Community Outreach and Design Intern

OCAD University Published: September 22, 2020
Toronto (remote), Ontario
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OCAD U is the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada. Our programs and research bridge fields of digital media and design, sustainability, health and wellness, cultural diversity and indigenous cultures. Our students engage in creative studio-based, aesthetic and technical learning, together with critical, theoretical, scientific and historical knowledge and methods. 

The Community Outreach and Design Intern will assist with community engagement and consultation as OCAD University undertakes the redesign of Butterfield Park. Butterfield Park is the only outdoor space, at street level, on campus. 

The design objectives for the project are to: 

  • Reflect OCAD U core values outlined in the OCAD U Academic Plan: Transforming Student Experience 2017-2022, which include: Sustainability, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Indigenous Culture and Heritage;  
  • Facilitate various types of activities with attention to layout, furniture, grading and surface texture; 
  • Respond to the urban context in a creative and inspiring way; 
  • Provide opportunities to integrate public art in the park; and 
  • Create a durable and easy to maintain park environment. 

As the Community Outreach and Design Intern, you will work with the Campus Planning & Projects team and the Butterfield Park Core Working Group to assess capital and community needs, develop strategies to communicate and address these needs, and assist the team to engage the campus, funding & donor, and neighbouring residential communities 

Duties and responsibilities

We are seeking a creative, organized and friendly, person to help facilitate and foster relationship-building during the design-build process. This may include: developing and managing design charettes; liaising with faculty and students to identify park design connections to curriculum and student projects; assisting with survey design and implementation; listening to concerns and brainstorming solutions; drafting executive summaries of feedback for transparent reporting; and searching for sources of funding and in-kind donations.   

Specific tasks may include: 

  • Assisting with creating and implementing a community engagement strategy, such as by developing questions to be provided to our campus and neighbouring communities (requires verbal,written and ideally graphic communication). 
  • Designing and managing dynamic design charettes that welcomes creativity from the OCAD U campus community and that can be adapted to both in-person and online participation. 
  • Providing regular written correspondence to Butterfield Park stakeholders, including OCAD U students, staff, and faculty and the Grange Community Association members and partners to build and distribute needed resources 
  • Synthesis of feedback received into clear reports and visually compelling stories (i.e. using images, graphs, Powerpoint, and ideally the Adobe Creative Suite software). 
  • Tracking of related data and operational requirements using Excel.  
  • Assisting with meeting and action item administration and follow-up. 

Knowledge and skills

  • In-depth knowledge of how physical environments can integrate and demonstrate Sustainability, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Indigenous Culture and Heritage. 
  • Communication: effective reading, writing, speaking, and active listening skills and comfort with video chat, email, and in-person presentations to relay information clearly and concisely.  
  • Research: ability to synthesize findings, provide context for projects, and tell a compelling story from your research findings. 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving: can identify complex problems and identify patterns and key themes from disparate feedback. 
  • Organization, coordination, and time management: able to develop and achieve goals and plans within allocated budget and timeline. 
  • Networking and interpersonal: able to build trust and maintain friendly, cooperative working relationships with both internal and external community members 
  • Technological: familiarity with data visualization and some graphic design ability for designing outreach communications (Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign). 
  • Creativity and adaptability: ability to thrive in a small team environment, bring forward ideas, and receive feedback.  
  • Enjoys bringing people together, sharing new ideas, and conveying information in a way that builds trust and enthusiasm in a project.  
  • Detail-oriented. 

Education required


  • Experience preparing, presenting, and facilitating meetings, workshops, and presentations. 
  • Preference for working knowledge and understanding of Survey Design, Community Consultation, and OCAD U core values of Sustainability, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Indigenous Culture and Heritage. 
  • Has access to internet, computer, and mobile phone. This is a remote opportunity, may be subject to change based on evolving health recommendations. 


Education required 

  • Bachelor's degree in Design, Fine Arts, Architecture, Community and/or Urban Planning, Environmental Science or a related field; Graduate degree a plus (i.e. Master in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, Master in Inclusive Design). 

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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