Job Posting: Indigenization Strategy Intern 2024

Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable, and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to the government, organizes campaigns, communicates its priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of approximately 160,000 undergraduate, professional full- and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.


POSITION: Indigenization Strategy Intern

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM on Monday June 3rd, 2024

WORKING HOURS & COMPENSATION: $20 per hour for 35 hours a week during July and August, and up to 35 hours a week during September and October.

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD: 16 weeks from July 8 - October 25, 2024

LOCATION: Remote for July and August. Travel across the province will be required in September. 

OUSA is seeking to establish an Indigenous Student Committee at our organization in order to authentically and actively represent Indigenous voices in our advocacy and decolonize our processes. OUSA is looking for an Indigenous student intern to support the development of this Committee through creating and implementing a comprehensive consultation plan. The intern will develop a consultation strategy, facilitate conversations with Indigenous students across the province, and present recommendations to OUSA’s General Assembly on how to best build this Committee. 

Under the guidance of an Indigenous Advisor, the intern will be responsible for:

  • Developing a comprehensive consultation strategy
  • Establishing connections with Indigenous Student Centres (and equivalents) at OUSA’s member campuses
  • Traveling to campuses to host and facilitate consultations with Indigenous students to gather input on an Indigenous Students Committee at OUSA
  • Leading the first phase of consultations and policy development for OUSA’s Indigenous Students policy paper
  • Carrying out a review on OUSA’s internal policy and processes to decolonize and Indigenize our structure
  • Summarizing and delivering a report with recommendations to OUSA’s General Assembly and Executive Director

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an Indigenous student enrolled at an OUSA member school;
  • Have a SIN number not designated for temporary workers or those who have immigrated
  • Have knowledge of Indigenous methodologies to gather insights and anecdotes;
  • Have knowledge of governance structures (or a willingness to learn about it)
  • Be able to travel in September to hold in-person consultations
  • Hold a G class driver’s license
  • Have access to a vehicle (preferred)

To Apply: Applicants must provide a resume and letter of intent, to outline the applicant’s connection to their Indigenous identity and community as well as highlight how they meet the above qualifications.


Candidates selected for an interview will be notified no later than Friday, June 7th, 2024. Interviews will be held on Thursday, June 13th, 2024, and conducted via Zoom during business hours.

Please send a letter of intent and resume via e-mail to:
Malika Dhanani, Executive Director
e-mail: [email protected]

While OUSA typically encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences, this position is strictly for those who are Indigenous. However, we recognize that Indigeneity exists with multiple identities and encourage those who have an intersecting identity to apply.

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