Experiential Learning and Internships

Experiential Learning and Internships

United Nations Practicum

Each year the University sends a delegation to participate in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) simulation, held in New York City. In the year-long experiential course that is attached to this simulation student team members develop and improve their public speaking, negotiation, analytical analysis and writing skills in a practical environment.

More information on the NMUN practicum course.

European Union Study Tour and Internship Program

Every year the Department is able to send up to two students on the European Study Tour and Internship program. This program brings a small number of students from universities across Canada to a three week immersion course in the European Union including visits to its major institutions, located in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Frankfurt. In addition to the Study Tour, the Network offers a number of qualified participants internship opportunities with EU institutions and other organizations following completion of the tour. Most internships are for two months but Internships of longer duration are often available.

For more information, see the overall program website.

Nicholas Bachand Canadian Civil Society Internship

The Nicholas Bachand Canadian Civil Society Internship is intended to provide a practical work-experience related to the Political Studies program. The internship is intended to enable students to contribute to the well-being of Canadian society by participating in voluntary and non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Since its inception, the Bachand intern has worked with the Townshippers’ Association, a non-profit organization in the Eastern Townships during the school year.

As the fall 2009 Nicholas Bachand Canadian Civil Society Intern, I was selected and placed by the Department of Politics and International Studies with a non-profit organization which promotes the interests of the Anglophone community: Townshippers’ Association. I immediately became involved in the aftermath of the Eastern Townships Community Search Conference, a major community engagement project funded by the department of Canadian Heritage.  I worked as manager, facilitator and researcher for the implementation of revitalization work started the previous spring when the Community Search Conference (CSC) had actually taken place.  I wrote an academic paper on my analysis of the project and had the opportunity to co-present (in French!) with CSC experts, the Townshippers’ Executive Director and academics on the topic in May 2010 at ACFAS (Association Francophone pour le Savoir) in Montreal.  While the project itself had difficulties getting off the ground for reasons far beyond anything stakeholders had control over, it was an enriching experience which taught me more about the Townships, non-profit governance and the interesting Anglo-Franco relationship in the area.  Aside from my project I got involved in other Townshippers’ activities, including Make Way for Youth and the Intergenerational Music Festival.Claire Holt, 2009 intern

International Development Internship/International Studies Internship

Students may also earn credits for internships of at least 4 weeks that they set up on their own.

In the past 7 years, various students have interned with organizations or with community groups working in Austria, Costa Rica, France, India, Lebanon, Peru, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Thailand among other regions through this option.