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CIBC & Blakes Summer Internship for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) has a strong commitment to providing legal services in a workplace which is rich in perspectives, backgrounds and culture. The CIBC & Blakes First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples has been established to provide an opportunity for an undergraduate student from the Indigenous community who is considering law school to gain work experience in a law firm environment and in a bank/corporate environment, to observe lawyers in the different workplaces and to perform a variety of tasks.

The student will work 4 weeks in the Blakes Toronto office, with a focus on projects that provide exposure to the practice and business of law. The student will also work for 4 weeks in the CIBC Legal Department in Toronto. The student will be mentored by members of both Blakes and CIBC.

Who can Apply?

This Program is open exclusively to undergraduate students who self-identify as Indigenous peoples.

Structure of the Program 

The Program will run for 8 weeks starting in June 2024 and is a paid internship. 

How to Apply

Please submit your application directly to our online portal by clicking submit application. Applications should be submitted no later than June 7, 2024. 

The application should include:

  • a cover letter containing a brief statement of what the student would like to get out of the Program
  • a résumé
  • transcripts


Only successful candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  The interview may take place by video-conference or by telephone.

Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.  The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment comprised of people with different perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and cultures.

The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws.  Please contact us to request accommodation.

Who We Are

Blakes is a leading Canadian law firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, New York and London. At Blakes, we are all about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also an exceptional experience for legal professionals and administrative professionals by fostering an open and inclusive workplace culture. As a winner of Canada's Best Diversity Employers award, as well as Greater Toronto's Top Employers award, we know that diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of fostering an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent. 

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 13 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients across Personal and Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses.  CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada, in the United States and around the world.  At CIBC, inclusion is the cornerstone of our bank’s culture, which is why we work hard to provide inclusive banking, invest in building our team’s inclusive leadership capabilities and practice inclusive talent management.