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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.
Internship class of 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Political Science student?
Do I need to be a part of a campus club?
Whom do interns work for?
Is this a paid internship?
What does a typical summer entail for a summer intern?
What backgrounds do interns typically have?
What makes an intern successful?
Does the internship provide housing in Ottawa?
What do I need to be eligible to apply to the internship?
How do I purchase a Conservative Party of Canada membership?
Go to conservative.ca and click on “Join”.
How can I check to see if my membership has lapsed?
Please visit https://www.conservative.ca/membership-check/ or call the Membership Services department at 1-866-808-8407.
I do not know my Conservative Party of Canada membership number. What should I write on the application form?
If I am graduating from university or college in April 2024 am I still eligible to apply?
When does the program run?
Am I required to attend all intern training/events?
Attendance for official events is mandatory. Training and speakers are arranged only once and there are no opportunities to make-up missed training or events. Should there be a conflict with work obligations or serious personal circumstances please contact Allison Haley allisonhaley@Conservative.ca. Please note that absences from training/events without reasonable explanation may result from your removal from the program. It is a privilege and not a right to participate in the 2024 CPC Summer Intern Program.
Can I still apply if I don't provide a party reference?
You’re still eligible for the CPC internship program, but the strongest applications are those that include at least one person connected with the Party as a reference.
If I am graduating from high school in Spring 2024 and have been accepted into a post-secondary institution for Fall 2024, am I eligible to apply?
What is the application process for the internship?
The application process includes completing the application form (found on the Campus Conservative website) writing four short answer questions, (as outlined on the application form) and including a CV 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.
Does the political reference need to supply an actual letter?
What qualities do you look for in interns?
We don’t look for specific personality traits. The most successful interns are people with social skills marked by ease of communication and interpersonal skills, good business acumen, a desire to learn, commitment to party and country, and a willingness to give generously of their time and effort for the benefit of the party, our leaders and the Conservative family. It should be noted that some interns may be less gifted socially but possess exceptional skills in other areas (such as programming, graphic design, management) that enable them to contribute to the program in different, but equally important, ways.
If I'm not accepted this year, can I apply again next year?
Yes, competition for a spot in the CPC summer internship program is fierce every year. It’s possible to give more weight to your applications and resumes. Through Party activism and volunteer work, you can hone your leadership skills, political know-how and soft skills, all of which will enhance your application the following year.
Can I participate in the CPC internship program more than once?
Yes, you can participate in the CPC internship program twice. However, acceptance one year does not guarantee acceptance the next.
What happens after I submit a request?
After the submission deadline, all applications are reviewed and shortlisted candidates are contacted for a telephone interview. Selected candidates will be notified in late winter or early spring.
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