Summer Internship Program

(Created by: Leanna Vu, Intern, 2019)

(Created by: Leanna Vu, 2019 Intern)

Michelle Park
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
April 23, 2019
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About the program:

We offer a summer internship program for those interested in supporting a fast-paced and exciting policy and leadership development agenda that engages diverse audiences across Canada and beyond.

These roles contribute across three preliminary areas of specialization:

  • Innovation Economy: driving a more inclusive and sustainable prosperity in Canada through innovation, including how to responsibly adopt and govern new technologies
  • Lifelong Learning: ensuring that our education and workplace training systems are equitably preparing Canadians as future-ready workers and citizens
  • Thriving Democracy: developing new and better leaders engaged in civic challenges and safeguarding our democratic systems from new threats

About our organization:

Recently, the Brookfield Institute and the Leadership Lab made a decision to merge as one organization at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). 

This is in response to a shared mission to put leading policy research into action and to develop new leaders and solutions to help Canada thrive in a digital society. As one institute, we will continue to be a trusted partner of public purpose institutions and an authoritative voice in public policy conversations, providing timely and actionable research-based insights, and well-trained change-makers—building on the legacies of the Brookfield Institute and the Leadership Lab.

You can read more about our merger announcement here.

Why you should apply:

  • Contribute to thoughtful research and public policies that benefit Canadians
  • Gain real, hands-on experience with mentorship from our team
  • Networking opportunities
  • Join a great team
  • It’s full-time + paid!

Who are we looking for?

Successful interns are curious, driven, collaborative and looking to grow. You are a self-starter who also likes working on teams. And you are motivated to contribute to advancing an inclusive innovation economy and democracy in Canada.

This year, we are hiring for up to four intern positions:

Applications closed on Monday, February 20th at 9am EST.

Requirements for the position include:

  • Legally allowed to work in Canada
  • Passion for policy

Application process:

  1. Resume + Cover Letter + Writing Sample submission
  2. Virtual Interview + References
  3. Offer 

When can I apply?

Applications for Summer 2023 are closed.

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Application Tips:

  1. Make note of the deadline! The deadline is in EST. Anything submitted past the deadline will not be accepted.
  2. Customize your cover letter. We want to get to know you better and would like to have your passion for our organization to shine through.
  3. Be yourself. We want to make sure it’s a good fit for you and us!


Q: Is this position hybrid?

A: Yes. This position is not fully remote as we will need you to come in for in-person work. The number of days you are required in the office will vary by position.

Q: Will I be paid?

A: Yes, this is a paid internship, you will be paid $20/hr, plus 4% of pay in lieu of vacation and other benefits. These positions are expected to work 36.25 hours per week for 16 weeks (May-August). 

Q: Can I apply for more than one position?

A: Yes, you may apply for more than one position but it is strongly recommended that you create separate cover letters and tailor it to the job you are applying for.

Q: What will I learn?

A: You will be assigned to 1-2 projects during the summer. We encourage you to check out the job descriptions of each role when applications open on Monday, January 23rd.

Additionally, we encourage interns to attend external events and opportunities outside of the Institute! 

Q: I’m an international student, can I still apply?

A: If you are legally allowed to work in Canada, yes.


Thank you to Canada Summer Jobs for making our internship program possible.

Contact Us

Have additional questions? Send an email to

Michelle Park
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
April 23, 2019
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