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Now entering its fifth year and delivered in partnership with Sustainability Network, the PIE program offers outstanding young leaders, aged 18-30, the opportunity to work and learn alongside some of Canada's top environmental champions in Parliament. Successful applicants to the program receive a ten-month, paid internship placement in the Parliament Hill office of a Member of Parliament (MP) or Senator with a proven record of environmental leadership. Reflecting GreenPAC's commitment to nonpartisanship, host MPs come from every major national party.

Through PIE, Interns gain a deep understanding of the day-to-day workings of Canadian Parliament. In the full-time office placements, Interns become well-versed in legislative affairs, policy research, and constituency work while also supporting current environmental change makers of all political stripes. Most interns perform a variety of tasks in their office. This could include writing briefing notes on matters before Parliamentary committees, communications with constituents, conducting research for Private Member’s bills, and supporting MPs in meetings with stakeholders. Outside the office, Interns take part in a range of professional and leadership development programming, including workshops, seminars, and fireside chats with expert speakers from the nonprofit sector, industry, and government.

The Parliamentary Internship for the Environment program runs from September 2022 to June 2023. Interns receive a monthly stipend of $2,750, for a total of $27,500 over the 10-months of the program. Interns can expect to work full-time hours (35-40 hours) weekly. Most of this time will be spent in the Parliamentary host office, but each week, there will be a couple hours of GreenPAC programming as well. In September, all interns will participate in an orientation program to get familiar with Parliament, the environmental policy landscape, and each other before placements begin.

This year, we are offering two Specialized Streams of the program.

The Specialized Stream for Indigenous Interns welcomes young First Nation, Métis, and Inuit leaders from coast to coast to coast to apply. This stream is being introduced to continue the difficult work of breaking down the systemic barriers Indigenous individuals face in Parliament Hill and support the development of Indigenous-led policy. Together with an Indigenous-led consultant, GreenPAC is currently in the process of designing the features of this stream, including the wraparound supports to ensure participants can thrive and succeed.  

The Specialized Stream in Sustainable Agriculture invites young leaders from the prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) with an interest and background in agriculture to apply. We piloted interest in a sustainable agriculture stream in the 2020-2021 program year, with tremendous results. This stream will continue to advance environmental leadership in agriculture and elevate rural voices in Canada’s environmental space.

All interns, including those in the Specialized Streams, will be part of a single cohort group, and participate in most programming together.