Government Relations & Public Affairs

Dr. Robert Spencer Strategic Studies Internship Program

Currently Hiring
Ottawa, ON & Remote
hours / week


The Samuel Group is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization based in Ottawa, Ontario. With its team composed of diverse, intergenerational individuals who share a passion for learning, professional development, original thinking, the Group helps improve public policy and decision-making through independent research, analysis, and engagement.

We provide strategic, independent, and in-depth policy research and analysis to support decision-makers and help government organizations improve policy. In addition to our forum, we issue publications, organize roundtable discussions and other organization-sponsored events.

We work with scholars and leaders who wish to share their in-depth research, non-partisan policy analysis, and original perspectives on strategic policy matters.

Dr. Robert Spencer Summer Internship Program

The Dr. Robert Spencer Internship Program provides an opportunity for graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development. It is designed to fully immerse the candidate in the day-to-day activities of a non-partisan non-governmental research organization. The mission of the Program is to provide the Intern with fundamental skills used in business and government settings.

Additionally, it provides university students with a chance to work alongside former business leaders, politicians, senior government officials and high-ranking military personnel. Our overall aim is to challenge and mentor interns to develop their critical and strategic problem-solving skills.

Workplace Environment, Required Position Attributes and Skills

The Intern will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, contribute to Saamuel Group projects, and complete original research.  As a Policy Research Intern, you will have access to the Samuel Group’s network, work alongside the Fellows and Associates and benefit from their career experience and mentorship.

As an Intern, you will contribute to Samuel Group research and participate in the organization's activities and programming. You will work on various projects, conduct research across multiple subjects and policy domains, help organize company activities, and prepare insightful articles and other publications on strategic policy issues.

The position requires the ability to work in a fast-paced business and non-governmental environment, requiring the Intern to be proactive, resourceful, and efficient while at the same time maintaining a high level of professionalism and discretion. Likewise, the Intern must be capable of prioritizing and managing multiple projects simultaneously. Strong oral and written communication skills are expected from the Intern.

The Intern must possess integrity, display a positive attitude and be comfortable working both independently and in a team environment.

The Intern must be able to take the initiative and use judgement in respectfully dealing with a variety of individuals, companies, government officials and institutions.

Essential skills for the position require the Intern to be able to use Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook effectively and efficiently. Knowledge of Government of Canada databases such as GEDS, GC InfoBase and Buyandsell Canada is an asset.

Key Responsibilities

The graduates' responsibilities will vary, but could include:

Standard Work Week

We require the intern to be available from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST), for the duration of the internship.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online by email to Aliénor Peyrefitte,,

When you apply:

Please Note:

If Selected for an Internship:

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation
  2. A Credit Report (TransUnion or Equifax)
  3. Criminal Records Check (Police Report)  
  4. Proof of Canadian Residency or Student Permit

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