CO-OP Student of the Month of February 2020
Telfer School of Management - International Management
The University of Ottawa's co-operative education program allows students to develop new skills and contribute to important projects. I have had the opportunity to work for the Government of Canada as well as the Graduate Office at the University of Ottawa. Networks are the key to social and professional integration and internships help develop those networks, which are essential for young professionals.
My goal for my last internship was to work abroad. To this end, during the 2019 summer term, I did an internship in the political section of the Canadian Embassy in Paris, where I learned and apprehended diplomacy, Canada’s and France’s foreign policies, the Franco-Canadian bilateral relations and how the European Union operates. Part of my responsibilities included writing reports on events organized by the political section of the Embassy and on conferences held by international institutions and think tanks. I also had to prepare reference documents on political issues of interest to Canada as well as participate in organizing and implementing Embassy activities.
During events, receptions, conferences and official visits, I had the opportunity to meet with politicians, civil servants, teachers, companies’ CEOs, journalists and young professionals. For example, I met with former Canadian ambassadors in France and the Democratic Republic of Congo who gave me advice on diplomacy in reference to their own experiences. The highlight of my internship at the Embassy was definitely when I supported the G7 Summit team. It was an unforgettable experience. I strongly encourage students to do an internship abroad in order to stand out, get out of their comfort zone, meet people from different walks of life and discover new cultures.
Finally, the internships I did allowed me to explore different job possibilities. My ultimate goal is to become a diplomat with a specialization in the field of international trade or even peace and security from which the African continent suffers. I have some ambitions and I would like to see this continent flourish.