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 $2,100 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 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 defering of internships. You may reapply the following year.
When is my application due?
Applications, including supporting documents, must be received by January 31, 2016
Can I send my references and transcripts with my application?
Yes, but we require that they are in a sealed envelope with a signature or company/university seal.
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 but may not be an open testimonial given to you when you left a position.
Do you need original transcripts? My university charges for them.
Yes, OLIP is an academic programme and we require original transcripts from the universities for all undergraduate/postgraduate education.
I live in Toronto, can I drop my application off in person?
Due to the security requirements of the Ontario Legislature, it is not possible to deliver to our office in person. Mail is accepted at a security point at the north side of the Legislative building where it will be scanned and delivered to us by internal mail.
When will we hear back and what are the interview dates?
OLIP will contact all candidates after the shortlist meeting in mid-late February. Interviews will take place in March.