Senator Ngo’s Alumni

Welcome to our Alumni Page!

Discover the stories of past interns or visit the Facebook page!


Andrew Nguyen

Intern Year: 2013
Hometown: Vaughan, Ontario
Current Position: PhD Candidate, Queen’s University

“Senator Ngo’s internship program provides opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds in Vietnamese communities to come together and engage with challenging issues that impact all members. Just as important, Senator Ngo’s internship fostered significant relationships that continue to contribute to my professional development.”


Dessa Nguyen

Intern Year: 2013
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Current Position: Articling student at Dentons Canada LLP

“There is something uniquely special and bonding as secondary generation Vietnamese diaspora – where, although we come from different walks of life, we share a rich heritage as well as optimistic visions for Vietnamese at home and abroad.”


Frédéric Vo Van

Intern Year: 2014
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Current Position: Student

“Le Parlement, une expérience unique qui vous ouvrira toutes les portes. Croyez en vos rêves.”



Timothy Doan

Intern Year: 2014
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Current Position: Junior Analyst at Citizenship and Immigration Canada

“Before I started, I knew next to nothing about Canadian politics. After working in the Senate for the summer, I realized how much there is to know about such an important, complex and ever changing institution.”


Thuy-Dan Dang

Intern Year: 2015
Hometown: Kingston, Ontario
Current Position: Law Student at University of Ottawa

“My internship with Senator Thanh Hai Ngo’s office was exceptional. As a law student, it was important to me that I spend my summer after first year learning about how our government works, from the legislative process, to Senate and House of Commons committee meetings. Senator Ngo’s internship offered me all of this and much more. I would definitely recommend this internship to other students, especially those who are interested in Canadian law and/or politics!

Melinda Phuong

Intern Year: 2015
Hometown: Markham, ON
Current Position: Master’s Candidate, York University

Growing up in a community where I was one of the only Vietnamese-Canadians, Senator Ngo’s internship program was instrumental in helping me learn about my heritage. I enhanced my research skills while examining the past and present situation in Vietnam, and gained a greater appreciation for the important work done in the Senate. Having the opportunity to work on the Hill is something any young Canadian should do and I’m happy I made the decision to apply!

Nina Nguyen

Intern Year: 2016
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Position: Student

“I’m a third-year student at University of Calgary and am currently studying to become a speech pathologist. I decided to use this internship program as an opportunity to broaden my horizons because as a young Canadian I believe that it’s important to understand how our country is governed and how we are able to make an impact on it.”


Nicholas Dang

Intern Year: 2016
Hometown: London, ON
Current Position: Student

“I’m from London, Ontario, currently going into my third year at Western University in Political Science. I’m very happy to be working here with Senator Ngo and with all my other colleagues/interns. This is not an opportunity that a lot of people get, and every single day is a new learning experience for us. We do a lot of interesting stuff too – like for example the other day our team had the opportunity to meet Rona Ambrose.”

Kim Nguyen

Intern Year: 2017
Hometown: Vancouver
Current Position: Student

I think it’s a really valuable program because not everyone can say that they’ve worked in the Senate, directly for a Senator. It’s been a really eye-opening summer and it’s made me love what I study even more. This internship is a very rare and valuable experience and I think it’s going to help me in the long run,” said Kim Nguyen, a fifth-year international relations student from the University of British Columbia.”

Nathan Ly

Intern Year: 2017
Hometown: Toronto
Current Position: Student

“I believe that students aren’t necessarily interested in politics to begin with and they don’t really understand how the system works or get exposed to the inner workings. So, coming to Ottawa and experiencing it firsthand is one of the best ways to learn. I’ve come away with a greater appreciation for the Senate as an institution,” said Nathan Ly, a fourth-year biochemistry student from the University of Toronto.”