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

 

  1. What work do interns do?
  2. What is the language of work?
  3. What are the hours of work?
  4. How are the interns chosen?
  5. Are candidates contacted if they do not receive an interview?
  6. Must candidates travel to Ottawa to be interviewed?
  7. Are interviewed candidates notified if they are not selected for the program?
  8. Does the Library pay the relocation costs of candidates selected for the program?
  9. Is training provided at the beginning of the internship?
  10. Do interns receive mentoring during the internship?

 

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. 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.

 

3. What are the hours of work?

The normal workweek is 35 hours.

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

 

4. How are the 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.

 

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

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

 

6. Must candidates travel to Ottawa to be interviewed?

No. Interviews are held by telephone.

 

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

 

Yes. All candidates who are interviewed receive notification.

 

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

The Library does not pay relocation costs, but funds to cover a round trip to Ottawa will be provided to each intern selected for the program.

 

9. 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

 

10. 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.