Youth and New Professionals

The Black Alliance Internship Program


The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to building a workforce that reflects the communities it serves and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful, and equitable workplace.

The Black Alliance Internship Program (BAIP) is a one-year paid internship program, being piloted in 2022, that offers recent Black and Black bilingual (French-English) post-secondary graduates an opportunity to intern across a variety of professional positions within the OPS.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022 program have now closed. Please visit this website at the end of 2022, for more information.

Eligibility Requirements 2022:

At the time of an employment offer, candidates to the Black Alliance Internship Program (BAIP) must satisfy the following requirements:

  • You self-identify as Black or Black bilingual (French-English)*
  • You have graduated or will complete the requirements to graduate between May 2017 and June 2022 from a recognized or legally authorized college** or university** with
    • A degree***
    • A diploma***
    • A post-graduate certificate*** which requires a previous degree or diploma
  • You are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • You must be living in the province of Ontario during the term of employment.
  • You are not currently an Ontario Internship Program (OIP) intern and have not been an OIP intern in the past

*In order to be eligible applicants must self-identify as Black (regardless of your cultural identity or place of birth).

*In order to be eligible for bilingual positions, applicants must be proficient in oral and written French and English (French proficiency level will be confirmed before hire).

**A list of recognized schools and programs in Canada can be found on the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials website. If your eligibility is based on a credential obtained outside of Canada, you will need to provide the BAIP with an assessment of that credential showing that it is the equivalent of an eligible Canadian credential. If you require an assessment of your credential, the BAIP will accept credential assessments from any member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). It is your responsibility to provide the BAIP with this assessment.

***In order to be eligible for the Black Alliance Internship Program, your educational credential must be obtained from a recognized or legally authorized post-secondary institution and meet the definitions listed below. If you are unsure if your credential qualifies, please contact your educational institution to determine the type of credential assigned to your program.

Degrees include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Honours
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctoral Degree

Diplomas include:

  • Ontario College Diploma or the equivalent credential from another jurisdiction
  • Ontario College Advanced Diploma or the equivalent credential from another jurisdiction

Post-Graduate Certificates include:

  • Ontario College Graduate Certificate or the equivalent credential from another jurisdiction

Failure to meet program eligibility requirements, as noted above, will result in disqualification and/or rescinding of a conditional job offer.

At the time of an employment offer, candidates will be asked to provide information confirming their entitlement to work in Canada (i.e., proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada or work permit, issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Before an internship begins, all educational requirements related to the degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate that establishes program eligibility must be completed. Proof of academic credentials will be required before the internship begins.

BAIP Timelines

Interviews (July/August 2022)

The interview stage is an opportunity for us to get to know candidates better and allows candidates to showcase their qualifications. Interviews will be conducted virtually.


Job Offers (August/ early September 2022)

Managers will make conditional job offers to selected candidates, subject to confirming eligibility prior to the start date.

At this time, interns will be requested to contact their Registrar’s Office to request an official transcript or letter be emailed directly to the BAIP stating that you have completed all requirements to graduate within the eligibility timelines. Specific instructions will be provided to the successful candidates.

Before an internship is started, all educational requirements related to the degree, diploma, or post-graduate certificate that confirms program eligibility must be completed. Failure to meet program eligibility requirements will result in disqualification and/or rescinding of a conditional job offer.


Placements Begin (September, 2022)

Congratulations! Successful candidates will commence their internships on September, 2022. A BAIP orientation session will follow.