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Placement Locations for Undergraduate Internship

Below is a list of organizations that have recently hosted undergraduate internship placements. In consultation with the Internship Coordinator students may suggest their own sponsoring organizations. Placements are usually finalized during the first two weeks of classes. While each intern's duties varies, students tend to contribute to research reports, prepare briefing notes, attend meetings or conferences, design information brochures, analyze data, and make policy recommendations.

ADVOCACY GROUPS and NOT-FOR-PROFITS
A great place to work if you believe in the cause and share the energy and passion to achieve success, and welcome the challenge of working in a small office, often independently.

4-H Newfoundland and Labrador
Association for New Canadians
Canadian Paraplegic Association NL (have not yet hosted an intern but would like to)
Community Services Council
Engineers Without Borders
Fisheries Conservation Group
Newfoundland & Labrador Medical Association (NLMA)
NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre
Oxfam Canada
Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC)
Terry Fox Foundation (have not yet hosted an intern but would like to)
The Murphy Centre

BOARDS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES
An opportunity to see how public policy decisions are made and enforced in a specialized area that operates at arms-length from the executive branch of government.

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)*
Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women (PACSW)
Western School Board (Prince Edward Island)
*interns should have completed some courses offered by the Faculty of Business

ELECTED OFFICIALS and POLITICAL PARTIES
A fantastic opportunity to understand how politics and public policy operates in practice, from working on communications campaigns to helping constituents get government services.

Conservative Party of Canada
Liberal Party of NL
Members of Parliament (interns have worked in St. John's, Halifax and Ottawa)
New Democratic Party of NL
Progressive Conservative Party of NL

GOVERNMENT - FEDERAL
Unlike our undergraduate Co-op program or M.A. with internship, securing placements in the federal government for POSC 4600 tends to present logistical difficulties due to the part-time nature of the employment. Undergraduates interested in working with the Government of Canada should know someone in the federal public service who is willing to explore employment options on the student's behalf.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Industry Canada
Public Safety Canada

GOVERNMENT - MUNICIPAL
A fantastic way to understand how local government operates and often within a setting that provides strong potential for mentoring.

City of Mount Pearl
City of St. John's
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

GOVERNMENT - PROVINCIAL
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is a great place to learn about life in the bureaucracy and how public policy is administered. Moreover the provincial government tends to welcome supporting student learning with internship opportunities.
Advanced Education and Skills -- includes office of immigration & multiculturalism
Centre for Learning and Development
Education
Environment and Conservation
Finance*
Fisheries and Aquaculture
French Services
Health and Community Services (HCS)
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
Municipal Affairs -- includes Fire & Emergency Services
Nalcor Energy**
Natural Resources**
Public Service Secretariat
Rural Secretariat
Volunteer and Non-Profit Secretariat
Women's Policy Office (WPO)
*interns should have completed some courses in Economics
**interns should have completed some courses offered by the Faculty of Business

LABOUR ORGANIZATIONS
Interested in advocacy, unions and/or workers' rights? A labour organization might be the place for you.

Labour Relations Agency
Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

LEGAL and LEGISLATIVE BODIES
Preparing for a transition to law school? Many students seek out a position related to the legal sector to discover an interesting side of the practice of law.

Elections Newfoundland and Labrador
House of Assembly
Human Rights Commission**
John Howard Society
Legal Aid Commission**
Office of the Auditor General***
Office of the Citizens' Representative**
Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland (PLIAN)**
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC)**
*interns should have completed some courses offered by the Faculty of Business
**interns should have obtained high marks courses with "law" in the title
***interns should have completed some Economics courses

MEDIA
The 'fourth estate' provides an invaluable role in communicating information between the government and the public.
(Due to the specific skill sets associated with journalism, political science students interested in a placement with a media organization should have some related experience to draw upon, such as a portfolio of work from the MUSE or CHMR. Suggestions for how to develop a journalism portfolio are identified on The Canadian Journalism Project resource website.)
Newfoundland Broadcasting Company (NTV)
Rogers TV
The Herald
The Telegram

 

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