Summer Research Intern Opportunity - OUSA

Please see below for the Summer Research Intern job posting.



DEADLINE: Wednesday March 27th at 5:00PM

POSITION: Summer Intern

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 16 weeks from May 6th to August 23rd, 2017      

COMPENSATION:  $15 per hour, 35 hours per week

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

Under the guidance of the Research and Policy Analysts, the summer intern will be working in a small and energetic office while engaging with complex policy topics, conducting qualitative and quantitative research, and contributing to OUSA’s publications. This internship offers the opportunity to develop research skills and explore personal research interests while learning about advocacy and public policy in Ontario.



To be eligible for the internship, applicants must:

  • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate student at one of OUSA’s member institutions (Brock, Queen’s, Trent Durham, Laurentian, Laurier, McMaster, Waterloo, Western)
  • 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
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills     
  • Have employment or academic experience with research methods and policy
  • 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 intern will undertake special projects in the areas of research and policy, as well as support the OUSA home office team in the day-to-day operations of the organization. Reporting to the Research and Policy Analysts, the Summer Intern is responsible for:

  • Executing an independent research and policy project developed based on individual interest and relevance to the organization
  • Authoring periodic blog updates on research findings on OUSA policy priorities;
  • Providing research support for updating and maintaining OUSA’s policy documents
  • Supporting the work of Home Office staff as needed



In addition to providing a cover letter and resume that highlights how you meet the above qualifications, applicants must also complete and submit a one-page assignment that demonstrates their communication and analysis skills.

The assignment can be found below.



Suppose that OUSA is writing a policy paper on the topic of Students with Disabilities. Our students wish to write a policy paper that identifies gaps in Ontario’s post-secondary system for students with disabilities and provide recommendations to help better support students with disabilities.


To prepare for this paper, the Research Analysts have asked you, as the Research Intern, to conduct preliminary research and prepare some notes.


Your task is to prepare a research document that outlines OUSA’s stance on the topic, highlight relevant policy recommendations, and identify further areas of improvement based on new research, current legislation, and relevant public discourse. This research document should provide student authors and the Research Analysts with enough background information and research to begin the policy development process.


  • Your research document should be one page (single-spaced) in length
  • Your brief should be clearly laid out and organized
  • It should include as much or as little background on Students with Disabilities as you think is needed


Policy Paper: Students with Disabilities


More information and resources can be found at


Candidates selected for a video conference interview will be contacted by email. Interviews will be held on Thursday, April 4 and will be available during and after business hours.



Please send your cover letter, resume and completed assignment via e-mail:

Eddy Avila, Executive Director





Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization that strives to effectively represent undergraduate students to lobby for affordable, accessible, accountable and high-quality higher education. To achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, and develops partnerships with sector stakeholders. With a membership of more than 140,000 undergraduate, professional full and part-time students at eight student associations, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.