Wall of Shame: The Hill Times

Today on our Wall of Shame is The Hill Times, an independent weekly newspaper on federal politics based out of Ottawa. The Hill Times has advertised editorial, design, photography and website internships that we strongly suspect do not comply with Ontario Employment Standards Act.

You can view the advertisements at www.hilltimes.com/internships and we have saved a PDF of the page here in case they take it down. Although the advertisement states “All internships are unpaid”, it makes no mention of an educational program or training of any kind.

Hill Times – PAY YOUR INTERNS!!!!

Love, the Canadian Intern Association



Wall of Shame: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been placed on our Wall of Shame following an advertisement for a “Fundraising Intern” in Toronto.

While the career level classification is “student”, the job description requires a “university or college diploma” suggesting that the intern could be a graduate. While unclear based on the advertisement, this position may be required to be a paid position under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act. Alternatively, even if this position falls within United Nations immunity for employees, our position is that all United Nations internships should be paid in order to create equal opportunities.

Click here to read the advertisement


We will also take this opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work being done by some of our partner organizations, the Geneva Interns Association and the Fair Internship Initiative. These groups advocate to end unpaid internships at the United Nations and other international organizations primarily on the grounds that only the world’s most advantaged people can access them. Every year, the United Nations alone employs more than 2,000 unpaid interns in the world’s most expensive cities. We strongly support their efforts and hope to see all United Nations interns receive wages for their work.

Wall of Shame: Canadian Football League

The Canadian Football League (“CFL”) has now removed advertisements for a series of internships for “highly qualified candidates”, offering only an unspecified “”monthly honorarium”. A spokesperson for the CFL has stated that the advertisements are under “review”.

Fortunately, we have saved a PDF of the advertisements, which can be viewed here. The internships were to be located in Toronto, and held the following titles:

  • Intern, Web Developer
  • Intern, Social Media & Content
  • Intern, Corporate Partnerships
  • Intern, Marketing
  • Intern, Football Operations
  • Intern, Digital Products
  • Intern, Graphic Design

The positions require candidates to have “recently completed” or be “in the process of completing” and relevant college diploma or university degree, and often require specific technical skills, such as experience with JavaScript, HTML, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Audio/Video equipment. For some positions, a time commitment “40 hours per week” is provided with an “occasional requirement to work overtime”.

The Toronto Star has exposed the CFL’s internship advertisements in this article.