Policy and Engagement Intern

Efficiency Canada

Anywhere Remote only

Full time

CA$20-22 (hourly)



Nov 17

We are seeking a Policy Engagement Intern to work alongside the Engagement Manager on key engagement and policy research related projects. The Policy Engagement Intern will play a critical role in supporting engagement activities, developing digital advocacy campaigns, and collecting data and research on energy efficiency standards. Your work will help lead to mobilizing people across Canada to take action toward an energy efficient economy. 

To be successful as a Policy Engagement Intern, you should be able to gather, enter, and analyze data. Conduct research and understand the political environment. This includes but is not limited to research on local issues, provincial policy concerns, and regional politics. Provide support in social media engagement, create infographics, and assist in community engagement and outreach at the local level. 

This position is ideal for students seeking a 4 (four) month term and looking to gain substantial professional experience in policy analysis or advocacy in the not-for-profit sector. It is a full-time position at $20-22 per hour based on a 35-hour work week, starting in January 2024. You must own a reliable computer and internet connection is required.

Specific Duties

Engagement (75%):

  • Work closely with engagement and communications professionals to move Efficiency Canada’s supporters up the ladder of our key issue areas
  • Grow Efficiency Canada’s list of partner organizations by building relationships and proactively reaching out to organizations in the sector
  • Lead meetings with Efficiency Canada supporters
  • Finding activists across the country
  • Plan and set up digital advocacy campaigns
  • Navigate government websites to identify targets and contacts
  • Lead the monthly engagement newsletter process
  • Support other tasks as needed

Policy (25%):

  • Work closely with Research Associate’s and supervisors to gather, enter, and analyze data on existing building performance standards and regulations within Canada
  • Research and compile case studies of North American jurisdictions that have successfully implemented performance standards
  • Explore best practices or leading approaches employed by North American jurisdictions to engage key stakeholders within the building sector
  • Create visually appealing infographics to present data on building performance and policy impact


The ideal candidate will possess a passionate commitment to the mission and objectives of Efficiency Canada. They should have an interest in or a basic understanding of energy efficiency-related policy and political advocacy. 

Specific requirements include:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Canadian permanent resident, or a person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.
  • Must be a current Canadian post-secondary student enrolled in one of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) or Business fields. 
  • Academic background in, or strong interest and understanding of Public Affairs, Policy Management, and/or Sustainable & Renewable Energy (Engineering & Design).
  • Familiarity with CRM databases (Nationbuilder, etc.) software is advantageous, but not required.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Applications. 
  • The ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong writing and communication skills. 
  • Bilingual (French/English) would be an asset.
  • Comfortable working remotely and using remote work tools (Slack, Google Meet, Trello, etc.).

This position is well-suited to an upper-year undergraduate or graduate student. 


  • Opportunity to work remotely.
  • Wellness day(s) and your birthday off. 
  • 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 Word following the file naming convention ‘Last Name, First Name’ to emilie.grenier@efficiencycanada.org, with the subject line "Policy Engagement Intern Application”. Acceptable writing samples could 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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We are the national voice for an energy efficient economy.