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The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) is a Canadian non-profit and non-partisan think-tank dedicated to promoting constructive engagement and vigorous diplomacy in world affairs and in Canadian foreign policy in particular. Through our expert panel discussions, publications and analysis we hope to positively contribute to the foreign policy discussion in Canada. IPD provides internship opportunities for students and recent graduates who want to gain experience in a non-governmental organization with a focus on foreign policy. Currently, we accept applications for the following internship positions:

Policy Research Intern (Asia Program: Canada-China Relations)

Duration: 2 Months

Compensation Package: To be discussed. This is a paid internship position.

IPD policy interns research, analyze, and write on topics related to their program area in close collaboration with our team and under supervision of one of our executives.

This will include:

  • Writing analysis for IPD’s ongoing projects.
  • Conducting research for in-depth reports and briefings on potential Canadian involvement in the subject areas/regions.
  • Gathering and presenting information on political, security, financial and operational risks in the subject areas/regions.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Writing articles on current issues within his/her area of expertise. 
  • Preparing policy reports looking at his/her region of expertise from the perspective of Canadian foreign policy.
  • Collecting data and information from primary and secondary sources for IPD research projects.
  • Assisting in organizing panel discussions on issues related to his/her area of expertise. 
  • Assisting in writing grant proposals and grant applications.
  • Assisting with administrative works when necessary.


  • Must have a relevant educational background in political science, public policy, international relations, and journalism;
  • Fluent in English and Chinese. You will be asked to translate policy papers and analysis from Chinese to English and vice-versa.
  • Must have relevant policy/research experience from previous positions, internships or course work;
  • Must have strong knowledge about developments and political landscape in the Asia-Pacific region in general and Canada-China relations in particular;
  • Must have excellent research and writing skills (in both English and Chinese);
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work independently on projects;
  • Must work well with others;
  • Strong organizational skills and interpersonal skills;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Must have a passion for policy research, shaping foreign policy discourse.

The Intern gains valuable first-hand experience working at a non-profit, non-partisan, and start-up think tank alongside a supervisor. 

We take the health of our team members very seriously. We have been closely monitoring information from provincial and federal officials regarding the COVID-19 and follow Health Canada guidelines and protocols. At this moment, all of our team members will be able to work remotely from home. Interns must be available for meetings over Zoom or to respond to emails during all the hours of their work. 

To apply, please send us your resume/CV and send us samples of your writing in both English and Chinese (this can include opinion pieces, policy analysis and research papers you have published in the past). Please try to include research/writing samples related to Asia-Pacific and/or Canada-China relations. Please send your application including resume, cover letter, writing samples to IPD email address: 

Due to time constraints, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.