Aboriginal Youth Internship Program
Every year, this program provides a 12-month paid internship for up to 25 young Aboriginal British Columbians, ages 19 to 29. Created by the BC Public Service Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Aboriginal leaders, and Aboriginal youth organizations as part of government’s commitment to the new relationship with First Nations and Aboriginal People, the program received the Deputy Ministers Award of Excellence in Innovation in 2009 and then the Premier’s Award for Partnership in 2010-2011 and is now recruiting for the 11th year in 2017!
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- Encourage Aboriginal youth to consider the BC Public Service or Aboriginal organizations as a place to pursue a rewarding career
- Support Aboriginal youth to develop their leadership skills
- Provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to contribute and improve relationship building between Aboriginal communities/organizations and the provincial government
- Contribute to closing the social and economic gaps that exist between Aboriginal people and other British Columbians
How it Works
- The program mirrors the school year and runs annually from September to the following August. It provides professional experience, leadership development, cultural support and a professional, cultural, and social network through the intern cohort
- Interns are placed with a government ministry for nine months, then with an Aboriginal organization for three months, doing important work such as engaging communities, developing policies and programs, managing projects, promoting healthy lifestyles, participating in adjudications and negotiations and conducting research
- Interns are mentored through the year and have opportunities to attend workshops and conferences, take courses and receive career coaching.