COMMUNICATIONS AND RESEARCH INTERNSHIP
Canadians for Tax Fairness (C4TF) offers a full-time paid Communications and Research Internship, for university students during academic trimesters (September to December, January to April, May to August). The internship is compatible with university co-op programs, but not restricted to co-op applicants. The student assists with various tasks under the supervision of C4TF staff, including producing research and publications related to tax fairness, and assisting with media relations, social media, creation of audio and/or visual content, and fundraising.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The C4TF Communications and Research Internship is ideal for Canadian-based students specializing in communications and journalism, with interests in economics, accounting, finance, political science, and related fields. Applicants should want to work for an organization focused on raising awareness about tax justice, and increasing democratic control of government revenue and spending. Candidates should have an aptitude for 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.)
C4TF provides a stipend based on an hourly rate of $18.33. The number of hours per week is flexible, and can be adapted to meet the needs of Co-op or summer job programs. Ideally, candidates will be available to work for 30h per week, for 16 weeks (for a total of $8,798.40).
The internship can be credited by university co-op and other programmes. Students are required to make the necessary arrangements with their educational institutions. C4TF staff complete course evaluations and other administrative requirements as needed.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS - COMMUNICATIONS
- Social media: Review news about tax justice and related issues from Canada and worldwide, and assist in sharing that content via our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Create shareable images that maximize exposure of our views and content on such platforms.
- Media relations: Contact journalists and other key people regarding C4TF research, analyses, publications, media releases, activities and events, to solicit interest in our activities. Maintain up-to-date lists of these contacts.
- Report production: Transform text and numerical reports into professional PDF formats designed for web and print, including appropriate high quality Creative Commons images, tables and graphs. Reformat the same material into pastable HTML text for the C4TF website.
- Image creation: Create images for use on the C4TF website, and in C4TF reports and publications, as well as shareable images for C4TF social media.
- Writing & Editing: Write articles for the News & Views section of the C4TF website relating to ongoing events and taxation. Write short texts for the C4TF monthly newsletter. Write media releases and media advisories. Write templates for emails by the public to elected officials regarding C4TF campaigns. Assist in proof-reading articles, reports, and other material produced by other C4TF staff.
- Audiovisual production: Assist in production of audio material for podcasts and visual material for short videos, focused on tax justice issues.
- Fundraising: Assist in maintaining and organizing relevant material. Assist in writing emails and letters, and making calls to selected donors.
- Report to C4TF staff, including weekly summaries of tasks completed.
- Execute other related tasks.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS - RESEARCH & REPORT WRITING
- Data gathering: Work with other C4TF researchers to identify data needs, locate potential data sources, collect and clean data.
- Data analysis: Perform preliminary data manipulation, analysis, and visualization. Work with other C4TF researchers to identify potentially useful data manipulations. Transform data into formats that are understandable by the C4TF audience.
- Preliminary literature reviews: Identify, locate, gather, and synthesize relevant literature for research projects. Potentially liaise with academics, other researchers, allied organizations, etc. to gain or improve understanding of the relevant literature.
- Report writing: Initiate, write and assist other C4TF staff in writing reports about issues related to fair taxation.
Note: The responsibilities and functions of interns can be adapted to their individual strengths and, to the extent possible, their interests.
- Excellent research and writing skills, including the ability to present complex findings in a clear and concise manner for a lay audience.
- 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.
- 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, especially coverage of taxation and economic issues.
- 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.
Interns are expected to have access to their own computers, as they will be working from home. 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 C4TF staff.
HOW TO APPLY
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “Application for Communications and Research Internship” in the subject line. Attach the following documents:
1. 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.).
2. 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:
a) 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?
b) How will this internship help you achieve your future career objectives?
c) How are the goals of C4TF as an organisation personally important to you?
d) What is your availability? (On what date can you begin, and on what date must you end your internship? How many hours per week between those dates are you available to work? Are there any days and/or times when you are unavailable?)
3. Optional: 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).
4. Optional: 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.
5. Optional: A maximum of two letters of recommendation.
WHEN TO APPLY
C4TF internships 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: email@example.com .