CAFP Editorial Internships
Every year, the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians engages four journalism university students from the Ottawa area to work as editorial interns. During a one-year period beginning in May of each year, students research and write stories, conduct interviews and take pictures as needed for quarterly editions of the Association’s magazine, Beyond the Hill. Interns gain a unique perspective of Parliament, and get to meet many current and former parliamentarians, and senior government officials. They cover stories with a wide range of topics, from happenings on Parliament Hill, to regional meetings in various parts of the country, to current events of parliamentary relevance. Past interns have gone on to work with major print and television outlets around the country.
Applications for CAFP Editorial Internships are accepted between January 1 and March 31 of every year and should be accompanied by a letter of reference from one of your journalism professors. A writing sample will be requested on a specific topic.
Working on Parliament Hill
There are many opportunities for young Canadians to work on the Hill with any one of the Senate of Canada, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. To find out more, please visit the Parliament of Canada website. All three offer student summer employment. As well, each year, the Senate and the House of Commons select university students to participate in their respective Page Programs. Pages are responsible for a wide variety of activities associated with the legislative process. They are given a direct opportunity to further their knowledge of parliamentary affairs by exposure to the rich tradition of Canada's parliamentary system and Parliament.
The Parliamentary Internship Programme is another exciting opportunity for young Canadians, of which CAFP, through its Educational Foundation, is a proud sponsor. Each September, 10 young professionals from across the country come to Ottawa to experience Parliament Hill from a different perspective – a non-partisan viewpoint. As participants in the Parliamentary Internship Programme, interns work for Members of Parliament from both the Government and Opposition benches. They regularly meet with eminent Canadians through the Brown Bag Lunch series and have access to a wide range of journalists, members of the diplomatic community and representatives of Canada’s public and private sectors.