Progressive Policy Internships

The Rideau Institute provides opportunities for students and recent graduates who want to gain hands-on experience in a non-governmental organization with a focus on foreign and defence policy.  Our mission is to help restore Canada to its former peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding role in the world, through creative and innovative multilateralism, strengthening the UN and building international law.

At all times, the Rideau Institute has unpaid positions for several volunteers and interns from accredited institutions. Each academic term and in the summer months, we typically have one full-time “anchor” intern (four or five days per week) who is receiving course credit for the internship.  In addition, we would also have two or three interns working at least two days per week.  Volunteers typically contribute on an “as required” basis or may dedicate one day per week to specific administrative and donor-related activities.

The Institute blends research and analysis with media and Internet communications techniques as it advances its policy agenda for Canada. Officially, the Rideau Institute is a non-partisan, independent research, advocacy and consulting group in Ottawa. Unofficially, it is known as one of the most active and influential progressive policy-focused organizations in town.

Typically, the Institute will be busy with its extremely active social engagement program of social media posts and website blogs.  Another key activity is preparing the regular email campaigns to engage its 50,000 supporters. In addition the President will be launching reports commissioned by the Rideau Institute, speaking at, and participating in, conferences and roundtables, engagingwith the media through articles and interviews, interacting with members of parliament and policy makers, and working with other likeminded non-government organizations to advance our progressive policy agenda.Peggy Mason, the Institute’s president, describes the experience like this: “We are a small, tightly knit organization, and while it can become energetic – even a bit frenetic at times – it is an exciting workspace where everyone helps out when needed. We want our interns and volunteers to be ready to join in as we work to make a better Canada.”

To inquire about volunteer or internship opportunities, please send a letter of inquiry and résumé to, or call 613 565-9449.

Past Sponsors of Rideau Institute Progressive Policy Internships

Thank you to our generous sponsors who fund individual interns. Their sponsorship fosters the training, education and motivation for the next generation of Canada’s leaders and policymakers:

  • Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees National
  • Patricia Hartnagel


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