Summer Work Experience: Various Opportunities at Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC



Program Description

The Embassy of Canada’s Internship Program provides interns with an opportunity to be involved in
governmental affairs and to develop an understanding of the Canada–U.S. bilateral relationship. Interns
may be asked to: perform research, attend hearings and seminars, draft reports, assist with event
management, or other relevant tasks. The program is intended to be a valuable educational experience
which provides skills and knowledge for personal and professional growth.
All interns are retained on a non-remunerative basis. The Embassy operates on a typical schedule of
9AM to 5PM, five days per week.
During the selection process, we match internship applicants with positions that correspond to their
education and interests. We accept candidates in the following areas:
• Political:
– Energy & Environment
– Foreign & Defence Policy
• Trade and Economic Policy:
– Commercial Policy and International Business Development (CPIBD)
– Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED)
– International Development
– Science and Technology Policy
– Trade Policy
– Trade Finance
– Transport
• Washington Secretariat:
– Advocacy / Public Affairs
– Alberta Office
– Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
– Events Production
– Media Relations
• Regional Services Centre:
– Protocol
• Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
• Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States, which is distinct diplomatic
mission co-located within the Embassy.


Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a program
of study at an accredited university or college, be recognized as having full-time student status by their
academic institution during the full period of the educational placement, and receive academic credit for
the placement as part of their program of study.
Selected candidates must complete a reliability screening before serving at the Embassy, which can take
anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

Program Sessions

  • Winter/Spring: January – May
  • Summer: May – August
  • Autumn: September – December




Our Positions

Interns will be assigned to a section at the Embassy and supervised by a manager within that department. Positions in each of our sections are as follows:

  • Political (Foreign & Defence Policy)
  • Political (Energy & Environment)
  • Trade (Commercial Policy and International Business Development)
  • Trade (Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED))
  • Trade (International Development)
  • Trade (Science and Technology)
  • Trade (Trade and Economic Policy)
  • Trade (Finance)
  • Trade (Transport)
  • Washington Secretariat (Advocacy/Public Affairs)
  • Washington Secretariat (Alberta Office)
  • Washington Secretariat (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs)
  • Washington Secretariat (Events Production Team)
  • Washington Secretariat (Media Relations)
  • Regional Services Centre & Consular Services (Protocol)
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States (distinct diplomatic mission)


Application Details

This is an unpaid internship and unfortunately there is also no stipend/grant available. Students looking for paid opportunities with Global Affairs Canada can apply to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). Due to the constraints of the U.S. visa system and our status as a diplomatic mission, we are not eligible to apply for temporary paid worker visas, and therefore can only provide unpaid short-term training as is permitted under the visa waiver program.

For further information, please contact Student Placement Officer, Peggy Gordon ( or Shannon Garnier (, for details.