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Advocacy Intern
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Located on the banks of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers in the picturesque Ottawa valley of eastern Ontario, Ottawa offers a wide range of services and attractions. As the nation's capital, this city of over 800,000 people is home to a dozen museums and galleries, plus more than 35 annual festivals. More than 150 km of recreational pathways wind through the city providing ample opportunity for walking, cycling, or in-line skating. In winter the Rideau canal becomes one of the world's largest outdoor skating rinks. The hills of Gatineau Park are only a twenty minute drive from downtown Ottawa and offer year round recreational activities including hiking, biking, camping, swimming, and cross-country skiing. The city of Montreal is only a two hour drive east.

As an educational centre, Ottawa boasts two major universities, a small Catholic university, and a community college. The growing computer technology industry plays a significant role in the local economy.

A multi-cultural city, Ottawa is home to many diverse ethnic communities. Languages spoken in Ottawa include English (50%), French (32%), and a host of other languages including Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. There are currently five congregations in the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition.
Oct 10, 2018
Jan 07, 2019
4 months
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
  • Enrolled in, or recently completed, a university program in a related field (e.g., political science, international development, history, etc.).
  • Research – comfortable engaging new issues and fields of study 
  • Communication – able to convey complex information in writing and orally for a wide range of audiences; conversant with new media technologies
  • Relational – a team player who can engage people from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints with sensitivity and tact
  • Creative – self-motivated and willing to take initiative in implementing ideas
  • Canadian government policy and process
  • Social justice issues related to the priorities of MCC
  • Fluency in French is an asset.
  • Successful police record check.
Based in the Ottawa Office, the Advocacy Research Intern is part of a small team that provides expertise and assistance for MCC Canada’s advocacy efforts. During this four-month position, the intern helps monitor and conduct background research on Canadian federal government policy issues, as identified by his/her supervisor. The intern will also share in routine office administrative responsibilities and provide logistical support for a variety of office projects. He/she should be able to take initiative and work independently, with supervision meetings several times a month.
Ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is exemplified in the performance of all job responsibilities and through personal example.
Model non-violent peacemaking through daily interactions with staff and the public.
Participate in a local church and gatherings, being willing to use his or her gifts within the local faith community.
Take initiative to help shape the direction of his/her internship. This will include:
-Developing personal learning objectives for the course of the internship;
-Keeping a weekly reflective journal that captures ongoing learnings, experiences, and challenges.
Conduct research in assigned priority areas. This may include:
-Monitoring and analyzing government legislation, policies, and activities;
-Tracking developments in mainstream and specialty media sources.
Attend meetings as required. This may include:
-Making use of opportunities to attend and report back on public events, lectures, conferences, and coalition meetings in Ottawa;
-Participating in regular staff meetings, spending time in devotions and prayer with all in attendance.
Prepare various kinds of communication on a regular basis. This may include:
-Writing policy or research briefs and internal event reports for MCC staff on the agenda of the federal government.
- Writing blog posts and assisting with Facebook and Twitter updates in order to engage MCC supporters in the work of the Ottawa Office.
Special Projects:
- Help plan and carry out the annual seminar for university students
- As assigned by his/her supervisor.
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