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Contribute to the work of Canada’s Parliament – while learning about the parliamentary process and the people involved in it


The program

  • A paid internship in the Library’s Parliamentary Information and Research Service



  • 12 months (September to August)



  • Up to five Canadian university students who have completed a degree from a recognized university
  • Preference for one of the positions is given to a qualified candidate who self-identifies as Indigenous


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

Interns 2019-2020

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
    • media monitoring services offered to parliamentarians
    • heritage interpretation and public education

You would also participate in a study visit to a legislature in another jurisdiction to learn how that legislature, in particular its legislative library, conducts its business.

Salary: $40,000 per annum.


The Work

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
  • project or program development that supports visitor services or public outreach
  • visitor services and public outreach
  • the retail program


Reference, Current Awareness and User Services

This division is responsible for services provided to parliamentarians and for innovation in Library branches, the coordination of reference and information requests, the provision of media monitoring and data visualization services, and the Library's research publications program.

If assigned to this division, you will gain practical experience in media monitoring and the planning and marketing of research publications.

You may be involved in some of the following activities:

  • evaluating products and services, and suggesting improvements where needed
  • benchmarking comparable organizations that offer research and media monitoring services
  • renewing media monitoring services, particularly related tools and analytics
  • supporting the development of research publications
  • contributing to long-term projects, including historical and current research
  • assisting research librarians in their work
  • providing background research on trends in media monitoring, publications and best practices in reference services



You must:

  • have graduated with a degree from a recognized university between January 2018 and June 2020
  • 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
  • be objective and non-partisan
  • 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 one of the positions, preference will be shown to a qualified candidate who self-identifies as Indigenous.

Indigenous candidates are invited to self-identify on the application form.


Successful candidates

If you are selected during this process, you will 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
  • participate in a telephone or Skype 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

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 Program has passed. Check back in November 2020 for information on the 2021-2022 Program.


Questions? Contact Human Resources at 613-617-0943 or LOPCareers-CarrieresBDP@parl.gc.ca.


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