Winter 2021 Co-op: Communications Assistant – Cape Breton University

  • Program: Communication
  • Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: October 29, 2020

Position:         Communications Assistant: Co-op

As a student today, you’re living a vibrant, dynamic, and exciting life, and at Cape Breton University (CBU) that’s exactly what we want for you. Here, students are inspired, encouraged, and supported, allowing them to excel in both their academic and personal journeys alongside our community of nearly 5,500 hardworking students and nearly 500 employees. Ours is a tradition of new, and everyone is welcome.

Reporting to the Office of the President, the Marketing & Communications Department exists to support initiatives, projects, campaigns, and events designed to achieve student recruitment and retention goals. As a key group of brand champions, the Marketing & Communications team also plays an important role in raising the visibility, strengthening the reputation, managing the CBU brand, advancing the CBU narrative and extending the reach of CBU’s diverse and expanding mandate through clear, consistent, and constant marketing and communications to multiple audiences.

The Communications Assistant will work in a high energy, high paced environment to become a valued member of a very diverse, dynamic team by participating and assisting in various projects and tasks ranging from communications and media planning to special event and social media support. This position reports to the Digital Communications Specialist, working closely with the Communications Manager.


  • Working with the Marketing & Communications team on behalf of our internal clients including Recruitment, Fundraising/Alumni in several areas including, but not limited to, the development and writing of communications and media plans, news releases, recruitment and campus-wide print pieces, web-based student and faculty profiles, stories, ad copy, web-based communication, video production, and social media
  • Writing blogs, social content, and student profiles on behalf of Cape Breton University, following a content calendar
  • Work on promotional campaigns for the next recruitment season, as well as the promotion of key recruitment events such as CBU’s Open House and CBU 101.
  • Responsible for researching, data collecting, interviewing, editing, presentation support, preparing media kits and other projects
  • Research social media best practices and assist with managing the University’s social media presence including, but not limited to, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
  • Write and edit compelling marketing content such as site copy, blog posts, ad copy, emails, etc.


  • Strong organizational skills
  • Very Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with deadlines and multi-task on several projects
  • An interest in and understanding of both the marketing and communications functions
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team environment and also independently

Dates:                         January – April (start and end dates slightly negotiable)

Salary:                        $15/hour (35 hours/week)

Location:                    This will be a work-from-home position.


Deadline:                   29th October 2020

To apply please send a resume and cover letter (as one document) to


Here’s What Some Past Co-op Students Had to Say About Us

Working at Cape Breton University was the best learning experience I could have asked for. During my four months as a Marketing and Communications Intern, I had the opportunity to apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom. I wrote multiple press releases, helped run a promotional campaign, and updated the CBU website. The Marketing and Communications team was very welcoming and made me feel like I was part of the team right away! They offered the right amount of support, yet gave me the perfect amount of independence to allow me to flourish. I would strongly recommend completing a co-op at CBU, it was by far the best four months of my life! ~Jenna MacQueen, BPR Co-op student (MSVU)


Working for MarComm at CBU was a great experience. It’s a department filled with professionals who care about your learning and are always there to share their knowledge. I gained so much great practical experience and got the chance to learn new things that I can now use to expand my resume. In this co-op, there is plenty of opportunity for you to contribute your personal flavour to the workplace, and it’s not hard to get comfortable in the environment and feel like a part of the team. This work term helped build my confidence as a growing professional in the workplace. ~Jillian MacDonald, BPR Co-op student (MSVU)

“Spending four months in the Marketing and Communications department was such an important experience for my future. I learned new skills, had the opportunity to run my own projects, met so many new people, and caught a real glimpse of ‘behind the scenes’ life at CBU. As a student, I really felt like I was a part of the team and that my opinion was valued. I’m proud to graduate from CBU with real-life job experience that my internship provided me and would recommend the department to any student interested in a future in marketing and communications! “~ Elizabeth Arsenault, BBA Co-op Student (CBU)

“I can’t say enough about my four months here at CBU. I was really made to feel like part of the team and was included in a variety of tasks including event planning and promotion, media relations, and writing and editing for the University website. It has been the best co-op that I’ve had and I’m so glad I chose to come to CBU. The entire Communications team puts trust in you, and helps you achieve goals and succeed beyond measure.” ~ Maia Greig, BPR Grad (MSVU)


All applications must be sent to