Public Justice Internship 2021-2022

CPJ is no longer accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Public Justice Internship Program. Please check back here in Feb/Mar 2022.

CPJ’s Public Justice Internship Program provides a university graduate with the opportunity to explore the meaning of public justice and join us in Ottawa for a one year, paid internship. From September 2021 to August 2022, an intern will assist CPJ in our work on climate justice, refugee rights, or poverty in Canada, or some combination of the three.

They work with senior staff and are 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.

2021-2022 Public Justice Internship Application (PDF)

Application deadline: March 29, 2021

Start date: September 7, 2021

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, and 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 $36,181.32.

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.
  • General office duties as appropriate.

2021-2022 Public Justice Internship Application (PDF)

Photo: 2019-2020 public justice intern Keira Kang.

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