The Rideau Institute is pleased to present Alana Roscoe as the first CUPE Progressive Policy Intern. Alana is a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Master of Arts Program in Sociology. With a lifelong interest in social justice concerns, Alana has been involved with community organizations working on poverty and human rights issues in Canada and abroad, and she was active in her teaching assistants’ and contract instructors’ union at Carleton University as a departmental steward. Alana is also a regular contributor to the Leveller, a local publication covering news, current events, and cultural topics of interest in Ottawa campuses and communities
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity presented by the CUPE Progressive Policy Internship,” said Alana, “so I can become more informed about the dialogue taking place on important issues affecting Canadians, and contribute to it.
Through CUPE Progressive Policy Internships, students will have the opportunity to complete a semester-long internship at the Rideau Institute’s offices on the historic Sparks Street Mall in Ottawa. They will interact with important political figures on Parliament Hill, meet journalists from major TV networks and newspapers, and study the creation of progressive policy, while attending CEP events and conferences.
These internship positions are unpaid, but help students learn essential skills that are not taught in university: how to encourage politicians to improve public policy, how to work with journalists, and even how to manage and fund-raise for non-governmental organizations.
This summer marks the inauguration of the CUPE Progressive Policy Internship at the Rideau Institute.
Young people who are accepted for this position will be able to participate in the internships for 12 to 16 weeks and become part of the office team, accompanying staff to interviews, participating in meetings with MPs, writing briefing notes and blog posts, and helping to support the campaigns of non-profit and trade union partners.