Paid Internships

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In addition to providing a space for students to fulfill their program's work placement requirements, we also welcome externally-funded internships and can work with you to develop those positions and applications.

JUNE 2018

A\J has two (2) summer internships available, made possible by the Canada Summer Jobs grant program. Internship details below:

1. Publishing Assistant, Web Intern

A\J, or Alternatives Journal, is Canada’s environmental magazine, featuring intelligent analysis, inspiring stories and smart solutions to today’s environmental problems. We publish a quarterly print magazine, a digital edition, and we have a robust and growing collection of articles on our website alternativesjournal.ca. This website is soon to relaunch as an independent online environmental magazine. Currently the website operates as an online extension of the print magazine.

A\J believes in providing meaningful, unique opportunities for students and volunteers to gain valuable experience and develop useful skills. We welcome driven, enthusiastic applicants to help us create, market and distribute A\J in Canada and abroad, and to deliver our special events and education initiatives.

This internship pays $14/hour, for 30 hours a week, for a total of 240 hours (8 weeks). Hours of work will mostly take place at A\J’s downtown Kitchener office at 283 Duke Street West (unit 204A).

The internship is open to students between 15 and 30 years of age. Students must have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year, and intend to return to school in the fall. They must have a valid Social Insurance Number and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred.

Job Description

You will bring your skills and passion for publishing and environmental communication to assist A\J’s web and editorial team, reporting to various staff members. This summer’s project offers the unique opportunity to be mentored by the local developer and the A\J web editorial leader.  You’ll work within a small-office environment with a dedicated, diverse, fun-loving, hard-working team that creates, promotes and distributes A\J both in print and online. You need an eye for detail and an unrelenting drive to ensure accuracy in all of your tasks.

Duties (depending on experience and skills)

  • Assist with launching, populating and migrating content to A\J’s new online magazine website
  • Content creation: digital imagery, infographics, online articles and blogposts
  • Assist with producing short environmental videos
  • Assist in general duties that arise in a busy publishing office

Qualifications

  • An understanding of general website operations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Professional demeanour in all communications
  • Strong understanding/interest in environmental issues
  • Experience in web design is an asset

How to apply

Before June 25 (sooner is bettter), email [jobs @ alternativesjournal.ca] with your

  1. cover letter explaining why you are excited to work with A\J, what skills and background you bring to the team, and one thing that you’d really like to learn during this internship,
  2. resume  

Hint: browse around our website to see what excites you about A\J.

Interviews will be conducted at the A\J office (204A, 283 Duke West, Kitchener) the week of June 25 and the 8-week position intends to start soonest thereafter.

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2. Publishing Assistant, Editorial Intern

A\J, or Alternatives Journal, is Canada’s environmental magazine, featuring intelligent analysis, inspiring stories and smart solutions to today’s environmental problems. We publish a quarterly print magazine, a digital edition, and we have a robust and growing collection of articles on our website alternativesjournal.ca. This website is soon to relaunch as an independent online environmental magazine. Currently the website operates as an online extension of the print magazine.

A\J believes in providing meaningful, unique opportunities for students and volunteers to gain valuable experience and develop useful skills. We welcome driven, enthusiastic applicants to help us create, market and distribute A\J in Canada and abroad, and to deliver our special events and education initiatives.

This internship pays $14/hour, for 30 hours a week, for a total of 240 hours (8 weeks). Hours of work will mostly take place at A\J’s downtown Kitchener office at 283 Duke Street West (unit 204A).

The internship is open to students between 15 and 30 years of age. Students must have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year, and intend to return to school in the fall. They must have a valid Social Insurance Number and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred.

Job Description

You will bring your skills and passion for publishing and environmental communication to assist A\J’s web and editorial team. You will be supervised and  mentored by A\J’s editor. You’ll work within a small-office environment with a dedicated, diverse, fun-loving, hard-working team to create, promote and distribute A\J both in print and online. You need strong research skills, an eye for detail and an unrelenting drive to find the answer – because if we can’t prove it, we can’t print it.

Duties

  • Fact-check articles for publication in A\J
  • Contribute written content to the magazine and/or website as assigned
  • Prepare research for longer articles/projects or sidebars
  • Help with proofing process and promotional efforts
  • Complete organizational tasks as assigned, i.e. organizing books for review
  • Carry out or contribute to miscellaneous projects as assigned

Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong understanding of environmental issues
  • Tenacity and excellent research skills (fact-checking experience is an asset)
  • Strong organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple ongoing projects
  • Professional demeanour in all communications

How to apply

Before June 25 (sooner is better), email [jobs @ alternativesjournal.ca] with your

  1. cover letter explaining why you are excited to work with A\J, what skills and background you bring to the team, and one thing that you’d really like to learn during this internship,
  2. resume  

Hint: browse around our website to see what excites you about A\J.

Interviews will be conducted at the A\J office (204A, 283 Duke West, Kitchener) the week of June 25 and the 8-week position intends to start soonest thereafter.

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