Public Justice Internship 2020-2021

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CPJ is no longer accepting applications for our Public Justice Internship Program. Please check back here in February/March 2021.

Each year, CPJ’s Public Justice Internship Program provides one recent university graduate with the opportunity to explore the meaning of public justice. For one year, from September to August, the intern assists CPJ in our work at our Ottawa office. The intern works with senior staff and is actively engaged in a variety of work, including research, policy analysis, framing public policy options, presenting to Parliament, meeting with MPs and political staff, as well as engaging the media, leaders in society, CPJ members and the Canadian public.

2020-2021 Public Justice Internship Application (PDF)

What are the benefits of the internship program?

The Intern will:

  • Be equipped to ask probing questions, to undertake public justice policy analysis, and to contribute to public justice in Canada.
  • Experience directly the policy analysis and political decision-making world of Ottawa.
  • Enjoy structured learning opportunities surrounding the meaning of public justice, Canadian government structure, public policy analysis, non-profit operations, navigating Parliament Hill.
  • Gain understanding of the specific rewards and challenges of a non-profit organization.
  • Gain experiences appropriate for a resume or CV, including at least one published article in CPJ’s newsletter and be named an author on publicly available research papers or reports.
  • Obtain a reference letter for future work or school.
  • Receive a stipend of $35,471.88.

What responsibilities does the intern have?

Public Justice Interns, working closely with senior policy staff at CPJ, can expect to be engaged in some of the following activities:

  • Researching, writing and editing policy papers, briefs, blogs, and articles.
  • Preparing research summaries related to policy analysis, including article or book summaries and book reviews.
  • Drafting policy memos, fact sheets, op-eds, and letters to the editor for senior staff.
  • Tracking legislation, monitoring policy debates, web, and media monitoring.
  • Taking part in policy briefings and staff meetings.
  • Helping organize events, consultations, and workshops.
  • Assisting in communications, outreach and engagement with MPs, political staff, department officials, media, coalition partners, leaders in society, CPJ members, and the Canadian public.
  • Phoning engagement with CPJ supporters on campaigns, activities, and CPJ’s annual fundraising telethon.
  • Participation in CPJ’s social media strategy.
  • General office duties as appropriate.

2020-2021 Public Justice Internship Application (PDF)

Photo: 2017/18 and 2018/19 public justice interns Deborah Mebude and Serisha Iyar.

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