Applications for the 2021/22 cohort are now closed.
Read on for more info about the application process and the program.
Applications typically open in February of each calendar year.
Since 2018, the GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment (PIE) program has sought to equip the next generation of environmental leaders with invaluable skills, experience, and political know-how to drive change.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
Now entering its fourth 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. Successful applicants to the program receive a ten-month, paid internship placement in the Parliament Hill office of a Member of Parliament (MP) with a proven record of environmental leadership. Reflecting GreenPAC’s commitment to nonpartisanship, host MPs come from every major national party.
Interns gain a deep, day-to-day understanding of the federal government, becoming well-versed in legislative affairs, policy research, and constituency work while also supporting current environmental changemakers of all political stripes. 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 2021 to June 2022. Interns receive a monthly stipend totalling $25,000 CAD.
Who Should Apply?
GreenPAC values young leaders from all backgrounds and disciplines. Our only fixed requirements are that applicants be between 18-30 years old as of the program start date and be legally eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the program. We especially invite candidates who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGTBQ2S+, and/or a person with a disability to apply.
GreenPAC recognizes that leadership takes many forms. We also recognize that many pathways exist to gaining the types of skills and competencies needed to be successful in this program, and that systemic barriers limit access to opportunities for many groups of people. For this reason, we have always invited applications from young leaders no matter their level or type of education and no matter their type of leadership experience.
Based on the nature of Parliament Hill and our role as a leadership development program, the following are some of the skills, experience and competencies we value more than “credentials” in the selection process:
Demonstrated interest in the environment
Demonstrated interest in politics, the political process or political advocacy at any level
Exceptional written communication skills in English (proficiency in French is an asset but not required)
Strong oral communication skills in English
Critical thinking skills
Willingness to learn and engage with different political viewpoints (open-mindedness)
Adaptability and being able to take initiative (“self-starter”)
Time management skills
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Experience in conducting research and ability to effectively synthesize information
Emotional intelligence (strong asset)
For more details about the selection process and internship experience, including our approach to anti-oppressive practice, please refer to our FAQ. If you require any reasonable accommodations during the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the application deadline.
What is GreenPAC’s Parliamentary Internship for the Environment?
What is the Parliamentary Internship for the Environment program’s approach to equity and anti-oppression?
What can I expect as a GreenPAC Intern?
The Parliamentary Internship for the Environment is an intensive program! Along with working full-time (37.5 hrs/week), interns are expected to attend regularly scheduled leadership development programming, workshops, and events, which may take place on evenings and weekends. Interns can also expect to participate in fun social activities, field trips, group projects, and leadership opportunities. It’s a lot, but you will be supported by the Program Manager, your office, and your fellow Interns along the way. Following the program, interns can expect to remain in touch through an Alumni Network.
Interns are required to abide by GreenPAC’s operational policies, including our conflict of interest policies and restrictions on lobbying during the course of the program. Interns are also expected to abide by a Code of Conduct that includes zero-tolerance for harassment and discrimination.
What is the application process?
What does a typical day look like in an MP’s office?
How has the internship changed with COVID-19?
Amidst COVID-19, some interns have been working remotely, while others split their time between working remotely and working (socially distanced!) in the office. Whether or not MPs are in-person in Ottawa often depends on the individual MP and their party. We provide remote workplace assistance to interns to offset the costs of internet, phone bills and so forth, and facilitate in-person opportunities where it is safe to do so.
Like everyone on Parliament Hill, we do not know what Ottawa will look like in the fall. Interns should still plan to relocate for September 2021, though we expect some hybrid elements of Parliamentary work and our programming will remain in place.
Will I get paid during the GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment?
Yes, all Interns receive a monthly stipend to help cover living expenses, totalling $25,000 CAD. Interns also receive limited relocation assistance and a personalized professional development budget.
Stipends are, unfortunately, taxable.