Public Justice Internship 2023-2024

By Citizens for Public Justice

CPJ no longer accepts applications for our 2023-2024 Public Justice Internship Program. Please check back here in Feb/Mar 2024.

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 2023 to August 2024, an intern will assist CPJ in our work on climate justice, refugee and migrant rights, poverty in Canada, or some combination of the three.

CPJ is open to considering an online/remote placement upon the candidate’s request. Space is available, however, at our office in Ottawa.

The Public Justice Intern is actively engaged in a variety of work with CPJ staff, including research, policy analysis, meeting with MPs and political staff, as well as engaging with CPJ members, the media, and other members of civil society.

2023-2024 Public Justice Internship Application (PDF)

Application deadline: April 3, 2023
Start date: September 5, 2023


Benefits of CPJ’s Public Justice Internship:

  • Direct experience with domestic, federal policy analysis and the political decision-making worlds of the federal government and nationwide advocacy movements.
  • Structured learning opportunities relating to the meaning and implications of being “inspired by faith to act for justice,” how to conduct and disseminate public policy analysis, operations of a non-profit organization, and navigating Parliament Hill and federal government structures.
  • Opportunities for networking and collaborating in the non-profit sector and in the federal government.
  • Opportunities to develop a policy-specific resume or CV, including opportunities for publications, speaking engagements, and event coordination.
  • Stipend of $41,000 plus benefits and vacation.

Public Justice Intern Responsibilities:

Working closely with CPJ staff, including an assigned supervisor, Public Justice Interns can expect to engage in the following types of activities:

  • Researching, writing, and editing policy papers, briefs, reports, and articles.
  • Drafting policy memos, fact sheets, op-eds, and letters to the editor with review from CPJ staff.
  • Tracking legislation, monitoring policy debates, and media monitoring.
  • Participating in and contributing to policy briefings and staff meetings, including strategic planning.
  • Helping organize events, consultations, and workshops.
  • Assisting in communications, outreach, and engagement with MPs, political staff, department officials, media, advocacy partners, CPJ members, and other members of civil society.
  • Learning and operationalization related to CPJ’s Equity and Anti-Oppression Statement.
  • General office duties as appropriate.

For more information about the internship and how to apply, please download the full Public Justice Internship Application.

Please review the application package and send all required documents to ac.jpc@sboj with the subject line “Public Justice Intern Application.”

Important Dates:

  • Applications are due April 3, 2023.
  • Interviews are to take place in mid-April 2023.
  • The decision is to be made in early May 2023.
  • Start date September 5, 2023.

Photo: Illustration of 2021-2022 public justice intern Ruva Gwekwerere.

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