Indigenous Internship Program

Apply here for 2023 opportunities!

Organization: Various Ministries

Division: Various Division and Branches across the OPS

City: Any City

Job Term: Temporary (internship contracts of up to 12 months)

Job Code: Not Available – Not Available

Salary: Not Available* (select individual job ad below for details)
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

Closing Date: Monday, April 3, 2023, 11:59 pm

Understanding the job ad – definitions

Posting Status: Open

Job ID: 193787

Consider a rewarding internship with the Ontario Public Service!

The Indigenous Internship Program (IIP) is a 12-month paid internship program designed to provide recent Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) post-secondary graduates, with the opportunity to gain professional level work experience and a pathway through which they can build and develop transferable skills that can be used to gain sustained employment in their field of choice. You will be working with a team of engaged professionals and dedicated leaders, you’ll take the next step in your career in a dynamic environment that provides opportunities for personal growth, competitive salary, mentorship, learning and development opportunities, and work-life balance.

What makes working in the Ontario Public Service great

Working in the public service has real meaning and impact on the lives of Ontarians. What we do matters, and you can grow your career here. From economic growth to health and social justice, we offer career opportunities in multiple disciplines and business areas to match your passion. Our strength is the diversity of our people and the ideas we generate. We value trust, fairness, diversity, creativity, collaboration and excellence. We are committed to be an employer of first choice.

Click on the job types below to learn more and to APPLY TODAY!

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace. We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the “How to apply” section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

We offer a variety of internships in diverse career fields. Click on the Job Types below to see the full job ad and to APPLY TODAY!

Note: each job ad may have a different application deadline. Be sure to submit an application before the closing date indicated on each ad.

Financial Management
Financial Management Intern (Ministry of Northern Development)
Business and Financial Planning Intern (Cabinet Office)

Communications Intern (Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
Communications Intern (Cabinet Office)

Human Resources
Human Resources Intern (Cabinet Office)

Policy Development
Policy Intern (Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Mines)
Policy Intern (Cabinet Office)

Program and Service Delivery
Program and Service Delivery Intern (Ministry of Northern Development, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)

Project Management
Project Coordinator Intern (Ministry of Mines)

Indigenous Relations & Specialized Fields
Indigenous Affairs Project Intern (Ministry of Mines)
Strategic Services Intern (Ministry of Mines)

To apply, click on the job types above to see the full job ad and submit an application.

How do I qualify?

General Program Eligibility Criteria

You must meet the mandatory eligibility criteria by the first day of employment.


• In order to be eligible for the Indigenous Internship Program, you must self-identify as an Indigenous person. The term Indigenous refers to individuals who identify as being descended from the original inhabitants (the first peoples) of what is now known as Canada. In this context, Indigenous people are First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit.

• The Indigenous Internship Program is open to all Indigenous applicants who have graduated or will complete the requirements to graduate with a degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate from a recognized or legally authorized post-secondary institution in the last five years (May 2018-June 2023).

• You must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

• You must be a resident of Ontario during the term of employment.

Note: certain position may have additional eligibility requirements based on the nature of the role. Please refer to the specific job ad for details.

For more information about the Indigenous Internship Program, please visit the Indigenous Internship Program webpage.

Other Student and New Graduate Opportunities

We offer a variety of summer jobs in diverse career fields. See what summer opportunities are currently available!

Also, check out all the other student and new professional opportunities offered within the Ontario Public Service.

Additional Information:


  • Bilingual Temporary, duration up to 12 months, Any City, Anywhere in Ontario

Compensation Group:

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Understanding the job ad – definitions



Category: Internships


  • This ad is also available in French.
  • Some positions advertised on this job ad are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and successful candidates will be required to pay monthly union dues, which are automatically deducted from your pay.
  • Other positions advertised on this job ad may be excluded from the OPSEU Collective Agreement (i.e., not represented by OPSEU), depending on the business area within the Ministry in which the work is performed. You will be advised during the recruitment process by the hiring manager of the business area.
  • Some positions advertised may be bilingual (French and English) or unilingual placements. Please refer to the specific job ad for more details.

How to apply:

  1. You must submit your application using only one of the methods identified below.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Be sure to quote the Job ID number for this position.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.

Send application to: 

You must submit an application online through the job ads listed above. Your application should describe how you meet the knowledge and skill requirements outlined in the job ad.

Collection of Information

Your personal information is being collected and will be used to determine your qualifications for employment with the Ontario Public Service, and for recruitment modernization initiatives. OPS Careers is an authorized common service in accordance with s. 6 of the Ministry of Government Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.25 and this collection of personal information is necessary to the proper administration of OPS Careers.

Please do not provide more personal information than what is asked of you. For example, do not include your social insurance number, photograph, or banking information, etc. with your application. We strongly encourage you not to provide us with information beyond that which is requested in the job posting.

If you have any questions about the collection, use, disclosure, or retention of your personal information, please contact us.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, April 3, 2023, 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.
We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening, or an interview will be contacted.

Job advertisements for positions that have been designated bilingual will be provided in both English and French on the website. Positions that are not designated bilingual are not translated and are displayed in English only on both the English and French versions of the website.

Les annonces d’emploi pour les postes désignés bilingues sont publiées en anglais et en français sur le site Web. Les annonces pour les postes qui ne sont pas désignés bilingues ne sont pas traduites et elles figurent en anglais seulement, tant dans la version française que dans la version anglaise du site.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Note: The only website where you can apply on-line for positions with the Ontario Public Service is

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