INTERNING WITH MSF CANADA
Interns are valued members of the MSF Canada community. They are provided experience, tools, coaching and mentoring, and an end-of-contract reference, if desired. In exchange, MSF Canada benefits from the fresh input, unique lived experience, support, and the devoted work ethic that our interns bring to the table. Interns conduct various administrative and project tasks related to the team for which they have been hired. They observe how MSF Canada functions locally, as well as within the global MSF community. Interns are invited to contribute their knowledge, participate in meetings, and are included in information sessions. It is a rich, dynamic, and highly motivating learning environment, and interns are kept busy with a variety of responsibilities.
MSF Canada is a people-focused humanitarian organization that is proud to offer a diverse, collaborative and inclusive work environment. We strongly believe this approach enhances our work and we’re committed to equity in employment. MSF Canada seeks to attract and engage the best professionals to join our organization and maintain meaningful, productive and lasting work relationships. We embrace diverse motivations and backgrounds of people working together to exhibit their passion in action for MSF’s social mission.
MSF Canada acknowledges the existence of systemic racism and oppression, and is committed to sustaining and strengthening its anti-racism and anti-oppression (AOAR) efforts. As MSF Canada continues to grow and strive to remove barriers in its offices in Canada and in MSF work environments abroad, we welcome applications from individuals with unique experiences of intersectional oppression on the basis of their social markers such as their ethno-racial identity, age, gender identity, education, socio-economic status or place of origin. We encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQIA2S+ people, individuals living with disabilities and any equity-deserving individual to apply.
In line with MSF’s December 2021 pledge to reduce our carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030, we encourage all MSF staff to embrace and embed sustainable and climate-friendly practices into their work. Applying a climate and planetary health lens will help us improve our operational impact. Facing climate change and environmental degradation through our operational activities by focusing on mitigation and adaptation will decrease our dependency on fossil fuels, reduce our ecological footprint and help protect human health. Everyone, at all levels, with all skill sets is needed to address the global threat of the climate crisis.
Interns are valued members of the MSF Canada community. They are provided experience, tools, coaching and mentoring, and an end-of-contract reference, if desired. In exchange, MSF Canada benefits from the fresh input, unique lived experience, support, and the devoted work ethic that our interns bring to the table.
All interns are paid Ontario minimum wage (currently $15.50/hour), with benefits that include, flexible work hours, employee assistance program (EAP), vacation days, sick days, and floater days, and a positive and innovative office culture grounded in our core values of humanity, integrity, and results. Positions are full-time (37.5 hours/week), Monday - Friday, and last up to a maximum of 6 months. We have a 40% hybrid work model, which translates to a minimum of 2 days per week in office, and up to 3 days per week of remote work.
Interns are recruited for the Spring-Summer cycle (March/April to September/October) or for the Fall-Winter cycle (September/October to March/April) for most internships (exceptions are the AGA Support and Planned Giving interns). Applicants are asked to submit their resumes and answer online application questions, in lieu of a cover letter. If shortlisted, the screening process consists of a preliminary interview, written assessment, panel interview, and a reference and background check. Stages specific to each internship will be communicated to selected applicants. All candidates must reside in Canada and have current valid authorization to work in Canada. We hire one person, per internship role, per cycle. This process usually takes about a month, and an internship usually starts no sooner than 2 weeks after an offer is accepted.
Descriptions of each of our individual internships are below, and to view specific and detailed criteria, please click on the links that follow.
- Humanitarian Affairs (HA): the Intern ensures that the HA Team has relevant access to operational and advocacy news, monitors and summarizes updates from the global MSF movement, helps to improve MSF Canada’s understanding of current international contexts and advocacy initiatives, and contributes to reporting and grant applications. Preference will be given to applicants located in Ottawa.
- Human Resources, International Recruitment Services: The Intern assists the day-to-day administrative needs of the IR department, such as request resolution, communication with the public and helping to attract, select and onboard employees for international assignments, and other recruitment functions. Candidates must be bilingual (English/French) and the position is located in either of our offices in Toronto or Montreal, or available remotely in Canada.
- Human Resources, People & Culture (P&C): The P&C Intern assists the day-to-day functioning of the P&C team by providing administrative, logistical, reporting, and communications assistance, particularly to domestic talent acquisition, inclusive and supportive onboarding, performance empowerment, learning & development, recognition, and engagement. Candidates must be bilingual (English/French) and the position is located in either of our offices in Toronto or Montreal, or available remotely in Canada.
- MSF Canada Association, Membership Communications: The Intern assists in maintaining a well-informed membership through internal communications, through website maintenance, newsletters, translation, data compilation, and by facilitating their engagement and participation in associative events and maintain membership accounts. Applicants must be bilingual (English/French) and the position is located in Montreal.
- MSF Canada Association, Annual General Assembly (AGA): The Intern is a 4-month event planning role from mid-February to mid-June each year. This role provides administrative, organizational, and logistical support before, during and after the AGA, related to registration, social events, catering, and other surrounding activities This is an annual internship that rotates alternately between Toronto and Montreal.
- Planned Giving: The Intern is a unique opportunity to learn about Planned Giving, and Fundraising through hands-on experience and shadowing days according to the applicant’s interests, as well as to aid the Planned Giving team reach its goals. This is an annual internship from July - December each year. Working in close collaboration with the Planned Giving Coordinator, this role provides day-to-day support to the Planned Giving team with various writing projects, planned giving stewardship and donor recognition, and planned giving records management.
MSF Canada has an Accessibility Policy that commits to providing or arranging for accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities as follows:
- In a timely manner that considers the person’s accessibility needs due to a disability
- At a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons
- In consultation with the person making the request to determine suitability of an accessible format or communication support
During the recruitment process, when applicants are selected to participate in the selection process, they will be notified that accommodations are available upon request, and if requested, MSF Canada will consult with the applicant and provide or arrange for a suitable accommodation, considering the individual’s needs. MSF Canada will notify successful applicants of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities, when making offers of employment to a successful applicant.
DEMOGRAPHIC DATA COLLECTION
Responses to questions are completely voluntary and are not associated with individual applications and have no impact, in any way, in hiring decisions. The data collected will be used in aggregate only to help us identify areas of improvement in our recruitment process.