projects which helped me network.