PARLIAMENTARY INTERNSHIP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Read on for more info about GreenPAC's Parliamentary Internship for the
Environment and the application process.
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.
Applications for the 2023/24 internship year will open in Spring 2023.
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 to June every year. 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.
In addition to our general stream, we offer two specialized streams:
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.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
GreenPAC values young leaders from all backgrounds and disciplines.
Our only fixed requirements are:
applicants are between 18-30 years old as of September 1, 2022 and;
applicants must 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, a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, 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 particular 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)
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 email@example.com prior to the application deadline.
Applications will be open for the 2023/24 program year in Spring 2023. Check back here!
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