Black Alliance Internship Program (BAIP) 

 

We are pleased to announce that the Black Alliance Internship Program (BAIP) was launched in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) on Monday, September 19, 2022.  

BAIP is a one-year internship designed exclusively for Black or Black bilingual (French/English) post-secondary graduates within the last five (5) years. This program provides an opportunity for Black graduates to intern in 26 ministries in the OPS.

Championed by FrancoNoir.e, BAIP is a first-of-its-kind Black Internship in the OPS It is a result of a collaborative effort between the Treasury Board Secretariat’s (TBS) Talent & Leadership Division, FrancoNoir.e, as well as 26 participating ministries and other partners. The Black Alliance Internship Program is administered by TBS.

Background:  

FrancoNoir.e is committed to promoting transformative changes that positively affect Black Ontarians' lives and move the Ontario Public Service (OPS) forward in its journey to be a truly diverse, inclusive, and effective organization. 

As a result, FrancoNoir.e developed and proposed this program to the OPS leadership in 2021. After months of negotiations and meetings, the program was approved and adopted, and applications were open to Black graduates in May 2022.  

We would like to thank Christina Talford and her Team at the Internships Unit, TBS for their hard work. The Black OPS Network: BOPSers; Black OPS groups: NaijaOPS, On The Stoop, Association of Black Law Enforcers(ABLE), C.U.R.E. for their support and alliance, and the Participating ministries for funding and supporting this program; and other partners for their support as well.  

About the Program 

Program's objective: 

  • Help level the field, reduce the unemployment gap, and eliminate barriers that prevent Black people from securing and maintaining meaningful employment opportunities

  • To support recent Black post-secondary graduates in the Black Community to obtain professional-level work experience, build transferrable skills and prepare for future roles in the OPS

  • Provide mentorship and networking opportunities to all interns and support and guide them throughout their career in the OPS

  • Increase the number of Black staff, including Black Francophones/bilingual (French - English)

  • To support OPS Leadership Pledge Commitment #7 of helping equity deserving groups advance in their careers by enhancing career development pathways

  • Assist Black interns in facing/handling the unique challenges and barriers faced by Black employees and provide guidance on how to maneuver  those challenges with limited stress and mental anguish

  • Recruit and offer internship opportunities to recent Black graduates and professionals in the following focus areas:

  1. Business and Financial Planning (BFP)​

  2. Human Resources (HR)

  3. Communications

  4. Information and Information Technology (I&IT)

  5. Policy/Program and Service Delivery (PSD)

BAIP: Post Secondary Graduate  

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Post-Secondary Graduate  

  • Recent Black graduates from all areas of post-secondary education – including colleges, vocational and technical programs – to gain meaningful working and learning experience in the provincial government

  • Recent post-secondary graduates (within the last five years) between 2017 and 2022

  • Eligible to work in Canada and have a college or university diploma at the time of hire

 

Congratulations to all the successful candidates! We wish you a wonderful career in the OPS!