About Career-Launcher Internships

The Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Career-Launcher Internship program connects employers with skilled grads by providing up to $15,000 towards an intern’s salary.

CICan’s Career-Launcher Internships currently offer two programs focused on the green economy: Clean Tech Internships and Natural Resources Internships, both of which are funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

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Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.
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Funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Green Jobs – Science and Technology Internship Program.
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If you already have an intern in mind who meets the program eligibility requirements, indicate it in the appropriate field when submitting your internship on the Career-Launcher Internships website. Your internship will not be posted on the website but you will be provided with the necessary documents to complete. CICan must approve the intern prior to their hire.

CICan will issue the subsidy in two equal payments within 10 business days following the halfway point and the end of the internship. The employer will need to submit the required documents to CICan in order to receive payments.

The goal of Career-Launcher Internships is to provide employers with an incentive to hire grads for internships that can lead to full time employment. The subsidy will only cover the internship period of 6-12 months.

The salary guide used by Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat can be used as a reference for pay rates. The total subsidy amount provided by CICan has to be used towards the intern’s salary.

CICan will provide you with the necessary documents.

Interns will need to complete the following documents:

  • Participant Information Form (to be completed by the selected candidate and submitted to CICan before the candidate can be hired)
  • Mid-term report in survey format (to be completed at halfway mark of the internship)
  • Final report in survey format (to be completed at the end of the internship)

Employers will need to complete the following documents:

  • Contribution agreement between CICan and the employer
  • Letter of agreement between the employer and the intern
  • Mid-term report in survey format (to be completed at halfway mark of the internship)
  • Final report in survey format (to be completed at the end of the internship)
  • Subsidy request form, including a verification of salary payment, like a paystub with the SIN removed (to be completed for each subsidy payment request)

An immediate family member, or family members of a director or senior officer of the employer cannot be hired as an intern.

The subsidy cannot be used for a currently filled position, to replace an employee who is on leave, or for a current employee moving to a new position.

All internship applications you submit are to be for new positions or new projects. You may submit an application for the same internship position for a new project in subsequent years. However, approval of these applications will be subject to criteria and priorities at the time of the application.

CICan’s priority is to reach a diverse group of employers to ensure variety in the Career-Launcher Internships provided across Canada, and across sectors. There are no set limits for the internship program, however requests will be evaluated in the context of the overall number of submissions received.

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