2018-2019 - Welcome to the Parliamentary Internship Programme!

Meet the 2018-2019 Interns

Meet Our Alumni

The record of achievement built by PIP alumni in the public service, academe, business, civil society, journalism and the legal profession is testament to the important role that PIP plays in developing the potential of exceptional young Canadians.

Message from Director

The ten interns will take part in one of the most comprehensive postgraduate work-study experiences in Canada. They will work closely with Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.

Information for Applicants

The last day to submit an application is January 31, 2019.

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.


Selection Criteria
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

Candidates are selected by a committee comprised of the Director and representatives of the Canadian Political Science Association, the House of Commons and the Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association.

Application Requirements
Eligible candidates must apply using the secure online PIP application system. Documents submitted in hard copy or in any other form will not be accepted.

All applications are strictly private and confidential.

Each candidate will be asked to submit the following documents to support their application:

  • Personal Statement: Candidates must describe in 400 words or less how they anticipate contributing to and benefiting from the Programme.
  • Transcripts: Candidates must upload accurate copies (in low resolution PDF or JPG formats) of each transcript (official or unofficial). Candidates chosen to participate in the Programme will be required to provide original hard copies of all official transcripts with identical information to that uploaded before receiving a letter of offer.
  • Contact information for letters of reference: Candidates must provide contact information for at least two referees who have agreed to write confidential letters of reference in support of their application. One referee must be academic and one must be from an employer. Candidates may identify a third referee at their discretion. The application system will automatically request letters of reference for each referee. However, candidates are responsible for ensuring that letters are submitted. The application system will notify applicants when this occurs.
  • Candidates will also be asked to provide the following information:
    • Contact details
    • Education, grants and scholarships
    • Employment experience
    • Extracurricular and volunteer activities

Please note: Candidates must submit a $25 administration fee payable by credit card to the Canadian Political Science Association using a secure online payment gateway within the application system.

Any candidate or referee having technical difficulties with the online application system should notify IT(@)pip-psp.org as soon as possible. No eligible application will be refused because of technical difficulties if notice is received prior to the submission deadline.  

  • For technical difficulties or questions regarding the application process, please contact IT(@)pip-psp.org.
Selection Process
Candidates are selected by a committee comprised of the Director and representatives of the Canadian Political Science Association, the House of Commons, and the Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association.

The Selection Committee will review all applications completed by the January 31st submission deadline. All supporting references must be submitted online by February 6th at the latest in order for an application to be considered complete. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their application is complete.

25 shortlisted candidates will be invited for telephone interviews in February or early March. All candidates will be notified about their application status by the end of March

The final selection of the interns will be completed by the end of March.


Are the interns paid?

Yes. The 2019-2020 interns will receive a stipend of at least $24,000 for the ten month programme. The Programme now pays a significant percentage of moving costs for interns from out of province or remote regions. All of the legislative study tours are fully funded and interns receive per diems during these work trips.

I do not have the same kinds of experiences as the current or former interns. Should I bother applying?

Yes! PIP welcomes applicants with diverse experiences who can bring new perspectives to Parliament and the Programme. Applicants from underrepresented groups have the option to self-identify during the application process. If you would like to speak with a former intern about their experience, please email: alumni-anciens(@)pip-psp.org.

Can I work for a cabinet minister or party leader?
No, cabinet ministers and party leaders are not eligible to host an intern.

How bilingual do I need to be?
You do not need to be bilingual. However, a working knowledge of both official languages is an asset. The internship is a great opportunity for francophones, anglophones, and allophones to improve their second language skills, not only in the workplace, but also through social interactions among fellow interns and office colleagues. All interns are also offered free language training through the House of Commons.

I am interested in politics but don’t have a political science degree. Should I still apply?
Yes, definitely! Just like the varied backgrounds of Members of Parliament, interns hail from a variety of academic disciplines. A demonstrated interest in politics is definite must, as is a commitment to teamwork and respect for others.

What kind of hours will I be expected to work?
Interns are expected to work regular office hours, but when the House is in session, life on the Hill does not end at 5pm. Like most professional work experiences, interns get out of the internship as much as they are willing to invest in it. Interns are not permitted to take other paid employment for the duration of their internships.

What would I be doing on a daily basis in a MP’s office?
It all depends on who you work for, the number of their Ottawa office staff and what legislative priorities exist for the office. When the House of Commons is in session, tasks might be oriented towards committee research or speeches. When the House is not sitting, constituency issues may become a bigger focus for an intern.

Who picks the MPs I will work for?
Based on a list of interested Members of Parliament, interns interview all interested MPs and their staff. With advice from the Programme Director, interns select their office placements based on their own policy interests.

Can I apply again next year?
Absolutely! Many interns previously applied at least once before they
were accepted.

The interest of all candidates and prospective candidates in Parliament and the Parliamentary Internship Programme is greatly appreciated.