Laurentian Leadership Centre
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2008)|
The Laurentian Leadership Centre program, an extension of Trinity Western University, offers third and fourth year students, and recent graduates, an opportunity to experience a fully credited semester of study as well as a Parliamentary, communications, business or NGO internship in Canada's national capital, Ottawa. Although the program is open to students of any major, it is primarily designed for those who plan a career in political science, business, communications, history or international studies. The program is also open to visiting students from other universities.
LLC - Ottawa
The LLC is located a few blocks away from Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The 20 students accepted to the program each semester take 3 academic courses in: Canadian Governmental Leadership, Ethics & Public Affairs, and Law & Public Policy. Courses are taught both by TWU professors as well as national and international leaders and guest speakers.
The internship program is the distinguishing feature of the Laurentian Leadership Centre. The LLC director places each student in an internship relevant to his or her academic or career interest. Internships fall into a number of categories: government, corporate, media, communications, and non-governmental. Previous internships have included: the Prime Minister's Office (which hosts one intern each semester), foreign embassies, offices of Members of Parliament and Senators, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mitel, World Vision, Make Poverty History, the National Arts Centre, RBC Capital Markets, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, and a variety of others. Often these internships lead to full-time employment. Currently, there are several LLC graduates with positions in the PMO as well as in multiple ministries, political parties across Canada, and businesses from finance to high tech.
While participating in the program, students reside in an historic mansion on Metcalfe Street, the famous Booth House, which is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. Tara Teng spent the fourth year of her degree at TWU studying at the LLC.
The current Director is Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham.
Access Ottawa is a one-week experiential learning program for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Started in 2006 by three President's Office Interns at Trinity Western University, Access Ottawa brings high school students from across the country to study faith, politics, and citizenship in the Canada's capital.
The program typically runs in April or May. Students spend the week living at the historic Laurentian Leadership Centre of Trinity Western University, formerly known as the Booth House, and touring Ottawa museums and attractions, meeting with government officials and non-governmental office dignitaries, and engaging in interactive workshops to discuss issues in Canadian politics.
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