Canadian Parliament Internship
Since 2001, the department has sent students to the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario, from mid-May to mid-June to serve as interns under the auspices of the Western Kentucky Canadian Parliamentary Internship program. Dr. James Baker, Professor of History, serves as Director of the program. In this capacity, Professor Baker recruits students for the program, coordinates their placements with members of Parliament, orients students upon their arrival in Ottawa, and arranges meetings with various dignitaries (including the US Ambassador to Canada) during their five-week stay in the Canadian capital.
This program is a marvelous opportunity for students to study the legislative process of another country and to make comparisons with the United States; students with French language skills are especially encouraged to apply. Professor Glen Halva-Neubauer serves as the local contact for students interested in participating in the program. This is a credit-bearing opportunity, and Professor Halva-Neubauer assists students in arranging internship or independent study credit for their experience in Ottawa.