Position: Summer Research Intern
Reporting to: Executive Director
Organization Status: Full-time, 10 weeks
Compensation: $17.50/ hour
Posted: May 9th, 2022
Closing: May 23rd, 2022
Applications must include: Cover letter, resume, short writing sample
Submit application to: [email protected]

Who We Are
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a not-for-profit organization, composed of 23 student associations representing the interests of 275,000 students to the federal government of Canada. CASA advocates to make textbooks more affordable, reduce student debt, create valuable work opportunities, provide students with mental health support , support student research, and much more. This is all done with the goal of establishing a post-secondary education system in Canada that is accessible, affordable, innovative and of the highest quality.

Position Profile
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Summer Research Intern will support a variety of policy and research projects related to students and post-secondary education. The position will require the regular completion of research tasks and a variety of writing projects for both internal and external audiences. The Summer Research Intern will be responsible for the completion of a research report on a determined subject. The Summer Research Intern will also be expected to support CASA’s advocacy and communications efforts over the summer months


  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree or certificate
  • General understanding of government and politics in Canada
  • Proven ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to use the Mac OS
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to follow instructions and see a task through to completion

Asset Qualifications:

  • A strong background or relevant experience in the post-secondary education sector Past involvement in student government and knowledge of how student governments operate
  • Experience with the political process at the federal or provincial level
  • Experience working on policy issues associated with equity-deserving groups
  • Ability to operate conversationally in French
  • Experience with content management systems (CMS) such as Wordpress or NationBuilder


Research (70%)

  • Gather, read, analyze, interpret, and synthesize topical post-secondary education research, studies, and policy documents
  • Consult a diverse range of sources, critically examine content, and synthesize arguments
  • Provide research support to CASA’s staff and membership
  • Develop a research paper for CASA, based on direction set by the CASA membership
  • Provide research and writing support for presentations, government briefing packages, public relations materials, reports, and other CASA publications

Office Maintenance (15%)

  • Contribute to CASA’s resource base through the ongoing identification of useful and relevant PSE materials
  • Help organize files and research materials

Additional Responsibilities (15%)

  • Participate in conference planning
  • Participate in CASA’s communications and advocacy efforts
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by Policy and Research Analyst

Applicants who are screened in will be invited to complete a written assignment.

Your application must include:
Cover letter
Short Writing Sample

CASA is committed to employment equity and diversity, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. This includes women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation, and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. CASA also offers accommodations throughout the recruitment process, as needed. If you have accommodation needs at any stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible.



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