GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment


Thank you to everyone who applied. Applications for the 2020-2021 Internship are now closed.

The GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment, with support from the Sustainability Network, offers young leaders (aged 18-30) the chance to gain invaluable training and experience from Canada’s top environmental champions on Parliament Hill. The program runs from September 2020-June 2021 and includes a monthly stipend totaling $25,000.

Interns work full-time in the Parliament Hill office of a Member of Parliament (MP) with a proven record of environmental leadership. Reflecting GreenPAC’s commitment to nonpartisanship, host MPs come from across the political spectrum and from every major national political party. During this time, Interns gain a deep, day-to-day understanding of the federal government, becoming well-versed in policy research, legislative affairs, communications and constituency work while also supporting Ottawa’s strongest environmental champions. Outside the office, Interns meet leaders from the nonprofit and business sectors, attend exclusive events, and take part in a range of leadership development programming.

As change comes in many forms, GreenPAC welcomes applications from young leaders no matter their level or type of education. We particularly encourage individuals who self-identify as female, LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous, a person of colour, or having a disability to apply.

GreenPAC is committed to equity and inclusion in all stages of its selection process. If you have any questions or require reasonable accommodations during the application process, please contact

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18-30 (as of September 1, 2020)
  • Eligible to work in Canada

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated passion for the environment through education, employment and/or extra-curricular involvement
  • Leadership experience and community involvement
  • Prior political engagement (i.e. volunteering on an election campaign, membership in a political party, organizing get-out-the-vote drives, etc.) is an asset, but not required
  • Bilingualism in French and English is an asset, but not required


Internship FAQ

What is GreenPAC’s Parliamentary Internship for the Environment?

GreenPAC’s Parliamentary Internship for the Environment is a leadership development program for environmental champions, aged 18-30, in which successful applicants work full-time for ten months in the Parliament Hill office of a Member of Parliament (MP) who has a proven record of environmental commitment. Interns gain hands-on experience in the policymaking process, as well as participate in unique networking opportunities, social events and regular leadership development programming.

How are GreenPAC Parliamentary Interns selected?

Prospective applicants complete an application form on our website, including a copy of your CV or resume and two writing samples. All applications are reviewed by our Hiring Committee and shortlisted candidates receive an interview. We also speak to your references, whose contact information we request on the application.

Our criteria for selecting Interns includes: demonstrated passion for the environment; leadership experience and community engagement; interest in Canadian politics; and strong oral and written communication skills. Prior political engagement at any level is a strong asset but not required. We welcome applicants from all disciplines and educational backgrounds.

As GreenPAC is committed to equality and inclusion, we particularly encourage individuals who self-identify as female, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, a person of colour, or having a disability to apply, as well as individuals from rural or northern communities.

What can I expect as a GreenPAC Intern?

The Parliamentary Internship for the Environment is an intensive program! Along with working full-time (37-40 hours/week), Interns are expected to attend regularly scheduled leadership development programming, workshops, and events, which may take place on evenings and weekends. Interns can also expect to participate in fun social activities, field trips, group projects, and leadership opportunities. It’s a lot, but you will be supported by the Program Manager, your office, and your fellow Interns along the way. Following the program, Interns can expect to remain in touch through an Alumni Network.

What does a typical day look like in an MP’s office?

Interns’ experiences vary between offices and can change quickly depending on what’s happening in government. A typical workday for Interns could include communications work, conducting research, constituency outreach, Parliamentary Committee work, assisting on Private Members’ Bills or legislative amendments, special projects, and attending events with their MP on and off the Hill. We work with host MPs to ensure Interns have a range of learning opportunities. Some administrative work is expected of all Interns.

Will I get paid during the GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment?

Yes, all Interns receive a monthly stipend to help cover living expenses, totalling $25,000 CAD.

Do I need to be a university student or graduate to apply?

No. GreenPAC’s Parliamentary Internship is unique in that we believe leadership can take many forms – there is NO educational prerequisite. While we include educational accomplishments in our selection criteria, we also consider applicants’ other experiences and accomplishments. However, Interns should be equipped to work in a fast-paced environment that requires a high level of reading comprehension and writing skills.

I will still be in school next year – can I apply?

We welcome applicants regardless of where they are in their education; however, students in the process of completing a degree, diploma or certificate program may find it difficult to carry on academic pursuits concurrently with the program.

Can I do the program part-time or remotely?

No, the program is structured to be full-time in Ottawa. 

Does GreenPAC provide relocation assistance for Interns?

GreenPAC provides limited financial support for Interns moving from more than 5 hours away from Ottawa.   

Do I need to be a member of a political party?

Membership or involvement in a political party is considered when selecting and placing Interns, but it is not mandatory.

I applied for the GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment last year. Can I apply again?


Do I have to be a Canadian citizen to apply?

No, the GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship is open to anyone, ages 18-30, who is legally eligible to work full-time in Canada for the duration of the program. Regretfully, we are unable to accept applicants who do not have permission to work full-time in Canada and cannot assist interested applicants in obtaining a work permit.

Do I need to be bilingual in French and English?

No, although it can be an asset for some placements. Please note that GreenPAC’s operating language is English and internship programming is conducted primarily in English.

Which Member of Parliament (MP) will I work with? Do I get to choose?

Host MPs come from every major national political party. We take Interns’ party preferences and/or party membership into account when arranging placements, but Interns do not get to choose their MP. In order to support environmental leadership across the country, not all our MP partners are GreenPAC endorsees.

What will I gain from this program?

Invaluable experience, in-depth exposure to politics and decision making in Canada, leadership skills, personalized professional development training, incredible networking opportunities, access to expert guest speakers and sector leaders, a deeper understanding of environmental issues and their solutions, and much more!


The Parliamentary Internship is made possible thanks to the generous support from:

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