Youth Programs in Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Career Focus Program in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada- The program is administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada but led by industry. Organizations that want to sponsor internships must submit project proposals to AAFC, recruit graduates and share the cost of each project.

Organizations conducting research with commercial potential in agri-food science or veterinary medicine may apply to sponsor an internship. Applicants may be from industry, not-for-profit organizations, provincial and municipal governments, associations, boards, councils, and universities.

Prospective sponsors originate project proposals. Sponsors must complete and sign all forms necessary for an evaluation of the proposal. Sponsors must also meet all requirements of the program regarding the provision of documents such as the candidate's birth certificate, diploma (or as a first step, the most recent transcript) and immigration certificate if applicable. Sponsors must submit project proposals to the research centre responsible for the program's coordination for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Contact information is at the end of this document. 

Projects must offer the graduate meaningful work that may last up to one year. There is no minimum duration, but a project must last long enough to give the participant significant experience and be likely to lead to long-term employment or self-employment.

Environment Canada

International Environmental Youth Corps Canada achieve international sustainable development objectives.

The IEYC program is managed by EC but delivered by the Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO). ECO reviews and approves internship applications from environmental companies, maintains a database of applications from Canadian youth, matches qualified youth, and reports to EC.

Environment Canada

Environment Canada's Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is a collaborative effort with Canadian universities, the private sector and other non-government organizations which offer promising young scientists and post-secondary graduates hands-on experience working on environmental projects under the mentorship and coaching of experienced scientists and program managers.


The Youth Internship - Private Sector Component encourages employers to provide young northerners with education-related job experience which would ideally lead to permanent full-time employment within Northern Ontario. The initiative does this by providing recent post-secondary school graduates with valuable work experiences within small businesses that are conducting incremental activities that lead to further job creation in the areas of innovation,connectedness and trade across Northern Ontario. FedNor designed its Youth Internship Initiative as a way to complement the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and to support efforts to create a positive environment for the growth of small business.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

The Regional Career Focusis administered through a network of Regional/local offices located across the country. These projects provide financial assistance to employers and organizations to deliver projects at the regional and local levels.

Who can be a recipient?

Businesses, organizations (including not-for-profit, professional, employer and labour associations), public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

National Career Focus is a client-centered program targeted to post-secondary graduate youth designed to meet the needs of a knowledge-based economy. The program provides financial support to Canadian employers and organizations to provide post-secondary graduates with career-related work experiences in  Canada to help them acquire advanced employment skills and become leaders in their fields.

Who can be a Recipient?

Businesses, organizations (including not-for-profit, professional, employer and labour associations), public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments.  To be considered for funding under the National Career Focus program, project activities and the recruitment of participants must take place in at least 3 provinces or territories.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

The Sectoral Career Focus Program is a national initiative between the Government of Canada and sector councils and cross-sectoral organizations. Sector councils are well positioned to develop projects that assist youth in finding quality employment and are well qualified to act as project managers, assessing and matching employers and participants based on program eligibility requirements and assuming responsibility for the overall financial management of projects. As project managers and recipient sponsors, sector councils assess potential employers and participants to ensure they meet program eligibility requirements and assume responsibility for the overall financial management of projects.

The Sectoral Career Focus Program is administered through sector councils, HRP's main recipients. Youth and employers interested in participating in the program should contact the sector council of interest.

Industry Canada

The Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) helps small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) go beyond simply having email or an Internet site by enabling them to adopt an active e???business strategy that will help them prosper during the current economic instability.

SBIP provides financial support to qualified SMEs so they can hire student interns to assist them adopt information and communications technologies (ICT). This support will help participating SMEs increase their productivity and competitiveness in order to grow their businesses. Participating SMEs will receive a reimbursement of up to 75 percent of their wage and benefit expenses for hiring a qualified student intern under SBIP to help them with an e-business or ICT project.

SBIP also offers promising post-secondary students valuable, hands-on job experience working on e-business and ICT projects under the guidance of entrepreneurs. Student interns will gain an appreciation of entrepreneurship and the opportunity to explore career possibilities while making money to continue their education.

MITACS A unique cost-shared internship program managed by MITACS Inc, a national research network, which connects companies, governments and community organizations with the vast research expertise in Canada’s universities, from applied sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, arts, life sciences and much more.

The conduit between the partner organization — a company, government department/agency or not-for-profit — and the university is a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques and innovations, the intern brings a new perspective and the latest knowledge to a research challenge faced by the partner. Internship projects can be undertaken in a wide range of areas including manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design and many more.

An intern spends approximately half of their time over a four-month period on site with the partner, gaining a better understanding of the research issue in question. The balance of the intern’s time is spent at the university, further advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Internships can be combined into larger, 8 or 12-month projects. For a four-month internship, the organization contributes $7,500 which is equally matched by MITACS through the support of federal and provincial funding partners.

Natural Resources Canada

The Science and Technology Internship Program provides work experience to recent graduates in the earth sciences through internships of up to one year in duration.

Under this program, interns work under the direction of experienced scientists on research and development projects with partners committed to bringing research to commercial application. Any company or university in Canada conducting activities related to the Natural Resources Canada's mandate is considered an NRCan partner. The intern is employed by the partner organization.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program - These awards are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and to pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience in a non-university setting that complements your studies, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host organization. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Northern Research Internships are tenable in a northern Canadian organization that will benefit from the research conducted, either directly or through the sharing of knowledge. Partner organizations can include colleges, federal, provincial and territorial government departments, companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or communities. Students/fellows should consult with their supervisors and/or the potential research organizations themselves to find a suitable partner for an internship.

Program Objectives:

  • Supports senior undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing studies in the Canadian North by facilitating extended stays and subsidizing the costs associated with activities in the North.
  • Enhances the interaction between undergraduate and graduate students/postdoctoral fellows and Northerners who have a stake in northern research. 
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

The Industrial R&D Fellowship Program provides financial contributions that support the most promising recent doctoral graduates to engage in research and development in the private sector and with not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations.

The presence of highly qualified personnel through these fellowships promotes the development of a long-term research capacity in Canadian organizations (especially small and medium-sized ones).

You may hold your fellowship within the Canadian-based research facilities of any Canadian private-sector organization that NSERC has approved for participation in this program. Awards may not be held outside Canada.

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Ontario Centres of Excellence's (OCE) First Job program connects talented graduates with growing companies across Ontario that need research and development (R&D) to stay globally competitive. Graduates begin promising careers and employers benefit from enthusiastic researchers. It's a win-win for Ontario.

Youth Employment Strategy The Government of Canada created the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs and stay employed. In some cases, the Government of Canada funds employers and community organizations to hire youth and help them gain practical work experience and develop employment skills. In other cases, federal departments and agencies offer initiatives that give youth work experience in specialized fields, such as international development or science and technology.