Digital Tech Internships

Hire a digital technology intern for up to 6 months in a full-time position and get up to $30,000 for their salary and training expenses.

Up to $4,000 can be used for intern training, and funds can cover up to 100% of the intern’s salary. CICan’s total contribution is a maximum of $30,000.

Don’t wait! A grad will bring new talent to your team, and you will allow them to gain meaningful work experience and the digital skills needed for the jobs of the future.

New Program Update

Applications currently closed

We are in the process of moving to a brand-new application portal. This portal is expected to launch mid-April and more information on available funding for each of our program streams will be available at that time.

Funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Who can participate?

Eligible employers must have an established payroll system and 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.

The subsidy cannot be used for:

  • Currently filled positions
  • To replace an employee who is on leave
  • For a current employee moving to a new position

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 $2000 with supporting documents)

Training must be selected based on the needs of the intern and employer and must be pre-approved by CICan. CICan’s total contribution for an internship cannot exceed $30,000, including training.

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.

Full-time positions that are:

  • Up to 6 months in duration and ending before March 31, 2021
  • 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, digital media and design, information technology, data processing and management, artificial intelligence, etc.

Qualified 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 or work part-time)
  • 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 for at least six months
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*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.

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