Community Engagement Intern

Efficiency Canada

Ontario, Canada Remote

Full time

Nov 17

Salary: $20 per hour 

Position: Co-Op Student (Remote, based in Ontario)  

Deadline to Apply: December 15, 2022 

Anticipated Start Date: January 2023 


About the Role 

We are looking for a Community Engagement Intern who is passionate about mobilizing people across Canada to take action toward an energy efficient economy. Reporting to the Engagement Manager, the Community Engagement Intern will support an on-going Efficiency Canada project – the low-income energy efficiency campaign.  


This position is ideal for students seeking a 4-month term and looking to gain substantial professional experience in policy analysis and advocacy in the non-profit sector. It can be a part-time or full-time position, built to suit the academic needs of the student, at $20 per hour starting in the Winter term of the 2022/2023 academic year.   


About the Efficiency Canada 

Efficiency Canada is the national voice for an energy-efficient economy. We envision a future where Canada uses energy efficiency to its fullest potential. This means maximizing the benefits of energy efficiency resulting in a sustainable environment, a productive economy, and a just and equitable society. Efficiency Canada is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre, which is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Algonquin Nation. 


Energy efficiency upgrades are a proven way to lower energy bills, locking in savings over the long term. It creates good jobs, reduces energy waste, offers protection from cold and extreme weather events, and plays a critical role in achieving Canada’s climate goals. Existing federal programs remove financial barriers for middle and upper-income Canadians looking to make their homes more energy efficient. But program gaps have left more than 4.5 million Canadians behind because existing programs require an investment and not everyone can cover the upfront costs. This project aims to have $2B earmarked in the 2023 Federal budget to make energy efficiency more accessible for low-income Canadians. 


Specific Duties 

  • Move Efficiency Canada’s supporters up the ladder of engagement of our low-income energy efficiency campaign 
  • Connect with Efficiency Canada supporters to discuss low-income energy efficiency over email, Zoom and the phone, as necessary 
  • Grow Efficiency Canada’s database of supporters 
  • Connect with other nonprofits working in energy efficiency 
  • Support the Communications team in social media posts and advertisements 
  • Get opinion pieces published in local newspapers in priority ridings 
  • Grow Efficiency Canada’s list of partner organizations by building relationships and reaching out to organizations in the sector 
  • Support a cross-Canada, multi-organization council of experts to advance low-income energy efficiency in Canada–the Low-Income Community of Practice 
  • Support other tasks as needed 
  • Participate in daily check-in meetings and weekly team meetings 


Skills/Knowledge You Will Gain or Enhance 

  • How policies are developed provincially and federally 
  • How to organize a community to influence provincial and federal energy efficiency policies 
  • Database management 
  • Engagement with diverse members of the energy efficiency sector 



The ideal candidate will possess a passionate commitment to the mission and objectives of Efficiency Canada. They will have an interest in or a basic understanding of energy efficiency-related policy, political advocacy, and energy poverty policies. They will be comfortable leading meetings with Efficiency Canada supporters, finding activists across the country, planning and setting up digital advocacy campaigns, and navigating government websites to identify advocacy targets.  


Specific requirements include

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, person who has been granted refugee status in Canada or legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years at time of internship 
  • Access to a reliable computer and internet connection is required 
  • Strong writing and communication abilities 
  • Ability and/or interest in using tools such as (Slack, Google Meet, Trello, etc.) 
  • Ability to work independently, with the comfort to ask for help 
  • Positive, proactive, and personable team player 


Nice to have 

  • Familiarity with databases (e.g., Engaging Networks) and web content management systems (e.g., WordPress)  
  • Bilingual (French/English) would be a strong asset 


Opportunity to work remotely 

A knowledgeable, high-achieving, experienced and fun team 

A nationwide and diverse work atmosphere 

The chance to be a part of a growing start-up and the next success story 


To Apply 

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample as a single PDF or Acceptable writing samples would be research or narrative papers from a job or class, other writing assignments, blog posts, press releases, or articles authored by you.  


Carleton University’s Employment Equity Program 

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions. 


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Efficiency Canada

The national voice for an energy efficient economy