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Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (PFT) Canada launches its second Parliamentary Internship Program

June 16, 2010

By Jigme Duntak
Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (PFT)
JUne 14, 2010

Following up on the success of their first
internship in 2007, the Parliamentary Friends of
Tibet have launched a second internship program
for young Tibetan-Canadian students hoping to
familiarize themselves with the workings of Parliament.

The importance of involving young Tibetans in the
parliamentary process was echoed at the November
2009 World Parliamentary Convention on Tibet held
in Rome where parliamentarians from all over the
world gathered to discuss parliamentary
initiatives that could be adopted by the
different parliaments around the world in order
to move towards a solution on the Tibet issue.
One of the key strategies that was proposed by
parliamentarians from all over the world was to
"involve young Tibetans in the political system"
in order to develop a "greater Tibetan
understanding of local political conditions."

 From the results of the Canadian PFT's first
internship program in 2007 it was seen how this
sort of initiative can really benefit young
Tibetans. Of the four Tibetans who were selected
for the internship, all went on to find
employment in a parliamentary office or other
governmental organization. Reports were also
submitted by the interns at the end of their
internship describing their experience. All were
favorable and thankful for the opportunity to
participate in the internship program and viewed
their experience as valuable to their future.

Thus, Canada's PFT has continued to put this
strategy into action with its second internship
program that is set to run from May 3rd to June
25th. This year the program has grown
substantially in terms of participation from both
parliamentary offices and applicants for the
internship. In total nine Tibetan-Canadians have
been placed in nine different parliamentary offices.

The program has also received continued support
from the Canada Tibet Association of Ontario who
has generously sponsored a large portion of the intern's housing costs.
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