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University of Regina sessional instructor to lead Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program

News Release Release Date: October 9, 2014 1:30 p.m.

A sessional instructor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, has been named the new Director of the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program (SLIP).

Under this program, four Saskatchewan university students work as interns at the Saskatchewan Legislature, for both government and the opposition members, while earning academic credits. They also complete a number of academic assignments and travel to visit other legislative assemblies in Canada and in other countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Our University has as a motto ‘As One Who Serves’ and this program speaks to that very well. The students serve their legislative community, and they also serve as ambassadors for our political system and our University,” explains Beaudry-Mellor.

Beaudry-Mellor says the students benefit, no matter what field they go into after graduation.

“There are a lot of transferrable skills. They’re doing research, writing speeches, watching media scrums, and learning how to build networks. This is where we demonstrate that there is a lot of value in classes in the Faculty of Arts for the community.”

“We're very excited about Tina's appointment, because she has a long history of working at engaging young people in politics and political life. Indeed, she has taught a number of members of the current legislative assembly on both sides of the aisle,” says Dr. Tom McIntosh, head of the Department of Politics and International Studies.

 

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