Communications & Advocacy Intern 2024



DEADLINE: Monday, February 26th, 2024 at 11:59PM.

POSITION:  Summer Advocacy and Communications Intern

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 16 weeks from May 6th  to August 23rd, 2024

COMPENSATION: $17.55 per hour, 35 hours per week

LOCATION: Hybrid Work: Mostly remote but occasional opportunities for in-person engagement and/or as needed by intern in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).


OUSA is looking for a skilled and passionate Summer Advocacy and Communications Intern to join our close-knit team for the summer. This opportunity is for students who have some knowledge of student issues and advocacy and are eager to learn more.


Under the guidance of the Executive Director and Operations & Communications Coordinator, the Summer Advocacy & Communications Intern will be working in a small and energetic (virtual) office while engaging with the organization’s communications channels and projects, and contributing to OUSA’s advocacy resources. This internship offers the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge of advocacy and communications, and explore personal interests while learning about the government of Ontario.



To be eligible for the internship, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at an OUSA member institution (graduating students are eligible); and
  • Not have held a prior position with OUSA as a staff member or Director.



The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a working knowledge of MS Word and Excel. Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, Nationbuilder and/or Photoshop an asset
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Have employment or academic experience with public relations, design, or public affairs
  • Demonstrate an ability to thrive in a collaborative, team-based environment
  • Possess a keen interest in post-secondary education and Ontario politics, and demonstrate an appreciation for OUSA’s mandate and mission



The OUSA Summer Advocacy & Communications Intern will undertake special projects in the areas of advocacy and communications, as well as support the OUSA home office team in the day-to-day operations of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director and the Operations & Communications Coordinator, the Summer Advocacy & Communications Intern is responsible for:

  • Assist with the preparation of communications materials such as graphics, publications, and photos;
  • Produce content for OUSA social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram;
  • Prepare for OUSA’s annual campaigns;
  • Coordinate the completion and release of OUSA’s Action Plan, including annual advocacy priorities;
  • Participate in, and support the planning of summer conferences;
  • Update internal advocacy resources based on the election; and
  • Support the work of the Operations & Communications Coordinator, Research & Policy Analysts, and Executive Director in projects as required.



Please email your resume and cover letter to Malika Dhanani, Executive Director, at [email protected].


Please note: Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted via email by Monday March 4th, 2024. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom on Thursday, March 14th, 2024. 

OUSA encourages applications from students who have traditionally been underrepresented in post-secondary education, including but not limited to racialized students/students of colour, Black students, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ students.


OUSA is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). If you require accommodations for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please email [email protected].

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of approximately 160,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at nine student associations across Ontario. OUSA is run by a Steering Committee made up of elected student representatives from each of our member associations. Day-to-day activities are carried out by four full-time office staff. For more information, please visit our website at