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Get a head start on your career with a paid CFIB Internship

Do you have a keen eye for research and writing? Want to learn about government and business from Canada’s most prominent independent business organization? Looking for a summer job that will challenge you?

Check out the CFIB internship in public policy and entrepreneurship, sponsored by our partner, Scotiabank.

Every summer, top college and university students from across Canada take their skills from the classroom to positions of influence as CFIB interns. The internship will help you understand the realities of running a small business in Canada while building important relationships with key stakeholders in both government and the small business community.

What do you get out of the internship?

Over a four-month period (May to August) with CFIB, here’s how you will contribute to the organization’s success—and grow as a professional:

  • Get published: Produce an in-depth CFIB research report that our staff use to support our positions in meetings with decision-makers in municipal, provincial and federal governments.
  • Hone your skills: Sharpen your communications strategy, skills and tactics for engaging with government, small business owners and other stakeholders.
  • Learn from experts: Participate in special training sessions conducted by CFIB, Scotiabank and guest speakers on topics ranging from lobbying to government and the economy.
  • Be part of the team: Work directly with other CFIB staff across Canada.

We will begin the search for our next cohort of interns in early 2018.

Apply Today!

Intern Reports

2015
Title Author

Alberta Municipal Spending Report, 2015

Edward Ketcheson, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Elliot Sims, Director of Provincial Affairs, Manitoba Gavin Kaisaris, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Manitoba Municipal Spending Watch

A Small Business Assessment of Workers’ Compensation: 2015 Small Business Workers’ Compensation Index

Marvin Cruz, Senior Research Analyst Sarah Gebretsadik, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Beyond the Big Border

Joseph Doris, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Canada’s Municipal Spending Watch 2015

Nina Gormanns, Senior Research Analyst Cam Nguyen, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Powering Entrepreneurship

Kyla Roberts, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern Andreea Bourgeois, Senior Analyst Denis Robichaud, Director, Provincial Affairs

2014
Title Author

Canada Revenue Agency Report Card

Ben Woodfinden, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Realities of Agriculture in Canada

Carly Barefoot, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern Mandy D’Autremont, Senior Policy Analyst, Agri-business and Saskatchewan

Ontario Property Tax System Stacked Against Small Business

Jovonne Lee, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Alberta Municipal Spending Report, 2014

Zack Moline, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

WANTED: Property Tax Fairness in Saskatchewan

Eric Muller, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern Nina Gormanns, Research Analyst

BC Municipal Spending Watch 2014

Edward Ketcheson, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Interns

2013
Title Author

Alberta Municipal Spending Watch 2013 4th Edition: Trends in Operating Spending, 2000-2011

Samuel Karamanis, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

WANTED: Property Tax Fairness in Saskatchewan A ranking and small business perspective of property tax gaps in Saskatchewan

Eli Gotthilf, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern, Prairie Ben Kolisnyk, Policy Analyst, Prairie

Ranking Provincial Tax Systems in Canada: CFIB’s 2013 Small Business Provincial Tax Index

Marvin Cruz, Research Analyst Renée Anne Nat, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

BC Municpal Spending Watch 2013 6th Edition: Trends in Operating Spending, 2000-2011

Mike Klassen, Director of Provincial Affairs, British Columbia Richard Fong, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

Coming Up Short: Barriers to Apprenticeship and the Shortage of Labour

Katie Phillips, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

2012
Title Author

Municipal Taxation and Spending: A Small Business Perspective

Mary Chisholm, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern

CRA Call Centre Report Card (Second edition)

Jessica Luscombe, Legislative Affairs Intern

The Municipal Property Tax Gap: Stalled Progress for Small Business in BC

Shachi Kurl, Director of Provincial Affairs Kimball Kastelen, Policy Analyst Alexandra Peng, Public Policy & Entrepreneurship Intern

WANTED: Property Tax Fairness in Saskatchewan

Brett Goldhawk, Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Intern, Prairie

 

What have CFIB’s interns produced?

All Scotiabank/CFIB interns author an official CFIB report that we use to advocate for small business with all levels of government.

In addition to the report, you’ll develop all the supporting documents, including a news release, digital content and letters to government.

Intern Testimonials

For my first Canadian work experience, being an intern at CFIB over the summer was definitely one of the most interesting and enjoyable experiences of my life. A special thanks to my manager, Simon, for all his precious advice and his availability. A huge thank you to all CFIB staff and Scotiabank!

Thomas 2015 Intern, Montreal

This internship has lived up to its press release title. From the people I worked with to the opportunities I experienced, CFIB and Scotiabank’s commitment to this program has been on display since day one. I am extremely thankful to be a part of this ‘coveted’ internship.

Joseph 2015 Intern, Ottawa

The CFIB/Scotiabank Public Policy & Entrepreneurship Internship is an amazing learning experience working with a highly knowledgeable and motivated team. It’s the perfect program for someone looking to start a career in policy development.

Mitch 2014 Intern, Charlottetown

My summer at CFIB was a truly unique experience that allowed me to gain an understanding of all the workings of public policy that actually matters and how important it is that small businesses have a voice to represent and fight for their needs in Canada.

Ben 2014 Intern, Ottawa

This internship opened my eyes to the challenges small business owners face every day. I learned so much about what it takes to run a business and greatly developed my communication, research, and writing skills in the process. Contributing to the advocacy work of the CFIB was easily one of the best ways to spend a summer.

Katie 2013 Intern, Halifax

Working as an intern at CFIB over the summer was definitely one of the most interesting, rewarding, and enjoyable experiences of my life. I am thankful to all CFIB members who taught me so much in a short period of time.

Julien 2013 Intern, Montreal

Working with CFIB this summer was an incredible experience. My colleagues were incredible mentors—passionate, driven, and courageous. Their love for small business is infectious. Thank you CFIB and Scotiabank for the opportunity; the knowledge and skills I have gained will be great assets as I continue my education and plan for a career.

Brett 2012 Intern, Winnipeg

Working for CFIB was an informative and enriching experience. Thanks to everyone at the organization who has mentored me this summer, and to Scotiabank, whose generous support made my internship possible. I will be leaving with refined skills, fond memories, and a stronger appreciation for Canadian entrepreneurship.

Alex 2012 Intern, Toronto

Thank you CFIB and Scotiabank for this unique experience. My internship at CFIB gave me the opportunity to learn and grow professionally while working with passionate people in an organization dedicated to its members. A special thanks to my manager for the commitment he put into my internship and for transmitting me his love for small businesses. “Members first” is definitely a philosophy that has guided my internship this summer and that I will always remember.

Noémie 2012 Intern, Montreal