When we thought about the Master's programme in Public and International Affairs, one of our main objectives was to create a challenging, multidisciplinary academic programme that would include a host of opportunities to allow our students to experience unique opportunities likely to prepare them well for the job market.
Internships with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
For two years now, the School has had a partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada which allows it to place approximately 10 of its programme's students, each year, in unpaid internships within various branches of the Department (democratisation, research, peacebuilding, international governance, the Arctic). Consisting of six hours per week, for a full semester, the internships allow students to gain a better understanding of the ministry and to undertake research and analysis work in different areas tied to their field of study.
Internships in Canadian Embassies Abroad
Beginning in the winter of 2010, the School offers its students the possibility of undertaking an internship of several months in certain Canadian embassies abroad. Provided they meet the programme's conditions, the students are matched with the embassies according to their interests and skill sets. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers financial support to offset a part of the costs of the stay.
Internships at the Washington Center
Internships at the Washington Center are for a period of 15 weeks. They are unique internships, combining educational and work experience in a variety of fields of study such as international affairs, political leadership and human rights. Students have a chance to work in governmental organisations, not-for-profit organisations or international agencies such as the Peace Corps, the American Congress, Amnesty International, the World Bank, embassies or consulates. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers financial support to the students who are chosen.
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Oxford University's Summer School in International Politics
In 2009, six of our students attended Oxford University's Summer School in International Politics, in England. Usually held at the beginning of August, the two-week seminars deal with contemporary issues in International politics. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers financial support to the selected students.
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The Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Summer School
In July 2010 and 2011 several GSPIA student attended the four weeks Summer Session at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The academic program offers courses in the following areas: Coexistence in the Middle East, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Law, Jewish and Religious Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Trauma and Resilience, and Jerusalem Studies. Funding is available to students interested in attending one or more of these courses (if you need further details, please contact the Scholarship office at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).