LA&PS Internship Award 2018: Community Development Action Intern

Internship Role Profile 

Organization Name: Jane/Finch Community Centre, Green Change
Location of Internship: 2999 Jane Street, Toronto, ON M3N 2J9
Position Title: Community Development Action Intern
Reports to: Manager, Green Change
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: 10:00am - 5:00pm flexible (Monday to Friday)
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 neighbourhood – strong, inclusive, and politically active through diversity, opportunity, and participation.

Green Change is a satellite location of the Jane/Finch Centre. We work with community members, resident-led groups, local organizations, institutions, and many others to take an active role in shaping our built and natural environments. Our current projects are focused on food justice, parks and green spaces, local economic development, affordable housing, community infrastructure, and transportation. We do all of our work with an extremely nimble team of educators, designers, and urban planners, who are dedicated to making an impact at the community and systems levels. More information about our program is available on our website:

Intern Responsibilities
The intern will contribute to our place-based research projects and strategies including research, community/partner engagement, and communications.Three projects that the intern may support:

  1. Helping York University and other local anchor institutions develop and implement social procurement
  2. Co-designing new community programs that support youth experiencing economic disadvantage and barriers to employment
  3. Testing ideas that foster local economic opportunities by leveraging major public infrastructure projects and private developments.

The intern will receive orientation and training in community engagement, design research, participatory planning, and developmental evaluation, while gaining practical experience working in a community setting.


Intern Job Tasks
  • Conduct background research and fieldwork to set the context for your project work
  • Collaborate with Green Change 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
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
  • Eager to gain knowledge and skills in people-centered design and planning
  • Comfortable working in a community setting and with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter and strategic thinker with ability to see ideas through to reality
  •  Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Comfortable with uncertainty and working in a fast-paced environment
  • 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