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.

Summer Editorial Fellowship

Our fellowship program is doing something a bit different this summer.

In addition to searching for the 2019 Summer Gosbee Fellow, MASS LBP is also considering candidates that could work with our editorial team as we expand our efforts to communicate our ideas for democratic renewal. We’re looking for someone whose experiences demonstrate a high capacity to learn on the job and contribute meaningfully to the work underway at MASS.

How the application process will work

If you are interested in being considered as a traditional applicant, please submit your application through our online form that includes:

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

  2. A resume

  3. A reference we can contact

  4. A letter of reference (submitted by the referee separately via the online form)

If you are interested in being considered as an editorial applicant, please include all the application documents (see above) and include:

A brief writing sample (no more than 300 words) attached to your cover letter that explores one of our nine ideas for enhancing deliberative democracy. Select one idea and describe why you believe this concept is important for helping citizens participate more fully in local democratic processes.

We will consider all application packages —traditional and editorial— together, and conduct 3-5 interviews for each.

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. 

Fellowship Application Information

Important Fellowship Dates

March 15, 2019
5:00pm EST
Online chat with current Fellow

March 27, 2019
11:59pm EST

Application deadline

March 29, 2019
11:59pm EST
Reference deadline

April 2 and 3, 2019
10am-6pm EST
Interview period (hosted at our Toronto office or online chat)

May 1, 2019
Approximate start date

Interested in applying for another semester?
Check out our FAQ page

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