Experiential learning

“My internship experience in the Clerk’s Office at the City Hall of St. Catharines was incredibly rewarding. It was by far the best decision I made throughout my entire university career. I was able to utilize my knowledge and research skills and actively apply them to a workplace environment. I formatted election procedural documents and provided my mentor research on ranked ballots and internet voting. I was also able to participate as a witness during civil marriage ceremonies. This internship has provided me with the skills and experience that I can take with me into the workplace which my political science degree would not have done on its own. This internship program is a perfect way to make connections, apply your researching skills and learn about your own personal interests within local government.”

— Amanda Nugara, 2017 Brock Graduate

“My fourth-year internship placement with the St. Catharines Crown Attorney’s Office, focusing on the rehabilitative approach of the Niagara Treatment Court, was the highlight of my final year as an undergraduate, and it truly benefited me in more ways than one. The flexibility of the internship program allowed me to tailor my placement to my interests and allowed me to incorporate what I had learned during both my Psychology and Political Science degrees.

During my placement I had the opportunity to study, observe, and interact with the Canadian Criminal Justice System from the perspective of a Crown Attorney. I saw first-hand the positive impacts on individuals and society that came from the Niagara Treatment Court’s alternative approach to a traditionally punitive justice system. I was also able to develop professional skills and establish professional relationships that have continued to benefit me beyond my placement. Finally, my placement solidified my desire to pursue a career in criminal law and made me more motivated and enthusiastic about my future than ever before.

Overall, Brock’s fourth-year Political Science Internship is a phenomenal opportunity for students looking to prepare for life after graduation by testing learned skills in a practical and professional setting.”

— Jordan Peach, 2016 Brock Graduate

“My placement was with the City Clerk’s office for the City of St. Catharines. I was very privileged to receive such an exceptional placement with the Clerk’s office, where I learned about the forms and functions of municipalities. Working with the City Clerk, my duties were diverse, and ever-changing. For example, I conducted research over a dozen Municipalities and tracked their practices and bylaws, and communicated with citizens and City employees to provide and to obtain information related to various clerical tasks.

Through hard work and dedication, I was able to parlay my internship into a paid position, assisting the City with the upcoming Municipal Election. As the Elections Assistant, I was able to gain in depth knowledge of the various tasks and responsibilities required of office workers across the spectrum of job roles. In addition, I provided the City Clerk and the Elections Coordinator with advice on how to encourage young people, in particular students, to vote. I coordinated the City of St. Catharines booth at the Annual Vendor Fair with Brock University, and I was able to attract and retain competent Elections staff and young eligible voters.

My position has prepared me to meet the challenges of functioning in a professional governmental office environment. Working as a student intern was a great opportunity because I was able to combine my classroom knowledge with hands on experience. Furthermore, it was an excellent opportunity to network with professionals and to gain valuable contacts and for that I am extremely grateful.”

— Arexy Menkenmnian, 2014 Brock Graduate