The 2018-2020 Digital Tech internships have come to an end. We hope to renew the program later this spring.
Submit your internship application today and be the first to know when new funding becomes available. We will be in touch once we have more information.
Hire a digital technology intern for up to 12 months in a full-time position, and get up to $15,000 for their salary and training.
Up to $4,000 can be used for intern training, and funds can cover up to 75% of the intern’s salary for not-for-profits and up to 50% of the salary for businesses. CICan’s total contribution is a maximum of $15,000.
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.
Funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Who can participate?
Eligible employers must have an established payroll system, 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 digital and business training, including soft skills training, during the internship to enhance their skills. Training can be reimbursed up to $4,000. It must be provided by an approved CICan training provider and selected based on the needs of the intern and employer.
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 12 months in duration and ending before March 31, 2020
- 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
- Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- 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.