Youth Internship Program

YOUNG CANADA WORKS – Building Careers in Heritage

Internships for recent graduates (in Canada)

The deadline for application has been postponed to February 8, 2017

CHRC is seeking cultural sector employers in organisations and companies to host internships for recent graduates (up to 30 years old, inclusively) to help them acquire practical experience, to enhance their employability /access to freelance work and to explore career options in arts administration/cultural management and arts practices.

  • Duration of internships: 16 to 52 weeks
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Maximum request: $10,000 – average contribution $ 6,750
  • CHRC’s contribution (from 25 to 50% of the cost of the internship) must be applied to the intern’s wages, excluding Mandatory Employment-related Costs

To create an account and submit an application, it is recommended that you review the EMPLOYER USER EXPERIENCE GUIDE: YOUNG CANADA WORKS. We have highlighted, in yellow, the steps to guide you towards the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) as your delivery organisation.

Please send me your questions in writing at



Are you looking for people who might bring new ideas, skills and enthusiasm into your organisation? Do you have a great project idea and someone to lead it, but you lack the capacity to make it happen? You might consider establishing an internship that would match your organisation's needs with a younger person who is interested in a career in the cultural sector. Read more



Do you have a passion for a particular art discipline, but you are having difficulty finding a cultural sector job where you can use your skills and express your interest? Are you interested in working in the cultural sector, and have formal education and other experience that you would like to apply in the cultural sector? Your best way into the sector might be through an internship.

The Youth Internship Program (YIP) offered by the Cultural Human Resources Council, in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage (Young Canada Works – Building Careers in Heritage) has helped match arts and cultural organisations and aspiring cultural workers for eight years. By supporting 4 to 12 months internships, the YIP provides opportunities for hiring emerging cultural workers, and for young people to obtain experience and develop new skills.

Since the program started, more than 400 organisations and 700 interns have been involved. And around 90% of interns went on to find employment either with the host organisation, elsewhere in the sector, or as self-employed cultural workers. Read more


Examples of internships that have been offered in the past:

Organisation Internship
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society Festival Administrator
Canada Dance Festival Project Coordinator
Société d'histoire du lac St-Jean Historian/Museologist
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Education Coordinator
Atlantic Film Festival Industry Marketing Coordinator
Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf ASL/English Interpreter
First Vancouver Theatre Space Society Design and Web Coordinator
Compagnie Marie Chouinard Archivist
Aboriginal Experiences Tour and Outreach Coordinator
Zuppa Circus Theatre Actor