Indigenous Internship Opportunities

Experience working in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) – grow your future.

The OPS is dedicated to recruiting and advancing top talent while building a diverse public service that is reflective of Ontario’s population and communities. These exciting opportunities offer recent Indigenous post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop their careers and gain valuable work experience with one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Bring your knowledge, experience and perspectives to the Ontario Public Service. Working with a team of engaged professionals and dedicated leaders, you’ll take the next step in your career in a dynamic environment that provides opportunities for personal growth, competitive salary, mentorship, learning and development opportunities, and work-life balance. The ministry has immediate opportunities for interns in the following roles:

• Indigenous Affairs Project Intern (Job ID 149767) – 435 James Street South, Thunder Bay We’re looking for a motivated professional to join our dynamic team to provide project management support and apply your research, analytical, and communication skills to advance reconciliation initiatives in our ministry.

• Strategic Services Intern (Job ID 149768) – 933 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury Showcase and expand your strong project management and policy analysis skills in this unique opportunity with the Mines and Minerals Division of the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team to assist in the development of a wide range of programs, policies and strategic initiatives related to the divisional goal to support prosperous and sustainable economic growth in Ontario’s mineral exploration and mining sector. The successful candidate will have the support of a professional and welcoming team, a hands-on manager to ensure your success and development, and you will be assigned a mentor who will help in your professional growth.

• Indigenous Energy Policy Intern (Job ID 149770) – 77 Grenville Street, Toronto Join the Energy Networks and Indigenous Policy Branch where you will support the team in providing analysis and advice on energy projects and for policy development for energy issues, which require consultation with other provincial ministries and levels of government.

• Policy Intern (Job ID 149771) – 160 Bloor Street East, Toronto Join the Strategic Planning and Economic Policy Branch where you will support the team by assisting on various projects and studies; conducting research and analysis; helping to prepare proposals, communications and implementation plans; and participating on various committees and working/project groups.

• Policy Intern (Job ID 149772) – 160 Bloor Street East, Toronto Join our ADMO team to provide project management support and apply your research, analytical, and communication skills by assisting on projects and diverse work within our division; and participating on various committees and working/project groups related to socio-economic issues that impact Indigenous people and communities, such as violence against Indigenous women and girls, community action or social emergencies. Our division leads, facilitates and/or coordinates operational initiatives related to mutual priorities and emerging issues with Indigenous people and communities, Ontario ministries, the federal government, other jurisdictions and organizations.

• Program and Service Delivery Intern (Job ID 149773) – 160 Bloor Street East, Toronto and 300 Water Street, Peterborough The successful candidate will be working with our research and assessment, negotiation, and implementation teams to analyze Ontario’s land claims process and identify opportunities for ongoing improvements, consistent with government priorities.

• Human Resources Intern (Job ID 149774) – 159 Cedar Street, SudburyJoining a dynamic Human Resources team, you will work on a variety of programs and initiatives in areas such as labour relations, talent management, inclusion, employee engagement and recognition, health and safety, and performance management. You will conduct research, analyze data, and assist with projects and issues management. This is an opportunity to build your HR knowledge and skills, and you will have a mentor to assist in maximizing your assignment.

• Project Coordinator Intern (Job ID 149776) – 933 Ramsay Lake Road and 3767 Hwy 69 South, Sudbury Join our dynamic team where you will provide project planning and implementation support to the ministry’s Indigenous initiatives related to Indigenous awareness programming, economic development, and the mineral sector.

• Communications Intern (Job ID 149786) – 77 Grenville Street, Toronto Working within the Communications Services Branch, you will assist in the ministry’s communications, enabling you to gain experience in areas such as marketing, media relations, multi-media campaigns, issues analysis, stakeholder engagement, graphic design and digital media applications.

• Business and Financial Planning Intern (Job ID 149797) – 160 Bloor Street East, Toronto You will work in the Corporate Management Branch of the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, where you will use your accounting and financial management knowledge, acquiring hands-on experience in a public sector setting.

Note: These temporary positions are contracts of up to 12 months in duration.How do I qualify?MandatoryFor all positions:

• You must have graduated from a college or university, with a degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate, within the past 5 years.

• You must be an Indigenous person (i.e. First Nations, Métis, Inuit). For job-specific details, including salary, position duties and full qualifications, and to apply online, by June 25th, 2020, visit and enter the applicable Job ID number in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.Note: View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Indigenous Self-IdentificationIf you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.