The Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) was established in 1975 and is administered by the Canadian Political Science Association and supported by a financial grant from the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. OLIP is a non-partisan organization and is not associated with the Government of Ontario nor with any political party.
The Programme is designed to provide backbench Members of Provincial Parliament with highly qualified assistants. In addition to providing practical experience with the daily workings of the Ontario Legislature, OLIP provides Interns the opportunity to supplement their university training through regular academic discussions and by writing an academic paper on a topic of their choice. Interns also visit other legislatures to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process through a comparative lens.
Each year, eight to ten interns are selected from across Canada through a highly competitive process. Internships are based in Toronto, begin each September and last for 10 months. The Programme is open to Canadian citizens who have recently graduated from a Canadian university. Prospective interns should also demonstrate an interest in and a knowledge of the legislative process. While many applicants have a background in political science, we welcome and encourage applicants from all academic backgrounds.
What do interns do?
The range of duties performed by Interns for MPPs is very wide, and depends on the Member’s priorities and responsibilities. Interns write speeches, prepare MPPs for question period and for committee work, research policy issues of interest to the Member, assist with constituency work and attend meetings with Member and on her or his behalf. Members are encouraged to take their Interns with them to their constituencies at least once during their time together.
They also attend meetings with important figures in public life, ranging from the Premier and past Premiers, to independent officers of the Legislature and stakeholders. To find out more about what the interns have been doing read our blog
Interns also attend comparative study tours with other Legislatures, both in Canada and the United Kingdom as well as presenting their academic papers (if accepted) at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences or the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association (usually held in conjunction with Congress).
We also invite you to read noted University of Toronto Professor of Political Science Dr. Graham White’s Memories of OLIP, describing his personal experience as a Legislative Intern back in 1976-77. Click here to read