Originally published by the Canadian Arab Institute

My name is Lyan Khazanchi. I am a student at York University, one semester away from graduating in Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, an interdisciplinary program that seeks to create professionals who can critically engage with the various dimensions of communication. I believe that communication is key, and my ability to communicate is based on my work experiences and studies. I am interested in pursuing a future in public relations and corporate communications.

Last summer, I interned as the Communications and Web intern at the Canadian Arab Institute, which was an incredible learning experience. Part of my tasks included managing the institute’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and creating monthly content management sheets with all the scheduled posts. In addition, I helped in organizing the Youth Professional Development Conference held at Ryerson University and the Sultans and Divas concert at Koerner Hall.

I also interned as Community Manager at a news curation company, Newsana. My tasks included blogging, content management, communicating with members, social media, and more.

At York University, I am the President of the Middle Eastern Students Association, an organization that brings together the student body with the greater community, and provides Middle Eastern students with a voice. I am motivated to creating a constructive change, believing that an optimistic attitude and a positive outlook can revolutionize one’s perspective on any situation.

I am a diligent, determined and enthusiastic individual whose constant organization skills have been consistent and without fail, always ready to work with a smile on my face.

I feel lucky to have been chosen for a parliamentary internship this summer. The internship was opened up thanks to a partnership between the Canadian Arab Institute (CAI) and the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), which brought the internship to Toronto for the first time. I knew I was going to apply for the internship the minute I saw CAI’s posting. First because I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with the CAI last year, and second because I saw it as an opportunity to gain experience outside my typical field.

I hope to expand my knowledge and experience beyond my comfort zone and common work setting. I’m sure this internship will be nothing short of amazing and I’m excited to be working with a member of parliament. I expect to build knowledge about parliamentary procedures, gain valuable work experience and establish useful connections.