Public Policy Advocacy Summer School and Internship

University of Ottawa
School of International Development and Global Studies

In Ottawa (May 7-18) + On-line components (May 1-4 , May 21-June 11)

This course is open to students from all universities with a background in International Development Studies or related fields.


Dr. Rebecca Tiessen  
School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Dr. John Cameron
Dept. of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University

Do you believe that social and environmental justice require changes to government laws and policies? Public policy advocacy is the process of influencing policy decision-makers (politicians, their staff and civil servants) with the goal of changing government laws and policies. This course introduces students to the strategies of effective policy advocacy through a focus on Canadian-based struggles for global justice. The course will involve a combination of seminars, guest speakers from NGOs and government, and a one-week internship with an advocacy organization in Ottawa.

Course Schedule

May 1-4: On-line preparation (e-materials available by April 15)

May 7-10: In Ottawa (Seminars, Guest Speakers, Site visits)

May 11-18: Internship placements in Ottawa

May 18: Debrief of Internship placements (Ottawa)

May 19: Students free to return to homes across Canada

May 19-June 10: Students work on internship projects by distance

June 10: Final report on internship project due

Costs: Course registration (uOttawa): for more information regarding tuition fees please refer to the .

Logistics, Travel and Accommodations

For students from outside the Ottawa area, logistical assistance will be provided to students to book shared AirBnB accommodations with other students in the course for May 6-19. Students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations, meals and transportation to and from Ottawa.

How to Apply

▪ There are 30 spaces in this course for students from across Canada.

▪ To apply, please submit the following 3 documents by 4:00pm (EST) on March 2 to:

  1. A one page statement of interest that explains why you want to take this course and your relevant background (other courses, activism, volunteer activity, research interests, etc.)
  2. An unofficial copy of your university transcript
  3. A Letter of Permission from your university (uOttawa students must submit a registration form for uOttawa)

▪ Successful applicants will be notified by March 6.

For more information, including a copy of the course syllabus:

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Prof. John Cameron ()


Prof. Rebecca Tiessen ().