Clean Tech Internships

Fight climate change and support the green economy!

Help grow the green workforce! Hire a clean tech intern and give them the chance to apply their STEM skills through hands-on experience and mentorship. You can get up to $25,000 towards their salary expenses.

Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada as part of their Science Horizons Youth Internship Program creating employment opportunities for youth to build the green workforce and contribute to economic growth in environmental and clean technology sectors.

Applications are currently closed. We hope to relaunch the program by early summer.

What you need to know


Up to $25,000 is available for up to 80% of an intern’s salary. Employers must establish an employment contract with interns and they must be paid following a regular payment cycle.

Reimbursement will be dispersed midway and at the end of the internship when the required documentation, including intern paystubs, is submitted.

Cannot be used:

  • For positions receiving a Science Horizons Youth Internship grant from another program delivery partner or a grant from another program funded by Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
  • for a currently filled position
  • to replace an employee who is on leave
  • for a current employee moving to a new position

Eligible employers

Eligible employers must have an established payroll system, be set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

  • Post-secondary education institution
  • Indigenous organization or association
  • Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees
  • Large corporation, more than 500 employees
  • Non-government organization (NGO)
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Municipal or local government
  • Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

Eligible internships

Eligible internships are:

  • 6-9 months in duration
  • A minimum of 30 hrs per week
  • In a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field
  • Clean tech positions*
  • Addressing climate change or environmental challenges

* Clean Technology includes any process, good or service that reduces environmental impacts through:

  • Environmental protection activities that prevent, reduce, or eliminate pollution or any other degradation of the environment
  • Resource management activities that result in the more efficient use of natural resources, thus safeguarding against their depletion
  • The use of goods that have been adapted to be significantly less energy or resource intensive than the industry standard

Eligible Interns

Eligible interns are:

  • Post-secondary graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months

Cannot be:

  • Previous participants of Science Horizon Internship
  • Employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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Applications are currently closed.

We hope to relaunch the program by early summer. Details on the application process will be made available when the program is relaunched.

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This internship has been an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between my academic experience and the more technical conservation world. I've had a chance to apply the theory and skills which I learned in an academic setting to more practical questions.

Stephen MacFarlane
Ontario Nature

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