RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Communications Intern – Government of Nova Scotia

  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: June 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Communications Intern – Designated

Competition # : 39245 

Department: Communications Nova Scotia

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Internship

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 6/16/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Racially Visible Persons, and Persons with a Disability. You must self-identify during the application process.


Indigenous – persons who identify themselves as First Nation (Status and non-Status), Métis, or Inuit


African Nova Scotian – is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


Racially Visible Persons – persons, other than Indigenous people or African Nova Scotians, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.


Persons with Disabilities – persons who, for the purposes of employment, identify themselves or believe that an employer is likely to consider that the workplace environment may create a barrier due to a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, hearing, neurological psychiatric or learning disability.

About Us

As the provincial government’s central communications agency, Communications Nova Scotia (CNS) helps ensure Nova Scotians have the information they want and need about government programs and services.


We are a group of high-energy, hard-working, experienced communicators looking for diverse, fresh perspectives and talent to join our team.


CNS is organized into three main areas of responsibility:

  • communications planning – strategic communications planning, content development, crisis and risk communications, stakeholder relations, corporate communications and media relations
  • marketing, digital and creative services – digital, graphic design, editorial services, image services (photo/video), marketing, internet strategy and advertising (media planning/buying)
  • communication and corporate services – project management and support, planning and policy, translation, research and evaluation, stakeholder relations and budget (recoveries)


As a communications intern with CNS, you will have a well-rounded experience and be exposed to work in all of the areas noted above. You will gain experience using a variety of platforms to engage with Nova Scotians about government priorities and actions.

What Your Day Will Look Like

As a communications intern you will work with other communications professionals to provide communications support services including: writing content for news releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, speeches and social media; support for event planning; and helping to support the sitting of the Legislative Assembly. You may also be required to work directly with department staff experts on projects.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have the following mandatory qualifications:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree, diploma or graduate certificate in public relations, communications, journalism, or marketing within the last three years.
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience with social media and other new and emerging communications platforms
  • Experience proactively working with, and considering the perspectives of, a diverse range of stakeholders, including a grasp of Nova Scotia’s unique social, historical and demographic make-up.

The skills you need to do this job:

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage projects from start to finish
  • Focus on client service
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative

Previous government experience and French language skills would be considered assets.

Additional Information

This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of June, 2024. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

What We Offer

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules

Pay Grade:  EC 06

Salary Range:  $1,964.92 – $2,056.33 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

Interested applicants may access this posting through the link below: 

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to