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Scholarship opportunities at Legislature

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 16, 2016 6:00 a.m.

We caught up with three of the four current members of the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program who shared their thoughts on why students should consider applying. (l-r) Marnie Howlett (U of S), Marie Digney (U of R) and Bram LeRat (U of R).
We caught up with three of the four current members of the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program who shared their thoughts on why students should consider applying. (l-r) Marnie Howlett (U of S), Marie Digney (U of R) and Bram LeRat (U of R). Photo - External Relations.

Election day in Saskatchewan is April 4, but another deadline looms that offers students exciting opportunities that will land them in the thick of the political process.

March 31 is the deadline for students to apply for an intern position in the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program.

“This is my first year as Academic Director of the program, and I was astonished to discover this hidden gem,” says Bob Cram. “It gives the interns so many wonderful opportunities to learn about our political system and grow as individuals.”

The 8-month internship includes a $14,000 scholarship. Interns also earn six credit hours towards an undergraduate degree and work with MLA’s in a non-partisan atmosphere. Here’s another perk: interns get a few weeks of funded international or national travel to compare governmental systems and democracies. The current team of four interns will travel to Europe to study other parliamentary organizations such as the European Parliament in Brussels.

“It’s really great if you want to move beyond the classroom and get that practical experience. That’s really valuable. There’s something to be said for getting experience outside the classroom,” says Marie Digney, one of four interns in the program. Digney graduated from the U of R in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction, majoring in French and History.

Marnie Howlett, another intern, is a recent University of Saskatchewan grad earning a Bachelor of Arts (High Honours) degree in International Studies with a major focus in international co-operation and conflict.

“We’re working with our MLA’s directly. They really trust us and they take our opinions seriously and that’s really cool for me to see,” she says.

Bram Lerat says the Legislative Intern Program opens doors.

“My advice is if you want government experience. Want to get your foot in the door. If you want leadership building then it would be a great place to start,” says Lerat, who is originally from the Cowessess First Nation.  He graduated from the U of R in 2015 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Religious Studies.  

The fourth intern is Maeve McLean, who has a B.A honours in Psychology from the U of S.

The University of Regina is a financial partner in the program with the University of Saskatchewan and the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Tom McIntosh, head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, represents the University on the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program.

“The internship provides an opportunity for students to see how legislatures and legislators work from the inside and they come away from it with a much deeper understanding of how complex and nuanced governing can be,” says McIntosh.

For more information on the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program and how you can apply, please visit here. Remember, the deadline is March 31. The internship begins October, 2016.