Summer Students (3 positions)

Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 5:00pm


OCASI is looking for Summer Students to fill a variety of positions at OCASI (3 positions)

NOTE: The positions are open to full-time students aged 15-30 years who are intending to return to their full-time studies in 2024; are legally entitled to work in Canada and must be either a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred.

About OCASI:

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - OCASI acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of 245 community-based organizations in Ontario. Typical activities include providing professional training to enhance skills of practitioners, working with communities, government and policy decision makers to enhance the economic, social and cultural contributions of immigrants and refugees and supporting community-based research. For more information about OCASI, visit

About the Positions:

The summer student position is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in careers such as Research & Policy studies, Gender Studies, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) or Program support/development in the not-for profit sector, especially those interested in the immigration and refugee sector.

Summer Student – Gender-Based Violence Project / Mental Health Project

Job Summary: 
The summer student will support the planning, implementation and resource development of our monthly solidarity groups with NSRI women across Canada

Specific Position Duties:

 Support the planning of monthly meetings, facilitator check-in and training sessions with champions, follow up and feedback monitoring
 Support the planning, implementation and resource development of our monthly solidarity groups with NSRI women across Canada


 Strong knowledge and understanding of Violence Against Women issues in immigrant and refugee communities, anti-racism and anti-oppression
 Commitment to and awareness of equity, access to service issues, anti-racism and anti- oppression as it relates to immigrants and refugees
 Strong written and verbal communication skills
 Detail-oriented with strong research, organizational skills and time management skills
 Able to work independently or as part of a team

Summer Student – Policy Research & Membership Services

Job Summary:
Provide administrative and logistical support for the Policy, Research & Membership Team.

Specific Position Duties: 

 Provide administrative and communication support for annual membership renewal and related activities 
 Assist with data entry and support research activities
 Assist with policy research
 Perform administrative tasks and logistical support for events 
 Assist with website maintenance


 Knowledge of immigrant and refugee serving sector
 Awareness of settlement challenges of refugees and immigrants, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression. 
 Demonstrated ability in performing administrative and clerical tasks 
 Knowledge of social media platforms 
 Demonstrated organizational skills, detail oriented, and ability to meet tight deadlines and demanding schedules
 Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team environment 

Summer Student – Tech The National Online Community of Practice & The Knowledge Hub

Job Summary 

The Community of Practice (CoP) is meant to ensure that im/migrant and refugee service providers have access to the same information and professional development opportunities across Canada. When members of the community of practice share their professional views on specific topics, this meets the need for capacity development among professionals who work within a common framework with shared learning objectives.é is a collaborative digital platform that provides immigrant and refugee-serving staff and other stakeholders across Canada with a shared online space where they can share, connect, collaborate and learn from each other. Over time it is hoped that activity on the platform will contribute to delivering more responsive and coordinated services by service providers and the sector.

The summer student position provides an opportunity to help with documentation around the platform (support docs, response templates) and help with platform testing and quality assurance (browser testing, etc.), including the French side of the platform.

The SettlementAtWork.Org and SecteurÉ websites have professional development resources and news for front-line workers, program staff, managers and administrative staff. The goal of the At Work site is to help settlement agencies and practitioners better serve immigrants and refugees by providing access to up-to-date sector-related information, resources, and professional development opportunities. The site has a wide range of content, including news, jobs, requests for proposals and events, and aims to be a hub for settlement workers to share their information between everyone in the sector.

Both websites have gone through a redesign process and the new site is about to be launched in the new year. A lot of daily tasks for the summer intern will be to update the content on the site through the various submissions that we receive from our members, as well as researching information that may be relevant to the sector. There is no content writing required for this position. We also want to provide a greater focus on the francophone community of the city by providing more resources and news in French. If you are passionate about the settlement sector of Ontario, want to do research on news, resources and information regarding immigration and settlement and have interest in networking with the sector, we believe that you will find very fruitful experiences through this opportunity.

Specific Position Duties:

  • Supporting team staff as required on project objectives
  • Supporting team staff with data monitoring
  • Assisting the CoP team staff with Monthly update tasks
  • Helping the team to coordinate conferences and/or events
  • Supporting the CoP team with incoming inquiries and support requests
  • Providing the team with assistance in the recruitment of partners
  • Carrying out other administrative tasks as assigned (e.g. preparing meeting agendas and minutes, etc.)
  • Updating the and sites with content submitted by our members
  • Researching resources, news and events to be posted on the Knowledge Hub sites


  • Knowledge and understanding of settlement issues, barriers and information needs of newcomers
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to other cultures and ability to reach newcomer communities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills, able to work as a team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, able to work independently to meet tight deadlines and demanding schedules
  • Bilingual (French) is an asset

General Requirements for all Positions: 

 Have well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, partners, staff and volunteers 
 Have the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work activities; possess initiative and good judgment; work with little supervision and enjoy working as a team member in a fast paced environment 
 Proficient in MS Office (especially Excel), PowerPoint, Outlook and Google Workspace 
 Research, analytical, organizational and presentation skills
 Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
 Ability to exercise sound judgment; problem-solving skills
 Demonstrated ability in performing administrative and clerical tasks
 Proficiency in French considered an asset
 Demonstrated sensitivity to other cultures and ability to outreach to newcomer communities
 The student will have a commitment to and awareness of equity, access to service issues, anti-racism and anti-oppression as it relates to immigrants and refugees 
 Perform other duties as assigned 

 Salary: $21.00 per hour
 Hours of work: 35 hours per week
 Duration: up to August 30, 2024
 This is not a CO-OP placement.

How to apply: 

Application deadline: 
May 05, 2024 at 17:00 hrs (ET) 
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume (as a single pdf attachment) with the title of the position as the subject line to: Hiring Committee, OCASI at

OCASI is committed to employment equity. While voluntary, we encourage you to indicate in your application if you are an Indigenous person, Black, racialized, a woman, or a person with a disability. We are committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities by arranging for any necessary accommodations.
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