Canadians for Tax Fairness (C4TF) offers one paid Communications Internship, for university students, during each academic trimester (September to December, January to April, May to August). The student will assist with various tasks under the supervision of the Communications Coordinator, including outreach to the media and C4TF supporters, media monitoring, social media postings, writing, and creation of audio (podcast) and video content.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The C4TF Communications Internship is ideal for Canadian-based students specializing in communications and journalism, with interest in economics, political science, accounting, finance, and other related fields. Applicants should be interested in working for an organization focused on raising awareness about tax justice, increasing democratic control of government revenue and spending, and conducting research dedicated to exposing and reducing financial and social inequalities. C4TF encourages racialized and Indigenous Canadians, women, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities to apply.
Students work from home, as C4TF staff currently do. We have colleagues in Ottawa, Peterborough and Montreal, and our Board of Directors comes from across Canada. On occasion, we meet in Ottawa or elsewhere. (Learn more here.)
We provide a stipend of $1,100 for 60 hours of work, in a schedule to be agreed upon with C4TF. The schedule usually fits one 6-hour day, or two 3-hour half days, per week, for 10 weeks. (Note: Students whose academic requirements necessitate the completion of more than 60 hours of work may be supervised by C4TF in doing so as part of the internship, but only the initial 60 hours of work will be remunerated.)
The internship can be credited by some university programmes if the intern/student makes the necessary arrangements. Interns must contribute a minimum of 60 hours in total. The C4TF Communications Coordinator works with a supervisor at the students’ university to complete course evaluations.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS
- Review news about tax justice and related issues from Canada and worldwide, and assist in sharing that content via C4TF social media.
- Contact journalists and other key people regarding C4TF research, analyses, publications, media releases, activities and events.
- Assist with writing of communications material.
- Assist in production of audio material for podcasts and visual material for short videos, focused on tax justice issues.
- Create images for use on the C4TF website, and in C4TF reports and publications, including via use of Creative Commons and other permitted images already online.
- Proof-read texts in English and French.
- Report to the Communications Coordinator, including weekly summaries of tasks completed.
- Execute other related tasks.
- Fluency in spoken and written English. (Strong written and spoken French is an asset.)
- Ability to communicate professionally with a large variety of people in a manner appropriate to a credible organization with good national media presence.
- Familiarity with English and French-language media in Canada.
- Basic understanding of, and interest in, economics and taxation, and the connection between these fields and a society’s ability to reduce financial and social inequalities.
- Experience in production of audio and/or visual content, either for podcasts, short videos, or other media, and be familiar with at least one type of software used to produce audio and/or visual content (ideally open source).
- Capacity to work autonomously and respect deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Agreement with the goals and objectives of C4TF as an organization.
Interns are expected to have access to their own computers, as they will be working from home. Their computer should have the capacity to use software for production of podcasts (i.e. Audacity, Garageband, Audition...) and videos (i.e. Lightworks, Shotcut...). The intern will not be required to pay for purchasing any software.
Interns will be sent the C4TF Student Intern Manual, so they can familiarize themselves with their functions before the internship begins. Further training will be provided by the Communications Coordinator.
HOW TO APPLY
Send an email to email@example.com. Write “Application for Communications Internship” in the subject line. Attach the following documents:
Required: A CV that is maximum 2 pages in length, with an email address and a telephone number. Your CV must be in PDF or Word format, or accessible online (i.e. a Google doc, blog entry, etc.).
Required: A Letter of Intent, which is no longer than 500 words, in PDF or Word format, or accessible online. Your Letter of Intent must answer the following questions:
- How can your work and/or volunteer and/or educational experience help you accomplish the tasks and responsibilities that you will be required to complete as a part of this internship?
- How will this internship help you achieve your future career objectives?
- How are the goals of C4TF as an organisation personally important to you?
- On what date can you begin, and on what date must you end, your internship?
- At what times during an average week are you available to do the usual 6 hours of work? (For instance, Mondays from 10am to 1pm, Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm, anytime on Thursdays, etc.)
Applicants may also, if they wish, submit:
- An audio or video version of your Letter of Intent, which lasts no longer than 3 minutes (180 seconds). They can be made accessible online, or sent as an mp3 or mp4 files (maximum 1080p).
- Links to a maximum of three of your previous pieces of work, in any format, which show your aptitude for the internship, including written articles, public relations pieces, audio or video productions, or other material you deem relevant.
- A maximum of two letters of recommendation.
WHEN TO APPLY
C4TF internships will correspond with the winter, summer, and fall university semesters (January to April; May to August; September to December).
- For the winter internships: Apply between September 15th and November 15th.
- For the summer internships: Apply between January 15th and March 15th.
- For the fall internships: Apply between May 15th and July 15th.
- Phone interview: After submitting your application, we will either ask you to do a short phone interview, or inform you that your candidacy has not been retained.
- Video interview: After your phone interview, we will either offer you a video interview, or inform you that your candidacy has not been retained. Video interviews generally last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. They also are a chance for you to ask us questions about the internship. We inform all interviewed candidates as to whether or not they have been accepted, generally within 5 days of their interview.
For more information, please contact C4TF’s Communications Coordinator, Darren Shore: firstname.lastname@example.org .