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Ontario Legislature Internship Programme

The Ontario Legislature Internship Program

Country: Canada
City: Toronto
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The Ontario Legislature Internship Program is hiring interns who can work with both government and opposition MPPs and remains politically neutral in a variety of political settings.

Each year, the programme hires ten interns from across Canada through a highly competitive process. The internship takes place in Toronto, Ontario beginning in September and concluding in June.

In the ten months internship program at Queen’s Park, Interns gain valuable experience and insight into the provincial political process. Alumni of the programme have established themselves in a variety of responsible positions in government, business, journalism, law, and academic life.

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The principal purpose of the programme is to provide MPPs with extra staff assistance. The Interns split their ten months at Queen’s Park between two individual members: they work one half of the time for a government MPP and the other half for an opposition MPP (ministers and party leaders are not eligible).

 Some of the basic responsibilities include:

  • write speeches
  • prepare MPPs for the question period and for committee work
  • research policy issues of interest to the Member
  • assist with constituency work
  • attend meetings with members and on her or his behalf.
  • also, arrange and attend meetings with important figures in public life.
  • attend comparative study tours to other Legislatures.

Each year, there are visits for Ottawa and Quebec City, Yellowknife, and, with the assistance of the British Consulate in Toronto, London, England. Accommodation and travel expenses for these visits are covered by the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme through corporate donations. Interns also have the opportunity to visit the constituency of the MPP they are placed with.

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Salary ​

Intern salary is $2,600 monthly along with an additional $1,000 payment upon completion of their academic paper. Even though OLIP’s stipend is not taxed, you may be taxed upon filing your income taxes.

Eligibility for the Internship Program

OLIP is open to all candidates who, at the start of the internship:

  • Hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency;

  • Hold at least one university degree, from which you graduated in the last two years;

  • Are available to work full-time from September 2022 to June 2023.

​Application Process for the Internship Program

The application requires the following:

  • A letter to the Academic Director explaining why you would like to be an intern. (600 words)

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcript (Official or Unofficial)

  • Three Letters of References which includes two academic references and one other. You will need to provide email addresses for your referees. They should upload their letter to an online system. YOu should also note that the third may be academic, work or character references.

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Hiring Process for the Internship Program

You can submit your application until January 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

​Your referees should submit reference letters no later than February 7, 2022, 11:59 pm.

​Then, there will be a final shortlist meeting of the selection panel on April 2022. Selected applicants will know more about the interview in early April.

​Finally, on April 2022 there will be interviews held virtually for the applicants selected during the shortlist meeting of the selection panel.



Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline31 January,2022
Open toCanadian residents or PR holders
OrganizerCanadian Political Science Association
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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