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The Frontier Centre for Public Policy offers two unique internship programs: (1) The Think Tank Internship Program (TTI) for undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals who are interested in pursuing careers within the public policy world, in particular, within the think tank industry. (2) The Elite Student Internship Program (ESI) for graduate students interested in pursuing careers within the public policy world, in particular, within the think tank industry and young Canadians interested in civic engagement. The major objectives of our internship programs are to help identify and develop future policy leaders in Canada and provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to enhance their own research skills and to contribute to the research efforts of the free market movement.

Think Tank Internship Program (TTI)

“Preparing the next generation of public policy thinkers”

Each Frontier intern is assigned to a specific member of our research team, who provides guidance and supervision through the course of the internship. Interns have the opportunity to participate in several different components of the research process, assisting with research, copy editing and writing on Frontier projects. Past interns have co-authored policy studies as well as accompanying op-ed commentaries published in newspapers across Canada. Click here to view the bios of past Frontier interns, which include links to research projects in which they participated.

Frontier interns can be based in our central office in Winnipeg or can work from a virtual office, corresponding regularly with their supervisor via e-mail, Skype and Zoom. Our internship program runs in three separate terms in each year. The dates for the winter, summer and autumn terms are shown at the bottom of this page.  Each term is 4 months long, and precise start and end dates may be negotiable.  In the winter and autumn terms, all internships are part-time (roughly 10 hours per week). In the summer term, Frontier offers part-time and full-time internships.
All interns receive a stipend.

To apply, please send a resume, short writing sample and cover letter explaining your interest in a Frontier Centre internship to Frontier Centre for Public Policy. In the body of your e-mail, please provide your full name, contact information and the university or college at which you are currently enrolled.

Application Deadlines for TTI

Winter: January-April (Application Deadline: October 15)

Spring : January-May (Application Deadline: January 3, 2020)

Summer: May – August  (Application Deadline: February 15)

Autumn: September-December (Application Deadline: June 15)

Elite Student Internship Program (ESI)

Exposing Young Minds to the very best of the Freedom Movement

Thanks to generous support from The John Dobson Foundation, the Centre has launched the Elite Student Internship Program. This exciting internship introduces select Canadian Youth to the classical Liberal perspective of public policy, particularly the competitive market economy. In addition, the program allows these young Canadians to develop a network among some of the most senior and prestigious members of the global free market movement. The program sponsors these next generation leaders attendance and participation in some of the most prestigious conferences in the Think Tank world, hosted by such as leading organization as, the Mont Pelerin Society, and/or the Atlas Network. Successful candidates for this program will be provided with access to two conferences or seminars per year for the two years (2020 and 2021), all travel, accommodation, and conference registration expenses will be paid for all four events.

  • Annual/Regional Mont Pelerin Society Meeting
    Atlas Network Liberty Forum: Freedom Dinner
  • This program is limited to a select group of students

Application Deadline for ESI

August 15, 2020

Intern Selection and Requirements

We look for individuals who are free market oriented. Areas of study considered are, but not limited to, political science, journalism and communications, public policy, philosophy, economics, education, environmental studies, nonprofit management, criminal justice, pre-law and law school students. Good research, writing, and office skills are essential.

To ask questions or apply, please email documents to Frontier Centre for Public Policy

1. Your current resume
2. A cover letter to indicate why you are interested in an internship and what you hope to gain at
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3. Writing sample (app. 10 pages) it should be something you have written for class
4. College and Law School (if applicable) Transcripts
5. List of three references

Successful Internships:

“Being selected for an internship at Frontier Center for Public Policy will expose you to a variety of contemporary issues and public policy debates and offers you the opportunity to learn how to contribute to those debates in a meaningful way. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in learning and writing about public policy, as well as gaining some valuable experience working with policy experts at a well-respected and influential think tank.”

Anderson Agbugba completed the TTI internship program at the Frontier Centre after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Arts degree in public administration with key strengths and interests in policy development and analysis, along with strong interest in municipal goverance/local public administration.



Deanne Brosnan completed the TTI internship program at the Frontier Centre in 2019. Deanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University in biological sciences and physical anthropology. Deanne is a free-lance editor, writer and graphic designer. Deanne was the publisher of a Alberta community magazine for several years.



Alexandra Burnett completed the TTI internship program at the Frontier Centre after graduating from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international studies. Alex is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Saskatchewan.



Derek Chaume completed the TTI internship program at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. After completing an Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. Derek was an active student politics and worked on a number of  political campaigns. His policy interests include property rights, tax policy, regulatory regimes and individual freedoms.



Nick Gibson was born and raised in a rural area just outside of Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Nick attended Wilfrid Laurier University for an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Research Specialization Option and a minor in Psychology. In the past, Nick has been involved in political campaigns in various different ways, and  in partisan politics in general. With a keen interest in economics, in particular free markets and their interaction with the political process (both formal and informal), Nick interests were in trade, intellectual property, drug policy, healthcare and education.

Dónal Gill completed the TTI internship program at the Frontier Centre in 2019 while finishing his Ph.D in political science and government. Dónal’s primary research focus is on 18th Century Political Philosophy with an emphasis on Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, and Montesquieu.



Brianna Heinrichs served as a research assistant at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science at the University of Calgary. Brianna’s honours thesis focused on the constitutionality of provincial impaired driving legislation. Brianna’s main policy interests include education in all its facets, immigration, social policy, privacy rights, and policies affecting fundamental freedoms.


Eric Merkley completed the internship program after graduating with Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science and history at Wilfrid Laurier University. Eric went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree in political science and social statistics at McGill University Eric’s policy interests include school choice, agriculture, trade and government fiscal and monetary policy.



Zac Spicer, as a PhD candidate at The University of Western Ontario, Zac’s research focused on local governance. His thesis explored cooperation between separated cities and counties in Ontario. Zac’s research interests include inter-local cooperation, institutional change, and municipal budgeting and financing. His research has appeared in the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Public Administration, Journal of Legislative Studies, the Canadian Political Science Review and the International Journal of Canadian Studies.


Jonathan Wensveen completed the internship program at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in political science from University of Lethbridge. Jonathan’s undergraduate thesis focused the political spirit in Thucydides and Immanuel Kant.