Researcher—Ontario Trillium Foundation


Work remotely but have access to offices and meeting rooms at Ontario Trillium Foundation; expectation is that student will meet with team as needed and Strategy Leads will provide ongoing support. Will need your own laptop.

  • Students should familiarize themselves with the 6 Action areas, priority outcomes and results of OTF’s investment strategy.
  • 4 students are needed to conduct research and develop a repository of evidence –based programs across our OTF Action Areas (Active People, Connected People, Green People, Inspired People, Promising Young People, Prosperous People).
  • Student will review OTF funded programs for best approaches, promising practices and emerging ideas (from our seed grants) that can lead to an evidence program. These best and promising practices will highlight programs and program features that will lead to impact in one of our grant results.
  • Students will supplement this data by doing secondary research of academic articles on evidence and best practices of programs and models that lead to impact in OTF Action Areas.
  • Students will then compile the results of their findings into an interactive report highlighting emerging, promising and best practices that lead to impact in each of OTF’s action areas.
  • OTF will use these reports to build external facing knowledge products for stakeholders in the sector to increase the existing knowledge base and help the sector as a whole have greater impact.
  • The work compiled by the intern will also be used to inform internal decision making on grants.
  • Although specific areas of knowledge is required depending on the action area, students will work collectively on identifying and building evidence for OTF’s Investment strategy. Students will work independently but be supported by the Evaluation and Learning team and Strategy Leads during their work period.

Areas of Work for the Intern:

  • Support the role of the strategy leads to identify themes and best practices within action areas;
  • Research ( one student will be focused in on the Inspired action area and one will be on the connected action area ( social isolation, equity and inclusion ) the other two students will work on the other 4 action areas.

Value and Duration

  • $20.41/hr for 14, 35–hour weeks
  • 4 positions available


  • Looking for students with experience in post-secondary research in the arts, sports and recreation, environment, social services, youth, diversity and inclusion;
  • Must have knowledge in one action area ( we will be looking for a compliment of skills and knowledge as part of a team of researchers working on our investment strategy);
  • Must have a strong research background;
  • Effective team player;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel Skills;
  • Experience with social innovation is an asset;
  • Comfortable working independently.


  • With strategy leads and MEL Department of OTF, students will develop a tool to identify elements and features of evidence- based programs that are creating more impact in the priority outcomes in the action area;
  • Interns will review OTF data to come up with emerging practices, promising ideas and best practices of what works in each of our grant results;
  • Students would then work together to identify the features and elements of evidence–based programs;
  • Develop an internal report of evidenced based initiatives, best and promising practices that will be used as the foundation to develop a knowledge product that can be shared with OTF staff and volunteers and the broader public benefit sector.

How to Apply