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Canadian Parliament Internship

Program Highlights


May Session 2015: May 9 - June 13


OSU Sponsored





Academic Credit

Political Science

Application Deadline

December 1, 2014
Term: 1154


3.0 Cumulative GPA;
Political Science 4270 and 4193 during spring semester 2014;
Must possess or have applied for a passport by December 1, 2014

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $1,208 Program Fee (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Caitlin King (.1571)


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.

Courses and Credits

Students will receive three semester hours of Political Science 4191 for their internship experience in Ottawa.


Students will live in shared rooms in the residence halls at the University of Ottawa.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $1,208 program fee. The program fee includes residence hall accommodations, internship placement in Canada and study abroad supplemental study abroad insurance. The program fee does not cover internship program application and OIA application fees, travel to Ottawa, passport, local transportation, meals, primary health insurance and personal expenses.

If 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.

Application Information

Students must submit two applications. The Canadian Parliament Internship Program application, available at bakerincanada.com, should be submitted directly to Dr. Baker along with $100. Applicants must also submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, succefully complete Political Science 4270 and 4193 during spring semester, possess or have applied for a passport by December 1 and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study 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 applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Canadian Parliament Internship: go.osu.edu/CanadaParliament

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.