Apply to PIP
The application system for 2019-20 will open in early October 2018.
The last day to submit an application will be 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
- Can I work for a cabinet minister or party leader?
- How bilingual do I need to be?
- I am interested in politics but don’t have a political science degree. Should I still apply?
- What kind of hours will I be expected to work?
- What would I be doing on a daily basis in a MPs office?
- Who picks the MPs I will work for?
- Can I apply again next year?
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?
Fluency in both official languages in not a requirement, but 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.
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
The interest of all candidates and prospective candidates in Parliament and the Parliamentary Internship Programme is greatly appreciated.