B.C. Legislative Internship Program

Interested in applying for the B.C. Legislative Internship Program? Applications for 2023 are open! Sign up for an informational webinar on November 16 here.

BCLIP Alumni: Save the date! The 45th program anniversary will be celebrated on November 27, 2021. Please email bclip@leg.bc.ca for more information.


Program Highlights

B.C. Legislative Interns gain first-hand experience in our parliamentary system and contribute directly to the work of the executive and legislative branches of government.

  • Learn about the mandate and scope of a ministry, conduct research in policy and planning areas and even assist with projects related to legislation.
  • Provide Members of the Legislative Assembly with additional assistance during the parliamentary session. This may include writing speeches and private members' statements, assisting with the estimates process and drafting questions for Question Period.
  • Gain exposure to public-policy making and legislative process.
  • Attend Question Period and parliamentary committee meetings.
  • As a cohort, meet with cabinet ministers, private members, permanent officers of the Legislative Assembly, statutory officers, members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, senior public servants, academics, stakeholders and rights holders.
  • Acquire practical skills and knowledge that can be applied in future work and educational settings.
  • Contribute to greater public understanding of our parliamentary system.


"Meeting people with diverse personalities and skill sets encouraged me to aim high and be open to all the opportunities in the public service. When I think about the purpose of the BCLIP, it’s about instilling in young people a desire and ability to serve and uphold our democratic institutions." ~ 2020 BCLIP alumnus

"This internship provided fantastic insight into how both the executive and legislative branches of government function behind closed doors." ~ 2018 BCLIP alumnus 

“The BCLIP not only provided an enjoyable, enriching six-month experience, but also continues to affect me years later. My work benefits from the skills I developed during my ministry and caucus placements — working under tight timelines, being adaptable, and remaining non-partisan." ~ 2014 BCLIP alumnus

About the Program


The B.C. Legislative Internship Program will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2021. When it was established in 1976, this non-partisan program was modelled on the federal Parliamentary Internship Program introduced in the Canadian House of Commons in 1969. Faculty members of the then three major universities in British Columbia initiated the program. Today, the program is advised by Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

Program Components

The program begins in early-January each year and runs for approximately six months (25 weeks) until the end of June. A typical program year features the following training, educational and work opportunities. The timing and length of various program components can vary somewhat year-to-year.

  • Two weeks of intensive orientation and training – one in January and one in February.
  • A four-week placement in a ministry or statutory office under the direction of an assigned mentor. All placements are based in Victoria.
  • A placement in a political party caucus at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. This placement typically aligns with the Legislative Assembly’s spring session dates.
  • Up to two one-week placements in an MLA’s constituency office.
  • Academic and topical seminars and bi-weekly debrief meetings.
  • In-person or virtual educational exchanges with other internships programs, including the Washington State Legislative Internship Program and the federal Parliamentary Internship Programme.
  • A range of educational and leadership opportunities, including Model Parliament and Mock Trial exercises, K-12 student engagement projects, an optional research paper or Canadian Parliamentary Review submission, and the publication of the intern newsletter – the B.C. Legislative Internship Gazette.


B.C. Legislative Interns receive a bi-weekly salary funded by the Legislative Assembly. For the 2022 program year (25 weeks of full-time employment), gross compensation is set at $29,709.50.

Application Process

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a B.C. resident;
  • hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status; and,
  • have completed or be in the process of completing a first Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a Canadian university (all degree requirements must have been completed within the immediate two-year period prior to the start of the program in January).

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The B.C. Legislative Internship Program is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of groups with historical or current barriers to equity, including (but not limited to):

  • Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs or place of origin;
  • persons with disabilities;
  • women; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Application Period

Applications for the 2023 program year are now open! We thank all applicants for their interest in the B.C. Legislative Internship Program. Applications close January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Review the Job Description.
  • Complete and submit the online Application Form, including the upload of a personal resume.
  • Arrange for an official sealed transcript to be sent directly to the B.C. Legislative Internship Program from each university and/or college from which credit was granted toward your first degree.
  • Arrange for two (2) academic referees to complete and submit the online Academic Reference Form.
  • Arrange for one (1) work or volunteer referee to complete and submit the online Work/Volunteer Reference Form.

Mailing and email address for official sealed transcript(s):

B.C. Legislative Internship Program, Legislative Assembly of B.C., Room 104, 614 Government St., Victoria, B.C., V8V 1X4

Some universities and colleges are only sending electronic transcripts at the moment; if that is the case at your institution, please have the Registrar's Office send a secure or encrypted electronic transcript file or link by email to bclip@leg.bc.ca.

Program Administration

The B.C. Legislative Internship Program is sponsored by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and administered by the Parliamentary Education Office.

​Karen L. Aitken
Program Director
Parliamentary Education Office
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Email: bclip@leg.bc.ca
Dr. James Lawson
Academic Director
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
Email: lawsonj@uvic.ca
Esther Rzeplinski
Program Manager
Parliamentary Education Office
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Email: bclip@leg.bc.ca

Current members of the B.C. Legislative Internship Program Advisory Panel:

Dr. Gerald Baier
Department of Political Science
University of British Columbia
Email: gerald.baier@ubc.ca
Dr. Boris DeWiel
Department of Political Science
University of Northern British Columbia
Email: boris.dewiel@unbc.ca
Dr. Sanjay Jeram (on leave 2021-22)
Dr. Clare McGovern
Department of Political Science
Simon Fraser University
Email: clare_mcgovern@sfu.ca

Arrangements may be made to obtain credit towards a Master of Arts Degree in political science at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria. To be eligible for credit, candidates must have made all necessary arrangements with the Graduate Student Advisor of the political science department involved, and must have been accepted for degree candidacy by the relevant graduate school prior to commencing their internship. 

Alumni Corner

Alumni of the program have established themselves in a variety of professions including politics, law, academia, journalism and the public service.

The B.C. Legislative Internship Program Alumni Association was formed following the 40th anniversary. Events are planned throughout the year, and there are several ways to stay connected:

  1. Email: bclipaa@gmail.com
  2. Facebook: BCLIP Alumni Association group 

The 45th anniversary of the program will be celebrated on November 27, 2021. 

The 2021 edition of the program newsletter — the B.C. Legislative Internship Gazette — is now available. Copies were mailed to all alumni. If you did not receive your copy, please contact the program by email at bclip@leg.bc.ca to update your contact information. Going forward, we will be shifting to digital distribution of the Gazette. Please email us if you would still like a printed copy.


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