2018-04 Communications Intern (Indigenous)

 Internship Role Profile

Organization: Ministry of Economic Development and Growth/Ministry of Research/Innovation and Science/Ministry of Energy /Ministry of Infrastructure
City: Toronto
Location of Internship: TBD
Position Title: Communications Intern
Job Code: 02701 – Information Officer 1 (B/U)
Work Term: Summer – Fall 2018
Start Date: July 2018
End Date: December 2018
Duration: 6 months
Salary: $1,113.90 - $1,308.50 per week*

*Indicates the salary listed as per the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Collective Agreement.

Hours: 36.25 hours per week – Monday to Friday
Posting Status: Restricted to Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University Students (Graduation date between 2013-2018)

Brief Description of 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 communications intern, you will help develop messages and strategies to publicize key government initiatives. 

Your work could include:

§  Identifying marketing, communications and media opportunities

§  Planning and coordinating events to support communications strategies

§  Developing and implementing communications strategies and plans

§  Writing and editing communications products like news releases, speeches, briefing notes, fact sheets and newsletters

§  Researching, developing and launching digital communications

§  Working on the graphic design of brochures, posters and reports.

What will MIIPP prepare me for?

The MIIP is an opportunity to learn and develop your communications skills in the public service. The internship is intended to be the start of a public service career and will prepare and develop you for job opportunities in the Ontario Public Service. 

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

§  Event Planner

§  Media Relations Specialist

§  Communications Consultant

§  Writer/Editor

§  Web Editor


Qualifications, Skills & Experience


§  An understanding of communications methods, techniques and multi-media approaches including integrated marketing principles and concepts, to communicate and support organizational goals.

§  Strategic and digital communications including social media platforms, and an understanding of how different digital channels are used to communicate with target audiences.

§  Research techniques to identify communication opportunities, and to source, research and assess data, and recommend tools, options and approaches.

§  Digital media applications and graphic design methods to produce communications materials.

§  Writing techniques and styles to write and edit materials that reflect intended tone, style and messaging.

§  Word, PowerPoint to prepare, draft and present communications materials

Skills and Abilities:

§  Analytical and reasoning skills to assess client/organization communication requirements; identify information sources; determine what information to include/exclude in communications materials.

§  Problem-solving skills to evaluate options and identify alternative approaches.

§  Research skills to source communications information and identify trends, assess opportunities, summarize results, and draft/present findings to the team.

§  Evaluative skills to assess the effectiveness of communications program delivery/client feedback.

§  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 the public, colleagues, partners, and peers.

§  Oral and written communication skills to discuss communication objectives with program staff/clients; and present information using traditional and/or digital media through written, oral and visual communication.

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

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.

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!