Intermittently since at least 1992, select cadets have spent a summer or a semester away from the college, working with governmental or non-governmental organizations to gain relevant work experience and earn academic credits. This has included Canada Corps Scholarships (two cadets in 2006, three in 2007, one in 2007), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (2005), Defence Construction Canada (2006), the Canadian International Development Agency (2007), and the Canadian Red Cross (2007). During the Fall term 2011, a cadet spent the semester as a legislative intern for Senator Dallaire, earning three politics credits. Because of your continued generosity in 2016/17, a total of six cadets were able to take advantage of internships opportunities: two in the Fall semester (MilRep at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC; Canada’s joint mission to NATO); and four in the Winter (MilRep at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC; Public Safety Canada; Senator Dallaire; Canadian Embassy in the Dominican Republic).
Each internship opportunity is tailored to a Cadet’s academic program, interests, and military trade, and launched only with the approval of the Commandant after prior vetting of Cadets and available internship opportunities. During 2017/2018 with your support, RMC intends to staff up to six internships, including MilRep at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC; Canada’s joint mission to NATO; Canada’s military mission to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as well as internships with the federal government in Ottawa.
Your support will provide six Cadets with the opportunities to gain valuable real life work experiences within a variety of Government agencies. This trip is annually funded for only $6000 each year.
My work at the embassy has been one of the most educational, insightful and valuable experiences of my life. Besides helping out with small tasks and events, I have primarily been attending various defence and foreign policy related think tank events around Washington DC and writing reports on the discussions.
These prestigious institutions often host distinguished speakers and panellists. For instance, I have attended events with the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford, the Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, the three Service Secretaries, CNN correspondent and executive at New America Peter Bergen and General David Petraeus, amongst others.
Besides my daily tasks at the embassy, I am also enrolled in two online courses and working on my 4th year thesis project. Thus far, this has been an incredible experience and I would recommend it to all incoming 4th year cadets who have a desire to experience and work in the epicenter of international affairs and world politics. I would like to give thanks to Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Dr. Kevin Brushett, WO Chuck Ansell, the RMC Foundation and all others without whom I would not have been able to make this experience a reality. – OCdt 26904 Patrick Diotte