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Jack Layton Fellowship Program Canada | Diplomacy Opportunities

Each year the program provides an opportunity for community-minded leaders to turn their good ideas into real action and real change. The issues local governments address each day are important to all Canadians, yet young Canadians are becoming more disengaged with politics at all levels of government.

Reaching out to these young people and finding ways to engage them in contributing to the cities and communities we all want is critical. Now’s your opportunity to become involved in FCM’s Jack Layton Fellowship Program and help make a difference in local government.

Jack Layton Fellowship Program is looking for six young, dynamic individuals for summer internships in policy research, government relations, communications, program and knowledge services.

How it works

FCM will be hiring up to five university students at the graduate or undergraduate level to work in FCM’s offices in Ottawa for a four-month term over the spring and summer. The Jack Layton Fellows will spend 80 per cent of their time occupying separate positions within FCM, serving Canada’s municipalities. An outline of these positions is found below.

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The remaining 20 per cent of their time will be dedicated to continuing with developing the Jack Layton Fellowship project. Building on the work done last year, Fellows will identify a project for this year as a team, focusing on a priority area for which Mr. Layton was a champion, including youth engagement, the role of municipalities, affordable housing or public transit. Upon completion of the term, Fellows will be given the opportunity to have their work presented to municipal members from across the country.

Specific positions

  • Policy Research Fellow


  • Government Relations Fellow


  • CEDI Communications and Research Fellow


  • Communications Fellow


  • Knowledge Services Fellow


  • Programs Services Fellow


How to apply:

  • This placement will be for a 16-week period over spring and summer. Students will gain knowledge and practical experience in organizational sustainability and will develop professional networks for their respective careers.
  • FCM staff and interns work seven hours per day, Monday through Thursday during July and August, and 7.5 hours per day Monday to Friday for other parts of the year.
  • The pay will be $16─$20/hour (depending on the specific position) plus vacation pay of four per cent, which is subject to statutory deductions.

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Deadline for applications is March 23, 2017.

Only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.

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