Conservative Internship Program
Be a leader. Learn from the best. Start a career.
Join our team
Be a Leader
The Conservative Internship Program is a unique opportunity to learn about politics, develop your skills as a leader, Conservative campaigner, and help to build the Conservative Party of Canada.
Learn from the Best
Interns from across Canada spend the summer in Ottawa working in a political office, participating in political training, and hearing from some of the sharpest political minds in the country.
Start a Career
Many of our internship alumni have gone on to serve in senior roles within government and in the private sector.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whom do interns work for?
Interns are directly employed by an MP’s office, a Senator’s office, in the Opposition Leaders Office, or at Conservative Party Headquarters.
What does a typical summer entail for a summer intern?
Interns are hired in a political office where they work 40 hours a week. After work and on weekends, interns will hear from high-profile guest speakers and participate in intensive political training. Interns will also work on numerous projects and assignments throughout the summer and participate in a summer-long group project that puts their political skills to the test. The Conservative Internship Program is demanding; however, it is also one of the best opportunities available to students across Canada to gain valuable political, social, and employment skills while building a network of valuable contacts. Interns who work hard are recognized and rewarded. In fact, some of Ottawa’s most senior staff members are former Conservative Party interns.
What backgrounds do interns typically have?
We welcome applicants from all walks of life, all cultures, all backgrounds. The majority of interns are in university, college or trade schools and have formal training in political studies. However, many interns do not have any formal education in politics and come from a wide variety of backgrounds including business, engineering, sciences, communications, arts, etc. It is an ideal environment to mix interns of diverse academic, social, regional, cultural, and religious beliefs. It is the ideal environment to promote and discuss Conservative values, beliefs, and activism.
If I am graduating from university or college in April 2022 am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, you are still eligible to apply.
What do I need to be eligible to apply to the internship?
If you are registered as a student in a recognized post-secondary institution and are currently a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, you are eligible to apply. It is a competitive process and applicants are encouraged to fully complete the application process and provide an updated copy of their résumé. You have a greater chance of being accepted into the intern program if you can demonstrate party involvement/activism. Many interns come into the program with volunteer experience from past federal/provincial/municipal election campaigns, volunteering for their local EDA, MP and/or CPC HQ.
If I am graduating from university or college in April 2021 am I still eligible to apply?
Am I able to participate in the CPC Intern Program more than once?
Yes. You are eligible to complete the internship program more than once. However, acceptance in one year does not guarantee placement in a subsequent year.
What are the important dates for the application process and 2022 CPC Summer Intern Program?
Intern applications are due Friday, February 4th, at 11:59PM EST. The internship program will begin on Monday, May 2nd and end on Friday, August 19th, 2022.
If I didn’t get accepted this year can I re-apply next year?
Absolutely. Competition is fierce every year for positions in the CPC Summer Intern Program and should you not be successful in your application, our team will connect you with other opportunities to help get you involved in our movement. Through party activism and volunteering you can hone political, leadership, and soft skills that will definitely improve your application for the subsequent year.
What personal traits are you looking for in interns?
There is no one set of personality traits. Interns who are most successful can be people who are eager to learn, committed to the party, committed to the country, and willing to generously commit their time and energies to the benefit of the party, our leaders, and our Conservative family.
Does the reference need to supply an actual letter?
It is helpful to have a letter from your reference, but not required. All references will be called, so a reliable phone number and/or email address should be provided. Your reference should be someone who sufficiently knows you and your work/political experience. They need to be reachable and willing to act as a reference for you.
After submitting my application, what is the next step?
After the application deadline, all applications are reviewed, and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Additionally, placement offices may choose to conduct their own interviews and as such you may be contacted for a second round of follow up interviews. Successful candidates will be notified in late winter/early spring.
I’m not currently a member of the Party. How do I purchase a membership?
If you’re new to the Party and need to purchase a membership, please go to Conservative.ca and click “Join”. If you’re unsure of your membership status, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will advise accordingly.
When does the program run?
The program runs for 4 months, from Monday, May 2nd, 2022 until Friday, August 19th, 2022.
Is this a paid internship?
Yes – This is a paid internship.
What is the application process for the internship?
The application process includes completing the application form (found on Conservative.ca/Internship) writing three short answer questions, (as outlined on the application form) and including a resume and cover letter. At least one political reference is recommended. This person could be a Conservative Member of Parliament, Senator, Candidate, National Councillor, campus club president, campaign team member, or a director from a Conservative Electoral District Association.
Will the 2022 CPC internship be hosted in-person or virtually?
The CPC is proactively monitoring the recommendations of various public health agencies and making decisions as to how best to respond to the evolving situation as it pertains to the 2022 Internship. Currently, the program is planning to host an in-person internship. We are remaining vigilant and cautious, but we are optimistic for this summer’s Internship program. Both the 2020 and 2021 CPC Internship were successfully conducted online and if absolutely necessary the 2022 Internship will be hosted virtually.
Does the internship provide housing in Ottawa?
Unfortunately, housing is not provided for interns. We will work with you once accepted to help find safe and affordable housing including sublets from university and college campuses, and help you in your search to find other local residences.
If I am graduating from high school in spring 2022 and have been accepted into a post-secondary institution for fall 2022, am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, all interns must be in Ottawa and able to work full time starting the first week of May. We encourage you to apply next year!
Will there be a Mentor Program in the 2022 CPC Summer Intern Program?
Yes, we will continue to offer a Mentor Program and we will also be there to help support and guide you throughout the summer. Additionally, we will work with you directly to coordinate numerous one on one chats throughout the summer to better understand your ambitions and goals. Our goal is to help connect you with future opportunities after you complete the internship program so you can be successful in whatever you choose to pursue after graduation from the internship.
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