The U of T Women in House, first launched in 2013, is an innovative program aimed at promoting gender equality in the federal government by inviting female U of T students to shadow a day in the life of a Canadian parliamentarian for a full day on the Hill in Ottawa. It is a non-partisan and bilingual program, co-founded and co-managed by Dr. Tina J. Park and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett.
The program involves a subsidized, two-day trip to Ottawa to directly witness the political procedures, learn about gender equity, and engage in mentorship and networking with Canadian political leaders. Since its first inception in 2013, over 600 bright female undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Toronto have participated in this fantastic program.
We will be hosting another round of the U of T Women in House from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, in a hybrid format of virtual sessions in the fall semester and an in-person visit in the spring semester, featuring top students from the University of Toronto. The program features a special tour of the Supreme Court of Canada and an intimate Q/A session with the SCC Justice, and a mock trial. There will also be a welcome reception in Ottawa with cabinet ministers, participating parliamentarians, journalists and civil servants and staffers for our students. Students will be shadowing an MP or a Senator for the full day as well.
We invite applications from bright & eager students to apply for this special experience of a lifetime!
- Female Junior Fellows from Massey College at the University of Toronto
Students interested in participating in the “2020-2021 U of T Women in House Program” should submit the following documents via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight EST on Sept 18, 2020.
In the subject line of the email, please indicate [2020-2021 U of T Women in House Application – Massey JF – Your Full Name].
Please include in your application:
- a full CV (pdf)
- a 1-page statement of interest (pdf)
- unofficial transcript (pdf of Acorn screenshot is fine)
- a photo & short bio (150 words max) for the website (jpeg/png)
- full contact information in the body of your email (email address, phone, college, social media URL, language skills and program)
Past participants are not eligible to apply again. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We thank all applicants. Due to the high volume of emails, only successful candidates will be notified by late- September.
NB: The precise dates of the trip will be shared with successful candidates upon selection.
To learn more, visit:
- U of T Women in House – Participant Post-Trip Reflections
- Women in House: U of T students see democracy at work
- From Sid Smith to Parliament Hill
- Seen and Heard: Women in House Event in Ottawa
- Women in House: Putting a human face on politics for female U of T students
- Law students describe experience of taking part in “U of T Women in House”
- Women in House: female students shadow senators, MPs on Parliament Hill
- University of Toronto Launches “Women in House” Program on Parliament Hill
- U of T Women in House 2017
- Trinity Students Participate in U of T Women in House 2018
- Trinity Alumni Magazine Summer 2013