Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in political science may consider the following internship programmes:
- AFS Interculture Canada
Volunteer opportunities in Canada and other opportunities abroad
- Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Opportunities in Canada and abroad
- AIESEC Global Internship Program
- Amnesty International Canada
- Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC)
- The Association of American Universities
- Bundestag Internship (Emigré Memorial German Internship Program)
Eligibility: Canadian and US citizens and permanent residents. International students. German fluency
- Atlantic Council of Canada
International internship opportunities
- Canada West Foundation Student Internships
Eligibility: current student or recent graduate. 4 month internships in Calgary
Deadline: 3 times/year
- Canada World Youth
- Canadian Cooperative Association
Internships in Africa and Asia
Deadline: May 24, 2013
- Canadian Crossroads International
Volunteer opportunities in Canada and abroad
- Canadian Embassy in Beijing, China
Eligibility: University of Toronto Students and recent graduates (one year or less)
Deadline: November 13, 2012
- Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: Canadian and American students at schools in US and Canada
Deadlines: March for summer semester, July for Fall semester, November for spring semester
- Canadian Feed the Children
Volunteer opportunities in Canada
- Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Internship Program
- Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program
Eligibility: Canadian citizens with at least one degree. 10 month program.
Deadlines: January 31st
- CARE Canada
Paid internships through CIDA and DFAIT
- Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) &
Silk Road Studies Program (SRSP), Sweden (Stockholm) & USA (DC)
Unpaid internships available on an irregular basis.
- Central European University Professional Internship Program
Eligibility: Undergraduate students.
Deadlines: April 1st for fall semester, November 1st for spring semester. March deadline for the summer internship program
Fee to participate
- Chatham House
Unpaid 3 month internships/
- CIGI, Canada (Waterloo)
- Coady International Institute, Youth in Partnership Program
- Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Various unpaid internships.
- Consulate General of Canada, New York City
Eligibility: grad students only
No internship currently.
- The Council Of the Federation Youth Internship Program
Eligibility: 25 years of age or under, completed undergrad or graduate degree, eligible to work in Canada. 1 year program
Deadline: end of May
- CUSO-VSO, International Volunteer Program
Overseas volunteer opportunities in different sectors. Unpaid.
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace (FFIPP)
- Federal Public Sector Research Affiliate Program
- Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program
- Federal Student Work Experience Program
Campaign begins in October.
- Green Corps
- Heritage Toronto
Volunteer opportunities in Toronto
- Institute of International Relations, Prague
- Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Program is currently inactive, but check back in the future.
- Institute for Security Studies, Africa (Nairobi)
- Institute for the US and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN), Russia (Moscow)
- Inter-American Development Bank
- The International
- International Court of Justice
- International Criminal Court
- International Crisis Group
Unpaid internships in different locations
- International Institute for Sustainable Development, Leaders for a Sustainable Future Program
- International Institute for Strategic Studies, US (DC)
Unpaid full-time and part-time internships.
- Jefferson Institute
- Manitoba Legislature Internship Program
Eligibility: must have a degree
- Mines Action Canada, Young Professionals International Mine Action Program
CIDA-funded paid internships
- NATO Internship Program
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Ontario Legislature Internship Programme
Eligibility: Recent graduates of Canadian universities. 10 month program.
Deadline: February 28th, 2013
- Ontario Municipal Internship Program
- Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Toronto
Volunteer opportunities in Toronto and across Canada
- Ontario Internship Program
Eligibility: Recent graduates who are legally entitled to work in Canada. Two year internship.
Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time
- Ontario Public Service Regular Student Hiring Program
- Ontario Public Service Summer Experience Program
- Oxfam Canada
Volunteer opportunities in Canada and abroad
- Parliamentary Information and Research Service Internship Program
Eligibility: Bachelor degree, bilingual.
One year paid internship
- PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), Czech Republic
3-6 month internships
Applications accepted on a rolling basis
- RAND Corporation
Summer internships for graduate students
- Rooftops Canada: Intern Program
Eligibility: Canadian citizens/perm residents. Must hold a university degree and be between the ages of 19 and 30. 6 month internship through Gov of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy Program.
- Sandra Rotman Centre
Deadline: January 31, 2013
- Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
Eligibility: Minimum Bachelor degree required, related to ethics in leaderships.
Paid 9-month internship, with possibility to extend for 3 months
- Transparency International
- UN GALAXY
- UNICEF Canada
- United Nations Association in Canada – UN Professional Placements Programme
Eligibility: Canadian citizens with a minimum of a bachelor degree
Unpaid, must pay organization to participate.
- United Nations Institute for Disarmament
Unpaid internships for undergraduate and graduate students.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
- University of Toronto Community Service – Centre for Community Partnerships Co-Curricular Service-Learning Summer Internship
Eligibility: U of T student
Deadline: May 15
- US Commerical Service, Department of Commerce (at various US consulates across Canada)
Eligibility: Canadian students enrolled in a degree program.
4 months in Montreal or 6 months in Toronto
Deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
- US Department of Justice Internship Program
Eligibility: US citizens
4 month unpaid internships
Year round application process
Three types of unpaid internships: Research, Social Media and Translation.
- VSO International
Volunteer opportunities abroad
- War Child Canada
- White House Internship Program
Eligibility: US Citizen, enrolled in an undergrad or graduate program.
Deadline: March for the summer program, end of May for the fall program
- The Woodrow Wilson Center
- World Bank
Paid internships in Washington, D.C. Two internships sessions/year.
- World Trade Organization
Political Science Scholarships