In 2016, over 140 young Canadians from coast to coast to coast spent their summer working with the Liberal Team on Parliament Hill. These participants were given the opportunity of a lifetime to contribute to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s team, learn about the political process from some of the best in the country, and gain valuable work experience. They also had a lot of fun and developed friendships that will last for the rest of their lives!

This year, participants will be given even more opportunities to learn about politics, grow professionally, and to be a part of the team helping to make a real difference for Canadians across the country.
Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Application Deadline: 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I eligible for the Summer Leadership Program?

We are looking for young leaders from coast to coast to coast to become the next generation of leaders of the largest movement in Canadian history. If you are a politically engaged youth, and eligible to work in Canada, apply to join our team for a summer!

When does the Summer Leadership Program run?

The Program begins on Monday, May 1st and ends on Friday, August 25th. You must be available to start on this date and be available for the entirety of the program.

Is the Summer Leadership Program paid?

Yes. This is a full-time, paid position.

Do I have to be a full-time student to be eligible?

No! We are looking for young Canadians with diverse experiences- that includes education. You must, however, be out of high school as the program begins in May.

Where will I work ?

Participants will be placed in offices including the Liberal Research Bureau and with the MP teams on Parliament Hill. In some cases, you will have the opportunity to work in both the Parliament Hill office as well as the Constituency office, giving you the full experience of what it’s like to work for an MP.

I applied for the Summer Leadership Program last year. Can I apply again?

Yes! The Summer Leadership Program is extremely competitive, so we encourage you to re-apply if you weren’t successful last year. We would advise you to highlight your volunteer contributions, as well as new experiences and accomplishments you have achieved since you last applied.

What does a typical week look like for a Summer Leadership Program participant?

The Summer Leadership Program is a comprehensive and intensive experience. Participants will be placed in full-time positions. In addition to this, Program participants can expect frequent speakers, training and volunteer opportunities, group projects, networking opportunities, and social events. All Program participants are expected to be in attendance at all official events.

Where will I live?

It is the responsibility of the participant to find and finance their own accommodations while working in Ottawa. Upon acceptance to the Program, participants will have the opportunity to connect with others to potentially secure roommates and split housing costs.

Please note: in some cases, you may be asked to work in both the Hill and constituency office for the Member of Parliament. If this is the case, you will be given sufficient notice to arrange accommodations.

Are Program events and opportunities mandatory?

Participants are expected to attend all official programs and events as a part of the Summer Leadership Program. This includes speakers, training opportunities, and group project participation. Participation in this Program is an opportunity for growth, so we expect participants to be in attendance for all programming.

Who should my references be? Do they need to provide a letter?

There are many people in your lives who would be valuable references to include with your application. References from Members of Parliament and leaders of non-partisan, volunteer or nonprofit organizations, as well as past employers would also be strong assets to your application. These references may include a political reference, such as; executive on your local Electoral District Association, past candidate, past campaign manager or volunteer coordinator, or campus club president. Your reference is not required to provide a letter, however all references will be checked. Ensure that you include current contact information for each of your references.

What is expected of me during the Summer Leadership Program?

While we strive to have fun and make the Summer Leadership Program an enjoyable program, a level of decorum and professionalism is expected.. Your participation in the Program may be terminated should you not live up to the expected standards.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can reach the Summer Leadership Program team at Please note that while we will strive to answer all questions, we receive a large volume of emails. We will be updating the FAQ section of this website to reflect new frequently asked questions that come in. Please review this section completely.

Is there an age limit to apply?

Last year, most Summer Leadership Program interns were between 19 and 26-years-old. However, some of our most successful interns were outside of this age range. We encourage any and all talented future leaders to apply to the Summer Leadership Program. As long as a potential applicant has completed high school, as the program begins May 1.

The information submitted during the application process will be used for the sole purpose of the Summer Leadership Program 2017
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