University of Saskatchewan/ Chernivtsi National University
Graduate Internship Program

As part of a long-standing partnership agreement with the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (CNU) has hosted, since 2007, a number of UofS graduate students interns at the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre. The annual internship is made possible by generous funding from the Government of Saskatchewan, the UofS College of Graduate Studies, and the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage at St Thomas More College.

The UofS graduate interns have contributed significantly to the academic program at CNU and more particularly in the development of Canadian Studies at the university, teaching upper level undergraduate courses in the field. Past courses include, among others, political culture in Canada, Canadian foreign policy, and Canadian federalism. In addition, the interns have been active in CNU’s academic community by giving invited lectures on immigration, education, health care, and the press in the Department of History, Political Science, and International Relations. Students have also benefitted by interacting directly with native English speakers while receiving direction on various educational opportunities in Canada and abroad.

Additionally, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre has benefitted from the skills and experiences of the UofS/Chernivtsi Graduate Interns. The interns serve as liaisons with Canada, help clarify and improve the Centre’s English language materials, work in developing the Centre’s library and website, assist in writing grant proposals, and provide important insights into Canadian academic practices and research. They have also helped support academic initiatives such as the 2010 Canadian Studies Conference hosted at CNU and the inter-university Faculty/Graduate Student Roundtable “Managing Immigration: The Recent Canadian/ Ukrainian/ Saskatchewan Experience.”

Current Intern

Tara Longmire (2011) – Tara Longmire was chosen for the 2011 Graduate Internship position in Chernivtsi. After receiving a B.A. Double Honours in Political Studies and Religious Studies (2009) from the University of Saskatchewan, she pursued a M.A. in Political Studies. At the time of her appointment to the Chernivtsi Graduate Internship position, she was working on a thesis regarding the dynamics of immigration and integration in the province of Saskatchewan. While interning at the Hnatyshyn Centre in Chernivtsi, Tara taught a senior-level undergraduate course in Canadian politics and governance, with a special focus on immigration and multiculturalism in Canada. Previous to her appointment as the 2011 Intern at the Hnatyshyn Centre, Tara had also participated in a roundtable in Chernivtsi in 2010 on the topic of Saskatchewan-Ukraine immigration.

Past Interns

Carl Hydomako (2010) – In December 2009 Carl Hydomako was appointed the 2010 Chernivtsi Graduate Intern.  He holds a B.A. Honours (2008) in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and at the time of his appointment was an M.A. student working on a thesis titled “Sources of Conflict and Cooperation during the 2002 Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol“. While at CNU, Carl taught a senior level political studies course on Canadian federalism and assisted the Centre with the First Bi-annual Conference on Canadian Studies (February 2010) and the Chernivtsi-University of Saskatchewan Roundtable on Saskatchewan-Ukraine Immigration (May 2010).

Nicholas Decock (2008) – Nicholas Decock was appointed as the 2008 Chernivtsi Graduate Intern. He received his Hon. B.A. in 2007 and graduated with an M.A. in 2009. While at CNU, Nicholas taught a senior-level undergraduate course on Canadian Foreign Policy, focusing on the domestic and external determinants of foreign policy, Canadian-American relations, as well as Canada’s role internationally.  His interests lie in human rights issues, as well as Canadian and American foreign policy. Nicholas has worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity in Ottawa.

Eric Woods (2007) – Eric Woods, Hon. B.A. (2004) and M.A. (2006), interned at the Centre in 2007. During that time, Eric taught a senior-level undergraduate course on conflicting nationalisms in Canada. Currently, he is working on a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, analyzing political apologies from a cultural sociological perspective and has been awarded a fellowship enabling him to complete his dissertation at Yale University. Eric has co-chaired the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and an article on nationalism in Canada will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the journal, Ethnicities.

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