The application period for our 2019 Summer Placement Program is now closed! Stay tuned for our 2020 application period.Experience North logo

Every summer, the Northern Policy Institute offers up to 10 four-month stages in Northern Ontario. Working at one of the three offices of the Northern Institute or with a partner organization, trainees learn directly in the open fire on public policy.

Experience North 2019 Interns

Jessica Bevilacqua

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Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Jessica is proud to call Northwestern Ontario her home. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from Lakehead University in 2019 and is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree beginning in the Fall. Jessica joined NPI after working as radio operator and clerk in wildfire management where she had the opportunity to work throughout Ontario and British Columbia. She is committed to serving her community through volunteer work and is dedicated to helping others do the same through her club at Lakehead University. Jessica brings her knowledge of Northern Ontario, research and writing skills, and passion for social justice to the role of Summer Policy Analyst. In her brief moments of spare time, she enjoys boxing, skiing, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends and family

Publications:

Coming soon

Irina Chen

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Yunjie(Irina) Chen was born in Canton, China. She is currently on her fourth-year in Joint Honour Mathematics and Economics with Finance Specialization and Computing Technology Option from the University of Waterloo. Irina had excellent academic achievement and named twice on Dean Honour’s List. She has invited to be a private tutor in financial mathematics this winter. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English and on her progress in obtaining French and Japanese language. She has discovered her intense passion for econometric analysis during her studies. She has completed serval individual projects that aim to apply economics theories and econometric models to real life problems. Irina has programming experiences in R, SAS, and Python and she is excited to work with various researches related to Northern Ontario policy issues during her Summer 2019 placement in Timmins with her skills sets. In her spare time, she enjoys studying and playing online games.

Publications:

A Glimpse of Northwestern Ontario Visitors

To Immigrate to Northern Ontario, or not to Immigrate

Hilary Hagar

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Hilary Hagar is originally from Hamilton, ON, but has many summer memories exploring the North. A recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a B.A. (Hons) in International Development, Hilary values interdisciplinary approaches and is passionate about community economic development and poverty alleviation. During her undergraduate degree, Hilary completed participatory research in both Cuba and Bolivia. Closer to home, Hilary has also contributed policy debates on issues ranging from greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario agriculture to Inuit nutrition and health. An avid outdoors enthusiast, she spends as much time as possible camping, hiking, and canoeing.

Publications:

Coming soon

Maia Kvas

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Maia Kvas, born and raised in Timmins, has completed her third year in the Medical Sciences program at Dalhousie University. Through her involvement with Engineers Without Borders Canada, she has developed a profound passion for social change. In the future, she wishes to combine both her interests in health and social development to improve health policies. Maia has experience with academic research in the biomedical engineering department and has worked as a mining laboratory analyst. Maia is looking forward to researching various policies surrounding Northern Ontario during her Experience North Summer 2019 placement. On her free time, Maia loves to play Ringette, soccer and hike with friends.

Publications:

A Glimpse of Northwestern Ontario Visitors

Borealis Fresh Farms: It Doesn't Get Fresher Than This

Gabriella Rabaa

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Gabriella was born and raised in Ottawa, where she discovered her passion for policy studies at an early age. She attends Carleton University working towards her Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management and intends to complete a Masters of International Relations in the future. Gabriella has a background in research working on northern and Indigenous policy analysis and her interests include criminal justice policy, Indigenous rights and reconciliation, migration and refugee policy, and critical security studies. In her spare time she enjoys studying philosophy and searching for the world’s best cup of coffee.

Publications:

Coming soon

 

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Join some of our past Northern Policy Institute summer placements
who have worked throughout Northern Ontario 

 

 

"Interns are project-focused and given the freedom to really dig into their topics. Not only do you finish the experience with published pieces, but also with many community connections you make along the way."

– Hilary Hagar (Sudbury)

 

"If you are looking for a summer job that will allow you to enjoy everything Northern Ontario has to offer while developing research and analytical skills, then NPI is for you! "

– Gabbi Rabaa and Jessica Bevilacqua (Kenora)

 

"It was an enriching experience to learn about the challenges in Northern Ontario and all the various organizations that we were previously unaware of that are working hard to meet those challenges and improve the community we love. "

– Maia Kvas and Irina Chen (Timmins)

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Through EXPERIENCE!


Experience North Through the Years 

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