2019 Parliamentary Internship Programme for Canadians

Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Every year since 1970, the Parliamentary Internship Programme has welcomed 10 young professionals to Parliament Hill from September through June. The paid, non-partisan interns are selected through a national competition. Each intern works full-time for both an opposition and government Member of Parliament. During their internship, Parliamentary interns meet with senior policymakers, diplomats, journalists, scholars, politicians, and leaders in civil society. The interns take part in academic seminars, write an innovative academic research paper, share their knowledge of Parliament with young Canadians, and take part in legislative study tours to Québec, Brussels, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Nunavut.



PIP is open to all candidates who, at the start date of the internship
(September 5, 2019):

  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status.
  • Hold at least one university or college degree.
  • Are available to work full-time from September 2019 to July 2020.


Candidates are assessed on the basis of the following criteria. The criteria should be clearly addressed by the applicants. Candidates’ experiences should reflect these competencies. Referees are asked to address these criteria in their letters of reference.

  •    Maturity (self awareness/respect for others)
  •    Leadership (initiative/ability to work with others)
  •    Critical thinking skills
  •    Research and writing ability
  •    Knowledge of Parliament and Canadian politics
  •    Motivation
  •    Language skills


I. The 2019-2020 interns will receive a stipend of at least $24,000 for the ten month programme.

II. The Programme now pays a significant percentage of moving costs for interns from out of province or remote regions.

III. All of the legislative study tours are fully funded and interns receive per diems during these work trips.




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