OPPORTUNities of the moment

Internship, Public Affairs



FleishmanHillard HighRoad (FHR) is a leading, full-service communications agency.  We are a dedicated and entrepreneurial team, with a passion for building powerful connections between ideas, people and actions.

Specializing in Public Affairs, Corporate Reputation, Brand Marketing, Social, and Digital Innovation, we are widely known for creating compelling and award-winning campaigns for our clients, time and time again.

When you join FleishmanHillard HighRoad, you join a winning team!

About the role:

FHR is currently accepting applications for an Internship within our Public Affairs/Government Relations group. This unique and exciting career opportunity is for a “Political Enthusiast”, who demonstrates a proven understanding of the Canadian government and all its branches. Under the direction of senior management, the chosen candidate will provide a wide range of communications support, with a focus on research, writing, monitoring & media/stakeholder relations.

Contingent on location, this role will be either hybrid or remote. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in Canada and must be available to work a full-time schedule, Monday – Friday for a 6 – 8-month contract duration. This is a paid contract role and anticipated start date is May 2023.

Covid 19: All employees of FHR must be vaccinated against Covid19. Proof of vaccination with be requested when employment commences.


• Daily monitoring for FHR PA clients

• Conducting research and performing scans on government and party positions, stakeholders and stakeholder positions; media issues and influencers, etc.

• Assist in the preparation of various written materials to support outreach to/with: government (political, legislative and staff); stakeholders; media, etc.

• Other duties as required

Skills and Qualifications Required:

• Bachelor's degree or Graduate degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or Political Science

• Brings strong PC skills (MS Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and TEAMS)

• Highly adept and capable of conducting research and environmental scans via electronic and digital media

• Have excellent multi-tasking skills and exceptional time management skills

• Exhibits a strong understanding of social media platforms and how they are leveraged by media

• Must possess a solid understanding of the Canadian government and up to date with current issues in Ontario politics

• Commitment to quality, accuracy, and detail including adherence to company and client standards

• Exhibits 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

The Ideal Candidate will be:

• Punctual and reliable

• Professional

• Well organized, excellent planning and prioritizing ability

• Detail-oriented

• A strong multi-tasker

• A true “political junkie”

• Positive and solutions focused

• Able to respond with appropriate urgency to situations and events that require a quick turnaround

Experience Benefits:

Throughout the internship, you will gain the following:

• Exposure to a wide range of clients, allowing you to try on many hats while exploring the broad field of Communications

• Strong relationships with stakeholders

• Strategic thinking skills when assisting with the creation of key message grids and issues management

• Access to mentorship from consultants at an award-winning agency from several project managers with unique insights and experience

• The ability to truly understand what it means to multitask, prioritize and work smarter (not harder)

To apply for this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@fhhighroad.com  Please note that only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.

FleishmanHillard HighRoad 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.