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Internship, Public Affairs

Internship – Government Relations/Public Affairs, Ottawa Office

About us:

FleishmanHillard is the world’s most complete global communications firm, specializing in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media, and transmedia and social content. FleishmanHillard delivers on “The power of true”, reflecting the firm’s high values and unique ability to guide clients through a world demanding unprecedented authenticity and transparency.

Working at FH Ottawa will provide you with the guarantee that each and every day you will be stimulated, challenged, rewarded and energized beyond your expectations. Our impressive and long list of clients includes FORTUNE 500 corporations, popular consumer brands, major government agencies and trade associations.

 When you join FleishmanHillard, you join a winning team!


About the role:

FleishmanHillard Ottawa is currently accepting applications for an Internship within our Public Affairs/Government Relations group, to begin in October 2017:

Title: Intern

Salary: $500/weekly

Start Date: October 2017 – TBC

End Date: April 2018 – TBC

Reports To: Vice President


  • Daily scanning of newspapers for coverage of client and industry news
  • Media monitoring for client issues
  • Monitor the Legislative process including House and Senate committees
  • Assisting in the monitoring of government announcements and media coverage of public policy issues of relevance to the organization
  • Conducting research and performing environmental scans on government and party positions, stakeholders and stakeholder positions; media issues and influencers, etc.
  • Providing background research support to the Manager and other department staff
  • Assist in the preparation of written materials to support outreach to/with: government (political, legislative and staff); stakeholders; media, etc.
  • Assist in Public Affairs, Communications, Issues Management, Media Relations, and other Government Relations and outreach initiatives
  • Media list development
  • Proficient with social media platforms
  • Participation in Brainstorming sessions
  • Writing – primarily media materials such as fact sheets and new releases
  • Drafting correspondence to stakeholders and government
  • Administrative duties as required


Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • Must have strong PC skills (MS Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer and PowerPoint)
  • Highly adept and capable of conducting research and environmental scans via electronic and digital media
  • Possess a “Team Player” attitude
  • Remain calm under pressure and have excellent multi-tasking skills
  • Quick learner, and enjoys a fast-paced environment
  • Possesses strong problem solving ability, attention to detail, and a well-defined work ethic
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills – Demonstrating a capacity to break down and communicate complex subjects effectively
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Solid understanding of the Federal government
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Must be a self-starter– someone who also asks “what else can we do?”


The Ideal Candidate will be:


    • Professional and presentable
    • Punctual and reliable
    • Well organized, excellent planning and prioritizing
    • Detail-oriented
    • A strong multi-tasker
    • A team player
    • Positive and solutions focused
    • Keeps their “cool” in stressful situations
    • Impeccable work ethic
    • Able to respond with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround



To apply for this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to Please do not contact the office directly about this role.  Only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.

FleishmanHillard is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We support persons with disabilities with accommodation during our recruitment and selection process. Individual accommodation will be provided to candidates who are selected for assessment.