VCN has been administering the Youth Internship (YI) program since 2003. For over a decade, VCN has placed over 600 interns within various Intern Host Organizations (IHOs). VCN continues to offer services to previous IHOs and non-profits throughout Metro Vancouver through the Youth Internship (YI) program.
The YI program is a national initiative coordinated by Industry Canada through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy overseen by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Youth internships at Intern Host Organizations help Canada create jobs and other social, educational and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of information and communications technology (ICT). The YI program is integral to the Youth Employment Strategy, with ICT-related not-for-profit organizations providing job opportunities for over 1,000 young Canadians each year.
The YI program is intended to provide Canadian youth with work experience and ICT skills to make them more productive and competitive in the knowledge economy and to encourage not-for-profit groups across Canada to develop and use ICT in their organizations.
The objectives of youth internships are
- to assist more young people in gaining the skills and experience needed to successfully transition into, and remain in, the labour force; and
- to encourage not-for-profit organizations across Canada to develop and apply ICT-related skills, knowledge and opportunities by helping them to create internship opportunities.
Youth interns work at community access sites across Canada helping individuals, community organizations and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and related information technologies.