2008 Award Recipients
The McGill University Internship Offices Network is pleased to announce that Marie-Claire St. Jacques, Christopher Mark McEwan, Samuel Walker and Kristin McHale were chosen as award recipients of $10,000 each for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s Students for Development program.
To see photos of the 2008 Public Engagement Event, scroll down or click here.
Marie-Claire St. Jacques, M1, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MSc) Marie-Claire interned with the Water Resources Governance Research Group of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), located in Pretoria, South Africa. Marie-Claire holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and gained previous experience in community development work in Costa Rica. Through her summer internship, she contributed to ongoing work towards improved water governance for the equitable and sustainable management of water resources in southern Africa, pursuing her interests for international development in the water sector.
Mark McEwan, U2, Faculty of Arts (BA) Mark interned at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) in Accra this summer. CDD is a non-partisan NGO that promotes good governance, and liberal economic reform through research, advocacy, and consultancy services. Mark is a member of the executive of the Economics Students' Association, and is a member of the Dean's Honour List. He hopes to pursue studies in public policy and law.
Samuel Walker, L2, Faculty of Law (BCL/LLB) Sam interned with the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, an organization that aims to promote and protect the rights of roughly 2 million displaced persons in Uganda. Sam led the Human Rights Working Group on campus and was an organizer of the Global Genocide Conference on the Prevention of Genocide. He has also received a McConnell Award. His internship experience involved working in RLP’s legal aid clinic, helping individual refugees realize their rights.
Kristin McHale, L2, Faculty of Law (BCL/LLB) Kristin will interned at the Consorcio Desarrollo y Justicia (the Consortium for Development and Justice), a Caracas-based NGO that works to promote human rights, good governance, and the rule of law in Venezuela. As a law student, Kristin has been involved with the McGill Legal Information Clinic, Pro Bono Students Canada and the McGill International Journal for Sustainable Development Law and Policy. This internship was her first direct experience in human rights and development work.
On September 18, 2008, Mark, Samuel and Kristin Marie-Claire spoke to students, staff and other guests about their internships, sharing stories and photos from their time abroad. The interns also presented a panel discussion on the question of international good governance.
You can access the presentation given at the event by downloading the following document: Presentation [.pdf]