Deadline: January 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
British Columbia (BC) Legislative Internship Program 2023
The British Columbia (BC) Legislative Internship Program celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2021. When it was established in 1976, this non-partisan program was modelled on the federal Parliamentary Internship Program introduced in the Canadian House of Commons in 1969. Faculty members of the then three major universities in British Columbia initiated the program. Today, the program is advised by Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria.
The program begins in early-January each year and runs for approximately six months (25 weeks) until the end of June. A typical program year features the following training, educational and work opportunities. The timing and length of various program components can vary somewhat year-to-year.
- Two weeks of intensive orientation and training – one in January and one in February.
- A four-week placement in a ministry or statutory office under the direction of an assigned mentor. All placements are based in Victoria.
- A placement in a political party caucus at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. This placement typically aligns with the Legislative Assembly’s spring session dates.
- Up to two one-week placements in an MLA’s constituency office.
- Academic and topical seminars and bi-weekly debrief meetings.
- In-person or virtual educational exchanges with other internships programs, including the Washington State Legislative Internship Program and the federal Parliamentary Internship Programme.
- A range of educational and leadership opportunities, including Model Parliament and Mock Trial exercises, K-12 student engagement projects, an optional research paper or Canadian Parliamentary Review submission, and the publication of the intern newsletter – the B.C. Legislative Internship Gazette.
B.C. Legislative Interns receive a bi-weekly salary funded by the Legislative Assembly. For the 2022 program year (25 weeks of full-time employment), gross compensation is set at $29,709.50.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a B.C. resident;
- hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status; and,
- have completed or be in the process of completing a first Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a Canadian university (all degree requirements must have been completed within the immediate two-year period prior to the start of the program in January).
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The B.C. Legislative Internship Program is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of groups with historical or current barriers to equity, including (but not limited to):
- Indigenous peoples;
- members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs or place of origin;
- persons with disabilities;
- women; and
- persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
Applications for the 2024 program year are now live! Click here to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest in the B.C. Legislative Internship Program. Applications will close January 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Review the Job Description.
- Complete and submit the online Application Form, including the upload of a personal resume.
- Arrange for an official sealed transcript to be sent directly to the B.C. Legislative Internship Program from each university and/or college from which credit was granted toward your first degree.
- Arrange for two (2) academic referees to complete and submit the online Academic Reference Form.
- Arrange for one (1) work or volunteer referee to complete and submit the online Work/Volunteer Reference Form.