Government of Canada Internships
(including Volunteer Work)

Canadian Embassy in Washington

The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC offers internships in several areas to Canadian and American university and college students. The internships are designed to provide students with an opportunity for involvement in governmental affairs, and to provide a general understanding of the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship through the dynamics at work in the embassy. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: (202) 682-1740
Fax: (202) 682-7726

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Youth Internship Program

CIDA is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's International Youth Internship Program gives young Canadian postsecondary graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge, gain international work experience and develop skills in various sectors. Interns are placed with Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and host organizations in developing countries.

Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0G4

Phone: (819) 997-5006
Toll free: 1-800-230-6349
Fax: (819) 953-2845

Canadian Mission to the European Union

The Mission of Canada to the European Union offers internships in Brussels, Belgium to Canadian citizens who have recently graduated from university. The internship program is intended to provide participants with practical insight into the conduct of Canadian diplomacy in Europe, the issues at stake in the Canada-European Union relationship, and the process of European integration in general.

Mrs. Annie Bollaert
Mission of Canada to the European Union
Avenue de Tervueren 2
B-1040 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 741 0660
Fax: +32 2 741 0629

Canadian Political Science Association, Parliamentary Internship Programme

The Canadian Political Science Association is a non-governmental organization that encourages and develops political science and defends the interests of political scientists. Its Parliamentary Internship Programme offers young Canadians the opportunity to learn about parliamentary government and federal politics firsthand by working for Members of Parliament of all parties.

Parliamentary Internship Programme
131 Queen Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Tel.: (613) 995-0764
Fax: (613) 995-5357

Department of Canadian Heritage, Young Canada Works Program

The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians. Its Young Canada Works program offers internships for college and university graduates to help them build career-related skills and abilities. Applicants can choose between an internship abroad focused on building linguistic capabilities, and an internship in Canada or abroad entirely dedicated to heritage.

Department of Canadian Heritage
Young Canada Works
25 Eddy Street, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0M5

Phone: 1-800-935-5555
Fax: 1-800-585-5336

Environment Canada, Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Environment Canada is a department of the Government of Canada with the mandate to preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, forecast weather and environmental change, and coordinate environmental policies and programs. Its Science Horizons Youth Internship Program offers promising young scientists and postsecondary graduates hands-on experience working on environmental projects under the mentorship and coaching of experienced scientists and program managers. Internships lasting 6 to 12 months are awarded across Canada.

Environment Canada Inquiry Centre: 1-800-668-6767

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, International Experience Canada Program

The Government of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) provides opportunities for young Canadians to travel, learn and work abroad. Canada has negotiated reciprocal temporary work permits with close to 40 countries for Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35. These permits cover working holidays, student work abroad programs, international co-op placements and young professional/young worker opportunities.

International Experience Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G2

Phone: 1-877-461-2346 (toll-free in Canada)

Government of Canada, Accelerated Economist Training Program (AETP)

The Accelerated Economist Training Program offers high-calibre Master's degree candidates in any discipline the opportunity to work alongside Canada's top decision-makers on a number of social, economic and international policy agendas. The two-year program is comprised of four challenging six-month assignments in central agencies and participating departments.


Government of Canada, Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

FSWEP is the primary vehicle through which Canadian federal government departments and agencies recruit students. The program is aimed at full-time secondary and postsecondary students. The prime objective of FSWEP is to provide students with work experience related to their field of study and to provide them with learning opportunities. The core of the program is a computerized national inventory of students seeking a job with the federal public service. Non-Canadians may apply for jobs under FSWEP, however priority will be given to Canadian citizens.


Industry Canada, Community Access Program Youth Initiative

Industry Canada's Community Access Program Youth Initiative aims to provide employment opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30. Interns help individuals, community organizations and small businesses to improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and related information technologies.

Community Access Program
235 Queen Street, 6th floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5

Toll Free: 18005759200

Industry Canada, Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP)

TWEP hires students and recent graduates from college/university information technology programs. TWEP offers paid, practical, first job experience in Computers for Schools (CFS) repair centres throughout Canada for a maximum of 52 weeks. CFS is a federal government-led program that collects, repairs and refurbishes donated surplus computers and distributes them to schools, public libraries and not-for-profit learning organizations throughout Canada.

Computers for Schools Program
Industry Canada
255 Albert Street
10th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5

Toll Free: 1-888-636-9899
Fax: (613) 957-1201

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Science and Technology Internship Program

NRCan is a department of the Government of Canada that works to ensure the responsible development of Canada's natural resources, including energy, forests, minerals and metals. Its Science and Technology Internship Program provides an opportunity for recent graduates in science or engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experience. Interested youth are encouraged to market themselves directly to eligible partners of NRCan as possible candidates for internships under this program.