Would you like to:

  • Spend a year on Parliament Hill and contribute to Parliament's work?
  • Have a unique opportunity to apply your skills in the parliamentary environment?
  • Gain valuable work experience from an unparalleled perspective?
  • Work side by side with experienced colleagues with expertise in various fields?
  • Learn more about emerging policy issues and our parliamentary system?

Then you should know that:

The Library of Parliament offers a paid internship program in its Parliamentary Information and Research Service that is open to Canadian university students graduating this academic year. Each year, up to five interns are selected for the 12-month program (September to August).

This is your chance to participate in and learn about the legislative process, people and work of Canada's Parliament. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain work experience in and knowledge of the policy and legislative process, the development of the Library's products and services for parliamentarians, or in public education programming about Parliament.

Salary: $35,000

Duration: September 2018 - August 2019

The Responsibilities

The Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) 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.

The aim of the internship program is to develop among university graduates practical experience in the policy and legislative process or in public education programming about Parliament; increase participants' knowledge of the Canadian parliamentary system; provide opportunities to develop skills in communicating with and educating public audiences; and strengthen the assistance available to Parliament and the public through the capacity of the Parliamentary Information and Research Service.

Interns will take part in an orientation program held in September to learn about Parliament and the Library of Parliament. Training on the use of the Library's resources is also provided. Throughout the year, and depending on where they are assigned, interns will also learn about parliamentary committees and associations, parliamentary procedure, and the legislative process; media monitoring services offered to parliamentarians; and heritage interpretation and public education.

Based on their areas of expertise and interest, interns will be assigned to work in one of four divisions within PIRS: Economics, Resources and International Affairs; Legal and Social Affairs; Public Education Programs; or Reference, Current Awareness and User Services. The duties of the interns assigned to these divisions are described below.

Economics, Resources and International Affairs, and Legal and Social Affairs

Analysts and Research Assistants in the Economics, Resources and International Affairs, and Legal and Social Affairs 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.

Interns assigned to these divisions will gain practical experience through, for example:

  • assisting Analysts with research and analysis 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; and
  • analyzing legislative proposals in areas related to the divisions' mandates.

Public Education Programs

Public Education Programs delivers public, educational and visitor programs, which help to educate and inform Canadians about Parliament and its institutions with a variety of tools and resources, including guided tours, exhibits, print and web resources.

The intern assigned to this division will support the development, implementation and provision of visitor services, educational programs and public outreach on behalf of Parliament. Tangible experience will be gained in project management; heritage interpretation; program development and operations; communicating to public audiences; public history; and marketing and promotions. The activities will be adapted according to the interests and desired outcomes of the incumbent coupled with the requirements for support within Public Education Programs. Some examples of the type of activities that the intern will experience are:

  • participating in the parliamentary guide training program;
  • assisting in the planning and implementation of the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy;
  • contributing to the development of interpretive content for various media;
  • assisting in project or program development in support of visitor services or public outreach; and
  • helping to deliver visitor services or outreach programs.

Reference, Current Awareness and User Services

The Reference, Current Awareness and User Services Division, is responsible for branch services and innovation, the coordination of reference and information requests, the provision of media monitoring and data visualization services, and the Library's Research Publications Program.

The intern assigned to this division will gain practical experience and support colleagues working in media monitoring and the Research Publications Program.

Examples of the type of work that the intern will conduct include:

  • helping to evaluate products and services, and suggest improvements where needed;
  • assisting with a benchmarking exercise of comparable organizations offering research and media monitoring products;
  • contributing to the renewal of media monitoring services, particularly with regards to tools and analytics; and
  • contributing to the writing of research publications.

Application Process

Candidates must:

  • have completed a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university by Spring 2018;
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • have a strong academic record;
  • have an interest in Parliament, the public policy process or in public outreach and education;
  • be objective and non-partisan; and
  • possess good interpersonal skills.

In order for your application to be considered, you must provide:

  • a completed application form: PDF
  • 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 and their contact information

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


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

Please send your application package:

By email: lopres@parl.gc.ca

By fax: 613-995-9582

By mail: 50 O'Connor Street
Library of Parliament
Human Resources Directorate
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

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