Contribute to the work of Canada’s Parliament – while learning about the parliamentary process and the people involved in it
- A paid internship in the Library’s Parliamentary Information and Research Service
- Participants in the 2021-2022 program may participate either online (“virtually”) or, subject to public health guidelines, in Ottawa
- 12 months (September to August)
- Up to five individuals who have completed a degree from a recognized university
- The Library is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce reflecting the communities we live in and work in, the clients we work with and Canadian society at large. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, preference will be given to qualified candidates who self-declare as Indigenous, persons with disabilities or members of visible minorities.
Areas of work
Gain work experience in and knowledge of:
- the policy and legislative process
- the Library’s products and services for parliamentarians or
- public education programming about Parliament
The Internship Program
You would work in a division of the Parliamentary Information and Research Service. The Service provides parliamentarians with news, reference, research and analysis services and is responsible for public education, outreach and visitor services on behalf of the Parliament of Canada.
Depending on the division where you are placed, the program will provide you with:
- greater knowledge of the Canadian parliamentary system
- the chance to learn about the legislative process
- the opportunity to help strengthen information and research assistance available to Parliament and the public
- experience in providing public education programming about Parliament
- opportunities to develop skills in communicating with public audiences
We provide training throughout the internship.
- In September:
- an orientation program to learn about Parliament and the Library of Parliament
- training in the use of the Library’s resources
- During the year (and depending on where you are assigned), opportunities to learn about:
- parliamentary committees and associations
- parliamentary procedure and the legislative process
- reference, research and analysis services provided to parliamentarians by the Library
- heritage interpretation and public education
The internship lasts 12 months, from September 2021 to August 2022.
Salary: $40,000 per annum.
Depending on your area of expertise and interest and the needs of the Library, you will be assigned to work in one of these Parliamentary Information and Research Service divisions:
- Economics, Resources and International Affairs
- Legal and Social Affairs
- Public Education Programs
- Reference, Current Awareness and User Services
Economics, Resources and International Affairs, and Legal and Social Affairs
Analysts and research assistants in these two divisions provide high-quality, substantive and timely information, research and analysis to parliamentary committees, individual senators and members of the House of Commons, and parliamentary associations and delegations.
If assigned to one of these divisions, you will gain practical experience in research and analysis through, for example:
- assisting analysts with their work in areas within the divisions’ mandates
- contributing to and supporting analysts’ work for Senate and House of Commons committees, including helping to prepare briefing notes and summaries of committee evidence
- conducting research and preparing speaking notes for parliamentary associations and delegations
- analyzing legislative proposals in areas related to the divisions’ mandates
Public Education Programs
This division delivers public, educational and visitor programs about Parliament, using a variety of tools and resources, including guided tours, exhibits, and print and web resources.
If you are assigned to this division, you will gain tangible experience in the following areas:
- project management
- heritage interpretation
- program development and operations
- communicating to public audiences
- interpreting public history
- marketing and promotion
You may be involved in some of the following activities:
- the parliamentary guide training program
- the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy
- the development of interpretive and educational content for various media
- visitor services and public outreach
- the retail program
Reference, Current Awareness and User Services
This division is responsible for five Library branch locations, the delivery of reference and information support to parliamentary clients and the general public, the coordination of client service requests, and strategic initiatives, including the Library's Research Publications Program, visualization services, client feedback and user experience.
If assigned to this division, you may be involved in some of the following activities:
- assisting research librarians with their work;
- contributing to long-term projects, including historical and current research;
- supporting the development of research publications and visualization products;
- conducting background research on trends, innovations and best practices in libraries, reference services, social media, client feedback mechanisms and user experience; and
- evaluating products and services, benchmarking comparable organizations and suggesting improvements where needed.
- have graduated with a degree from a recognized university between January 2019 and June 2021
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
- have a strong academic record
- have an interest in Parliament, the public policy process, or public outreach and education
- possess good interpersonal skills
How to apply
You must provide:
- a completed application form
- your curriculum vitae
- a 200–300-word essay describing why you would like to be an intern at the Library of Parliament
- an example of your written work (maximum of 3,000 words)
- an unofficial transcript of your university record
- the names of three references, your relationship with them and their contact information
The Library of Parliament promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in its workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. In filling the positions, preference will be given to qualified candidates who self-declare on the application form as Indigenous, persons with disabilities or members of visible minorities.
Anonymized information on the diversity of candidates applying to and hired into the Internship Program will be used by the Library to assess and modify, as necessary, its recruiting and hiring strategies with the goal of building a more diverse workforce.
If you are selected during this process, you will be required to:
- participate in a telephone or MS Teams interview that will consist of behavioural, situational or knowledge-based questions
- complete a satisfactory reference check
- obtain a successful pre-employment screening
- provide scanned or photocopied proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
If you are selected during this process, you may be required to:
- undertake an evaluation of your second language oral proficiency, as preference will be given to candidates who can communicate orally in both official languages
The application deadline for the 2021-2022 Program has passed. Check back in November 2021 for information on the 2022-2023 Program.
Questions? Contact Human Resources at 613-617-0943 or LOPCareers-CarrieresBDP@parl.gc.ca.