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Suspicious Fish Internship

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Number of Interns: 3-5

Days/Times: TBD

Location: Remote

Placement Start Date: immediately

Placement End Date: TBD (2 months or more)

Number of Hours per Week: Part time/Full time

Supervisor at Organization: Gary Purcell, Founder 


How to Apply:

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to internships.scs [at] and CC mcf-transitions [at] Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


The Suspicious Fish is a literacy and arts program that has been running out of Verdun Elementary since 2007. The primary function of the program is to encourage and work with the students at Verdun Elementary as they write and develop short stories and other creative writing mediums. While the obvious objective is to assist in further developing the students' overall writing skills and exploring their creative talents, other outcomes have been discovered. These include the students writing about personal topics, and learning how to develop their own voice and a sense for their own narrative as they deal with a multitude of challenges that come with growing up in an inner city environment. As inner city schools have looked to engage their students from a socio-emotional perspective over the last few years, The Suspicious Fish has played a role in both supporting and furthering this approach. The program averages roughly 40-45 students in the program each year. Due to resource constraints the program is seeking support to remain sustainable.




Interns/Fellows will work with Suspicious Fish to further develop and implement aspects of a strategic plan that was created by previous students who had worked with the organization


  1. Review strategic plan and documents from previous students who had worked with the organization
  2. Understand the role and functioning of the organization
  3. Verify needs assessment conducted to determine potential partners to support the organization to remain sustainable
  4. Develop research to assess the processes and outcomes of Suspicious Fish activities from its inception to date
  5. Identify potential key partners, funders, etc. and further develop business plan for organization based on the needs identified at the beginning of the process

Final Outputs

Business plan for Suspicious Fish to submit for potential sources of funding and other resources, including:

  1. Overview of strategic plan
  2. Summary of organization functions
  3. Summary of organization needs identified
  4. Findings from assessment of organization processes and outcomes
  5. List and brief summaries of potential key partners and recommended approaches for partnerships and funding sources
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