UCC Parliamentary Internship Program

UCC Parliamentary Internship Program

Read the Easter 2020 Parliamentary Internship Update

Application Form – Applications Due May 31, 2020


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About the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program

The UCC Parliamentary Internship Program was re-established in 2017, thanks to the generous support of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, including intern training by the Paul Yuzyk Institute for Youth Leadership, and many individual donors. We want to ensure that the Ukrainian Canadian community continues to play a significant role in shaping Canada’s political landscape and policies for decades to come.

This is a paid internship program. Interns will work in Ottawa with Members of Parliament for 10 months on policy research, communications, legislative affairs and constituency work. They will learn firsthand about Canada’s Parliament and all aspects of the legislative and governmental process. To be eligible for the program, you must be a recent post-secondary graduate or a final-year student graduating this spring or summer from post-secondary institution.  Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

The renewal of the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program in the past three years has been made possible through the generous support of major donors, including the Shevchenko Foundation Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund, the Ukrainian National Federation and the Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd. We also sincerely thank and recognize the generous support of Paul & Adrianna Grod, Oleh & Bozhena Iwanusiw and many other individual donors. For the full list of supporters of the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, please see  here.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) was pleased to honour His Excellency Roman Waschuk, former Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, and his spouse Oksana Smerechuk were honoured at a Tribute Dinner taking place February 1, 2020 in Toronto. Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner went to the Roman Waschuk & Oksana Smerechuk Fund within the UCC Charitable & Educational Trust, which supports the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, as well as to the UCC Community Development Fund, which supports important community programming initiatives.

The UCC Parliamentary Internship Program is a program supported through the UCC Charitable & Education Trust.

How to Apply

To apply for the internship please complete the application form at the top of this page. Applications are due by May 31, 2020.  Official academic transcripts should be provided and unofficial transcripts (date stamped) may be included in the application.

UCC will hold a special webinar in mid-May with former interns to help answer questions from potential applicants. To register and receive call information please email internship@ucc.ca.


In the past two years, four recent Ukrainian Canadian graduates have completed the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, and have put their experiences, knowledge and acquired skills to use in meaningful employment.
  • Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj, Ostap Woychyshyn and Volodymyr Palagniuk were selected as the UCC Parliamentary Interns for the 2018-19 parliamentary year, following an intensive review of applications from across Canada. Click here to read more from them.
  • To read about the experience of our 2017 parliamentary intern, Halyna Paliychuk, please see here.

Testimonials from Internship Alumni

“Reflecting on the last 10 months, I have learned a lot about the political process in Canada and how Parliament works. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and donors for the invaluable opportunities that this internship has provided me with.”

Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj

“My experience with the UCC parliamentary internship has been incredible. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about our country’s political landscape, I was also given the opportunity to provide my own ideas and research to shape policy. Furthermore, the experience and the connections I gained through this internship have allowed me to find a full-time position with the federal government. I would highly recommend this program to others who are still in the process of developing their career path. Thank you!”

Ostap Woychyshyn

“The UCC Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for all Ukrainian youth – for those who were born in Canada and for others who immigrated here. I am happy to work in politics – the sphere of my education and interest for more than 10 years. After two months of internship I was hired by a Member of Parliament”

Volodymyr Palagniuk


In order to bring more interns to Parliament Hill, we need the support of individuals and organizations to provide financial resources for the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program.

Click here to make a charitable donation to support the Parliamentary Internship Program

The UCC expresses its gratitude to all those who have generously donated to support the program this year, and foster a new generation of young Ukrainian Canadian leaders.   Along with our major founding sponsor the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, there have been many individual donors.

A full list of the generous donors to the Parliamentary Internship Program is available by clicking here.


For more information

Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC Executive Director & CEO, at internship@ucc.ca or (613) 232-8822