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Internal Communications (IC) Specialist Co-op (Fall 2024)



12d ago

  • Internship
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Media & Journalism
  • Ottawa

AI generated summary

  • You are agile, innovative, and detail-oriented. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. Flexibility to work independently or as part of a team is crucial. Experience with digital tools is an asset. Thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • You will contribute by supporting internal communication programs, creating content, assisting with events, and working with leadership to drive engagement and promote positive culture.


  • What Does Ciena Expect of You?
  • A sense of urgency – what’s important to the customer is equally important to you. You make getting things done a priority.
  • Integrity – you hold yourself to the highest level of personal and professional standards of conduct.
  • A commitment to innovation – you continually seek to learn, understand new technologies and ever-changing market conditions, and endeavour to apply that knowledge to Ciena’s advantage.
  • You embrace change – thriving in a diverse environment of ever-changing priorities and sometimes stressful situations.
  • The flexibility to work independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a broader team.
  • The Must Haves:
  • Working towards a degree in Journalism/Communications/Marketing or a related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Agile, pragmatic, and flexible in a fast-paced, hybrid (remote and onsite) environment
  • Thorough, detail-oriented, resourceful, and team-oriented
  • Assets:
  • Project management skills
  • Experience with digital communication tools (e.g., Canva, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft PowerPoint)


  • How You Will Contribute:
  • The IC intern supports the development and execution of internal communications programs, materials, and strategies that are designed to:
  • build employee awareness and understanding of business strategy and priorities
  • celebrate and reinforce Ciena’s positive culture and inclusive environment
  • increase employee engagement and involvement
  • Specific duties include:
  • Assist in the production, writing, and analysis of newsletter content
  • Assist with our Ottawa communication channels (newsletters, events, digital signage)
  • Assist in executing various leadership internal communications activities
  • Attend weekly IC editorial meetings and assist in broader activities for the IC team with bias towards learning
  • Work with Corporate Communications to identify and adapt external stories for internal promotion, where appropriate.


What is the duration of the Internal Communications Specialist Co-op position at Ciena?

The position is for 4 months with a potential opportunity to extend to 8 months in Fall 2024.

What are the main responsibilities of the IC Specialist Co-op?

The IC Specialist Co-op will support the development and execution of internal communications programs, materials, and strategies to build employee awareness of business strategy, celebrate Ciena's culture, and increase employee engagement.

What qualifications are required for this position?

Candidates should be working towards a degree in Journalism/Communications/Marketing or a related field, have strong written and verbal communication skills, be agile and flexible in a fast-paced environment, and be detail-oriented and team-oriented.

What are some assets that would be beneficial for this role?

Project management skills and experience with digital communication tools such as Canva, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft PowerPoint would be assets for this position.

What is the pay range for this position?

The pay range for this position is $20.00-$27.00/hour for students.

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Mission & Purpose

Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) is a global leader in optical and routing systems, services, and automation software. We build the world’s most adaptive networks to address ever-increasing digital demands for richer, more connected experiences for all users. For three-plus decades, we’ve brought our innate sense of humanity to our relentless pursuit of innovation. We prioritize deep, collaborative relationships within our teams, and alongside our customers, partners, and communities—local and global.


  • Physical Wellbeing: The strong correlation between wellness and job performance means your health is of utmost importance to us. Our Global Wellbeing program provides you and your family direct access to resources and programs to improve your physical health.

  • Recognition Program: In addition to rewarding performance via our annual bonus, our reward program, 'bravo!' facilitates peer-to-peer and financial recognition for both teams and individuals.

  • Tuition Reimbursment: We will reimburse 100% of tuition, books, materials, and lab fees for a course or series of courses leading towards a degree or maintaining a degree related to your current position at Ciena or a position you are capable of attaining within the near future.