Summer Institute for Future Legislators

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator? If you have political aspirations, but want to know more about what being a legislator means and how to be effective in that role, you should apply to UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators. The Institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the practical experience and knowledge to be able to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.

Former elected representatives from across the political spectrum share their expertise with participants. Veteran political journalists advise participants on media and communications. Academic experts provide instruction and resources.

With local elections in October, many people are thinking about running for municipal office. This year’s program will have an added focus on local democracy and gender in politics.

APPLY ONLINE NOW! Still accepting applications. Funding limited.

Watch a video overview of the program (5min):

Past practitioners include: George Abbott, Dawn Black, Larry Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh, Mike Harcourt, Joy MacPhail, Preston Manning, Anne McLellan, Chuck Strahl, Carole Taylor & many others.

Topics include:

  • Legislatures & Legislative Life
  • Parliamentary Relationships
  • The Ethical Politician
  • Working in the House
  • Municipal Politics
  • Gender in Politics
  • Communications
  • Representation
  • Constituency Service


Program dates

July 14th & 15th; July 28th & 29th (workshops held at UBC Point Grey Campus)

August 10th-13th (parliamentary simulation held in Victoria B.C)


Program fee*: $1200 CAD

Apply for a scholarship! Thanks to generous funding by the Vancouver Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available for the Summer Institute. Simply indicate funding need when completing the online application.

*Information for current undergraduate students wanting to register for POLI 308b to receive course credit:
(1) Indicate on the online application that you wish to register for POLI 308b (seats are limited).
(2) The program fee is $600 CAD, in addition to standard tuition fees for a 3-credit course.
(3) POLI 308b includes four seminar dates (in addition to the Summer Institute weekend workshops); these dates are: July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Buch C403 (Seminar Room).

Questions? Contact CSDI:
Rebecca Monnerat, Project Manager
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia
rebecca.monnerat@ubc.ca    Tel. 604-827-4390