About the Parliamentary Internship Program

The Ukrainian Canadian community wants to continue to play a significant role in shaping Canada’s political landscape and policies for decades to come. The UCC Charitable & Education Trust has established a paid internship program in Ottawa with Members of Parliament, where interns work on policy research, communications, legislative affairs and constituency work, and learn firsthand about Canada’s Parliament and all aspects of the legislative and governmental process.

The Parliamentary Internship Program was re-established in 2017 by the UCC Charitable & Education Trust, thanks to the generous support of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, including training by the Paul Yuzyk Institute for Youth Leadership, and many individual donors.

The renewal of the Parliamentary Internship Program by the UCC Charitable & Educational Trust was made possible through the generous support of major donors, including the Shevchenko Foundation Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund, the Ukrainian National Federation and the Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd. We also sincerely thank and recognize the generous support of Paul & Adrianna Grod, Oleh & Bozhena Iwanusiw and many other individual donors. For the full list of supporters of the Parliamentary Internship Program, please see here.

In February 2020 we were pleased to honour His Excellency Roman Waschuk, former Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, and his spouse Oksana Smerechuk at a Tribute Dinner. Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner went to the newly created Roman Waschuk & Oksana Smerechuk Fund within the UCC Charitable & Educational Trust, which supports the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, as well as to the UCC Community Development Fund, which supports important community programming initiatives. To learn more about the Tribute Dinner and our sponsors please click here.

Current status as of June 2021

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Charitable & Education Trust is pleased to announce that following an extensive national search process, Elizabeth Franceschini has been selected as the new UCC Parliamentary Intern for Fall 2021. Click below to read more.

Watch below the “UCC Parliamentary Internship Session” to learn about the Program from Alumni, Former Ambassador Roman Waschuk, and the current interns.

 

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Alumni

In the past three years, seven recent Ukrainian Canadian graduates have completed the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, and have put their experiences, knowledge and acquired skills to use in meaningful employment.
Read about their experience below.
Team member
Dr. Alexander Kostenko
2020-2021
Team member
Matthew Selinger
2020-2021
Team member
Anna Bodnar
2019-2020
Team member
Ostap Woychyshyn
2018-2019
To view an excerpt of President Poroshenko's speech at the UN General Assembly, please click on image above
Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj
2018-2019
To view the statement by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, please click on image above
Volodymyr Palagniuk
2018-2019
Team member
Halyna Palichyuk
2017-2018

Testimonials from Internship Alumni

“Reflecting on the last 10 months, I have learned a lot about the political process in Canada and how Parliament works. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and donors for the invaluable opportunities that this internship has provided me with.”
Testimonial by Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj
Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj
“My experience with the UCC parliamentary internship has been incredible. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about our country’s political landscape, I was also given the opportunity to provide my own ideas and research to shape policy. Furthermore, the experience and the connections I gained through this internship have allowed me to find a full-time position with the federal government. I would highly recommend this program to others who are still in the process of developing their career path. Thank you!”
Testimonial by Ostap Woychyshyn
Ostap Woychyshyn
“The UCC Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for all Ukrainian youth – for those who were born in Canada and for others who immigrated here. I am happy to work in politics – the sphere of my education and interest for more than 10 years. After two months of internship I was hired by a Member of Parliament”
Testimonial by Volodymyr Palagniuk
Volodymyr Palagniuk

SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM

The UCC Parliamentary Internship Program is a program offered by the UCC Charitable & Educational Trust.

In order to bring more interns to Parliament Hill, we need the support of individuals and organizations to provide financial resources for the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program.

Click here to make a charitable donation to support the Parliamentary Internship Program through the UCC Charitable & Education Trust.

The UCC expresses its gratitude to all those who have generously donated to support the program this year, and foster a new generation of young Ukrainian Canadian leaders.   Along with our major founding sponsor the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, there have been many individual donors.

A full list of the generous donors to the Parliamentary Internship Program is available by clicking here.

For more information
Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC Executive Director & CEO, at internship@ucc.ca or (613) 232-8822