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Frequently Asked Questions About the Library of Parliament's Internship Program

 

  1. What work do interns do?
  2. Where do interns work?
  3. Is information technology equipment provided to interns who participate in the program online?
  4. What is the language of work?
  5. What are the hours of work?
  6. How are interns chosen?
  7. Are candidates contacted if they do not receive an interview?
  8. Must candidates travel to Ottawa to be interviewed?
  9. Are interviewed candidates notified if they are not selected for the program?
  10. Does the Library pay the relocation costs of candidates selected for the program?
  11. Is training provided at the beginning of the internship?
  12. Do interns receive mentoring during the internship?
  13. Why are candidates invited to indicate on the application form if they identify as a woman, an Indigenous person, as a member of a visible minority or as a person with a disability?

 

1. What work do interns do?

Each intern is assigned to one of four divisions within the Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament.

The work may include:

  • conducting research and analysis under the supervision of senior staff
  • drafting answers to queries from parliamentarians
  • helping with research for parliamentary committees or associations
  • contributing to public outreach, education and visitor services initiatives and operations
  • assisting with the Library's Research Publications Program or the provision of media monitoring services to parliamentarians

 

2. Where do interns work?

Interns will be given the choice of participating online (“virtually”) or, subject to public health guidelines, in Ottawa.

 

3. Is information technology equipment provided to interns who participate in the program online?

Interns participating “virtually” will receive the necessary information technology equipment (computer and peripherals) to participate online. Interns participating in Ottawa will work in an office space containing all necessary information technology equipment.

 

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4. What is the language of work?

The Library of Parliament serves parliamentarians and the public in the official language of their choice.

Employees of the Library of Parliament work in a bilingual environment where they can use the official language of their choice.

 

5. What are the hours of work?

The normal workweek is 35 hours.

The normal workweek is 35 hours. On occasion, especially when Parliament is sitting, interns may need to work longer hours.

 

6. How are interns chosen?

We look for academic experience and for expertise relevant to the subject areas treated by at least one of the four divisions of the Parliamentary Information and Research Service. We also seek candidates who show an interest in federal public policy or in developing and delivering public education and visitor services.

We intend to hire interns from different regions of Canada.

 

7. Are candidates contacted if they do not receive an interview?

 

No. Only candidates who are selected for an interview are contacted.

 

8. Must candidates travel to Ottawa to be interviewed?

No. Interviews are held by telephone or MS Teams.

 

9. Are interviewed candidates notified if they are not selected for the program?

Yes. All candidates who are interviewed receive notification.

 

10. Does the Library pay the relocation costs of candidates selected for the program?

The Library does not pay relocation costs, but, for interns who choose to work in Ottawa, funds to cover a round trip to Ottawa will be provided to each intern selected for the program, in accordance with Library guidelines.

 

11. Is training provided at the beginning of the internship?

Yes. In September, interns take part in an orientation program to learn about Parliament and the Library of Parliament. Training in the use of the Library’s resources is also provided.

Throughout the year, and depending on where they are assigned, interns also learn about:

  • parliamentary committees and associations, parliamentary procedure, and the legislative process
  • media monitoring services for parliamentarians
  • heritage interpretation and public education

 

12. Do interns receive mentoring during the internship?

Each intern is assigned a mentor for the year. Mentors are senior staff members of the Parliamentary Information and Research Service who provide guidance, advice and information to interns on work related matters. They are the interns’ first point of contact during the internship.

 

13. Why are candidates invited to indicate on the application form if they self-declare as a woman, an Indigenous person, a member of a visible minority or a person with a disability?

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.

The Library encourages applicants who are members of one or more of the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act – women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities – to self-declare, if they wish, on the application form. Anonymized data on the diversity of candidates applying to and accepted into the Internship Program will be used by the Library to assess and modify, as necessary, its recruitment and hiring strategies with the goal of building a more diverse workforce.