Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (employers)

From Canadian Heritage

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage is an internship program. Eligible employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills.

There are several types of internships, including:

  • Internships in Canada in:
    • heritage fields related to the work of a museum, archives, library or heritage site (24)
    • conservation sciences (2)
    • arts administration or for an arts practice project (20)
  • International museology internships (up to 4)

Internships can last from four to 12 months, and interns must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Interns with a disability are eligible for part-time work in Canada only.

Who can apply

An employer may be eligible for funding if it is:

  • an incorporated, non-profit organization in Canada with a heritage mandate such as a museum*, archives, a library, or an organization managing a heritage site*;
  • an educational or cultural institution that has distinct objectives, programs and a budget related to heritage;
  • a non-profit organization under a provincial, territorial, regional or municipal government, that has distinct objectives, programs and a budget related to heritage;
  • a professional heritage service organization;
  • an Aboriginal regional government or governing body (band or tribal council) and/or Aboriginal organization with a mandate to preserve and support Aboriginal heritage; and
  • stable and financially healthy.

*Note: Please refer to the Young Canada Works Employer Guide for full details on how the program defines a museum and a heritage site. To obtain a copy of the Young Canada Works Employer Guide, please contact the Delivery Organization to which you plan to submit an application, or the YCW Secretariat at

Additional criteria requirements for employers applying to offer international museology internships are also included in the Guide.

To apply to the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), the project must also have an arts administration or arts practice dimension.

An employer is not eligible if it is:

  • a federal department, federal agency or Crown corporation;
  • a provincial or territorial government department;
  • for-profit; or
  • a non-profit organization with a heritage mandate in support of a federal entity, that is also operationally dependent on the federal entity by virtue of its administrative and/or contractual relationship.

Application deadline

The deadlines for internship applications are determined by the delivery organizations that administer the program.

Application approval takes a minimum of two months following the program deadline. Please contact the appropriate delivery organization to inquire about deadlines or the status of an application.

How to apply

To apply, employers are required to:

  • review the list of YCW delivery organizations and choose one that has a mandate closest to their own organization or project;
  • obtain a copy of the Young Canada Works Employer Guide by contacting the Delivery Organization to which they plan to submit an application, or the YCW Secretariat at;
  • visit the Young Canada Works login page to create a new account or reactivate their profile from a previous year;
  • follow the step-by-step instructions to complete an application; and
  • submit their application to the appropriate delivery organization for evaluation.

Once the delivery organization has received an application, it will be reviewed and evaluated.

Read more about the available funding and hiring requirements in the frequently asked questions for employers.

Transportation and accommodation costs

If an employer wishes to hire an eligible graduate from another part of Canada, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage may reimburse some transportation costs in accordance with established policies. Accommodation costs for those who relocate are the responsibility of the intern.

For international internships, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage will cover transportation and part of accommodation costs abroad.

After selecting a candidate, employers should contact their delivery organization to discuss transportation arrangements. The delivery organization will provide the required forms to request a transportation reimbursement.

Contact us

For questions related to internships, please contact the appropriate delivery organization.

For general questions about YCW, please contact:

Department of Canadian Heritage
Young Canada Works Secretariat
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5
1-800-935-5555 (toll-free)
1-800-926-9105 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST).

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