Digital Interns / Digital Intern Coordinators


The Centre for Sound Communities ( at Cape Breton University invites applications for its Digital Youth Interns Projects program in support of ongoing developments in research, outreach, and teaching carried out by its faculty and community partners. Pending the confirmation of funding, we will be looking to fill up to 2 Coordinator positions (starting at $17/hr) and 8 Digital Intern positions ($15/hr) for full-time hours to start immediately and end March 31st, 2017.

Digital Interns (reference #DI1701) may be involved in all/any of the following tasks (not limited to these), involving social media, digital media (born digital and digitized), research, analytics and reporting:

  • consultation and partner engagement to assess needs and use cases local companies;
  • design and creation of content-rich project-based digital media in multiple formats;
  • project-based social media campaign creation and management;
  • project-based website creation and management;
  • digitization of research, instructional and historical materials and documents for archival, research and instructional purposes;
  • research/creation of digital media for online curriculum materials, web-based instruction, project outreach and marketing;
  • coding and archiving of research data according to best practices in specific disciplines into project-specific digital repositories;
  • data management and analysis.

Digital Intern Coordinators (reference #IC1701) (one Coordinator/one Assistant Coordinator) will work together and with Project Director Ostashewski to manage and maintain relationships between the Centre for Sound Communities and project partners and provide support/management for the Digital Interns. Coordinators will be provided financial management and administrative training specific to their on-site responsibilities through the Centre for Sound Communities and may, should the opportunity arise, be provided training on broader project management terms. In addition to themselves being involved on the higher level tasks related to the development/deployment of digital skills on a site-specific basis and the responsibilities described earlier in this paragraph, the Coordinator tasks will include:

  • fostering a climate conducive to networking between trainees and potential employers;
  • facilitating the development of collaborative research training that brings together accomplished researchers, potential employers, and youth;
  • creating sustainable partnered training initiatives;
  • liaising with other site coordinators and the provincial coordinator on a regular basis;
  • sharing best practices with local partners and all program hubs;
  • other duties as required by the program criteria.

Application Eligibility

The current positions are made possible through funding from the Nova Scotia Digital Youth Interns Program. In accordance with the funder’s guidelines, eligible participants:

  • will be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of intake;
  • have demonstrated skills achievement at the post-secondary level—this means that the participant must have more than secondary school achievement. If the participant is a high school dropout who has taken an equivalency course or courses, they would not qualify. If the participant entered university or college as a mature student and is pursuing a course of study at the post-secondary level, they would qualify;
  • intend to gain ICT skills and knowledge;
  • meet the job requirements described above;
  • will be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  • must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while participating in this project.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should send to the Human Resources Department:

  • a letter of application quoting the reference number and identifying his/her education and experience as it relates to this position;
  • a resume; and
  • complete contact information of three references.

Please indicate any special areas of interest and/or skills. Digital Interns will be matched, where possible, with offices that will support their personal and professional development goals. Assignment possibilities are wide-ranging, from social media and marketing related to business development and community-engaged environmental research; digital assets creation and collection (multiple born-digital and digitized formats); educational resources and digital repositories development; and many other areas, including the application, creation, and curation (including editing) of digital audio/visual materials for broadcasts, podcasts, live streaming, and film screenings.

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. January 12, 2017. Applicants who apply by email (pdf format preferred) will receive a return email confirming receipt.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2

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