NRCan’s Green Jobs—Science and Technology Internship Program (Under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy)


Led by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is a Government of Canada program that was set up to help young people aged 15 to 30 gain the skills and meaningful job experience required to make a successful transition to the workplace.  Each year, 11 federal departments and agencies, including NRCan, invest and deliver approximately $330 million in YES. Budget 2016 provided an additional $165.4 million for 2016–17, and Budget 2017 provided an additional $395.5 million over three years.

NRCan has been participating in the YES through its Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) and has been delivering 50 to 60 internships per year since STIP’s inception in 1997. STIP provides opportunities to graduates from the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to transition to the natural resource sectors and gain relevant and meaningful work experiences.

STIP provides wage subsidies for interns and is open to non-federal government hiring organizations — such as private companies, universities or colleges, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments located across Canada — through third-party delivery organizations. Hiring organizations host the internships and pay a portion of the intern’s salary. For all internships delivered over the next two years, hiring organizations must pay 50 percent of each salary.

A green job is a job within an organization that works to protect the environment or is interested in processes with positive environmental outcomes. Examples of such jobs include:

  • Designing and implementing wind energy systems;
  • Developing environmental guidelines;
  • Monitoring soil and vegetation as part of a land reclamation process; and
  • Improving the understanding of potential impacts of oil, gas and forestry development in order to inform industrial planning.

To be eligible for Green Jobs, STIP interns must meet the following criteria:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship;
  • A post-secondary graduate;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status; and
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance during their internship.

Eligible employers or hiring organizations can be:

  • Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Examples include academic institutions, industry associations, research associations, standards organizations, community groups, companies, and electricity and gas utilities;
  • Indigenous organizations and groups; or
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and their departments and agencies where applicable.

To apply for funding applicants must go through one of the following four third-party organizations:

Delivery Organizations may add additional criteria for participation in their delivery of the program for either interns or employers.

Visit our website for more information on Natural Resources Canada’s Green Jobs–Science and Technology Internship Program.

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