2018-04 Business and Financial Planning Intern (Indigenous)

Internship Role Profile



Ministry of Economic Development and Growth/Ministry of Research, Ministry and Science, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Infrastructure
Location of Internship: Toronto, ON (TBA)
Position Title: Business and Financial Planning Intern
Job Code: 20205 – Financial Officer 1 (B/U)
Work Term: Summer - Fall 2018
Start Date: July 2018
End Date: December 2018
Duration: 6 months
Salary: $931.51 - $1,139.56 per week
Hours: 36.25 hours per week
 Brief Description Organization  
The OPS is dedicated to recruiting and advancing top talent while building a diverse public service that is reflective of Ontario's population and communities. This exciting opportunity offers recent Indigenous post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop their careers and gain valuable work experience with one of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

Bring your knowledge, experience and perspectives to the Ministry Indigenous Internship Pilot Program (MIIPP).  Working with a team of engaged professionals and dedicated leaders, you'll take the next step in your career in a dynamic environment that provides opportunities for personal growth, competitive salary, mentorship, learning and development opportunities, and work-life balance.

Intern Responsibilities  
As a business and financial planning intern, you will provide financial advice and expertise to clients and stakeholders, forecast and monitor business expenditures, and perform expenditure management and analysis. You will also be exposed to government accounting policy development, planning and decision-making processes.

Your work could include:

·       Learning about public sector accounting, financial management and internal control practices

·       Acquiring hands-on experience with the principles of business planning, risk assessment and strategic resource management

·       Developing business proposals in support of ministry programs

·       Designing financial and business processes that support the implementation of program initiatives and changing business requirements

·       Identifying and analyzing the financial impacts of new and changing programs

·       Providing assurance and consulting services to add value and improve an organization’s operations.

 What will MIPP prepare me for?

The MIIP is an excellent opportunity to start and accelerate your career and expand your business and financial planning skills with the Ontario Public Service. The knowledge and experience you gain as a business and financial planning intern will lay the foundation of a future career as a specialist in your field. 

An internship in this area can prepare you for a career as a/an:

§  Financial Analyst/Officer/Project Lead

§  Program Analyst/Consultant

§  Economist

§  Internal Auditor

Qualifications, Skills & Experience


§  An understanding of accounting methods, principles and systems to analyze and prepare financial statements and reports.

§  Financial management/economics/business/commerce including long and short range financial planning; financial and economic forecasting; budget allocations; audit; risk management and performance measurement, to support program delivery in such areas as financial controllership and reporting; statistical/financial analysis; and to interpret and apply established standards, policies and procedures.

§  Business planning methods and techniques to identify key business objectives and goals for the organization, contribute to the preparation of submissions, and to identify, assess and account for the various factors that impact the organization.

§  Word, database and spreadsheet applications to access, manipulate and reconcile financial data, and prepare financial and business planning reports.

Skills and Abilities:

§  Analytical skills to analyze and synthesize information/data; identify trends and support the team in the development of evidence-based findings and recommendations.

§  Evaluative skills to examine records, perform audit/control functions, conduct detailed financial reviews and analysis, justify variances, and ensure compliance with established requirements and regulations.

§  Problem-solving skills to investigate discrepancies, evaluate options and recommend solutions.

§  Research skills to determine best method to acquire information needed.

§  Collaboration skills to work with others and facilitate success through a mentoring process of instruction and guidance.

§  Customer service skills to maximize client satisfaction where clients may include other ministries, the public, colleagues, partners, and peers.

§  Oral and written communication skills to present findings, discuss variances, make recommendations and prepare reports.                

§  Planning and organizational skills to address competing priorities and meet deadlines.


 Eligibility Criteria

  • Mandatory:Must identify as an Indigenous person (i.e. First Nations, Métis, Inuit).
  • Restricted to Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University Students (Graduation date between 2013-2018)
  • Open to 4th year LA&PS students
  • 0 Grade Point Average, B or better
  • You are legally entitled to work in Canada

Application Note

In your Cover Letter, please include the following:

  • The reason why you are interested in the MIIPP.
  • The education and work experience, as well as your knowledge and skills that make you. the best candidate for the internship program.
  • The type of work that you are interested in working on.
  • The type of learning and work experience that you are looking to obtain.

APPLICATION PACKAGE: Your application package must contain the following required documents:

  • LA&PS Internship Application Form –Complete the Application Form in its entirety; please ensure that all of your contact information is accurate and up to date before submitting your application.
  • Resume– Do not forget to proofread!
  • Cover Letter – Do not forget to proofread!