Over 550 students have attended the LLC program since it opened in 2002, which means there are literally hundreds of internship placement possibilities. We are proud of the long-term relationships with certain placements, but brand new placements are found every semester.
The LLC Director places all students in internship placements. After a student is accepted in the program, he or she will have an individual discussion with the Director who will ask about the student’s interests, experience and long-term goals. If a student has an unusual interest, or something outside the usual range of internship placements, the Director may ask the student to participate in finding and securing an appropriate placement.
One of the obvious attractions of interning in Ottawa is working in politics. Around half of all our students have been placed with Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Conservative, Liberal and NDP parties. Students have also been placed with the political party itself, including the Green Party. For a full list of MPs, see the Parliamentary website.
International studies students may prefer being placed with one of the many international agencies in Ottawa. LLC students have been placed with a wide variety of international agencies including, but not limited to, WUSC, Help Lesotho, SOS Children’s Villages and World Vision.
There are numerous non-governmental organizations that have offices in Ottawa. LLC students have been placed with Christian NGOs like the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Citizens for Public Justice and Cardus. They have also been placed with organizations like the Business Council of Canada and Universities Canada.
There are many government relations agencies in Ottawa. LLC students have been placed with several such agencies.
Communications and English students may intern with a publication such as Ottawa Life Magazine.
Students with citizenship other than Canada may be able to intern with an embassy. Many countries have embassies in Ottawa. LLC interns have been placed with the embassies of Korea, Mexico and the Czech Republic. Note that some of these require language ability. Also note that the US Embassy has its own internship program run out of the State Dept. and therefore will not take LLC interns.
It is valuable for students to consider what they have to contribute to an internship placement and what they hope to gain from the experience prior to beginning their placement but also prior to their interview with the Director. It is not the responsibility of the student to find a placement and there are many more placement opportunities available than what is listed above.
The Director cannot guarantee any particular internship to any student but all students will get an internship.