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ZHENGLIN LIU

Hometown /

Toronto, ON

Based In / 

Ottawa, ON

Areas of Expertise /

● Electricity Policy

● International Climate Negotiations

● Economic Analysis

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO NOW?

Starting early 2023, I will be an EC-03 Junior Analyst/Economist at Finance Canada working on sustainable finance.

POST-INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS

I completed an MPhil in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge (Clare College) with a focus on economics in my coursework and a thesis on stakeholder influence in Canadian green building policy.

WHAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR TIME IN THE INTERNSHIP?

Not having studied any political science coming into the internship, I really appreciated the opportunity to get a first-hand understanding of the legislative process by providing analysis at different stages of bills such as C-12 (climate accountability) and C-28 (Canadian Environmental Protection Act modernization). I also gained a much deeper understanding of the landscape of actors and stakeholders in the transportation and infrastructure sectors, which builds well on my engineering background, from many aspects of the internship, particularly by supporting my MP's committee work.

HOW DID THE INTERNSHIP HELP YOU GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

The knowledge I gained from the internship of tools and sources for researching Canadian politics was invaluable for my masters research: I don't know if I would have been able to get through my project without it! Much of my internship work was also closely linked with the public service, such as when departmental planning was scrutinized at committee, which was helpful when it came to exploring and applying for long-term public service jobs.