Brain & Boot is a year-long intensive internship program held on Parliament Hill. It provides practical political experience to people ages 18-30 and equips them to make a meaningful difference and be an agent of change.
Strong, like-minded, hard-working, and initiative-taking young people come to this internship program seeking to make a difference. Brain & Boot aims to provide practical political training, such as the elements of getting elected, and intellectual training, such as speech writing. This experience prepares individuals to make a positive change and help the greater movement.
Brain & Boot includes 3 key components. These components are:
1. Parliamentary Work Experience
Interns will be placed in a participating Members of Parliament’s office, and have an opportunity to experience the different aspects of parliamentary work. This may include Constituent Correspondence, Parliamentary Committee Work, Research, Legislative Drafting, Speech Writing and Question Period Preparation.
2. Practical Political Training
As part of the regular schedule, interns will learn and practice cutting edge campaign techniques, including door-to-door canvassing, political membership sales, and fundraising. This component of Brain & Boot will instruct interns how to be campaign experts.
3. Intellectual and Personal Development
An important component of Brain & Boot are training sessions, geared at empowering our interns. These sessions teach political strategies and encourage the frame of mind that is required for success in politics and life. Some of the following ideas will be covered these sessions:
a) Conservative Ideas – What is the intellectual foundation and substance of conservative ideas – socially, culturally, and economically? Sessions will examine a range of different thinkers and ideas to give greater depth to conservative convictions.
b) Winning Techniques – What are the strategies and techniques that facilitate campaign success at the level of both the a local campaign, as well as at the national level? These sessions will compliment the practical political training portion of the internship by teaching the kinds of techniques that inform effective political strategy.
c) Personal Development – What are the characteristics of thought and behaviour that lead to excellence? The program is ecumenical, in that it will not seek to advance one particular ideological or faith perspective, but it will invite interns to explore the connections between their personal values and political activism.