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Internship Opportunities with the Government of Canada

Are you interested in data and research analysis? Would you like to gain valuable work experience in public opinion research? The Public Opinion Research Community is looking for talent to join its dynamic workforce.

As the largest employer in Canada, the government offers hundreds of career paths and thousands of jobs across the country. These internship opportunities offer a unique and practical experience to learn and gain exposure to a wide range of research topics. Students from the Marketing Research and Analysis Program are welcome to apply!

About the Government of Canada’s Public Opinion Research Community

The Public Opinion Research Community is a partnership of federal departments and agencies designed to facilitate collaboration, professional development and knowledge sharing among employees involved in the public opinion research domain. 

To learn more about public opinion research in the Government of Canada, please visit our website

What would you be asked to do? 

As research interns you will have an opportunity to: 

  • conduct research projects:
    • develop survey questionnaires; program and pretest online surveys
    • collect and tabulate data 
    • analyze and report survey results 
    • summarize research findings in written reports 
  • conduct secondary analysis; perform environmental scans and other related duties
  • assist clients with their research needs, monitor projects undertaken by suppliers 

Work environment 

Periods of assignments

We are offering multiple options for research interns:

  • Winter 2024 (part-time or full-time) with a possible extension over the Spring/Summer 2024 
  • Spring/Summer 2024 (part-time or full-time) 


Research interns will be compensated in accordance with Treasury Board rates of pay.  

Work location 

The Government of Canada is transitioning to a hybrid work model allowing employees the flexibility to telework 2 or 3 days a week, or 40 to 60% of their regular schedule.

Federal departments and agencies will have different approaches depending on their operational requirements, while ensuring alignment with relevant legislation, policies and directives.

Research interns must be located in Canada. Depending on the work location, preference might be given to candidates residing in the National Capital Region.

Various security requirements may apply (a security check will be conducted during the hiring process).

Job opportunities beyond the internship 

Following the internship, the employer might offer you a job opportunity through the student bridging program.

Embracing diversity and inclusion 

The Government of Canada promotes the advantages of a diverse and inclusive work force. Whether you are young, old, a person with a disability, a member of a visible minority group, an Indigenous person, a woman or an advocate of diversity in any way, you can be assured that you will be welcomed and valued in our workplace. 

Who can apply 

Persons residing in Canada. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

Information you must provide 

Your résumé and a cover letter.


A virtual interview will be administered on an online platform in the week of October 30, 2023.

The following competencies may be assessed and/or are required for the job:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, in English and/or French 
  • Demonstrating integrity and respect 
  • Thinking things through 
  • Working effectively with others 
  • Showing initiative and being action oriented 
  • Experience in conducting research projects 
  • Being client service oriented 

To apply 

Submit your résumé and cover letter to the Public Opinion Research Directorate at by October 25, 2023 (6 pm EST). 

In your email, please specify: 

  • the period of assignment you are looking for (Winter 2024 and/or Spring/Summer 2024) 
  • the internship options (part-time or full time) 
  • your preferred language for the interview (English or French) 
  • email address  
  • your needs, if any, for accommodation measures for the interview  

On your résumé, we encourage you to self-declare if you belong to one of the following designated employment equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, women.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. 

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