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 February 2021
Click below to read about the Fall 2021 Parliamentary Internship announcement, or scroll down to apply today!
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)
- Research and writing abilities
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 below. Official academic transcripts should be provided and unofficial transcripts (date stamped) may be included in the application.
UCC will hold Internship Information Session taking place in mid-March, with former interns to help answer questions from potential applicants. To register and receive call information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Form – Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
- 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
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.