Political Science

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party accepts applications for their summer internship program. This program provides an opportunity to work with elected representatives while learning more about government and politics.


2020 Liberal Internship Program periodically offers the opportunity to work with elected representatives while learning more about government and politics.


New Democractic Party Internship Opportunities: Are you dedicated to progressive change and have experience working on online campaigns? This is an opportunity to gain experience on the cutting edge of digital organizing with the Ontario NDP as we prepare to win an election in 2022. https://www.ontariondp.ca/employment

Green Party Parliamentary Intern: The mandate for this position is to assist Elizabeth May with her work as Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Working closely with Elizabeth May’s MP team, the intern will gain a wide range of experience. This will include: monitoring parliamentary committees to keep the Member up to date, assisting with the submission of amendments to major legislation, coordinating and writing correspondence, and monitoring media. In the process of working on the Hill, the intern will learn about policy, parliamentary procedure and the inner workings of a Member of Parliament’s office. https://www.greenparty.ca/en/content/leaders-office-parliamentary-intern-position

Legislative Assembly of Ontario: OLIP is a paid 10-month non-partisan programme providing Members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario with qualified intern assistants. In addition to providing practical experience with the daily workings of the Ontario Legislature, OLIP provides Interns the opportunity to supplement their university training through regular academic discussions and by writing an academic paper on a topic of their choice. OLIP is a very competitive program.


Canadian Political Science Association: The Parliamentary Internship Programme is an outstanding work-study experience for Canadian university graduates in all disciplines. Parliamentary interns have the opportunity to work with Members of Parliament on both the Government and Opposition sides of the House of Commons. They also are uniquely positioned to increase their knowledge of Parliament and Canadian politics while acting as an intern.


The Council of the Federation: The purpose of the Youth Internship Program is to encourage young Canadians to more actively participate in public policy development, public service, government and political life.


Jaimie Anderson Internship: Every year, the Jamie Anderson Parliamentary Internship will provide three young Canadians with a four-month (May through August) opportunity to work in the office of a federal Member of Parliament. During the summer, the program will arrange meetings and discussions with people in the news media, politics, and business to help provide a rounded understanding of the political process in and around Parliament Hill.


The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offers frontline job opportunities for students that will provide them with the opportunity to gain exposure to the important work undertaken by the Agency at the country’s international airports and postal operations.


U.S Embassy & Consulates in Canada periodically offers the opportunity to work on projects associated with US-Canada relations and services directed at Canadian citizens as a part of their Department of Foreign Affairs Washington Internship.


The Global Affairs Canada International Youth Internship Program provides opportunities for volunteering overseas, domestically with an NGO, with the federal government of Canada, or within the International Development Research Centre.


The NATO Association of Canada provides a forum for Canadians to learn about and discuss Canada’s role in NATO and our contribution to international trade, peace, and security. The Association offers unpaid internship opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30.


BARD CCE: The Center for Civic Engagement plays a central role in assisting students in securing internships and providing other opportunities to learn and grow. CCE coordinates with numerous partners on campus, and an array of off-campus programs both stateside and abroad, featuring numerous internship opportunities. Additionally, CCE spearheads the Community Action Awards. These awards provide funding for more than 50 students annually who are pursuing pre-professional experience and community action projects that address issues related to the field of civic engagement. 


The Centre on Global Health Security periodically offers opportunities for students and graduates in public health, international relations, development studies, or a related field, and a demonstrated interest in global health who would like to gain valuable work experience in a policy institute. 


North Atlantic Treasury Organization: There are two types of Internship opportunities at the Alliance: the NATO-Funded and the GRANT-funded Internship Programme. The NATO-funded Internship Programme gives opportunity to a wide range of candidates, while the other opportunity is open for those, whose work is supported from outside sources. And while Candidates interested in a GRANT-funded opportunity can apply throughout the year, the call for the NATO-funded opportunity is open only once per year in Spring.


The International Center for Human Development regularly seeks interns to assist staff with ongoing projects in its office in Yerevan. ICHD’s Internship Program offers career-related work experience to students and other individuals interested in volunteering. Internships are set up on quarterly or a semester basis, but may be extended. Interns do not receive a fixed stipend. Upon successful completion of the internship, ICHD will provide interns with a certificate of appreciation and reference letter upon request.


Sandra Rotman Centre: Gain meaningful, hands-on experience in the diverse, interdisciplinary field of global health through Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Student program. Each summer, Grand Challenges Canada welcomes passionate and driven students from a variety of disciplines to work as part of our team, through the Summer Student Program.


UNICEF is a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to ensure children survive, wherever children’s lives are at risk. As part of the UN, UNICEF is active in more countries and have saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. Passionate about the well-being of children around the world, UNICEF occasionally offers internship opportunities for students and recent graduates.


UNAC engage Canadians in every corner of the country in support of a strong United Nations. There are many ways to get involved in the work of UNA-Canada: become a member, volunteer with the national office or with one of the regional branches, attend one of the events or apply for one of the international internships.


Amnesty International Canada offers occasional internship opportunities for students and recent graduates in London UK, and domestically in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver. Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization focused on human rights focused on research and generating action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.


Canadian Co-operative Association: International development employment and volunteer opportunities are occasionally available through the Canadian Co-operative association. CCA internships consist of a 6-month placement, and are funded through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by the Canadian Co-operative Association.https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/recruitment/students/coop-internship.html

Crossroads International volunteers make meaningful contributions to long-term partnership projects with community-based organizations in Africa, South America and Canada. Each Crossroads placement is an important part of a larger partnership effort to effect real and sustainable change in two key sectors: women’s rights and poverty.


CARE Canada offers a limited number of internship and volunteer opportunities each year both at its headquarters in Ottawa and in its operations overseas. CARE Canada internships aim to provide young Canadians with a valid international work experience within a CARE program. This experience will prepare interns for a possible future career in international development.


The Coalition for the International Criminal Court offers an internship program for students interested in learning more about the International Criminal Court, international law, the United Nations, the role of NGOs in the development and promotion of human rights and other related issues. The dynamic environment made possible by a global campaign involving thousands of large and small NGOs, governments, the United Nations, academics and others allows numerous educational and professional learning opportunities.


FFIPP: In previous years’ FFIPP summer program saw students from more many universities in Europe, USA and Canada coming together for the summer internship. The students were divided into various locations where they lived in groups, depending on the location of their internships. In 2016 the Internships took place in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Beit Sahur, Tel Aviv, Hebron and the Negev. The type of internships were varied: from human rights organizations, to working in refugee camps, reporting for journals and media outlets, and teaching children.