Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program
The internship program schedule has been changed so that it will run from October to May in the future. A second internship has been added for 2016 and it will begin in October.
appointment of academic director
The University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan are pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Cram as Academic Director of the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program, effective August 1, 2015.
Bob worked for the University of Saskatchewan from 1985 to 2014 in a variety of faculty and increasingly senior administrative roles. Bob ended his career at the University as the Executive Director of the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education from 2006 to 2014. In this role, he had overall responsibility for most of the University’s distance education, non-credit and ESL programming. Bob then served for ten months as the Acting Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association before taking on his new role with SLIP.
also served on many boards of not-for-profit
organizations and has been President of the
Learning Disabilities Association of
Saskatchewan and the Canadian Association for
University Continuing Education.
The latter recently awarded him with an
honorary lifetime membership for his
contributions to the organization and the field.
He has also been a recipient of the
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the
University of Saskatchewan President’s Service
Bob has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in history from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. He is also a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations, which has a strong focus on communications for conflict resolution and mediation.
The Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program (SLIP) provides four university students with a unique educational experience each year.
The eight-month program will give participants the opportunity to use their theoretical knowledge of government and parliament in a practical setting. They will get first-hand experience with the day-to-day work of elected representatives from both the government and opposition sides of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.
The Internship focuses on the role of the private member. It provides interns with a perspective of our legislators as representatives of their constituents and as law-makers within our parliamentary system of government. It also creates a new and desirable service for legislators by providing them with highly qualified and enthusiastic assistants.
Furthermore, as citizens who better understand the principles of our parliamentary system, participants in the program will provide a long-term benefit to the province and country.
Selection of Interns
The deadline for applications to participate in the program is March of each year. Successful candidates will begin their internship in October of this year. Applicants are reviewed by a committee consisting of the director of the program, a representative from the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, faculty members from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, two former Speakers of the House and one former Intern. Interns are selected based on academic qualifications, evidence of skills needed to assist Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), interest in the parliamentary process and current public affairs, and personal qualities required to succeed in SLIP.
The Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program is designed for third and fourth year undergraduate university students in all academic disciplines, attending a recognized Canadian university. The Program offers six academic credits towards an undergraduate degree at the University of Regina or the University of Saskatchewan. Applications will also be accepted from graduate students and recent university graduates. Applicants must be permanent residents of Saskatchewan, but may be temporarily out of the province to pursue their education at a non-Saskatchewan university.
Because of the non-partisan nature of the Program, applicants should not be actively engaged in partisan political activities. This includes being an officer, candidate, or staff member of a political party in Saskatchewan. Past party membership or participation as an election campaign worker will not disqualify an application and will be subject to review and consideration by the Selection Committee.
For Further Information
Bob Cram, Academic Director
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