APPLY TO OLIP
The 2020-2021 Cohort Application Process is now closed. The 2021-2022 application process will open December 2020, and the deadline for applications will be January 31, 2020.
The Ontario Legislature Interns are chosen through a rigorous process based on academic excellence, personal maturity and a demonstrated interest in parliamentary government. The minimum requirement for a position as an Intern is an undergraduate degree from a Canadian University and an interest in and a knowledge of Ontario politics. However, Interns often possess or are working towards graduate degrees. You must have graduated within the last two years to participate in OLIP.
The Ontario Legislature Internship Programme is a nonpartisan programme. What is nonpartisanship? Nonpartisanship means not being affiliated with a political party, or publicly endorsing positions on matters of public policy. Since OLIP interns will work with both government and opposition MPPs, they are expected to remain politically neutral in a variety of political settings. Prior partisan activity may make your application ineligible.
The application requires the following:
A letter to the Academic Director explaining why you would like to be an intern. (600 words)
Transcript (Official or Unofficial)
Three Letters of Reference. We recommend two academic references and one other. Your referee will upload their letter to the online system, you will be asked to provide their email.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS*
*Dates subject to change
January 31, 2021: Application deadline at 11:59pm.
February 8, 2021: Deadline for referees to submit applicant reference letters no later than 11:59pm.
MARCH 2021: Final shortlist meeting of the selection panel. Applicants who have not been selected for an interview will receive a phone call mid-to-late March.
march 2021: Interviews held virtually for those applicants selected during the shortlist meeting of the selection panel. All interviews are held in person at Queen’s Park.
Frequently asked questions
I am not available September through June or would like to participate in OLIP part-time, is this possible?
No, OLIP is a full-time programme that runs from September 1st to June 30th. Interns are required to be at Queen’s Park Monday to Friday, all day with some weekend, early morning and evening work required. If you are interested in part-time experience, perhaps try contacting local MPPs to see if they have any volunteer work available.
Is the internship paid?
Yes, interns are paid $2,578 monthly plus an additional $1,000 paid on completion of their academic paper. While OLIP’s stipend is not taxed, depending on your circumstances, you may be taxed on it when filed.
I did not go to university, can I still apply?
Due to the academic nature of the internship, only applicants who have graduated (or will graduate by September 1st) from a university undergraduate degree will be considered.
I am currently pursuing graduate studies, can I apply?
Yes! Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply as well, so long as you are expected graduate your program the year you begin OLIP.
I am currently an undergraduate student and will not graduate until the summer. Can I apply?
Yes, as long as your transcripts indicate that you are in good standing and expected to graduate before September 1st.
If chosen, can I defer my internship until next year?
No, OLIP does not allow deferring of internships. You may reapply the following year.
When is my application due?
Applications, including supporting documents, must be uploaded by January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
Do I need three references? Can they all be academic?
Yes, we require three references of which two must be academic from recent courses or interactions. The third may be academic, work or character references.