How to Apply

PIP will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 Programme until 11:59 pm on January 31, 2017.

A flyer promoting the call for applications can be downloaded here. Please circulate widely.

Eligibility for 2017-18

PIP is open to all candidates who:

  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status by September 5, 2017.
  • Hold at least one university degree by September 5, 2017.
  • Will be under 35 years old on September 5, 2017. 

Application Process 

Eligible candidates must apply using the secure on-line PIP application system that will be open only until 11:59 pm on January 31, 2017. Documents submitted in hard copy or in any other form will not be accepted.

Each candidate will be asked to open a secure private account in which to provide the following:

  • Contact Information
  • Personal Statement
  • Education, Transcripts, Grants and Scholarships Information
  • Employment Information
  • Extracurricular / Voluntary Activities Information
  • Two Confidential Letters of References
  • Official Language Skills Information
  • Administration Fee
Within the system, candidates are able to save their work in progress and return to it at any time before formally submitting. All applications are strictly private and confidential. Please note:

Personal Statement: Candidates must describe in no more than 350 words how they anticipate contributing to and benefiting from the Programme.

Transcripts: Candidates must upload copies (in low resolution PDF or .JPG formats) of each official transcript. Candidates chosen to participate in the Programme will be required to provide original hard copies of all transcripts identical to those uploaded before receiving a letter of offer.

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. All referees will receive email messages asking them to provide letters of reference in the application system before 11:59 pm on January 31st. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that letters are submitted.

Official Language Skills: Functional proficiency in both official languages is an asset. Successful candidates who need to upgrade their second language ability will be encouraged to do so before starting PIP.

Application Fee: 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.

Questions and Answers: The PIP application system will notify candidates when all documents have been successfully submitted and the application fee has been processed. It will also notify candidates when referees have submitted their letters of reference.

Any candidate or referee having technical difficulties with the online application system should notify the Programme Assistant 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 the Programme Assistant using our contact form available here. (Select "Application" in subject line).

Selection Criteria

Candidates are assessed on the basis of the following criteria. 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/or writing ability
  • Knowledge of Parliament and Canadian politics
  • Motivation
  • Official Language skills

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 11:59 pm on January 31st, 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for telephone interviews in March. Unsuccessful candidates will be invited to re-apply at that time. The final selection of the interns will be completed by the end of April.

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


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Parliamentary Internship Programme
131 Queen Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Tel: (613) 995-0764
Fax: (613) 995-5357

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