2018-04 Policy 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: Toronto, ON (TBD)
Position Title: Policy Intern
Job Code: 3A007 – Policy03
Work Term: Summer – Fall 2018
Start Date: July 2018
End Date: December 2018
Duration: 6 months
Salary: $54,665 - $75,652 per year
Hours: 36.25 hours per week
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 policy intern, you may participate in and support projects that contribute to a number of government priorities such as to promote provincial and international economic growth, and to support strong public infrastructure development in partnership with Ontario’s communities.

Your work may include activities that enable you to:

§  Gain knowledge of the government decision-making process and understand the role of policy development processes towards achieving government’s key priorities

§  Understand and participate in policy and planning development projects by researching, analyzing and assisting with the preparation of options and proposals, consulting on approaches, assessing the impact on stakeholders and assisting with communication and implementation plans

§  Conduct research and environmental scans to remain apprised of issues/developments in other ministries and jurisdictions with potential impact on the work of the section/branch/division/ministry and preparing briefs/briefings for senior advisor/manager.

What will MIIPP prepare me for?

The MIIP is an opportunity to learn and develop your policy development skills in the public service. It is intended to prepare and develop you for various roles in the Ontario Public Service.

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

§  Policy/Program/Project Advisor

§  Policy/Program/Project Analyst

§  Policy/Program/Project Consultant


Qualifications, Skills & Experience


§  Policy analysis and development principles, and government decision-making/approvals processes to conduct preliminary policy analysis, compose initial summaries and information analyses, and to draft reports to support policy initiatives.

§  General knowledge of provincial and ministry strategic policy directions, mandate and current issues pertaining to the sector and program area to develop policies and recommendations.

§  Ministry issues, relevant legislation, regulations, and policies to summarize observations and findings.

§  Research and analysis practices to assess assignment requirements; and to source, compile and analyze information and data from files and background materials in order to prepare presentation material and statistical analyses.

§  Oral and written communication skills to present information using traditional and/or digital media through written, oral and visual communication; to liaise with policy staff, program areas and stakeholders; to respond to information requests; and to draft reports and background materials to support communications and policy submissions.

§  Stakeholder relations skills to collaborate with clients, stakeholders, partners, colleagues or the public.

§  Planning and organizational skills to recognize priorities and meet deadlines.

§  Word, PowerPoint, spreadsheet applications to analyze and present information, and utilize multi-media technologies.

Skills and Abilities:

§  Analytical and reasoning skills to assess information sources and research specific issues for policy projects; conduct research and environmental scans to assess issues, policies and programs in other jurisdictions and assess relevance to the ministry.

§  Problem-solving skills to identify and evaluate sources of data, prepare statistical analyses, and develop and present findings; evaluate options, and conduct impact assessments on new or revised policy proposals.

§  Interpersonal skills to seek and exchange information, and to discuss preliminary observations and research findings with branch/ministry staff.

§  Presentation skills to develop preliminary presentation materials for review by senior staff on policy and program development projects.

§  Consultation and consensus building skills to contribute to working groups, exchange information, discuss issues, gain support and act as liaison with other ministries and stakeholders on issues and contributing to formulation of solutions.

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 4thyear 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!