Presence is vitally important
I interned at CPJ during the summer of 2003, fresh out of university, not sure where my life was headed but sure it had something to do with public justice. My position was part research and part advocacy; I analyzed the costs to Canada – from a decreased tax base to increased administration costs – resulting from gratuitous delays in the refugee system.
The project was ambitious, challenging and fascinating. It stretched what I thought was possible, developed my research skills, networking abilities and introduced me to the world of advocacy in Canada. The paper also ended up being published in an academic journal – a nice bonus!
While the work experience was invaluable, I gained most by learning from the staff. CPJ has been integral to my desire to pursue a career in public policy. Its ability to mentor young people and its continued presence in our policy arena is vitally important.
Tim Coates, Master in Public Policy Candidate,
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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