• Location: Gatineau, Quebec
  • Deadline: March 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Do you have a passion for your community and see benefit in policy and research to help solve social issues? Are you interested in working in a dynamic and innovative team environment? Do you want to acquire work experience in the federal government, and develop writing, research, and stakeholder engagement skills?

If you said yes to any of the above, come work for the Social Innovation and Community Development Directorate in the beautiful National Capital Region – the heart of the federal public service!

Important Information about working for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

ESDC is looking to hire FSWEP internships, co-op placements, and/or summer students. All positions are paid as per Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) student rates of pay (

The five positions will require 37.5 hours of work per week, for 16-week terms from May to August.

International students with valid work permits may apply, however Canadian Citizens will be given first consideration as per the Public Service Employment Act.

Important Information

Social Policy Team

The Social Policy Division is looking to hire one student to work on policy design, development and research on topics primarily focused on social innovation (e.g. innovative finance), social enterprise, and social procurement. The SPD works closely with other divisions to help implement Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. We are looking for a student to support research and also take part in consultations with external stakeholders for upcoming events including the Social Enterprise World Forum. The student will also be given an opportunity to lead on a research or policy project and, where possible, attend conferences to expand on their learning opportunity.

Social Innovation Team

The Social Innovation Division (SID) undertakes policy analysis, program design, and stakeholder engagement related to Canada’s social finance market. Social finance, which is also known as impact investing or social investment in different jurisdictions, refers to investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. SID is currently implementing a new, $755 million Social Finance Fund to accelerate the growth of social finance in Canada, in ways that ensure that the program creates opportunities for women, Indigenous communities, and marginalized populations more generally. It is also in the process of establishing a new, ministerial Social Innovation Advisory Council (SIAC). We are interested in hiring one student to contribute to the creation of the Social Finance Fund and the SIAC. The student may be assigned to assist on research projects, consultation planning, or financial modelling, depending on their profile and business needs in coming months.

Investment Readiness Program Team

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a 2-year $50 million pilot project designed to help advance Social Innovation and Social Finance in Canada, by providing investments to support social purpose organizations to improve their capacity and ability to participate in the social finance market.  We are looking for:

  • one student to support research in areas where gaps have been identified, and
  • one student to support policy development work, and to facilitate the planning and participate in an IRP convening meeting with our partners.

Horizontal Policy Team

The Horizontal Policy Team works with the six directorates within Income Security and Social Development (ISSD) Branch on cross-cutting policy and program issues. The main focus of our files is volunteerism, philanthropy, and socially responsible business. We are recruiting one student to provide support on the research and policy development of initiatives to make communities more resilient to complex social challenges. For example:

  • Accelerating the adoption of corporate social responsibility;
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of branch policy forums;
  • Enhancing the capacity of the not-for-profit sector ecosystem; and,
  • Exploring volunteering trends to advance the socio/economic integration of vulnerable populations through volunteering.

In addition, the student would help support the Youth Mandate for Greater Involvement (YMAGIN), a youth network aiming to help young professionals new to the public service jump start their careers.

Job Requirements

  • Enrolled in full-time studies in a recognized program at a Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • Eligible to work in Canada;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing (in English, French or bilingual);
  • Initiative, organizational and planning skills;
  • Research and analysis skills;
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment.
  • General knowledge of the social sector in Canada, including Canadian current trends in the non-profit sector; and
  • General knowledge of the organizational design of the Government of Canada and Parliament.

 Application process

Please indicate which team and which position you are applying for, and whether you are applying as an FSWEP, co-op placement, or summer student.  We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate in your cover letter if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply. For more information on Employment Equity, please visit:

The Government of Canada is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need any accommodation during any phase of the application or evaluation process, please indicate this in your cover letter. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

*This position is in Gatineau, Quebec, which is considered part of the National Capital Region (NCR). ESDC will not reimburse any relocation costs.

For information on how to apply, please contact Nadine Ratchford