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Jack Layton Fellowship Program

Jack Layton

Spring/Summer Fellowship Positions (Ottawa, Ontario)

Position:     Jack Layton Fellow (3 positions) 
Salary:        $16–$20 per hour, depending on position requirements
Duration:     Spring/Summer Internship (May to end of August, 2018)
Language:   English, with French as an asset

About Jack and FCM

Jack Layton was a long-time City Councillor in Toronto, before he became leader of the federal New Democratic Party in 2003. He was an active leader in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), serving as President in 2001. This fellowship has been created to honor Mr. Layton’s contributions to Canada’s cities and communities. 

FCM is the national voice for Canadian municipalities and is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable local governments.

The Fellowship

During his two decades dedicated to public service, Mr. Layton believed that ideas, no matter how small or odd-sounding, are something to be explored, nurtured and developed, and that grass roots, community-based initiatives, with proper support, can result in real change. This fellowship program is built on and is a reflection of these beliefs. 

The FCM Jack Layton Fellowship Program will provide an opportunity for up to 6 community-minded leaders turn their good ideas into real action and real change. Specifically, the Fellowship will seed, support and develop good ideas that engage Canadians in public policy and civic participation at a local level. 

How it works

FCM will be hiring up to five university students at the graduate or undergraduate level to work in FCM’s offices in Ottawa for a four-month term over the spring and summer. The Jack Layton Fellows will spend 80 per cent of their time occupying separate positions within FCM, serving Canada’s municipalities. An outline of these positions is found below.   

The remaining 20 per cent of their time will be dedicated to continuing with developing the Jack Layton Fellowship project. Building on the work done last year, Fellows will identify a project for this year as a team, focusing on a priority area for which Mr. Layton was a champion, including youth engagement, the role of municipalities, affordable housing or public transit. Upon completion of the term, Fellows will be given the opportunity to have their work presented to municipal members from across the country.

Specific positions

  • Communications Fellow

    Please apply by Monday, March 19, 2018

    The work of the position focuses on supporting a range of communications campaigns and activities through strong writing, editorial and task and time management skills.
  • Research and Development Fellow

    Please apply by Monday, March 19, 2018

    Seeking a summer intern to conduct research and analysis to support our work with municipalities.
  • Sustainability Working Group Fellow

    Please apply by Monday, March 19, 2018

    FCM is seeking to hire a summer intern to support the implementation of the organization's Sustainability Charter, which outlines five key performance areas.

How to apply:

  • This placement will be for a 16-week period over spring and summer. Students will gain knowledge and practical experience in organizational sustainability and will develop professional networks for their respective careers.
  • FCM staff and interns work seven hours per day, Monday through Thursday during July and August, and 7.5 hours per day Monday to Friday for other parts of the year.
  • The pay will be $16─$20/hour (depending on the specific position) plus vacation pay of four per cent, which is subject to statutory deductions.

Deadline for applications is March 19, 2018.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.

Page Updated: 08/03/2018