Conservative Internship Program
Be a leader. Learn from the best. Start a career.
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whom do interns work for?
Interns are directly employed by an MP’s office, Senate office, Opposition Leaders Office, Conservative Research Group (CRG) or Conservative Party HQ. The intern program is separate and distinct from the regular employment with the hiring political office.
Is this a paid internship?
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?
What makes an intern successful?
Does the internship provide housing in Ottawa?
No. When moving to Ottawa you will be required to find and pay for your own accommodation. However, there is affordable housing within walking distance of Parliament Hill and the downtown area, including sublets from university and college students, and from the various local residences. Many housing opportunities are posted online at the university off campus websites, Craigslist Ottawa, and Kijiji Ottawa. Average rents and rental info can be conveniently found at http://www.uottawa.ca/housing/off-campus-housing.
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?
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 2023 am I still eligible to apply?
If I am graduating from high school in Spring 2023 and have been accepted into a post-secondary institution for Fall 2023, am I 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 2023 CPC Summer Intern Program.
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?
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