Summer Leadership Program 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Summer Leadership Program begin?
The 2021 Program begins on Monday, May 3rd and concludes on Friday, August 20th. The internship is 4 months in length. This is a full-time position; you must be available to start on May 3rd and be available for the entire duration of the program based on the selection of your placement. Successful candidates will receive a letter of offer from the MP’s office. The duration of your placement will be provided to you in your letter of offer.
Is the Summer Leadership Program paid?
Yes. This is a full-time, paid position.
What does the application process look like?
We have a multifaceted application process to get to know you as a candidate. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit your updated resume and two references as well as let us know about your top skills and any volunteer, professional and political experience you may have. We are committed to selecting a diverse cohort of participants that is representative of our open and inclusive society.
Which home address should I put on my application?
We ask that you submit your permanent home address. That is, your family home or permanent place of residence where you will be staying and working from over the summer.

For example: if you are from Calgary and you attend school in Saskatoon, your permanent address in Calgary.

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, involved in your local riding or community and eligible to work in Canada, apply to join our team for a summer!
Can international students or foreign residents apply?
To be eligible for the Summer Leadership Program all applicants must be residing in Canada with a valid Canadian address and be able to work full-time in Canada. International students and residents who live and study in Canada and have a valid work permit with the ability to work full-time in Canada, can qualify to apply for the Summer Leadership Program.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure they have a valid work permit prior to the commencement of the Summer Leadership Program that allows them to work full-time hours.

Do I have to be a full-time student to be eligible?
No! We are looking for young Canadians with diverse backgrounds and experiences – that includes education. You must, however, be able to start the program virtually as of May 3, 2021.
Can I get academic credit for my internship?
It may be possible to get academic credit for your internship, but not from the Liberal Research Bureau, Parliament of Canada, or Government of Canada.

Only academic departments can offer credit, and policies differ from one department to the next. Often your internship must relate directly to your major area of study, which this internship may or may not do.

If you are seeking to obtain academic credit from your SLP internship, we urge you to obtain approval from your academic institution prior to submitting your SLP 2021 application.

Is there an age limit to apply?
Last year, most Summer Leadership Program interns were between 19 and 26-years-old. We encourage any and all talented future leaders to apply to the Summer Leadership Program. As long as a potential applicant has completed their academic term or training program and is available to start the program virtually on May 3rd.
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 political experiences and accomplishments you have achieved since you last applied.
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 should be individuals who can speak positively about your skills and achievements. Your references can include, but are not limited to: current and/or past employers, managers, co-workers, leaders of non-partisan, volunteer or nonprofit organizations, professors and Members of Parliament. Your references are not required to provide a letter, however all references will be checked. Ensure that you include current contact information for each of your references.
How many references do I need to provide?
Typically you should provide 2 references with your resume. Your references should be people who will speak positively about your work.
When will I hear if I have been successfully accepted to SLP 2021?
Internship placements in the Summer Leadership Program are highly competitive. We take the time to review and evaluate each and every application in order to choose from many highly qualified candidates and ensure the best internship experience for all selected participants. We do our best to notify all applicants in a timely fashion of their application status in the program. Due to a highly competitive selection process placements can be made up to the start of the program on May 4th. If you are selected during this process, you will be contacted for an interview. Only successfully selected candidates will be contacted. We wish you the best of luck with your application!
Why is SLP a “virtual Internship” this year?
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic the Summer Leadership Program 2021 will be administered as a virtual internship experience. We very much care about the opportunities and potential to provide young Canadians with this unique and extraordinary internship experience. In order to ensure we follow all public health and safety measures to keep safe and stop the spread of the virus, this year’s program will provide participants with a remote internship experience.

What is a “virtual internship”?
A virtual internship (sometimes called a remote internship) is exactly as it sounds – it’s a remote work experience with an employer but the work is done virtually and remotely rather than in person. It’s just like a regular internship experience, except you gain experience while working remotely, rather than being physically present in-person in the office or employment location..

Where will I work if this is a virtual internship?
Virtual internships are internships that are done online or remotely. Successful SLP Participants may be placed with the Liberal Research Bureau, Prime Minister’s Office, Minister’s Offices and with the Offices of Liberal Members of Parliament. Participants will work remotely from home and have a supervisor that you report to. You will be in regular contact with the supervisor/team via virtual methods such as video call, phone call, email and instant messenger.

What will I be doing?
Each SLP placement carries a variety of responsibilities, which could include researching, writing, attending, and reporting on Parliamentary and Government proceedings. Furthermore, SLP Participants may be responsible for general administration tasks, database management, reviewing and responding to correspondence, virtually coordinating and attending meetings and note taking, virtually engaging with various community groups, stakeholders, and with Members of Parliament and much more. We are committed to providing SLP Participants with a meaningful learning experience where they will be able to learn, grow and connect online with other emerging young leaders who are passionate about promoting the Liberal government’s plan, values and principles.
How do I communicate with my office in a virtual internship?
In a virtual internship setting, typically communication with your supervisor/team will be through various means of communication technology including emails, video calls, phone conversations, instant messaging or text messaging. Participants should actively seek advice and feedback in their work and are encouraged to ask questions, while regularly checking in with their supervisor/team.
How can I get the most from a virtual internship as a Summer Leadership Program Participant?
The Summer Leadership Program is a comprehensive and intensive experience. Participants will be placed in full-time positions working remotely online from home. In addition to this, Program participants can expect frequent virtual training sessions and events with guest speakers and networking opportunities. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect virtually via a private online forum.

As with an in-person internship, the best way to get the most out of a virtual internship is to be completely engaged in all program activities. All Program participants are expected to be in attendance online for all official program events. Training events may be held outside work hours to best accommodate the requirements of the office you are working with and your learning experience.

Are program events and opportunities mandatory?
Participants are expected to attend all official events as a part of the Summer Leadership Program. This includes all training webinars and live virtual session at the start of the Program, weekly online training sessions, and any guest speaker virtual seminars.

Participation in this Program is an opportunity for growth, so we expect participants to be in attendance for all programming. All program training, events, and opportunities will be hosted online.

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.
Are travel and accommodations covered?
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic SLP 2021 will be administered as a virtual internship program. Participants will be able to work remotely from home through the 4 month duration of the program.

However, depending on the COVID-19 public health measures throughout the Summer of 2021, participants may have an opportunity to work in-person in the Office of the Member of Parliament they are interning with. If there is an opportunity to work in-office in Ottawa or the riding and if travel is required for this purpose, it is the responsibility of the participant to find, book and finance their own travel and accommodations for the duration of their stay. This will strictly be dependent upon public health measures through the duration of SLP 2021.

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. As required, we will be updating the FAQ section of this website to reflect new frequently asked questions that come in. Please review this section completely.

Summer Leadership Program 2021