Hopes for sponsorship

As interns in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme, we are each responsible for chairing a committee that deals with the functioning of the programme.  I am chair of the Sponsorship Committee, a committee that deals with directly raising funds so that the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme, now in its 34th year, can continue to provide recent university graduates with a wonderful experience at Queen’s Park.  During this tough economic climate it is especially difficult to raise new funds, and in fact, some sponsors have dropped off over the past couple of years.  It is my hope that new additional sponsors can be found so that the experience of the internship programme does not have to be scaled back for my successors.  Sponsoring the internship programme has many benefits for associations, corporations and individuals.  The Programme is a registered charity, which means that any donation is tax deductible.  Sponsors also get exposure at Queen’s Park through our biannual magazine, The Queen’s Park Insider, which has a distribution of over 2,000 readers, including all MPPs, their staff, OLIP alumni and other sponsors.  Our website also features a short description of our sponsors organization and a link to their website.  Each year the Programme holds two receptions at Queen’s Park which all of our sponsors are invited to where they can network with MPPs, their staff, the Speaker of the Legislature, Ministers, Opposition Critics and alumni of the Programme.  Sponsors also are encouraged to meet with the interns so that they can present their perspective on contemporary political issues and their relationship with government.  Also, many interns have gone on to work for our sponsors upon completion of the Programme.  For more information about added benefits, or to become a sponsor, please contact myself, Paul Di Ianni @ paul.diianni (at) gmail.com or please call the OLIP office at 416-325-0040 or email eithne_whaley (at) ontla.ola.org. The OLIP Director, Dr. Henry Jacek, can be reached at jacekh (at) mcmaster.ca. Also, please check out our website at http://www.olipinterns.ca

Paul Di Ianni

Sponsorship Chair


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