Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship

Job Locations CA-ON-Ottawa
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/28/2018 6:00 PM)
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Public Affairs

Posting Job Description

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy group representing the interests of 109,000 small and medium-sized businesses in Canada for more than 40 years.  It was born in reaction to a piece of public policy that, at the time, would have been devastating to the Canadian independent business sector.


In conjunction with Scotiabank, we are offering a four-month Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Internship in our Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Charlottetown, Toronto and Ottawa offices (six positions). The positions will run from early May to late August.


CFIB has taken great care in developing a Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern Program that will not only advance our small business members’ priorities, but will also provide a meaningful and enriching opportunity for the intern.


Scope of Responsibility:

Reporting to a member of the legislative team, you will be responsible for the research, analysis and writing of a specific project relevant to our small business members. The project has been pre-selected based on its compatibility with the Intern Program and CFIB’s legislative agenda. We strongly encourage interested candidates to check out our research and advocacy work at   At the end of four months, the project may be considered a component of CFIB’s public advocacy work on these issues.


Highlights of Responsibilities:

In consultation with and direction from the local senior analyst, you will:

  • Refine the project plan and develop weekly completion targets
  • Meet agreed upon weekly completion targets
  • Gather relevant data from CFIB member surveys, government and other sources
  • Analyze data and write draft final report
  • Work collaboratively with other CFIB Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Interns and CFIB colleagues across Canada
  • Provide research assistance on other small business issues, as necessary
  • Provide office administrative help and assist small business members, as necessary


Candidates must possess:

  • Desire to learn more about the small business sector and its role in the Canadian economy
  • Interest in government relations/politics/public policy
  • Strong research skills to undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis, check sources and facts, and develop key arguments
  • Superior written communication skills
  • Commitment to accuracy and thoroughness
  • Expertise in word processing, spreadsheets and graphs
  • Proven ability to work interdependently in a collaborative environment with colleagues in a small office environment
  • Ability to step in to help keep the office running (answer phone, administrative tasks), if necessary
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Objectivity and non-partisanship
  • Working experience in French would be a strong asset


Both active students and recent graduates of relevant post-secondary education are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to those students able to complete the internship without interruptions.



$2,500/month gross (paid bi-weekly, less statutory deductions)


Writing sample:

This application process requires a sample of written work you have completed.  The writing sample should be a brief example of your research and writing abilities. The sample does not necessarily have to be related to small business issues. For example, you may want to use a portion of a paper that you submitted for a school course. Please keep your writing sample to two pages. If needed, further samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.


Note: CFIB will be reviewing applications as they are submitted. We encourage you to apply early. All applications will be acknowledged; however, please note that only those applicants that meet the criteria will be contacted for an interview.


Please ensure to apply for the job posted in the location of your choice and indicate in your cover letter, which city you are applying for. 


CFIB is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities through the interview process and while employed. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.


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