ISSofBC provides a supportive environment for newcomers to Canada of all backgrounds meeting settlement, English language and employment needs. Interns will gain communications skills, insights into immigrant and refugee policy and its direct impact on the ground, as well as the non-profit and social enterprise sectors. Reports to the Director of Communications and Marketing, ISSofBC.

Classification: Internship – 8 hours per week for 15 weeks (February 2023 start) . The internship is paid at $30/hour.

Duties may include the following, dependent upon skill set and available time:

• Monitor best practices and share examples of strong content engagement.
• Create templates for use across the organization.
• Create content including stories, tips, outcomes for all digital channels including the website, social media, newsletters, and videos.
• Support photography by coordinating with photographers and developing briefs.
• Monitor and keep the website and other digital channels up-to-date.
• Support roll-out of social media policy and guidelines to all staff.

Media Partnerships
• Monitor the media landscape, including relevant channels, journalists and topics.
• Develop contact lists and start direct outreach.
• Help pitch proposals using innovative mechanisms for partnerships, coordinating and nurturing relationships with key contacts.
• Support media training organization wide.

Issues Management
• Along with monitoring media articles on the industry, monitor potential issues and crises.
• Support the creation of issues and crises statements, as well as FAQs.

• Support the development of analytics and evaluation for all of the above.

• Other general marketing and communications activities, such as team meetings.


• Knowledgeable about current issues/trends in immigration policy.
• Strong interest in the media landscape (digital and journalistic).
• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
• Detail oriented, highly organized and able to respond quickly to new or changing work demands.
• Self-motivated – able to set priorities and meet deadlines.
• Knowledge of digital tools including WordPress, email systems, social media channels, creative tools (eg Canva), editing software and Microsoft Office.
• Interested in using online technology for creating and disseminating learning tools and engagement opportunities.
• Experience or knowledge of sensitivity and discretion requirements when working with diverse groups.
• The student must be a CMS graduate affiliate for the duration of this internship.

***Only students affiliated with UBC Centre for Migration will be considered.

Application Details

Please send your cover letter, resume and a short writing sample (300 words max) on the topic ‘The Evolution of Media’, by noon on January 12, 2023 to Rebecca Irani, Director of Communications and Marketing at rebecca.irani@issbc.org

Candidates will be reviewed and only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

References will be required for this position. All Interns are expected to sign and abide by a confidentiality agreement.

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