KWIC Paid Internship Posting: Digital Skills Specialist

KWIC Paid Internship Posting

Digital Communications Specialist

Funder: Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) | Funding Partner: Pinnguaq

Are a creative and versatile communicator with a passion for social and environmental justice?

Are you a post-graduate student between 15 and 30 years of age,

underemployed and seeking an exciting work internship experience?

If yes, please keep reading!

About KWIC

The Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) is a small not-for-profit and registered charitable organization that connects people to global issues and local initiatives that can change how we understand the world and foster equitable and sustainable communities. We make change happen through three key program areas: Community Education, Youth & In School Programs and Umbrella Support for Community Initiatives.

Started over 32 years ago as a grassroots initiative of passionate community members living in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Territory, KWIC’s work in the Nogojiwanong/Peterborough and Kawartha area is led by a small, dedicated staff supported by amazing volunteers working in collaboration with talented community partners. You can find more about us here:

About the Position

This position is funded through the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) which aims to combine valuable work experience and training related to digital skills for underemployed youth between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age, so that they can successfully transition and participate in the new digital economy. Full eligibility requirements for this position are listed below.

The key responsibility of the KWIC Digital Communications Specialist is to evaluate, develop and implement a strategy which increase KWIC’s social media and web-based presence, public and donor engagement and education campaigns using existing and new technologies.

All work will be done in accordance with emerging Public Health Covid 19 Guidelines/Protocols.

Posting Date: September 13th, 2021

Type: This position is funded to March 31st, 2021 at 37.5 hours/week with possibility for extension.

Hourly Rate: A minimum of $18.00 per hour with some room for negotiation based on relevance of education and/or experience.

Training: There are funds for digital training through Pinnguaq allocated for this position.

Benefits: n/a

Position Start Date: Oct 4th, 2021

Reports to: KWIC Executive Director

Location: KWIC is based in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, Ontario on the traditional territory and ongoing treaty lands of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg including the First Nations of Alderville, Hiawatha, Scugog Island, and Curve Lake. This position can be flexible for the right candidate to include a hybrid of working remotely from home and on-site


Deadline to Apply: Thursday, September 23rd, 11:59pm.

Roles & Responsibilities

The Digital Communications Specialist will evaluate, develop and implement a strategy to increase KWIC’s social media, web-based presence and public engagement/campaigns using existing and new technologies (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Drupal, YouTube, Podcasts…etc.). The specialist will recommend and implement digital strategies to maximize digital opportunities available through the Canada Helps platform for registered charities and as well as for specific programs.


  • Participate in KWIC orientation and on-line training, including Health & Safety, AODA, Human Rights (Equity, Diversity &Inclusion, anti racism, microaggressions, etc.), job specific training (Drupal: website, KWIC Communications Manual and Style Guide)
  • Learn and use a variety of virtual shared platforms and digital tools for meetings, information sharing and electronic filing system, such as Zoom (Break out rooms, white board, etc.), Gmail, google calendar, doodle poll, TRELLO, drop box, etc.; follow work plan, track work hours and tasks using Microsoft Excel
  • Participate in Pinngauq Digital Training as required
  • Review evaluate KWIC social media and communication channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Mailchimp and Website), recommend and implement new strategies for outreach
  • Develop content and manage KWIC social media channels and website – for example, TRC resources/action items
  • Review KWIC’s profile on the Canada Helps website for registered charities, recommend and make changes to maximize effectiveness of presentation and donor engagement
  • Lead the creation of a new digital format for KWIC monthly newsletters and annual report
  • Opportunity: to develop a new logo and brand look for the TEACH Outside the Box program
  • Research and recommend strategies or tools for timely public engagement in world issues connected to local initiatives, as also connected to KWIC’s Global Community Network
  • Research and support the KWIC Fundraising Committee to develop a new digital event campaign
  • Participate in weekly meetings and collaborative learning using a shared leadership model; participate in mid-term and exit interviews
  • Commitment to learning about and work from decolonizing, anti-oppressive/anti-racist, feminist and popular education frameworks, and consensus decision making




  • Applicants must have completed a post secondary degree from a recognized institution
  • Relevant area of study or certification, include marketing and communications – and/or a combination of a degree and relevant experience and skills.

Assets & Skills:

  • Highly organized and detail oriented; proficient time management
  • Excellent written, spoken and presentation skills (English)
  • Creative and effective communication materials
  • Strong independent work ethic
  • Ability to take direction and incorporate feedback
  • Collaboration and conflict resolution skills
  • Technical Proficiency: There is funding for Digital Skills Training in the project budget.
    • Microsoft office suite (especially Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
    • Google programs (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, Google Meets etc.)
    • Dropbox
    • Zoom
    • Website Development
    • Graphic Design programs (i.e. Canva, photoshop)
    • Social Media Platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, YouTube


How to Apply

Please submit your current resume, a cover letter and three references (2 should be from an employer) as a single .pdf document titled LASTNAME_KWIC Communications to Please use LASTNAME_KWICCommunications as the subject line and advise us in the email text if you require accommodation during the interview process.

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted as one email document until 11:59 pm on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021. Interviews will be conducted virtually by a welcoming interview team Sept 27th, 28th.

Funder Eligibility Guidelines:

Interns hired by employers through the DS4Y program must meet the following criteria:

• Be between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship

• Has completed a post-secondary education at a recognized program

• Be legally entitled to work in Canada

• Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee

status in Canada

• Must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) during the internship

• Self-assess as underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education

and/or hold part-time employment


KWIC Contact Information:

Questions regarding the position and requirements, may be directed to Julie Cosgrove,

KWIC Executive Director, at

KWIC Hiring Policy

KWIC is an equal opportunity employer that encourages Indigenous people, People of Colour, newcomers and immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other under-represented communities to apply. We commit to making reasonable accommodations for those needing additional support, including during the interview process.


KWIC strives to operate from a philosophy of harm reduction and is committed to working from within an anti-oppressive and anti-racist framework that is trauma-informed and which values cultural humility and inclusiveness.

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