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The Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) is a live-in extension program in the heart of Ottawa. There is no other program in Canada that offers the same access to a variety of elite Ottawa internships in politics and NGOs.

The program includes an internship practicum, three upper-level courses, and community living in a historic mansion. It is geared towards third- and fourth-year students or recent graduates interested in experiential learning. The LLC runs in the Fall and Spring semesters and is open to TWU students of all majors.

What We Offer:

  • A Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs
  • Elite Ottawa internships in politics and NGOs
  • Three upper-level courses designed to fit core requirements for all majors
  • Professional work experience
  • Vibrant community life in the National Capital Region
  • A program under consent from the Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities


“The LLC is for you if you want to get thrown into a new experience where you learn alongside peers in a safe environment, live in a mansion in the nation’s capital, and make amazing friends. Be ready to grow in the best of ways”


“It’s an amazing networking opportunity, it gives you work experience you can get only in Ottawa, and you get to live in a mansion with a bunch of friends."

Josiah Barkowsky, Corporate Communications, 2020


Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs Internship Opportunities Upper-Level Courses Community Living Ottawa Event Rentals and Accommodation


Past students have worked with Members of Parliament, Senators, international NGOs like the Red Cross and World Vision, embassies and high commissions, the Canadian War Museum, and NGOs like the Centre for Public Dialogue, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and many others.


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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Internship in Ottawa

Students can take on an internship at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, allowing them to gain professional work experience with an NGO, political office, museum, newspaper, tribunal, embassy, and more.

Careers in Leadership & Applied Public Affairs
  • Charity Officer
  • Diplomatic Services Operational Officer
  • Human Resources Officer
  • International Aid Development Worker
  • Local Government Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Marketing Executive
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Politicians Assistant
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Public Relations Officer

Faculty Profiles

Janet Epp Buckingham, LL.D., Professor of Political Studies

Professor of Political Studies
Sabbatical 2021/22

Brittany M.E. Lorenz, MPM, MA

Part-time Instructor of Political Studies

Ann Penner, Ph.D.

Acting Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre

André M. Schutten, LL.M.

Part-time Instructor of Political Studies