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The Ontario Internship Program 2018 for young graduates

Application Deadline: Wednesday January 17, 2018, before 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.

The Ontario Internship Program invests in committed, talented graduates seeking a great opportunity to start and accelerate their careers. It`s a paid, two-year developmental opportunity to grow top talent while delivering important public services to the people of Ontario.

Individuals who have graduated or will graduate with a recognized degree, postgraduate certificate or diploma between May 2016 and June 2018 may apply.

Interns choose to work in one of the following areas during two, 12-month assignments:

  • Business and Financial Planning
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Information and Information Technology
  • Labour Relations
  • Policy Development
  • Program and Service Delivery

2018 Eligibility Requirements

At the time of an employment offer, candidates to the Ontario Internship Program (OIP) must satisfy the following requirements:

  • You have graduated or will complete the requirements to graduate between May 2016 and June 2018 from a recognized or legally authorized college* or university* with:
    • A degree**
    • A diploma**
    • A post-graduate certificate** which requires a previous degree or diploma
  • You are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • You are not currently an OIP intern and have not been an OIP intern in the past.

2018 OIP Recruitment Process and Timelines

Note: Specific dates for each stage of the recruitment process will be posted prior to the Application Submission period.

Activity Details
How to Apply Application Submission (January 2-17, 2018)
OIP must receive applications by January 17, 2018 before 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.

Applicants are required to complete the standard online application. Only one application per candidate is accepted.

For additional information on submitting your application, please review Apply Online.

Selection Process Application Screening (January 2018)
Applications are reviewed and assessed against fixed criteria that reflect the skills and abilities that are required for each focus area.

Only the highest scoring candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Please note if contacted, you must be available to participate in all selection phases for consideration.

Applicants who advance from the screening stage will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities through a variety of assessments.

Written Test (February 2018)
The mandatory written test is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in public service, including reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning and written communication skills.

Written tests are scheduled during the week (Monday-Friday). No written tests will be conducted on the weekend.

Interviews (March 2018)
The interview stage is an opportunity for us to get to know candidates better and allows candidates to showcase their qualifications.

To support the OIP in identifying a suitable placement, candidates invited to participate in the interview process are required to provide at the time of their interview:

  • a copy of their most current academic transcript
  • a copy of their resume

Job Offers (April 2018)
Conditional job offers will be made to the highest-scoring candidates in each focus area, subject to confirming eligibility prior to start date.

At this time, interns will be requested to contact the Registrar’s Office to request an official transcript (signed and sealed) to be mailed directly to the OIP. Specific instructions will be provided to the successful candidates.

Before an internship is started, all educational requirements related to the degree, diploma, or post-graduate certificate that confirms program eligibility must be completed. Failure to meet program eligibility requirements will result in disqualification and/or rescinding of a conditional job offer.

Onboarding Process Placement Notification (May 2018)
Successful candidates will be notified of their first work placement, manager and location.

Verification Session (Early June 2018)
The verification session ensures successful candidates meet the program eligibility criteria and the legal requirements to work in Canada. Interns are asked to bring to this session original documents verifying legal entitlement to work in Canada (i.e.: proof of Canadian citizenship, proof of permanent residency in Canada, or work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

This is also an opportunity to prepare documentation required for payroll and administration.

Placements Begin (July 3, 2018)
Congratulations! Successful candidates will commence their internships on July 3, 2018. An OIP orientation session will follow.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ontario Internship Program 2018

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