INTERNSHIPS

Call for Research Interns

Are you interested in promoting civic engagement and encouraging all people to use their voices and to contribute to their society?

Voices-Voix is a nonprofit volunteer-driven and non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending our collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space. All Voices-Voix members, including those engaged in editorial, research, and writing, are volunteers, supported by a part-time coordinator.

As a volunteer orgnaization, we're always looking for new, energetic researchers and writers to join us in our work. If you're a student looking for a fulfilling, challenging internship opportunity, read on!

Who Should Apply

Voices-Voix offers a limited number of internship training experiences for students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions, especially those in journalism, political science, law, history, women's studies, gender studies, feminist studies, communications, labour studies and professional writing, who have an interest in social media, environmental science, law, human rights, public administration, public policy, sociology and other related fields.

Internship experiences are unpaid. Voices-Voix works with interns and their respective programs so that their work counts towards course credit or other academic requirements.

Applicants should be at least eighteen years of age.

Purpose

The purpose is to provide a meaningful vocational experience for interns in the context of programs offered by their educational institutions and in the conjunction with Voices-Voix’s “Dissent, Democracy & the Law” project, as well as it Editorial Board and its editorial collective. The project focuses particularly on federal government policies and decisions that affect civil society organizations (non-profits and charities), environmental sciences, knowledge organizations and the public service, and on tactics that affect democratic space for dissent and advocacy in Canada.

All research and case studies that are aimed for publication are peer reviewed and edited, and made available to the public online via the Documentation Project on the Voices-Voix website, http://voices-voix.ca.

Interns are provided with supervision, oversight and feedback into their writing and/or research on an ongoing basis and within the time period that is stipulated within their academic or course requirements. Those who are not eligible under the internship programs are invited to consider our volunteer program.

Sample Responsibilities

  1. Draft, fact-check and/or write assigned case studies.
  2. Check hyperlinks and prepare source materials for archiving.
  3. Interview witnesses and organizational representatives.
  4. Support the translation of case studies (English to French or French to English)
  5. Work in partnership with a member of the Editorial Collective to integrate feedback and edit first drafts.
  6. Execute all other related tasks assigned.

Qualifications

  1. Applicants should be enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution and be able to connect their internship requirement with an academic course requirement, an experiential learning requirement or other requirements set out by their educational institutions.
  2. Applicants with a background in law, political science, social justice movements and/or public administration are especially welcome.
  3. Applicant should have the capacity to express complex ideas in clear language destined for the general public.
  4. Applicants should be autonomous, with a capacity to respect deadlines with supervision.
  5. Applicants should have the ability to work to deadlines and to work collaboratively in the editing process.
  6. Applicants should demonstrate excellent research and organizational skills.
  7. Applicants should have a keen interest in defending the right to an enabling environment for civil society groups, and to freedom of association and speech in Canada.
  8. Applicants should demonstrate general interest in Canadian politics.
  9. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the values of the Voices-Voix Coalition, and of why dissent and advocacy are essential to preserving a healthy democracy.

How to Apply

Send an email to communications(at)voices-voix(dot)ca. Write “Application for Internship program” in the subject line. Attach the following documents in PDF or Word format:

  1. A supporting letter from your academic institution, professor or other educational supervisor
  2. A CV that is maximum 1 page in length, and that includes an e-mail address and a telephone number.
  3. A 1-page letter of intent (350-500 words). In your letter of intent, please state your availability (How many hours per week can you contribute? What date can you begin this Research volunteer post? On what date will you have to end your involvement?).
  4. Two to three examples of your articles, press releases or other writings that were done for a lay audience.

When to Apply

We are currently seeking Research Interns to being in September/October 2016. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by Sept. 15th at 5pm. However, we are constantly interested in welcoming new people into Voices, so please feel free to apply anytime. 

How the Research Internship experience works

Internships are designed to provide a meaningful vocational experience for students who are looking for an experiential learning process. Voices-Voix devotes significant energy and time from its own volunteer members to supervise students. Consequently, only a limited number of students are chosen and Voices-Voix cannot accept all internship applications.

Supervision: Overall supervision of interns is carried out by the Voices-Voix coordinator. This includes coordination and communications with the academic supervisor or relevant contact in the academic institution. Those who are engaged in research and writing are supervised by the designated member of the editorial collective. Editorial collective members are professors at or affiliated with postsecondary educational institutions in Canada, across a wide variety of disciplines. Interns can expect a significant interaction with their editors, as well as support and guidance depending on the nature of their assignment.

Deadlines as well as format for feedback is agreed upon by the Research Interns and the supervising editor at the beginning of the post. Each Research Intern has an orientation with the Voices-Voix Coordinator, who will provide the necessary training and background information to carry out research within the guidelines of the Voices-Voix Documentation Project. The Research Intern must be able to work with minimal supervision but willing to respect required formats and to be responsive over email and telephone for feedback.

Every effort is made to match interns with their particular areas of interest and experience.

Acknowledgements and References: Voices-Voix generally functions on a no-byline basis. None of the writers or editorial collective receive public acknowledgement for published materials unless a prior arrangement is reached. However, interns are entitled to seek acknowledgement and references from the Voices-Voix Coordinator, as well as other members of the editorial collective for the purposes of verifying academic achievement, meeting volunteer service or internship requirements or experiential learning requirements.

Employment: Voices does not offer employment to interns. As noted above, however, references may be provided, depending on the nature of the internship, for relevant employment opportunities with other organizations.

Location: Research interns can be based anywhere, as the editorial collective has members across Canada. Interns may work from home, and will correspond regularly with the Voices-Voix Coordinator and their Editorial Board editor by email, phone and Skype. 

Focus: Subject to academic requirements, research Interns may work within a larger research team, for example by producing case studies for the general public or contribute to a specific case study, working in a pair with their Editorial Board editor, but may express their preferences to focus on certain themes of our research. They will be matched according to their interests, as much as possible.

Feedback & skills development: The goal of the Internship is to provide a high quality, useful and engaging vocational experience and experiential learning for the intern within the context of the mandate of Voices-Voix. The goal is to develop valuable skills to benefit students in their chosen career paths and that benefit them in their future work and endeavors.

As part of the internship, the Voices-Voix Co-ordinator will work with each intern to provide structured and ongoing feedback, and, in consultation with Research Interns and members of the editorial collective, organise skill-development sessions where applicable.