Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French (graduates)

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French is an internship program for unemployed or underemployed post-secondary graduates. The Program helps college and university graduates develop career-based skills to help them transition to the job market. Interns can improve their professional skills and start a career in areas related to their field of study. The Program enables them to acquire skills that meet the needs of the labor market in a global economy, particularly in the language industries, as well as skills that meet the needs of the labor market in official-language minority communities.

There are two types of internships, including:

  • Internships in Canada EXCLUSIVELY to staff positions in official-language minority community media (radios and newspapers); and
  • International internships to staff positions mainly related to the language industry.

Workplaces vary and can include language schools, educational institutions, translation firms, visual or performing arts companies as well as film and video production, cultural or heritage organizations. For example, a participant could translate a book, develop communication tools or even promote a theatre troupe. Moreover, Canadian internships only applies to official-language minority community media (radios and newspapers).

Internships can last from four to 12 months, and interns must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Preference will be given to employers offering an internship period of six to 12 months. Interns with a disability are eligible for part-time positions in Canada only.

Who can apply

An individual may be eligible if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are a graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program;
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy;
  • have a working knowledge of both English and French; and
  • are willing to work in another part of Canada or in another country.

Application deadline

There is no deadline. We recommend that you create an account and submit your candidacy before the summer.

How to apply

To apply, individuals are required to:

  • visit the Young Canada Works login page;
  • create an account by clicking on the "Sign Up" link, then complete and submit a candidate profile;
  • browse job opportunities via the "Search for a job" link in their account; and
  • express their interest in a position by clicking on the job title and then on "Express interest in this job".

Individuals selected for a position will be required to complete the following online forms and reports over the duration of their internship:

  • Candidate Eligibility Form (initiated by the employer) – To confirm intern eligibility to participate. This form must be completed before an intern is hired by their employer.
  • Staffing Report (initiated by the employer) – To ensure that the details of the internship are accurate. This information must be confirmed during the first week of the internship.
  • End of Work Term Report – To ensure the internship has successfully ended. This form must be completed on the intern's last day of work.
  • Evaluation Questionnaire – To provide feedback regarding the program. This questionnaire must be completed at the end of the internship.

Any questions about these obligations should be directed to the employer. There are instructions for all forms and reports within the intern's Young Canada Works (YCW) account.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French does not hire interns directly; it is the employer's responsibility to hire individuals for their funded position(s). Employers approved for funding can search through the candidate list and contact individuals to hold an interview. However, graduates are strongly encouraged to apply directly to any internship of interest to them.

Transportation and accommodation costs

For Canadian internships, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French will pay reasonable students transportation costs (round trip) within the program’s policy. Accommodation costs must be covered by the participants. The delivery organization will be responsible for the transportation management.

As for international internships, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French will cover transportation and part of accommodation costs abroad.

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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