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Become an intern on Parliament Hill: BRAIN AND BOOT CAMP POLITICAL TRAINING PROGRAM

Are you interested in making a difference in Canadian politics? Then this internship’s for you. This year-long Ottawa-based internship program teaches people 18-30 the practical aspects of getting elected, and also provides significant brain training on how you need to think in order to be successful in politics.

Key Components

This internship program includes 3 key components, which will each take a roughly equal portion of participants’ time on a weekly basis. These components are:

1. Parliamentary Work Experience

Interns will be matched up with participating Members of Parliament, and have an opportunity to experience the different aspects of parliamentary work. This may include (1) Constituent Correspondence (2) Parliamentary Committee Work (3) Research (4) Legislative Drafting (5) Speech Writing & (6) Question Period Preparation.

2. Practical Political Training

As part of their regular schedule, interns will learn and practice cutting edge campaign techniques, from door to door canvassing and phoning to party membership sales and social media outreach. This component of the program will teach interns how to campaign and prepare them to run for office or work on other campaigns in the near future.

1. Intellectual Development

This internship program includes daily training sessions, teaching the strategies and the frame of mind required for success in politics. Sessions will be taught in person and via Skype by some of the top political minds in the country.

How It Works

The Brain & Boot Camp program runs from the beginning of September until the end of August every year. There is no cost to participate in this program. During time in Ottawa, interns will be provided with a regular stipend to cover basic living expenses, and we will provide you with any help we can to find appropriate and reasonably priced accommodation. Where possible, it is generally worthwhile for interns to share accommodation with each other.

The Parliamentary calendar is unpredictable, and interns will, from time to time, be asked to participate in training and campaigning activities in other parts of the country. When outside of Ottawa, interns will have travel and basic expenses covered directly.

All training offered to interns will be free of charge. Our goal is to provide a free, and intense, training experience for top applicants.

Application

This application has 4 required elements: Personal Details, Transcripts, Character References, and Essays. Only applications received by email or through our web contact form will be accepted. Please send an email to applications@brainandboot.com containing all 4 of these elements.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, starting on February 28th. (Applicants will maximize their chances of success by applying as early as possible; however, applications received after February 28th will still be accepted, and evaluated, space permitting.)

This program is an initiative of The Wilberforce Project. You can find out more about the Wilberforce Project at www.thewilberforceproject.ca. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Wilberforce Project's new Political Coordinator Cameron Wilson at 613-777-6435. Questions from prospective applicants, as well as applications themselves, can also be emailed to applications@brainandboot.com.

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