A four-month internship at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC has been a valuable experience, says 2013 honours political science graduate Matt LeMoine.
Mr. LeMoine of Bedford, NS worked as an event production team intern from January to May 2014.
He says since his job was primarily geared towards event production, one of the best parts of it has been getting to meet all kinds of interesting people.
“Canadian ministers, parliamentarians, congressmen, senators, and business leaders all come to the events at the Embassy and it is a great learning experience to just be able to talk to them and watch how Washington networking works,” he says.
Mr. LeMoine says there are also a number of events on Capitol Hill that are interesting to attend such as recent senate hearings where Seth Rogan and Ben Affleck testified.
He says he became interested in the possibility of interning while visiting Washington two years ago in the summer between his third and fourth year at StFX.
“I was in the Newseum, which is right next door and saw the Embassy. After walking around inside and then going on the Embassy website, I started researching more about the internship program for after I finished at X.”
He says the internship has been a great opportunity to make connections.
“There are two types of staff that work at the Embassy: Locally Engaged Staff (LES) and Canada Based Staff (CBS). The people I work most closely with are the LES staff and they have taught me a lot about Washington, the role of Canada in the U.S. and general office protocol.
“The CBS are all Canadian Foreign Service workers who are on rotations between international placements and Ottawa. These people have provided me with a wealth of knowledge as well by telling me about their experiences while travelling and in their time with the government.”
A number of CBS staff members are StFX alumni, he says, and they have been a great resource to help him make the most out of the internship.
Now that the internship has ended, Mr. LeMoine is looking to continue his education, possibly by taking a masters in political science, political management or public policy.
“I am not sure if the foreign service is the path I want to take, but this experience has shown me that there are so many opportunities in government,” he says.
Mr. LeMoine says his eventual goal is law school after spending a few years exploring his options with the federal government.