Student Internship Program

Contribute to research or programs with Canada’s pre-eminent think tank

Internships are a unique opportunity for university students to contribute to the work of the Fraser Institute. Our internship program runs three times a year – in winter, summer, and fall, and our student interns work for four-month terms under the direct supervision of a policy or program staff person in one of Fraser Institute’s four offices.

Interested in spending a term working at the Fraser Institute? Our internship program offers university students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to learn first-hand what a think tank is all about.

Current Opportunities

Research Internships

There are currently no Research Internships available at this time

Program Internships

There are currently no Program Internships available at this time

General Qualifications

  • Enrolled in, or recent graduate of, an undergraduate or graduate-level university program.
  • Proficient in English, both written and verbal.
  • Basic computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet programs and Internet research.
  • Additional skills will be also required for each specific project.

General Terms of Internship

  • Stipend of $2,500 per month paid in semi-monthly installments ($3,000 for those who have completed a graduate degree).
  • Intern positions are based in one of the Fraser Institute's four offices across Canada. The location of intern projects is fixed so that the intern can work under the guidance of a specific staff person. See project descriptions for details.
  • Reasonable domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed (from address given on resume application).
  • Work terms may be flexible on start date but duration is fixed.

Types of internships

Research interns provide research assistance to policy departments, and contribute their research, analysis and writing skills to a study intended for publication in a specific research area. Responsibilities may include primary research, literature reviews, survey design and execution, statistical analysis, and technical and editorial writing.

Past projects include Canada-U.S. relations, Entrepreneurship in Education, Continental Natural Gas Production, Health Policy Studies and Mining Studies. Intern research may also be published and disseminated to a wide audience.

Program interns provide assistance to the Institute’s programs and outreach initiatives, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage successful programming in a think tank environment. Responsibilities may include database management, event co-ordination, communication, and outreach.

Work terms

Winter – January to April
Summer – May to August
Fall – September to December

To Apply

  • Applications can be submitted via email to [email protected] or via regular post.
  • Applications must be received by the application deadline and should include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. We are not able to return these materials.
  • Cover letter must include: applicant's school, graduation year, degree program and major.
  • Applications sent via email must be MS Word or PDF attachments and must use the email subject header "Internship Application."
  • The intern projects described may be subject to change. Include in your cover letter an indication of the project(s) that you are most interested in and qualified for.
  • Writing samples should be a brief example of your research and writing abilities. Please keep your writing sample to six pages or less. If needed, further samples will be requested from short-listed candidates.
  • Applications must be sent only once. For example, If an application is sent via mail, do not also send it via email.

Email your application to the Fraser Institute.

Applications sent via regular post should be mailed to:
Fraser Institute Human Resources
4th Floor, 1770 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 3G7

For more information, call: 604-688-0221, ext. 515 or email
[email protected]

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