Graphic and Web Design Intern @ YMCA Canada

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YMCA Canada Hires Digital Skills Intern Justina!

Attention Post Secondary Graduate students! Get a full-time paid internship within private, non-profit and charitable sectors. Gain the tools to break the vicious cycle of "no job, no experience; no experience, no job". Learn the details and where to apply, here.


The YMCA is about building healthy, safe and vibrant communities. Our goal is to communicate our brand in a way that’s human, approachable, non-corporate and conversational. We have developed new Brand Guidelines for YMCA Canada and all YMCA Member Associations in Canada. We are looking for a Graphic and Web Design Intern to assist with the management of our brand assets, design and production of digital elements, researching and analyzing information related to our online presence.

Reporting to the Manager, Communications, you will play an important role in the enhanced development and delivery of graphic and web design practices at YMCA Canada. As part of the internship, the Manager, Communications will supervise and mentor your work to assist you in developing skills and abilities that are mutually agreed upon. A learning plan will be developed and followed during the internship to ensure the intern’s learning goals are met.


  • Populating Brand Management system with YMCA Federation digital assets
  • Producing design elements as needed, ie: web pages, icons, photos, banners
  • Aligning elements with refreshed Brand strategy
  • Conducting social media and web research; analysis
  • Analytics reporting
  • Creating resources and reference documents for use by the YMCA Federation
  • Additional projects and duties as required


Note: this internship position has been funded by the Digital Skills Youth Internship Program, and therefore you must meet all of the program’s eligibility criteria to be considered. In addition, we are looking for someone with:

  • A degree or diploma in a related field
  • Strong knowledge and ability in Adobe Creative Suite
  • HTML coding abilities would be an asset
  • Ability to research, draw conclusions, and create action plans based on the information discovered
  • Versatile interpersonal skills and the ability collaborate in a fast-paced environment
  • Positive can-do attitude, flexible and adaptable to changing work priorities
  • Ability to speak French an asset
Dan Trepanier

Welcome, Digital Skills interns!

Bringing a fresh perspective and a recently trained eye to YMCA Canada's graphic design and web projects is Justina Choi. A recent Ontario College of Art and Design grad, Justina joins the YMCA Canada team on a five-month internship sponsored by the Digital Skills Youth Internship Program (highlighted in our Jan. 17 issue). Welcome, Justina -- and welcome to other Digital Skills interns at Ys across the country! A full listing of interns being hosted at YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs will be detailed in a future edition of CEO News.

Dan Trepanier

As you all know, Justina Choi joined YMCA Canada in March as an intern from the YMCA Digital Skills Youth Internship program (delivered by the YMCA of Greater Toronto).  I am sad to say that Justina’s internship is coming to an end this Friday, July 13.  Justina has been an asset to YMCA Canada, and her skills and talents have supported many aspects of our work in the short time she has been with us.  So, I am happy to announce that Justina will be starting a contract position with YMCA Canada as our Graphic Design Coordinator starting Monday!  Reporting to Angela, Justina will continue to provide support to YMCA Canada staff and to Member Associations in all areas of graphic and digital support until the end of the year.

Angela de Burger has been her ‘Digital Skills Mentor’ as part of the internship program, and has assigned Justina to many projects including our Annual General Meeting, Retiree Banquet,  YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Digital Engagement Handbook,, YMCA Federation News, to name only a few.  Justina’s educational background in graphic design from the Ontario College of Art and Design, combined with her volunteer and internship work experiences have given her a unique skill set that will benefit YMCA Canada and YMCA Member Associations.

Please join us in welcoming Justina to the YMCA staff team!