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HR Summer Student

The HR team at Make-A-Wish Canada is seeking a summer student for the 2023 summer period.


Manager, Development

"The best prescription I've ever given is a wish."

- Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Associate Paediatrician-in-Chief, SickKids Hospital & Medical Advisor for Make-A-Wish® Canada


☆ What is Your Biggest Wish?

Is it to be part of an organization that is child-focused, values employee experience and is an inspiring workplace? If so, Make-A-Wish is for you!

Make-A-Wish® Canada creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

“It’s been wonderful to have this wish to look forward to... It’s wonderful to see [Rowan] with something that brings him pure joy after all he’s been through and missed out on!”

–Melissa, mom to wish kid Rowan (age 5, leukemia), who wished for an indoor jungle gym.


☆ What's In It For You?

  • Meaningful opportunities to make an impact and change the lives of children with critical illnesses within your community and across Canada
  • A collaborative team environment where you feel valued and inspired
  • An attractive compensation package that includes group health and dental coverage (premiums are fully covered by the Foundation), a matching RRSP program as well as paid Wish Hours
  • Annual vacation starting at three weeks & additional paid leaves
  • Work/life balance and flexibility
  • Hybrid working environment
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Corporate discounts
  • Continuous learning, development and internal training opportunities
  • Fun employee activities, contests, and more!

Make-A-Wish® Canada is committed to fostering a culture that aims to change lives while offering a rewarding employment experience where your contributions make a true difference every day!


Our mission is, together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illness.

Supported by our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Our values are Child-Focused, Integrity, Impact, Innovation, and Community.


☆ Where You Come In

We are looking for a summer intern to join our People & Culture team at Make-A-Wish® Canada. We are looking for a driven, energetic, and creative student who enjoys collaboration, research and has fresh ideas! Working with the P&C team and reporting to the Senior Manager, People & Culture, you will gain valuable, real-world HR experience as well as provide the team with administrative and creative support.

This role can be based out of our offices in Pickering or Toronto (North York).  This role is a summer internship at 4 days (30 hours) per week, Monday to Thursday, and is on a hybrid schedule.


☆ What You Will Do

  • Support the recruitment process:
    • Create job descriptions, post jobs, remove inactive jobs from job boards.
    • Screen incoming applications with our applicant tracking system, Vidcruiter.
  • Conduct references checks, coordinate background checks.
  • Assist HR team with onboarding activities for new hires:
    • Send new hire packages and welcome e-mails.
    • Review new hire paperwork for accuracy.
  • Assist with data entry of employee information into our new HRIS system that is set to launch this fall.
  • Assist with the design and set-up of the home page of the new HRIS system.
  • Learn about the organization’s HR policies and employee benefits to be able to respond to internal staff inquiries.
  • Conduct research for various HR initiatives, policies, processes, and training as needed.
  • Assist with the roll-out of new HR initiatives:
    • Assist in creating internal trainings for managers and employees.
    • Support the growth of our onboarding program by contributing ideas & suggestions.
    • Assist in the creation of communication documents and PowerPoint presentations for internal meetings.
  • Assist with HR specific projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


☆ What You Bring

  • Education/Certificate in Human Resources Management (or working towards) or general business with an interest in HR.
  • Current student or a recent graduate.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Reliable team player.
  • Excellent written, verbal and organization skills.
  • Curious and eager to learn.
  • Innovative, creative, resourceful, go-getter and self-starter, you enjoy challenging yourself.
  • Some HR experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency with common computer applications, such as MS Office, Internet, Outlook.
  • A clear Criminal Background Check required.
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to their first day of work, subject to relevant accommodations or exemptions.


☆ Your Work Environment

  • Hybrid work environment: 2 days in-office per week, 2 days remote.

Physical/Mental Effort

  • Works with multiple demands and changing/overlapping priorities.
  • High degree of responsibility including confidentiality and day-to-day operations.
  • Repetitive work.
  • Extended periods of standing, with opportunity to sit down.


How To Apply

If everything you’ve read so far sounds like you, we encourage you to apply now! The application deadline is May 31st, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.

Make-A-Wish® Canada provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Reasonable accommodations due to disability are available on request at any stage of the hiring process.


☆ Recruitment Process ☆

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Apply
  • Reviewed by Make-A-Wish Employee
  • Phone Screening
  • First Interview
  • Reference Check
  • Offer
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Start!


☆ About Make-a-Wish Canada ☆

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted over 37,000 wishes across the country, over 1000 last year alone. As an independently operating affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, Make-A-Wish Canada is part of the network of the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization. We serve children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide.


☆ Join Our Online Community ☆

For more information on how you can support Make-A-Wish® Canada or get involved please visit our website at makeawish.ca.