About the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program

The UCC wants to ensure that the Ukrainian Canadian community continues to play a significant role in shaping Canada’s political landscape and policies for decades to come. This is a paid internship program in Ottawa with Members of Parliament for up to 10 months. 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 UCC Parliamentary Internship Program was re-established in 2017, 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 UCC Parliamentary Internship Program 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 UCC 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 November 2020

Click here to read about two new Parliamentary Interns for 2020-2021!

UCC Announces New Parliamentary Interns for 2020-2021

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria that need to be clearly addressed in the candidates Personal Statement (Cover Letter etc.) and the application.

  • Community involvement
  • Academic Excellence (transcripts should be sent to our National Office in Ottawa directly by your educational institution)
  • Leadership
  • Research and writing abilities
  • Motivation

Each application is reviewed by the Parliamentary Internship Program Committee. Shortlisted candidates are invited for a personal interview.

How to Apply

To apply for the internship please complete the application form at the top of this page.  Official academic transcripts should be provided and unofficial transcripts (date stamped) may be included in the application.

UCC will hold a special webinar in mid-May with former interns to help answer questions from potential applicants. To register and receive call information please email internship@ucc.ca.

Application Form – NEW Extended Application Deadline: August 21, 2020

Download Application Form

Alumni

In the past two years, four 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.
  • Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj and Volodymyr Palagniuk were selected as the UCC Parliamentary Interns for the 2018-19 parliamentary year, following an intensive review of applications from across Canada. Click here to read more from them.
  • To read about the experience of our 2017 parliamentary intern, Halyna Paliychuk, please see here.

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
“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 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

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

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