Volunteers and Interns Volunteerism in Canada is a part of our heritage. The Canadian voluntary and non-profit sector is made up of more than 180 000 organizations, 6.5 million volunteers and 1.3 million paid staff. What are some tips to getting started as an Internship / volunteer? If you are interested in volunteering, but aren't sure where to begin, try asking yourself the following questions to determine what kind of volunteer opportunities will be best suited to you: I f you had all the human and financial resources in the world, what problem would you solve, what would you change or what would you create? Your answer will tell you what matters the most to you. What kind of time commitment are you willing to make? Are you looking for a regular / weekly volunteer commitment or a short-term / one-time opportunity? Would you like to volunteer with other people or by yourself? Would you like to volunteer from your own home or would you prefer to volunteer at an organization? If you would like to volunteer away from home, where is the best location for you? Near your home, your work, or your child's day care? Do you have specific skills or talents you would like to share with an organization? Would you like to develop a specific skill? What are your personal goals? Would you like to re-enter the workforce? Meet new people? The answers to these questions will provide you with an outline of your volunteer expectations. You may now join with OIDA to support our programs. Volunteer / Internship Opportunities At OIDA, interns have an opportunity to be involved in many aspects of business development, implementation and program activities and provide support to the OIDA headquarters staff and overseas program offices. As such, all OIDA interns share responsibilities for administrative tasks which keep the office running smoothly and ensure top quality program support. In a busy professional setting, candidates must be good team players, know how to prioritize tasks and manage their time well. Below are the descriptions of the three internships and a description of shared responsibilities: Global Programs Support (GPS) Internship New Business Development (NBD) Internship Communications and Recruitment (COM) Internship Global Programs Support (GPS) Internship Under the supervision of the Program Director and several Program Officers, the GPS Intern assists in OIDA's economic and enterprise development projects. Specific responsibilities include (a) Facilitate communications between Regional field offices and the OIDA headquarters through conference-calls, correspondence, and contact lists· (b) Review, edit and translate (given the necessary skill set) program documents, including all types of reports submitted to the home office from the field. (c) Research various features of existing programs and new business; participate in discussions of program strategy and the field of international development. (d) Assist in the implementation of internal and donor Monitoring & Evaluation to track key program indicators Additional qualifications for this position (a) Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask.(b) Administration background and interest in program management. (c) Strong research skills, experience with both qualitative and quantitative analysis. (d) Advanced languages skills may also be beneficial New Business Development (NBD) Internship Under the supervision of the Program Director and the Recruiting Specialist, the NBD Intern provides assistance in country and sector research, proposal development and consultant recruiting. Specific responsibilities include (a) Work with senior management in creation of development proposals including country and sector research, technical writing and editing, and administrative, graphics and production support. (b) Work with the Recruitment Specialist on the recruitment of agribusiness experts and local staff for proposals as well as ongoing program needs. Additional qualifications for this position (a) Strong research and writing skills. (b) Excellent computer skills, especially in formatting, graphs, diagrams and tables. (c) Strong interpersonal communication skills Communications and Recruitment (COM) Internship Under the supervision of the Director of Communications and Marketing and Recruitment Specialist, the Communications and Recruitment Intern provides assistance in writing, editing, and general communications tasks as well as in international recruitment efforts for the Program Development Team. Specific responsibilities include (a) Collecting and editing news and success stories from the field for use in a variety of purposes and for a variety of audiences. (b) Interviewing returned volunteers from the field and writing press releases for distribution and follow up with relevant local media. (c) Providing administrative, graphics, and production support for marketing materials. (d) Assist in the recruitment of agribusiness experts and local staff for proposals as well as ongoing program needs. (e) Formatting of personnel documents to comply with proposal guidelines. (f) Other tasks as needed. Additional qualifications for this position (a) Strong writing skills, newsroom experience a plus. (b) Excellent computer skills More information please contact Program Director Ontario International Development Agency 2581 River Mist Road Ottawa Ontario, K2J 6G1 Canada Tel:24/7 Hotline:+ 1 613 612 7615 e-mail: oida@ontariointernational.org website: www.ontariointernational.org