The Internship Experience

Gain critical skills and build a better future for your community.

Career Launcher internships give you access to meaningful work experience and training, giving you the skills needed in Canada’s ever-evolving economy. Students and grads get real-world experience in our clean tech, digital tech, natural resources and ImpAct internships.

Funded by the Government of Canada as part of their Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which helps young Canadians develop the skills and gain the experience they need to successfully transition into the labour market.

Step 1

Apply for an internship

Once you have been selected by your prospective employer, you will need to complete a participant information form to verify your eligibility, before you are hired.

Step 2

Start your internship and set your workplan

Congrats. You’re eligible and hired! Get started with our onboarding checklist and goalsetting and workplan template.

Step 3

Midterm report

We need your feedback! It’s time to complete your mandatory midterm report. It’s also a great time for you to get feedback on your work. Our performance evaluation template can help.

Step 4

Final report

Your internship is coming to an end and we need your final feedback! It’s time to complete your mandatory final report. We also want to hear about your success.

Stay tuned throughout your internship for opportunities to connect with other interns and access free webinars.

What you need to know

The minimum eligibility criteria for interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations

*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.

Additional intern eligibility Natural Resources Internships

  • Available to work up to 12 months

 
Cannot be

  • Previous participants of a Science and Technology Internship Program
  • 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)

Additional intern eligibility Digital Tech Internships

  • 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)
  • Available to work up to six months

 
Cannot be:

  • 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)

Ready to get started?