I spent this summer as a Federal intern with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada alongwith nine other interns from across the country. My placement was with the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Branch where I was involved in evaluation projects at various stages. For example, I completed data collection for an evaluation that was looking at performance measurement in the department, and contributed to writing a final evaluation report for a program involving First Nation Band monies, estates and treaty annuities.
This internship program also provides learning opportunities that give a snapshot of various departments in the federal government, including the Treasury Board Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and Correctional Services. The internship also included a group project where we were responsible for investigating measuring the extent in which evaluation is used in the department. This project supported the work of the evaluation branch and will be presented to senior management and the Deputy Minister by one of the interns this fall.
Ottawa is a great place to spend the summer. It is a beautiful city with many activities, events, and attractions. This internship has afforded me the opportunity to gain first-hand federal experience in the National Capital Region.
Shari Tremaine, 2012 JSGS Federal Intern
Hello, My name is Jordan Teichgrab and I am currently an intern within the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). I am placed at the Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) in Saskatoon. Throughout the rest of my time at RPC I will be working on a report for the Regional Hospital which operates within RPC and will also be working on a patient transfer initiative for RPC.
I currently just finished my first month and already I have met with many people who have years of experience within government. I have also been to several meeting which have been interesting and worthwhile. Meeting these people and going to these meeting has already allowed me to establish a few contacts within RPC and the staff there are very receptive to their FIRST JSGS intern.
I am looking forward to the next 3 months of my internship and the benefit that this experience will offer me.
I will keep you posted!
We at JSGS are excited to launch our 2012 Executive Internship season! This program gives our students the opportunity to integrate what they learn in the MPA and MPP courses with the day to day workings of government. Nineteen of our students have been selected for placements this year, with supportive mentors from federal, provincial, municipal and local government ministries and departments. For a full list of students and their placements, please see our website.
Here is what one of our students said last year about their experience in the internship program:
My internship Ministry turned out to be a great fit. I got to work on many of my prior research interests and frequently used projects and class material in some of the projects I was involved in, such as the Labour Market Task Force. The Ministry provided me with the ability to get involved in many cross-ministry policy areas that challenged my abilities. They seemed to appreciate the perspectives and passion that I brought to the projects I worked on and were very supportive of letting me try new approaches and solutions. Scott Fullmer, 2011 Provincial Intern
Throughout the year, we will be giving interns and mentors the opportunity to write about their experiences. All entries will be posted to this blog for you to read and comment on. We hope you enjoy hearing about their experiences as much as we enjoy being able to share them with you.
If you are an intern or mentor and want to share experience, please email me at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for the first guest entry!
Student Experience Officer
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy