LA&PS Internship Award 2018: Financial Literacy Developer Intern

Internship Role Profile

Organization Name: Jane/Finch Centre, Financial Empowerment and Problem-Solving Program (FEPS)
Location of Internship: 4400 Jane St, North York, ON M3N 2K4
Position Title: Financial Literacy Developer Intern
Reports to: Manager, Administrative Services
Work Term: Summer Internship
Start Date: May 14, 2018
End Date: August 3, 2018
Duration: 12 weeks months (3 months, Full-time)
Student Award: Economic Justice Award - $6000.00 ($2000.00 received monthly)
Hours: TBD
Brief Description of Company & Program
Jane/Finch Centre is a community-based organization driven by passion, innovation, and a strong commitment to social justice, community engagement and collaboration. Our vision is a healthy Jane and Finch community that is strong, inclusive, and politically active through diversity, opportunity, and participation.

Financial Empowerment and Problem-Solving (FEPS) is our financial literacy program that focuses on improving the financial security of low-income people. This poverty reduction strategy works with people living on low-incomes so they gain increased understanding and control of their finances and access benefits that can boost their incomes. Our team provides information and solutions to complex financial challenges for people in immediate financial difficulty. They also support people to make informed decisions and appropriate longer-term plans to deal with debt and start saving. Our outcomes can best be understood in the framework of a social inclusion agenda. More information about our program is available on our website: http://janefinchcentre.org/programs/finances/.

Intern Responsibilities
The intern will play a role in identifying financial issues that adversely affect individuals living on low incomes and work with us to facilitate positive change by developing new tools and resources. 

The intern will receive an orientation to our organization and training from our Financial Literacy workers on the realities, needs, and interests of people living in poverty; money management and the banking system; comprehension of the complexities of the social assistance and taxation systems that affect clients’ access to a range of social and income entitlements; and skill in adult education and coaching approaches. You will receive ongoing mentorship and support from our team of highly skilled and engaged FEPS workers.

 

Intern Job Tasks
  • Conduct background research and fieldwork to develop learning tools
  • Collaborate with FEPS staff, community partners, and other stakeholders to identify and understand shared needs, key challenges or barriers, and opportunities for innovation
  • Help develop and test new potential strategies, programs, or tools
  • Produce reports and other project materials, as needed
  • Contribute to internal and external communications
  • Work with the FEPS team and partners to develop accessible engagement materials, tools, and resources
  • Contribute to overall project documentation, knowledge sharing, and developmental evaluation process
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
  • A self-starter who is interested in research, writing and engaging with communities
  • Eager to gain knowledge and skills in financial literacy
  • Comfortable working in a community setting and with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong English verbal and written communication skills
  • trategic thinker with ability to see ideas through to reality and link individual actions to broader goals
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Familiarity with the non-profit community sector and social service organizations (asset)
  • Proficient computer skills (MS Office)
Student Eligibility Criteria
  •  6.0 Grade Point Average, B or better
  • Open to all 3rd year students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • 4th year students returning to academic studies in September 2018, upon completion of the summer internship work term may apply and be considered for this position
  • Must be enrolled in an Honours or Specialized Honours Degree
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or Indigenous Person to Canada