The Gosbee Fellowship

The Gosbee Fellowship introduces recent graduates, students, and young professionals to the work MASS does to develop smarter policies and more constructive and inclusive politics.

Gosbee Fellows are typically young professionals and recent graduates looking for an opportunity to work full-time on a range of policy projects, acquire new skills and sensibilities, and pursue professional interests with the support of the MASS team.

Fellows join our Toronto team full-time for 12-16 weeks. Fellowships take place three times a year, in the spring (January to April), summer (May to August), and fall (September to December).

Aside from public policy, Fellows are often interested in current affairs, politics, sociology, law, systems design, user experience, and many other things. Some of them are recent undergraduates, others are young professionals who want to understand the world of policy in Canada. To better understand where Gosbee Fellows go after their time at MASS, review our list of Fellows.

What is the Fellowship like?

Gosbee Fellows work full-time in Toronto at MASS HQ. MASS is a fast-paced business where you will have the opportunity to learn about many policy issues, muck in and exercise a wide range of skills, and learn to work independently and as part of a team. Since a lot of the work that we do involves speaking with and meeting with local residents, Fellows are also expected to be available to attend evening and weekend events.

Every day at MASS is different. Fellows might conduct research, attend client meetings, assemble event kits, speak to citizens over the phone, assist in office management, and generally solve problems. Our work requires that we be flexible, adaptable, and nimble, which means you might be asked to take on tasks that are new to you and to our office.

Who is George Gosbee?

The Fellowship 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. 

Hear from Gosbee Fellow #43 Pé Tolfo on his MASS experience

Fellowship Application Information

Important Fellowship Dates

November 26, 2018
5:00pm EST
Online chat with current Fellow (

December 12, 2018
11:59pm EST

Application deadline

December 14, 2018
11:59pm EST
Reference deadline

December 16 and 17, 2018
10am-6pm EST
Interview period (hosted at our Toronto office or via Skype / Hangouts)

January 8, 2019
Approximate start date

Important Notes about Fellowship Applications

Successful applicants take the time to get to know and understand our work before applying.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter that explains why you are applying and why you think you are a good fit for MASS

  • A resume

  • A reference we can contact

  • A letter of reference submitted through the online form by the author

We prize well-thought out and clearly written applications.

Due to the volume of inquiries, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your answer isn’t there, send us an email but please refrain from calling or dropping by the MASS LBP office.

Fellowship Application Email Reminders


Future Application Session Cycle

Summer: Mar 1 (Application Open) / May 1 (Start)
Fall: Jul 1 (Application Open) / Sep 7 (Start)
Winter Session: Nov 1 (Application Open) / Jan 7 (Start)
Approximate Dates