Gosbee Fellowship Program: Frequently Asked Questions and Online Application Form

What is the Gosbee Fellowship? 

The Gosbee Fellowship was established to develop new talent and perspectives for public policy leadership in Canada. 

It is named after our late co-founder, George Gosbee. Ten years ago, George, who launched two Canadian investment banks, AltaCorp and Tristone Capital, took a chance on an unusual idea that was admittedly outside the orbit of his typical investments. He believed that involving more people in politics — and specifically in policy development — would help to strengthen the country he loved. To commemorate his legacy of public policy leadership in Canada, we renamed our internship program in his honour. Gosbee Fellows are people who we predict will make important and inclusive contributions to public policy in Canada, and through this program, we invest in their potential. 

Each year, we select three Fellows who join our Toronto team for 12-16 weeks, full-time. Gosbee Fellows have the opportunity to work on a range of policy projects, acquiring new skills and sensibilities, while also having the opportunity to pursue professional interests with the support of the MASS team.

Why should I apply to be a Gosbee Fellow?

MASS LBP is staffed by smart, creative people who care deeply about the future of democracy and share a passion for better politics. Each MASS staff has a unique background and sensibility that influences our collective approach to our work. We have a broad range of skills that include strategy, communications, logistics, research, facilitation, and public programming. Gosbee Fellows embody that same ethos: they care deeply about democracy, and are smart, creative people who are willing to work hard for smarter policies and more constructive and inclusive politics. 

Due to the nature of our work, MASS LBP is impeccably non-partisan. Staff members each share and respect this ethos, as do Fellows.

Who are the Gosbee Fellows?

Every Fellow brings with them a unique skill set that complements the skills of MASS staff and brings a different perspective not always found in the world of public policy. Many Fellows have been interested in current affairs, politics, sociology, law, systems design, user experience, and, yes, public policy.

Gosbee Fellows will work in a fast-paced business environment and learn to thrive in an open workplace where people are expected to muck in, speak up, and champion their ideas while working either collaboratively or independently. Every day at MASS is different. 

Previous professional experience in similar fields is not a requirement. Fellows who do have similar professional experience will have opportunities to learn about MASS’ public consultation techniques, but often find they have already encountered some of the day-to-day tasks they are asked to perform. 

Though more experienced candidates are welcome to apply, Fellows are chosen because of what they will gain from their time at MASS, not necessarily because they are the most qualified applicant.

Where is the Fellowship?

Toronto, at MASS LBP’s office at 3a Gilead Place (accessible via TTC). 

Will this lead to a job?

The Fellowship will prepare Fellows for their next step in their career, but will not lead to a position at MASS. The Fellowship is an opportunity for professional development, not step one in securing a staff position. Fellows should spend a portion of their time at MASS preparing to secure their next opportunity, with the support and encouragement of the MASS team.

Will I get paid?

Absolutely. All Fellows are placed on a 12-16 week paid contract and earn $14.00/hr as of January 1, 2018. Though modest, we are committed to ensuring that all suitable candidates will be able to become Fellows. If you are selected for the Fellowship and have financial needs, we will work with you to ensure that you are able to take up this opportunity.

I have an accessibility need that is not addressed here. How can I learn more?

We’re happy you asked. If you have a specific need you would like to explore before applying please contact Senior Director Chris Ellis, who manages the Fellowship program. You can reach him at chris@masslbp.com.

How do I apply?

Candidates should complete the online form here attaching a detailed cover letter and resume.

We will need one reference letter from a former employer, teacher, professor, or mentor. They can submit their letter online here by the deadline.

We will also need a second reference name that will be available to talk over the phone (during the week of August 20th) about their experience working with you.

The deadline for your reference to submit a letter is 11:59 p.m. (EST) sharp August 21, 2018.

In your cover letter, indicate what you would bring to MASS LBP and why you’d like to work with and learn from us. Take time to write a cover letter that is reflective of you and your personality -- we place more emphasis on this rather than the length or details of your CV. Tell us about your studies, past work or life experiences that you would bring to the Fellowship, what has motivated you to apply, and how you align with the ethos of MASS. Tell us about the ideas that interest you, which could be current affairs, public policy, civic design, or politics more generally. Lastly, tell us about the skills you hope to develop while at MASS LBP.

We recommend that you watch this video about our work before writing your letter. The video should help give you a clearer sense of what we do and why we do it.


Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. (EST) sharp August 19, 2018.

The deadline for references to submit letters is 11:59 p.m. (EST) sharp August 21, 2018.

Successful applicants will be offered an interview on or between August 23 to 24  at our Toronto office or via Skype / Hangouts. 

Start date: September 10, 2018


For more information or questions about the application process, please email us at fellowship@masslbp.com.


Due to the volume of inquiries, please refrain from calling or dropping by the MASS LBP office.