Internships are a great way to gain professional working experience in a field you’re interested in. This page will explain what internships are and describe the various internships available in Canada.
What is an internship?
An internship is a professional working position that is typically offered to students or inexperienced workers. It enables the intern to gain valuable work experience and on-the-job training, while providing the employer with an enthusiastic worker.
Some internships are paid positions, while others are unpaid. Both allow you to work within an organization to gain first-hand experience about a particular industry or field of work. Internships help inexperienced workers get involved in the workplace, and can sometimes lead to permanent positions.
You can find an internship the same way that you would look for a job—do your research, use your network, and apply! Here are some programs to consider if you’re looking for an internship:
The Public Service Commission’s Post-secondary Co-op and Internship program helps post-secondary students find co-op and intern positions in the federal public service.
The Accelerated Economist Training Program provides Master's degree candidates with an opportunity to develop social, economic and international policy experience in the federal public service.
The Management Trainee Program offered through the Canada Public Service Agency enables talented people, both inside and outside government, to have an opportunity to lead a representative and diversified public service into the future.
The Canadian International Development Agency’s International Youth Internship Program provides unemployed or underemployed Canadian youth with an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study in an international development context.
Canada’s civilian reserve, CANADEM, offers international internship programs. These programs help young professionals travel abroad to promote and learn about governance, democratization, human security, sustainable development and human rights.
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) posts volunteer and internship opportunities in Canada and abroad.
Carrefour de solidarité internationale (CSI) (French language only) sends youth between the ages of 18 and 35 on internships in Quebec and overseas to participate in development projects.
Internships for aboriginal youth
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations & Inuit Youth provides work experience and on-the-job training for First Nations and Inuit youth in pursuing a career in the housing industry.
Internships for people with disabilities
Career Edge offers internships specifically designed for university, college and high school graduates with disabilities.
The Atlantic Council of Canada offers internships to help students learn about the relationships between Canada and European nations, and how they support Canada’s culture, economy and security.
The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), through its National Mentorship Program, provides interns with an opportunity to work alongside the best independent producers in film and television across Canada.