The Government Relations program is the only one of its kind in North America. It trains individuals with a passion for politics and current affairs in a field that allows them the power to influence policy and regulation. Students are given the tools with which they can make a difference in an area they’re passionate about.
Moreover, it gives undergraduate degrees in Social Science fields a direction. Many students nearing their final year of education face the question of ‘what next?’ – GR could be the answer. It introduces you to a dynamic field and prepares you for a career.
Hear from our recent grads about how Government Relations helped shaped their future.
University of Guelph
Curtis completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from University of Guelph. While at UofG, he was an active member of Model UN and the PolSci Undergraduate Society. After graduating, Curtis was looking to gain hands-on skills that would lead to a job in politics where he could pursue his passion. When he learnt about Government Relations, he was certain it was the perfect fit – it offered exactly what he was looking for.
Through the co-op program, he developed his GR skillset at the IESO (Independent Electricity Systems Operator) as a Communications Assistant. Currently, he works as a Manager of Issues and Legislative Affairs, Office of the Hon. Greg Rickford at the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs. He continues to apply the skills he learnt in the program such as writing briefing notes, media monitoring and creating strategic communications plans. He is excited to see more people learn about GR and watch the program grow.
Ted completed his undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from York University. Before choosing to enrol in the Government Relations program, Ted worked as a News Copy Editor for over ten years. As someone who was always interested in public policy, he felt that GR would be that perfect blend – utilizing his skills as a communicator and applying it to the field of politics.
He currently works at the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, where he manages several post-secondary education files and programs such as OSAP. He states that networking with professors was key in helping him find a job in the field. Ted is confident that Government Relations is a field that will always be in demand – it’s not something that can be replaced by computers.
Sebastian graduated from the Political Science stream from Western University. He stated that he wasn’t quite sure what to do with his Bachelor’s Degree. He took a year off to contemplate his future, and found the Government Relations program. Gaining practical understanding in the field of politics seemed extremely appealing to him, and once he applied, he knew it was the right decision.
He is now a Junior Associate in Sussex’s digital practice, Sussex Adrenaline. Using the skills he picked up at Seneca, he helps clients advance their digital advocacy. He was also involved in the 2019 Federal Election where he worked on the daily content management. He emphasizes on the importance of networking with professors who are also practitioners in the field – that’s how he got his first job!
Julian completed his undergraduate degree in Arts and Contemporary Studies from Ryerson University. His burning passion for politics initially drew him to the Government Relations program at Seneca. After some research, he learnt that there is an emerging need for GR practitioners in every field, and the program at Seneca was the only one training individuals to fill that demand – he knew it was the right choice for him.
Julian has been employed at Innovative Research Group for over five years. He is currently a Senior Consultant, and runs public engagements and offers advice to several low and high profile organizations. He states that making meaningful connections within the program are incredibly important to building a career within the field – Julian received his first job offer by being introduced to the owner of the company by one of his professors.
George Brown College
Eva graduated with a Bachelors in Financial Services from George Brown College. After graduating Eva wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do. She had quit her job and was looking to pursue a career in something that excites her. When she came across the GR program she admits she had no idea what it was about. However, the more she read about it, she realized the sheer importance and value of a GR practitioner in every field. This is what drew her to the program.
As she learnt about advocacy and strategic planning in the field of GR, she began discovering herself – it was something she was truly passionate about. She worked with MP Marco Mendocino during her practicum and work-integrated learning at Seneca and is currently working with Toronto Community Housing with the Senior’s Unit. Eva is excited about representing women within the field.
George completed his undergraduate degree from University of Waterloo and went on to pursue a graduate degree at Queen’s University in Political Science. What drew George to the program was the sheer necessity of the role in many fields. He states that the demand for a Government Relations practitioner will always be there – and only Seneca offers a program that is a direct link into this field.
It’s an exciting program that feeds right into his passion for politics. It took the theoretical understanding that he gathered in his undergraduate degree and channeled into practical learning that he could apply in a growing industry. He currently works for the Ontario Ministry of Energy, a position he secured through the program’s work-integrated-learning option. He is excited to see the field continue to expand as more people learn about the importance of GR.
Upcoming Information Sessions
Meet the program coordinator and learn more
Where: UCC Room 147A
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Where: Career Services Workshop Room 302, Gordon Hall
Date: Thursday January 30, 2020
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ontario Tech University
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
University of Guelph
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020