Criteria for eligible Intern Host Organizations

  • An organization with legal status in Canada (Nonprofit or small business of up to 100 employees.)
  • Provide on-the-job training, orientation, and mentoring to interns to maximize their experience
  • Demonstration of appropriate administrative support and capacity to host the intern
  • Ensure that Youth Intern has email access as most communication from Coordinators is through the Internet
  • Provide adequate workspace and equipment to the interns

To register you really only need to do a few things:

  1. Meet the criteria as a DS4Y employer
  2. Tell us about your vacancy; with a required minimum engagement of 900 hours/6 months.
  3. Express your understanding that the funding is a matched contribution. You will need to commit at least half the wage costs from your revenues upto $12,000.
  4. Commit to giving the intern two full days off with pay to attend workshops or complete the educational component o the program. Each intern receives a $3,000 bursary to access upskilling and STEM programs (online or in-person)

The criteria:
A. About you

1. Complete an emailed application process, attesting first and foremost that you are a legal entity in Canada.

2. Ability to provide meaningful work to the Youth Interns, specifically:

a) positions where the Interns will acquire and enhance their ICT skills and other marketable skills

b) consistent ICT projects which will make a visible and significant difference in the Interns’ resumes/portfolios (such as building a website, software development, designing a magazine, running a marketing campaign, etc.)

3. Ability to meet opening hours, workspace, safety and supervision needs

4. Potential to keep the Interns engaged after the internships (hiring them or offering collaboration contracts) – not a requirement, but a definite case for priority

5. Ability and openness to encourage participation of individuals in designated employment equity groups

6. Availability of qualified youth able to work at the location (especially for remote sites or sites with specific needs)

B. About the Job
Provide a full job description and timeline.
Provide a wage consideration which is in line with step 3 or 4 the Canadian government’s intern wage scale:

Rates of Pay for Post-secondary School Students

Effective May 1, 2017       
Academic LevelsStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Step 6Step 7Step 8
College / CEGEP
$12.93$13.69$14.52 $15.40$16.35$17.31NANA

The potential to keep interns engaged after the internships (hiring them or offering collaboration contracts) – not a requirement, but a definite case for priority.

Eligible activities by Youth Interns can include but are not limited to:

  • software and video game development;
  • coding and app development;
  • network troubleshooting;
  • adaptive technologies;
  • website development;
  • web-enabled learning; and 
  • social media campaigns and other content development.

Note: Exposing the intern(s) to other work related assignments that will enhance marketable skills (such as marketing, finance, administration) to broaden their work experience is strongly encouraged.

Basic Requirements for Youth Participants under the Career Focus Stream

  • Youth must be between the ages of 15 to 30 (inclusive).
  • Youth must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident  or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Youth must have demonstrated skills achievement at the post-secondary level – this means that the participant must have more than secondary school achievement or entered university or college as a mature student.
  • Youth must intend to gain ICT skills and knowledge.
  • Youth must meet the job requirements of the IHO, which should include stated ICT-related activities
  • Not eligible are persons who are family members of employee of the IHO or VCN.
  • Youth cannot collect Employment Insurance benefits during their internship.

Priority will be given to youth facing employment barriers, Aboriginal people, members of a visible minority group, persons with disabilities, and women.

Note: Those who have already participated in the Youth Internship program are not eligible.

The DS4Y Hiring Process:

  • All internship openings will be posted by the Intern Host Organizations (IHO) to the sites, social media channels and/or job boards they choose.
  • Please allow at least 2 weeks for the job ad to be available to the public. Exception: If an intern resigns close to the end of the DS4Y program, then a replacement may be hired immediately, if available.
  • IHO’s will be expected to consider all candidates.All internship applicants should go through an initial telephone interview to ensure the ISED intern criteria guidelines are met.
  • Please keep job descriptions as concise as possible: just job responsibilities and desired skills and the “with Funding from the government of Canada” acknowledgement of funding.

The purpose of DS4Y program is to help youth build their ICT experience, skills, and knowledge to help them transition into the changing labour force. Please keep this in mind when drafting your job descriptions and requirements, and try if possible, to be flexible about work experience, if the youth is otherwise a good match for the internship.

Internship Guidelines:

  • Interns should work relatively regular hours, be that full-time (35h/week) or part-time (minimum 15h/week)
  • A standard internship is 900h (about 15 of which are allotted to workshops and orientation, and are also to be paid) and at least 6 months.
  • On a scheduled work day, the intern must work a minimum of 2h and can work a maximum of 8h (although 7h is the recommended daily). VCN will not compensate for overtime.
  • Interns who work remotely must report in their timesheets on the projects and tasks they completed.
  • The intern workshops are mandatory and part of the interns’ work contract, for up to 9h of the internship (+ 1h orientation class). Interns who refuse to attend will have their workshops hours transferred to other interns. Exemptions may be made in special situations.
  • Interns’ timesheets must be checked and approved by IHO Supervisors before the end of every pay period (all done online via Google Docs).

Intern Host Organization Application