The Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Internship was created to honour the memory of a remarkable young woman who lost her life to neuro-endocrine cancer, at the age of 23.
One of the things Jaimie cared about was politics and public life. She grew up in a family that nurtured this passion, and she had the good fortune to work on Parliament Hill and make her own contribution to Canadian political life there. While she loved political debate, Jaimie also had an abiding respect for people of different points of view.
To honour Jaimie’s memory in an enduring way, an Internship has been created where each year, deserving young people are given an opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament for the summer.
The Internship has three goals, each of which reflect how Jaimie lived her life:
- to create positive experiences for young people in national politics
- to encourage fellowship among those involved in Canadian politics
- to raise the visibility of people who are working to make our political life better
The Internship provides paid summer internships to young people who demonstrate a strong level of personal effort and achievement in the academic or other life pursuits, and who have a keen interest in learning more about and making a contribution to the political life of our country.
The Summer Internship
Every year, we will provide three young Canadians with a four month (May through August) opportunity to work in the office of a federal Member of Parliament.
Each intern will be provided with a stipend of $2,500 per month, paid by the Internship program.
During the summer, the program will arrange meetings and discussions with people in the news media, politics, and business to help provide a rounded understanding of the political process in and around Parliament Hill.
MP’s will choose the nature of the work the interns will be assigned, which could include constituency case work, policy research, writing, and general office support. The internship is not intended to be oriented towards partisan work, although we believe that positive partisanship is a constructive part of our political system.
Our Internship Fund is guided by a Board, co-chaired by Bruce Anderson and Peter Mansbridge. Other members of the Board include Rick Anderson, Nancy Jamieson, Kate Purchase, Mollie Anderson, Perry Tsergas, Erin Anderson and Tyler Anderson. Funds raised will be placed with the Community Foundation of Ottawa c/o Jaimie Anderson Internship Fund.
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