IRN Paid Summer Internship Program


Job Title: Summer Intern
Location: Remote, Canada
Salary Expectation: $21/hour
Duration: May 1 – August 31, 2024

Context: The Indigenous Resource Network (IRN) is a non-profit Indigenous grassroots advocacy organization giving a voice to Indigenous workers and businesses involved in resource development. IRN’s main advocacy tools are its campaigns which include Ownership is Reconciliation and Don’t Cap Indigenous Opportunities.

 IRN is an independent organization that advocates for Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and workers engaged in the resource development sector. We do not support all resource development; rather we support resource development, including in oil & gas, mining, forestry, agriculture, and fishing, that benefits Indigenous communities economically while maintaining high standards of environmental protection. Through our public opinion polling and research this is the view of most Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Scope: The activities of the internship program will be heavily considerate of the career goals of the intern. IRN is committed to ensuring the intern can achieve work that is meaningful and impactful in their career path. Some of our operations include social media, communications and marketing, advocacy and government relations, media relations, research, and graphic design.

The intern will be given opportunities to work with advocacy and communications professionals across Canada, learn about the positive impacts of Indigenous resource development across Canada, and engage in site visits to get a on the ground look at how responsible resource development positively impacts Indigenous communities.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Meets regularly with the IRN team to advocate for responsible resource development.
  • Works with digital and communications team to elevate messaging associated with advocacy efforts.
  • Research things like Indigenous equity ownership, salaries and wages of resource workers, and government policy analysis.
  • Helps assist with social media, where appropriate.
  • Depending on interest/ relevant experience/ capacity may help with the development of specific campaigns related to resource development, research, public policy, media and government relations, and more.
  • In addition to Indigenous focused work, there may be opportunities for site visits to learn more about resource development and Canada’s resource industry.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Research Skills: Conducting thorough research on policy issues, legislative matters, and relevant data. Analyzing information from various sources to support advocacy campaigns.
  • Communication Skills: Drafting clear and concise written communications, including emails, letters, and reports. Effective verbal communication for networking, outreach, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Social Media Management: Managing social media accounts to promote campaigns, engage followers, and share information. Creating compelling and shareable content to increase awareness.
  • Networking: Building and maintaining relationships with key influencers, organizations, and community leaders. Collaborating with other advocacy groups to amplify the impact of campaigns.
  • Adaptability: Being flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and situations. Willingness to learn and take on new responsibilities.
  • Political Awareness: Understanding the political landscape and the legislative process. Staying informed about current events and policy changes relevant to the organization's mission.
  • Problem Solving: Identifying challenges and proposing creative solutions. Thinking critically to address unexpected issues during campaigns or events.
  • Team Collaboration: Working effectively in a team, collaborating with colleagues and volunteers. Contributing ideas and supporting others in achieving common goals.
  • Advocacy Strategy: Understanding and contributing to the development of advocacy strategies. Evaluating the effectiveness of different advocacy and media tactics.

The strongest candidates will demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Experience with at least one community organizing or mobilizing a project, or event planning experience.
  • Some demonstrated skills in grassroots advocacy or organizing.
  • Demonstrated interest in the responsible resource development and/or Indigenous issues. Those with lived experience in this area will be given preference.

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by March 15, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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