Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quebec US internship summer 2008

Interesting. Interested? Deadline is April 23--

I am writing to inform you of a new professional training opportunity
for US students for the summer 2008. The Washington Center for
Internships and Academic Seminars together with the Government of Quebec
is pleased to announce the Gerin-Lajoie Quebec-US Internship Program.
Open to upper division, undergraduate and graduate students with a
working knowledge of French and a desire to explore Quebec-US relations,
the Gerin-Lajoie Quebec-US Internship Program offers an unique
opportunity. Students will intern in various offices within the Quebec
Government. This summer marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of
Quebec, and will offer the trainees an exciting cultural celebration.
Five top candidates will be selected with two alternates. The Government
of Quebec and The Washington Center will award five (5) Gerin-Lajoie
Fellowships, which provides single-unit housing at Laval University and
reduced fees. Orientation is in Washington, DC for two days prior to
arrival in Quebec. The Gerin-Lajoie Fellowship also covers airfare and
accommodation in Washington, DC. Academic credit may be available from
home US institutions.

The Gerin-Lajoie Quebec-US Internship Program will provide a valuable
insight into Quebec society, its political institutions, economy, and
culture. Students will be housed on Laval University campus and
participate in seminars, workshops and cultural events in addition to
the on-the-job training. The program is twelve weeks long beginning on
19 May and ending on 8 August 2008. The Washington Center will review
applicants and submit top candidates to the Government of Quebec Office
in Washington, DC. We are accepting applications now, on a rolling basis
through Wednesday, 23 April 2008. Successful candidates will be notified
by Monday 28 April 2008. To submit an application, please include a
letter of intent, resume, academic transcript, and two letters of
reference to Ms. Sonia Ziade at The Washington Center, 1333-16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036. Ms. Ziade may be reached via email at or by phone at 202 238 7955.

The Gerin-Lajoie Quebec-US Internship Program is reasonably priced at
$6,990US. The Gerin-Lajoie Fellowship provides an award which includes
housing, DC training, placement, training and seminars. The fees after
the Gerin-Lajoie Fellowship are $3,425. Interns are responsible for
their transportation to Quebec from Washington, DC and their per diem
costs while in the Program. The cost of living in Quebec is considerably
more affordable than comparable world-class cities. Payment is due to
The Washington Center upon notification of acceptance into the program.

We value the work that your organization does to inform US students
about the important role Quebec plays in North America and the world
community and trust you will share with us in supporting the
Gerin-Lajoie Quebec-US Internship Program. Please let me know if you
have any questions about this significant opportunity.

Sincerely yours,

Peter J. Stephens
Managing Director
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

Jean-Stephane Bernard
Quebec Government Office
Washington, DC