Internship Opportunity
Students in the Honours with Subsidiary Program will be required to take PGOV 451 (Experiential Learning). This course includes a minimum 60 day placement with a relevant employer. With this experience, students can feel confident that they can apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world situations.

Academic Calendar Course Description

PGOV 451- Experiential Learning: Students will spend the equivalent of a single term, usually the summer between the junior year, gaining hands-on experience in a work or volunteer setting that will provide them with exposure to public policy and governance experience. The intern placement would be for a minimum of 60 days. Placement settings may include non-profits, government offices, or community organizations. With the permission of the Program Coordinator, the requirement could also be met by an approved service learning experience.

Public Policy and Governance, PGOV 451 Handbook (pdf)


The Public Policy and Governance (PGOV) Program and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University are pleased to announce the 2022 winners of the Bombardier Intern Scholarship. Each year 4-5 students involved in the PGOV Program are selected to receive awards through a competitive process. The students gain valuable experience working as a summer intern in an organization with a public policy, governance or public service focus. The recipients of the award, valued at $7500 each, are Kyra Campbell, Margaret Ann Gillis, Kegan Palmer and William Outhwaite.


Kyra comes from New Minas and is a 3rd year Honours student in Public Policy and Governance.

Kyra's placement is with the Liberal Research Bureau's Caucus and Operations Department.

As a student who is trying to figure out what areas of policy are of greatest interest to me, the internship program is a great avenue for me to experience many aspects of our government. The Bombardier Internship Scholarship has given me the support to do this through working for the Liberal Research Bureau this summer. In this role, I will get to communicate and collaborate with many inspiring people across the federal government and further engage youth from coast to coast through my work over this term.


Kyra Campbell


Margaret Ann Gillis



Margaret Ann is from Antigonish and is 3rd year honours student in Public Policy and Governance with a subsidiary in Political Science.

Margaret Ann's placement is with the office of Darrell Samson, MP Sackville, Preston, Chezzetcook, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

I am sincerely grateful to be a recipient of the 2022 Bombardier Intern Scholarship. This award is of great significance to me as I begin my internship position in the office of Darrell Samson, as it will provide me with the opportunity to work on topics pertaining to the Veterans Affairs and National Defence portfolios, as well as hands-on work within the constituency. I am very enthusiastic to start working with MP Samson and his team in Ottawa and in Fall River, and to begin utilizing the knowledge and skills I have gained while studying at St. F. X. I look forward to taking this next step in my career in government with the help from the Bombardier Scholarship.


Will is from Ottawa and is a 3rd year major student in Public Policy and Governance.

Will's placement is with IRCC, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The Bombardier Internship scholarship will contribute greatly to my learning and development as a public policy and governance practitioner. To have the opportunity to work with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada this summer on data governance and policy, is a privilege, and this scholarship has enabled that. I plan to learn as much as I can from this opportunity about public policy development and consultation, and to bring those lessons to my studies next year at St. F. X. I look forward to a long career in the public policy field and am grateful to Bombardier and St. F. X. for their help in reaching that goal.

Will Outhwaite


Kegan Palmer



Kegan is from Port Hood and is a 3rd year Political Science major with a minor in Public Policy and Governance.

Kegan's placement is with the Atlantic Ministers Regional Office (Privy Council Office).

This award will give me a unique opportunity to utilize the skills I have been gaining in my PGOV degree in a real world setting within the Privy Council Office. Skills such as writing policy memorandums, consulting with stakeholders, and collaborating across levels of government while working alongside Atlantic Canada's federal cabinet ministers for announcements and agenda implementation. Working in a Minister's Regional Office will give me the opportunity to contribute to policies that will benefit my home Atlantic region such as renewable energy, housing, and immigration policy, giving me a heightened understanding of the specific policy needs of the Atlantic area. This award gives me the ability to focus on succeeding in my role without having to worry about the financing and costs associated with my internship. With the rising cost in living, and increasing student housing costs, this award is a major financial aid, especially as students like myself have to pay rent in both Antigonish and their internship host city. As policies become increasingly complex in nature, the importance of students combining classroom-based and hands-on policy education to become true policy leaders is growing, leaving students prepared for a career or further education in public policy. I believe this award creates that opportunity, and I am excited to take advantage of it.