Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Intern Blog: So Long For Now

esperontoSaying goodbye is never easy and, as I look around my desk here at CJPAC, I am stunned that the end of my time here has come so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was new here and sitting down to write my first blog post!

I knew I was going to learn a lot during my time here, but I never would have guess how much I would grow as a person during this semester. As CJPAC is the first place I have worked in an office environment and at a nine to five type job, I came into this placement not knowing what to expect. It was a struggle for me to learn to manage my time and keep myself on track during a normal work day, but now I feel like I have developed enough discipline to keep myself on task without supervision. I learned how to manage my time and balance schoolwork, this job and I learned how to live on a tight budget.

I also learned the importance of relationships and the value of supporting students and young people. CJPAC places a high priority on developing young minds and creating lasting bonds of friendship between the people of Israel and Canada at a time when the BDS movement is tearing through campuses across our nation. I am so proud to have been an intern at such a crucial time and I am proud that people see CJPAC as a truly multi-partisan organization that brings grassroots activism to the Canadian political life.

After I finish at CJPAC, I am going to enjoy a week off during which time I plan on getting my apartment cleaned up and enjoying the 50 km bike ride I have planned for next weekend. Then, I start summer term at Guelph-Humber where I will begin my final year of my degree and prepare to graduate in June of 2014. In addition to school, I will be attending the 2013 Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro  in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I will work on developing my Esperanto language skills with speakers from all over the world.  In August, I will be attending the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference in Washington DC. I am so excited to take part in another one of YAF’s programs and to meet and network with politically active conservative students from across the world.  As an American and a Canadian I feel very strongly about encouraging dialogue between our two nations and I am excited to represent Canada at such an amazing event.

I can’t really express in words how much this internship has meant to me.  I have learned so much, and have grown immensely as a person over the last four months.  I hope that the next interns enjoy spending time here as much as I have and are able to look back on their internship with the same pride I now do. It has been an honor and a privilege to work and learn here and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future has in store.

So long for now,

Rachel