Digital Tech Internships
Build the digital skills needed for the jobs and industries of tomorrow
Bring new talent to your small business or not-for-profit! Hire a digital tech intern and give an underemployed–yet highly skilled–grad the experience they need to find career-oriented work. You can get up to $28,000 towards their salary and training expenses.
Funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada as part of their Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Program creating employment opportunities for young Canadians to build the digital skills needed for the evolving digital economy.
Applications open. Get the details below!
What you need to know
Up to $28,000 is available for an intern’s salary and training expenses. Employers must establish an employment contract with interns and they must be paid following a regular payment cycle.
Up to $4,000 can be used for intern training during the internship, and $24,000 can cover up to 100% 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:
Interns can pursue training during the internship to enhance their skills. Training can be reimbursed up to $4,000. Acceptable training expenses include:
- Training at a CICan member college or institute
- Online training (such as LinkedIn learning)
- Professional development workshops
- In-house training (up to a maximum of $2,000 with supporting documents)
Training must be selected based on the needs of the intern and employer and must be pre-approved by CICan. It 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.
Examples of training include, but are not limited to, software development, data processing, business or project management, leadership, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and communication for business skills.
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 for-profit or not-for-profit organization or subsidiary with 500 employees or less.
Eligible internships are:
- Up to 6 months in duration
- A minimum of 30 hrs per week
- Within a digital field*
- Promoting the digitization of the organization or operational processes
- Publicly advertised (online, job fairs, employment centres, etc.) with a fair, open and transparent selection process
*Digital fields include: coding and programming, artificial intelligence, automation, big data, cybersecurity, robotics, digital media and design, video game and production editing, digital marketing and information technology, etc.
Eligible interns are:
- Post-secondary graduates – this is not a requirement for residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut applying for internships in those territories
- Underemployed (employed below their level of education, work part-time or unemployed)
- Between 15 and 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 up to six months
- Previous participants of a DS4Y internship
- University or college co-op or intern students
- 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 and Skills Strategy initiative.
Ready to get started?
Next application deadline: August 13, 2021
Employers will be notified Aug 23 of their application status.
- A maximum of two internship applications per employer will be reviewed.
- Internships need to start before September 27.
Past application cycle: Spring/Summer 2021
Application cycle 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.
- 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.
Internships will be selected for pre-approval based on:
- Alignment with the DS4Y program objectives
- Strength of the position and its alignment with the above digital fields
- Digital fields representation – for this round, we seek a fair disbursement of funds for positions in these digital fields:
- 3D printing
- Big data
- Film, video or game editing
- Graphic design
The following fields will not be considered as the quota has been met: automation, digital marketing and programming
- Geographical representation – for this round, we seek a fair disbursement of funds in these regions
- The territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
“I think it is a wonderful program to support small companies in making strategic hires that they might not do on their own”