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Communications Intern

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Various Divisions, Various Branches, Various Departments/Units
Job Term:
1 Temporary up to 12 months
Job Code:
02701 - Information Officer 1
$1,182.43 - $1,389.01 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Ministry Indigenous Internship Program

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is diversifying its talented workforce and offers this unique internship opportunity for Indigenous recent graduates to work with a dynamic team of professionals and leaders in Toronto, Ontario. We seek to recruit and advance bright talent for the future and we offer personal and professional growth, coaching and mentorship, along with a competitive salary. Join the Ministry Indigenous Internship Program and help us drive innovation and economic growth in Ontario.

What makes working in the Ontario Public Service great

Working in the public service has real meaning and impact on the lives of Ontarians. What we do matters, and you can grow your career here. From economic growth to health and social justice, we offer career opportunities in multiple disciplines and business areas to match your passion. Our strength is the diversity of our people and the ideas we generate. We value trust, fairness, diversity, creativity, collaboration and excellence. We are committed to be an employer of first choice.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Working within our dynamic communications team, you will assist in the ministry's communications services, enabling you to gain experience in areas such as marketing, media relations, multi-media campaigns, issues analysis, stakeholder engagement, graphic design and digital media applications. Specific work includes:

• Identifying and analyzing marketing, communications and media opportunities and issues.
• Contributing to communications strategies and event planning.
• Writing/editing content including briefing notes, fact sheets, newsletters, digital materials, web content, and news releases.
• Participating in stakeholder consultation and outreach.
• Assisting with graphic design of brochures, posters and reports.

How do I qualify?


• In order to be eligible for the Ministry Indigenous Internship Program, you must self-identify as an Indigenous person (i.e. First Nations, Métis, Inuk). Please refer to Section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution.
• The Ministry Indigenous Internship Program is open to all Indigenous applicants who have graduated or will complete the requirements to graduate with a degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate from a recognized or legally authorized post-secondary institution in the last five years (May 2017-June 2022).
• You must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Knowledge of Communications Practices

• You understand communications methods, techniques and multi-media approaches, including marketing principles and concepts.
• You understand social media platforms and can use different digital channels to communicate with target audiences.
• You understand digital media applications and graphic design methods to produce communications materials.
• You can interpret and apply legislation, policies, processes and procedures.

Research and Analytical Skills

• You understand research practices to source communications information, identify trends, assess opportunities and draft/present findings.
• You have analytical, reasoning and evaluation skills to assess communication requirements, evaluate options, and identify alternative approaches.

Oral and Written Communication Skills

• You can prepare and present various documents (i.e., presentations, reports, summaries).
• You have the ability to write and edit materials that reflect intended tone, style and messaging.

Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills

• You can establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
• You can participate and contribute to working groups.

Planning and Organizational Skills

• You can plan, organize, and manage multiple tasks and projects with competing deadlines.

Computer Skills

• You are proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to draft documents, reports and prepare presentations.
• You are proficient in digital media applications and graphic design methods.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the  OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 56 Wellesley St, Toronto, Toronto Region or 10 Dundas St E, Toronto, Toronto Region or 2 Queen St E, Toronto, Toronto Region or 250 Yonge St, Toronto, Toronto Region or 777 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region or 700 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Communications; Marketing and Creative Services
Posted on:
Monday, January 10, 2022
  • This temporary internship position is a 12-month contract starting June 2022.

    In order to meet the program goals and ensure that our recruitment practices are fair, open and transparent, it is necessary that only those applicants who self-identify as an Indigenous person (i.e. First Nations, Métis, Inuk) are considered for the Ministry Indigenous Internship Program. For questions pertaining to Indigenous self-identification, please contact

    Effective October 1, 2021, the OPS COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive requires all Ontario Public Service employees to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, meaning they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Ministry of Health (refer to: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Status in Ontario), including 14 calendar days have passed since receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed ‘not vaccinated' under the Directive and will be required to attend a vaccine education program and undergo regular rapid antigen testing. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program but must undergo regular rapid antigen testing.
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, February 7, 2022 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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