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British Columbia Legislative Internship Program 2018 for Canadian university graduates

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018.
The British Columbia Legislative Internship Program was established in January 1976, patterned after the Parliamentary Internship Program introduced in the Canadian House of Commons in 1969. Faculty members of the then three major universities in British Columbia initiated the program. The program continues to be advised by the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

Objectives

The program enables Canadian university graduates to supplement their academic training by observing the daily workings of the Legislature first-hand and by providing Members of the Legislative Assembly with additional assistance during the parliamentary session. The ministry and caucus assignments are designed to provide exposure to public policy-making and legislative processes. Interns will acquire skills and knowledge they can apply in their chosen careers and future life experiences. In the long term, it is expected that Interns will contribute to a greater public understanding and appreciation of our system of parliamentary government.

Organization:

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia currently funds twelve Intern positions targeted for the benefit of B.C. residents. The program commences in January of each year and runs for approximately 25 weeks, until the end of June. Actual program start and completion dates are determined each year by the Program Director.

The program begins with an orientation week where Interns meet with elected and appointed officials of the Legislature. Following the orientation, Interns are placed with a sponsoring ministry for four weeks with a Mentor. These assignments provide an opportunity for the Interns to learn about the mandate and scope of the ministry as well as to conduct research in policy and planning areas. Interns often have the opportunity to assist with projects related to legislation for the upcoming parliamentary session.

Following the ministry assignment, Interns are assigned to a party caucus. Caucus assignments vary and may include writing speeches, private member’s statements and questions for Question Period, as well as researching topics within the area of responsibility of a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Interns are encouraged to attend Question Period and parliamentary committee meetings of the Legislature as often as their assignments allow. At the end of the program, Interns are expected to prepare a newsletter about their internship experience for distribution throughout the Legislative Assembly and to all alumni.

Please Note: During provincial election years, the format of the B.C. Legislative Internship Program will be revised to meet the needs of the Members.

Benefits to the Intern

The benefits of participating in the program are both educational and professional. Interns gain exposure to the field of public affairs during their ministry and legislative assignments. In addition, they are able to observe the daily workings of the Legislature and supplement their theoretical knowledge about the role of the provincial legislature and parliamentary democracy through direct participation in the daily routine of Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Arrangements may be made to obtain credit towards a Master of Arts Degree in political science at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. To be eligible for credit, candidates must have made all necessary arrangements with the Graduate Student Advisor of the political science department involved, and must have been accepted for degree candidacy by the relevant graduate school prior to commencing their internship.

Remuneration

Legislative Interns receive compensation funded by the Legislative Assembly. Remuneration is reviewed each year by the Program Director and the Deputy Clerk and Clerk of Committees, and approved by the Speaker. For the 2018 program year, Intern remuneration is set at $26,377 for 25 weeks.

Applications

To apply to the B.C. Legislative Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • B.C. resident;
  • Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status;
  • complete a first Bachelor’s Degree from a Canadian university; and,
  • the first Bachelor’s Degree requirements must have been completed within the immediate 2 year period prior to the start of the internship program.

Application is typically made online during the student’s final undergraduate year; however, applicants must have completed all of their first Bachelor’s Degree requirements prior to participating in the program. Applicants are expected to have a reasonable familiarity with the governing process of British Columbia and are expected to participate effectively in assignments with any party caucus.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application is complete by the deadline date. This includes:

  • attaching their personal resume;
  • arranging for official sealed academic transcripts for all credits obtained towards degree completion – from both Colleges and Universities attended – to be sent directly to the B.C. Legislative Internship Program from the institution’s Registrar office;
  • asking two (2) academic professors/instructors to electronically submit a confidential Academic Referee Evaluation form on their behalf using the applicant’s individual tracking number; and,
  • asking one (1) work/volunteer supervisor to electronically submit the Work/Volunteer Reference form by using the applicant’s individual tracking number.

Please Note: All online applications and supporting documentation must be complete prior to the application deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered

How to apply

Step 1​

Complete the Application Form and ensure you have attached your personal resume to the application.

Step 2

You will receive an automatic electronic response when your application is received. The response will provide you with an individual tracking number. Print or save the email as you will need to provide your individual tracking number and the website address for the online academic and work/volunteer referee forms to your referees.

Step 3

Order your official sealed academic transcript from your Registrar and request that it be mailed directly to:

B.C. Legislative Internship Program
Parliamentary Education Office
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Room 018, Parliament Buildings
Victoria BC V8V 1X4

Step 4

Ask two (2) professors/instructors to complete the online Academic Referee Form and one (1) manager or supervisor to complete the online Work/Volunteer Referee Form. Remember to give them your individual tracking number. Once all three referee forms have been received, you will receive an automatic electronic notification advising you that your application is complete.

Note:

All online applications and documentation must be complete prior to the application deadline of January 31, 2018. Late applications will not be considered.​

 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Columbia Legislative Internship Program 2018

 

 

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