LA&PS Internship Award 2018: Program Communications Intern

Internship Role Profile

Organization  Name: West End Food Co-op
Location of Internship: 1229 Queen Street West, Toronto ON (and remote)
Position Title: Program Communications Intern
Reports to: General Manager
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: 30-40 hours weekly, with Monday evenings and designated “workshop nights” inattendance (Usually Tues, Wed or Thurs), flexible hours on-site and offsite.
Brief Description of Company
The West End Food Co-op (WEFC) is Toronto’s only multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit food co- operative. Our members include Farmer, Worker, Community Partner, and Purchaser Members. We host a range of programming including skill-building workshops, educational events, and food security programs such as our Co-op Cred program. Our year-round Sorauren Farmers’ Market, focuses on local, small-scale farmers with over 40+ vendors at peak season. Our original Cannery project began in 2009 as a series of canning workshops at St. Mark’s Church and expanded when we opened our store in 2012. We continue our canning workshops which focus on fruit produced by local orchards, but have also reached beyond canning to include local sourdough bread, kombucha, beekeeping workshops and others.
Intern Responsibilities
The West End Food Co-op is moving to a new location in September 2018. To facilitate this move, the intern will contribute and provide direct support in the following areas:

  • Member Communications
  • Kitchen Marketing
  • Farmers’ Market Outreach
  • Local Harvest Canning Workshops and Outreach
  • Transition based financial filing and storage


Intern Job Tasks
  • Research: Support partner organizations within our Parkdale Community Food Hub committee in researching and presenting supporting documentation for a Food Hub in Parkdale.
  • File Management: Create a new organizational system to ensure compliance under provincial Co-operative guidelines and Ontario not-for profit guidelines.
  • Website Management & Maintenance: Assist with website content, ensure accurate educational and marketing information is updated, upload photos, product descriptions, and membership information.
  • Member Communications: Responsible for communication in the upcoming move including press releases, emails, and phone calls to members.
  • Attend and support Monday Farmers Markets from 1:30pm-8:30 pm weekly to promote membership of the Co-operative and explain forthcoming changes to the market goers; while providing support to the Market Coordinator.
  • Attend and support (as needed) our Local Harvest Canning workshops which looks at sustainable food system economy; while providing support to the Canning Program Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
  • Understanding of Food Security issues, specifically in the Parkdale Community
  • Research and Presentation skills
  • Previous experience doing outreach in marginalized communities
  • Excellent phone, email and media communication skills (writing, speaking)
  • Clear understanding of Google Drive Applications and uses
  • Aptitude with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram an asset
  • Previous use of Drupal Hosted Website for Membership engagement an asset
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