The 2016 Manitoba legislative interns visited Ottawa from February 16th to 19th. Their study tour is designed to compare Manitoba’s legislative and governmental institutions with those in Ottawa. It focused on the roles and interactions between elected representatives, civil servants, journalists, as well as advocacy and civil society organizations.
Six interns are recruited through a competition based on academic excellence, ability to conduct independent research, and involvement in extracurricular activities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop a group of young Manitobans who understand the cabinet-parliamentary system and the role of elected representatives within it.
During this ten-month internship the interns work for either the Government or Opposition Caucus, meet with policy makers and the civil service, and participate in weekly seminars. Alumni have gone on to make significant contributions as leaders in their communities, in academe, in journalism and as decision-makers in both the private and public sectors.
To learn more about the Parliamentary Internship Program, visit www.pip-psp.org