Students and graduates – Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers young Canadians the opportunity to develop work skills and gain professional experience.

Through summer job programs and internship programs, students and recent graduates can put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. YCW creates about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.

The YCW program is delivered through two components:

Summer job programs

Are you a current high school, college, CEGEP or university student looking for a summer job that is relevant to your studies? A summer job can be more than just a way to earn money. YCW offers two summer job programs that can help students to:

  • acquire valuable work experience and skills;
  • explore and discover new regions within Canada; and
  • pay for their education.

YCW sponsors two summer job programs for students:

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

This summer job program lasts between six and 16 weeks, and offers students job opportunities with organizations in Canada that have a heritage mandate. Students might organize cultural or recreational projects in a heritage organization, for example, or learn new skills in preserving and promoting our cultural heritage.

Read more about who can apply to Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

This summer job program lasts between six and 16 weeks, and offers students job opportunities with organizations which conduct activities in both official languages. Students can gain practical work experience while improving their second language skills.

Read more about who can apply to Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages and the Languages at Work program.

Internship programs

Interested in an internship in Canada or abroad in your specific field of study? Young Canada Works (YCW) internships are an enriching experience for unemployed or underemployed college or university graduates. Participating in a YCW internship can help graduates to:

  • improve their skills through a career-related experience;
  • establish contacts in the industry related to their field of study; and
  • expand their career options by working in Canada or abroad.

YCW sponsors two internship programs for graduates:

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

This program offers several types of internships, giving graduates the opportunity to work with organizations that have a heritage mandate. Internships range from four to 12 months.

Read more about who can apply to Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

This program offers international internships, giving graduates the opportunity to work with organizations that run activities in both official languages. Internships range from four to 12 months.

Read more about who can apply to Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French.

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