I am currently participating in the Ottawa Internship program. It is about a five week program that provides University of Michigan students (and anyone else that applies) the opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament in Canada. In doing so, students are given the opportunity to learn and work for a political system different than that of the United States.
I decided to apply and participate in this program because I am fascinated by all types of politics and public policy. The opportunity to work and gain knowledge as a part of the personal staff for a Member of Parliament in Canada, a great ally of the U.S., was too great to turn down.
The first week has been a blast. Every day has brought new experiences and challenges. On my first full day of work, I met the whole office, including the MP. They were so welcoming and delightful that my excitement for the next five weeks augmented profoundly. At night, I attended an Asian Heritage reception and got to hear Canadian’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, speak. It was an exhilarating experience and I have seen him numerous other times since that first day.
I am hoping to learn a great deal about Canadian politics and its form of government during my time here. More specifically,my goal for the program is to learn so much that I become an unofficial ambassador for U.S.-Canadian relations.