Summer Research Intern - OUSA

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:59PM.

POSITION:  Summer Research Intern

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 16 weeks from May 10th  to August 27th, 2021

COMPENSATION: $15 per hour, 35 hours per week

LOCATION: Remote Work

OUSA is looking for a skilled and passionate Summer Research Intern to join our close-knit team for the summer. This is a great opportunity for students who have some knowledge of student issues and advocacy but are eager to learn more.

Under the guidance of the Research & Policy Analysts, the Summer Research Intern will be working in a small and energetic (virtual) office, where they will engage with complex policy topics, conducting qualitative and quantitative research, and contributing to OUSA publications. This internship offers the opportunity to develop research and communication skills and explore personal research interests while learning about advocacy and public policy in Ontario.


To be eligible for the internship, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at an OUSA member institution; and
  • Not have held a prior position with OUSA as a staff member or Director.


The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a working knowledge of MS Word and Excel;
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills; 
  • Have employment, volunteer, or academic experience with research methods and policy analysis (working knowledge of SPSS software an asset but not required);
  • Demonstrate an ability to thrive in a collaborative, team-based environment;
  • Possess a keen interest in post-secondary education and Ontario politics; and
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for OUSA’s mandate and mission.


The OUSA Summer Research Intern will undertake special projects in the areas of research and policy, in addition to supporting the OUSA home office team in the day-to-day operations of the organization. Reporting to the Research and Policy Analysts, the Summer Research Intern will:

  • Develop and carry out independent research and policy projects on topics designated by the organization and supervised by the Research & Policy Analysts and Executive Director;
  • Revise and/or create updated issue briefings for the website; 
  • Assist with the review, analysis, and publication of data from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Survey;
  • Author periodic blog updates on research findings related to OUSA policy priorities;
  • Participate in and support the planning of summer conferences;
  • Revise, when required, facts and figures in standing policies of OUSA; and 
  • Support the work of the Research & Policy Analysts, Communications & Operations Coordinator, and Executive Director in projects as required.


Please email your resume, cover letter, and completed assignment to Eddy Avila, Executive Director, at

The one-page assignment is an opportunity to demonstrate your communication and research skills, and can be found below.

Summer Research Intern Assignment

One of the top priorities for students right now is the affordability of post-secondary education, specifically access to sufficient student financial aid. OUSA will be advocating for enhancements to student financial aid, and Steering Committee, OUSA’s student board of directors, has directed us to present an advocacy brief outlining the key issues and possible recommendations. 


To prepare this advocacy brief, the Research and Policy Analysts have asked you, as the Research Intern, to conduct preliminary research on the current context, high-level issues, and areas of focus.


For this assignment, please prepare an action plan for how you would approach conducting this research. You do not need to conduct the research or create the policy brief.


This action plan should cover the following:

  1. An outline of the steps you would take;
  2. The questions that would guide your research;
  3. The types of resources you would engage with; and
  4. The scope of your research and how you would approach gaps in existing research.

Your document should be one page (single-spaced) in length

Your action plan should be clearly laid out and organized

It should include enough explanation to guide someone through your research process

This assignment should take approximately 1 hour to complete

More information about OUSA can be found at, and OUSA’s current policy on Student Financial Aid can be found here

Please note: Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted via email by Friday February 26th. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom on Thursday, March 4, 2021 and Friday, March 5, 2021. Candidates may apply for both OUSA Summer Intern roles, if eligible, but will only participate in one interview.

OUSA encourages applications from students who have traditionally been underrepresented in post-secondary education, including but not limited to racialized students/students of colour, Black students, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ students.

OUSA is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). If you require accommodations for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please email

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of approximately 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario. OUSA is run by a Steering Committee made up of elected student representatives from each of our member associations. Day-to-day activities are carried out by four full-time office staff. For more information, please visit our website at