Working for Deputy Mayor and Councillor of Ward 18 Ana Bailão

5.0
Position title
Constituency Assistant
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
Unpaid
How long was your work term?
8 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Public Sector
Faculty
Liberal arts

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

What I enjoyed the most about my internship is that it didn't feel like I was waking up each week to perform a mundane and routine chore or task, but instead I was excited to go to the office and be around people who felt a bit like a second family. The office is very warm in spirit and inviting, and I did not feel isolated or disenfranchised as a minority working for a political office. Everyone in and out of the office was very inviting, with of course the exception of a few individuals who I did not allow to ruin my experience.

I also enjoyed that my colleagues brought me on to a few projects that they were working on that directly related to my undergraduate degree. Rob did a great job with specifically asking what you are majoring in and trying to find jobs that he could assign you that would allow you to gain the necessary experience that one would need more a position within your field of study.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

What I liked the least about my internship is that all my work was kept within the boundaries of the office, and there was no opportunity to do some work in the field or take up any opportunities to visit other places in and around city hall that would benefit someone in their respective field of study.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I really appreciated that Rob (regardless if intentional or not) took the "open-door policy" literal, and never kept his door closed even if he was working on his projects and tasks. Rob also took the time to always socialize with everyone in the office, which I appreciate since I believe it is important to develop some sort of personal relationship with the people you have working for you and with you in order to always have the best results produced for the office.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

Previously answered in another answer.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Social activities

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Regularly
Not much of a job description
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Recommendation
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

I suggest that everyone work for city hall at least once in their life to understand what it means to really work within the realm of politics, as I ensure that your assumptions will be altered during and after the completion of your contract.