Summer Event Planning and Communications Intern (1)

Event Planning and Communications Intern (1)



The Business / Higher Education Roundtable is looking for a summer intern to support the marketing and communications agenda of a fast-paced, growing organization. 

This position will work directly with members of the Work-Integrated Learning team, supporting the team members as they work to deliver on their mandate from the federal government. Creativity, clear communication skills, a knack for business and logistic issues, and a passion for post-secondary education and the future of Canada’s workforce are the most important factors in a successful candidate. 

There is one event planning and communications intern position available. 


40 hours per week, with some weekend and evening requirements. Some travel may be required. Length of term is from May to September 2020 (approximately 14-16 weeks) with a negotiable start and end date.


  • Comparable to the pay scale for the Government of Canada employees per year 
  • A key role in a leading growing organization with a committed focus on employee professional development


Ottawa or Toronto (flexible)


March 1, 2020


  • Event Planning: Schedule and triage events, speaking requests and other commitments. Assist team members in planning and executing BHER-related events and meetings.
  • Communications: Help draft WIL-specific social media content. Assist in preparation of project information and statistics needed for proposals and other communication products. Support the communications lead on WIL vendor communications.
  • Project Management: Support BHER’s WIL team growth and development, through providing assistance on WIL vendor communications and project direction and supporting WIL marketing and promotion projects.



  • Currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Enrollment in communications, marketing, social media analytics or a related field is an asset
  • Exceptional volunteer, campus, or community service experience
  • Public speaking, debate, social media, marketing, or writing (blogs, op-eds) experience valuable
  • Must be able to legally work in Canada 


  • Proven ability to gather, analyze, and explain complex information 
  • Strong written communication skills, a passion for writing long- and short-copy 
  • Creative thinker, with social media and marketing skills 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Computer proficiency, including experience using Microsoft Office and G Suite 


  • Interested in a career in public policy, government, or the not-for-profit sector
  • A passion for issues relating to Canadian business, innovation, and/or post-secondary education 
  • Interested in marketing, communications, social media, or reputation management

Beneficial Skills 

  • Prior experience in planning and executing events for small and large groups of people 
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite, digital marketing, social media and social media tools (e.g., Facebook Ads Manager), and graphic design 
  • Knowledge of the work-integrated learning, experiential learning, and/or co-op ecosystem



Launched in 2015 by the Business Council of Canada, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) represents some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. BHER harnesses the strengths of some of Canada’s top businesses, universities, and colleges to deepen collaboration and improve opportunities for young Canadians. Learn more at


Submit your cover letter and resume to by March 1, 2020.