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 $30,000 towards their salary, training and wrap-around services costs.

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 open!

What you need to know


Up to $30,000 is available for an intern’s salary, training and wrap-around service costs. Employers must establish an employment contract with interns and they must be paid following a regular payment cycle.

Up to $5,000 can be used for intern training and wrap-around service costs during the internship, and up to $25,000 can cover up to 80% of the intern’s salary.

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
  • for a currently filled position
  • to replace an employee who is on leave
  • for a current employee moving to a new position

Application selection process

Here is what to expect when submitting your application:

  • Once the applications window is closed, the Career Launcher team will review all applications.
  • Employers will be notified of their application status approximately one week after the closing of the application period.
  • Employers whose applications will be pre-approved for funding will have approximately three weeks to complete the remainder of the application process, including recruitment if required. Specific deadlines will be provided in the pre-approval email.

Internships will be selected based on:

  • Alignment with the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program objectives to support post-secondary graduates to gain relevant and meaningful work experience, increase job readiness and employability, and transition to employment.
  • Creation of an employment opportunity for Indigenous youth, youth living with a disability and visible minority youth.
  • Strength of the position and its alignment with an environmental sector indicated under “Eligible Internships”
  • Environmental sector representation – we seek a fair disbursement of funds for positions across all the above environmental sectors
  • Geographical representation – we seek a fair disbursement of funds across Canada

Eligible training and wrap-around services

Additional funding is available to enhance intern experience and increase access to youth facing barriers!

Up to $1,200 can be used towards an intern’s professional development training, language training and paid mentorship services.

Up to $5,000 can be used to cover diverse support costs for Indigenous youth, youth living with disabilities and visible minority youth. Based on the intern’s needs, funding can be used to cover costs of training and mentorship, childcare/family care, relocation costs to a remote community, adaptive and/or assistive computer technology, and transportation for low-income youth, accessible transportation and transportation for field work in remote locations.

To learn more about hiring a youth that can benefit from wrap-around services, we invite you to contact our team for additional information.

Training and wrap-around services must be selected based on the needs of the intern and employer and must be pre-approved by CICan. They will be reimbursed along with the wage subsidy at either the mid-term or end of the internship Invoices and supporting documents will be required.

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, encourage their intern to consider the wrap-around services or training they qualify for and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

  • Post-secondary education institution
  • Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • 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:

  • 6-12 months (26 to 52 weeks) in duration
  • A minimum of 30 hrs per week
  • In a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field
  • Clean tech or environment-related positions
  • focused on environmental and sustainable issues within an environmental sector: green manufacturing, services and retail, carbon and climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and green building, renewable/green energy, resource conservation, environmental protection, alternative/sustainable transportation, sustainable planning/urban design, and eco-tourism

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 (26 weeks)

Cannot be:

  • Previous participants of a 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.

Ready to get started?

Next application deadline:  January 17, 2022

Please note information specifically for this round:

  • Employers will be notified January 21 of their application status.
  • A maximum of two internship applications per employer will be reviewed.
  • Internships need to start between June 21, 2021, and February 22, 2022, and end before September 2, 2022

Priority will be given to internships:

  • In Quebec and the Territories
  • With selected candidates that are Indigenous youth, women or , youth living with a disability

Please see the above section Application Selection Process for more details on the process.

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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.

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