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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF CANADA
Website: http://www.jobs.gc.ca
The government of Canada’s Public Service Commission website is a very valuable resource for students searching for internships. They have numerous programs for students including the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program, the Federal Student Work Experience Program, Co-op/Internship Programs, the Management Trainee Program and the Accelerated Economist Training Program. More detailed information about all of these programs can be found on the Public Service Commission website.

The Post-Secondary Recruitment Program
This program is the vehicle through which Federal Government Departments hire new university graduates to fill entry-level positions. Most of these positions are full time permanent careers. Although, not an internship program it is a valuable program for students to be aware of when they graduate and begin looking for a career.

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
This program provides secondary and post-secondary students with temporary student jobs in federal government departments that will provide them with experience working in their area and with the federal government.

Position Description: Various jobs available in federal government departments. Some departments simply let the Public Service Commission know when there is a job available and others have created programs. The list of departmental programs is available in the FSWEP section of the Public Service Commission website.

Pay: Yes. Determined by the Treasury Board of the Secretariat (TBS).

Eligibility Requirements: The program is only available for full time students attending an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution and who are returning to full time studies in the next academic term. Part time students may apply if they have a disability that is recognized by their academic institution.
Time and length of position: Temporary positions. Time and length varies with each position.
How to Apply: The only way to apply for this program is to apply online at the Public Service Commission website.

The Co-op/Internship Program
This program provides post-secondary students with work placements that are required to earn academic credit towards their degree.

Position Description: Temporary work placements in various fields with the federal government.

Pay: Yes. Determined by the Treasury Board of the Secretariat (TBS).

Eligibility Requirements: In order to obtain a work placement you must be a full time post-secondary student enrolled in an educational program that requires you to complete a work placement in order to graduate. The program you are enrolled in must also be approved by the Public Service Commission. You can find a list of approved programs on their website.

Time and Length of Position: The length of the positions are determined by the academic institution and are usually 4 months long but may also last up to 18 months.

How to Apply: To apply or to get more information you must contact a Public Service Commission Co-op Coordinator in your area.

The Management Trainee Program
This is a program for graduates that will provide them with the training and work experience necessary to obtain intermediate level managerial positions with the federal government.

Position Description: Trainees will participate in a program consisting of work experience assignments and educational components. Trainees will complete 4 or 5 assignments with federal government organizations that last for 12 months each.

Pay: Yes. Determined by the Treasury Board of the Secretariat (TBS).

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be bilingual but those who are not may be eligible for government sponsored language training. Applicants must possess a master’s degree from a recognized university. Applicants may apply with only a bachelor’s degree if they are federal public servants in participating departments and agencies.

Time and Length of Position: The program is 4 years long.

How to Apply: You must apply through the Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign. The next campaign will be starting around the end of summer 2004. Keep checking the Public Service Commission website for information.

Accelerated Economist Training Program
This is a program for graduates that will provide them with the work experience necessary to become intermediate level economic and public policy analysts for the federal government.
Position Description: Trainees will complete four six month long work assignments in the economic and public policy sector.

Pay: Yes. Determined by the Treasury Board of the Secretariat (TBS).

Eligibility Requirements: Must possess a master’s degree in economics, public administration or related disciplines.

Time and Length of Position: The program is 2 years long.

How to Apply: You must apply through the Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign. The next campaign will be starting around the end of summer 2004. Keep checking the Public Service Commission website for information.

IBM CANADA
Website: http://www.can.ibm.com/hr/intern.html
IBM Canada offers internships, co-ops and summer internship programs. You can visit their website for more detailed information.

Position Description: Various positions are available that would be of interest primarily to engineering, information technology, or business students but they also employ people in the area of consulting, education and training, finance, human resources, manufacturing and testing, media design, operations, retail, sales and technical writing.

Pay: Yes.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a full time student attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Co-op opportunities are only available for students registered in an accredited co-op program who have completed two years of their degree. Internship opportunities are only available for students enrolled in an internship or experience year program who have completed the third or fourth year of their degree. Summer internship opportunities are available to all full time post-secondary students.

Time and Length of Position: Co-ops are 4 or 8 months long and start in January, May or September. Internships are 12 or 16 months long and start in May. Some may also start in January or September but these are limited. Summer internships start in May or June and end in September.

How to Apply: For co-op or internships your school must have an internship or co-op program and you must ask your school to contact 905 316 2000 or 1 800 IBM 4 YOU or ibmhr@ca.ibm.com. To apply for summer internships you can apply through IBM’s human resources website (www.can.ibm.com/hr) which also lists the opportunities available.

Bank of Canada
Website: http://www.bankofcanada.ca

Position Description: Various internships. The bank of Canada employs people in positions such as economic experts, financial market analysts, financial analysts, professionals in different fields, and administrators.

Pay: Unknown

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a university student.

Time and Length of Position: 3-6 months long.

How to Apply: You can apply online at http://works.workopolis.com/customers/bankcanada/h_coop_e.html.

Air Liquide
Website: http://www.airliquide.com
Air Liquide is an international company and the world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services.

Position Description: Air Liquide has internships in accounting, administration and payroll, audit, communication, engineering, finance, healthcare, human resources, insurance, IT, law, logistics, management, marketing, procurement, production, research and development and sales.

Pay: Unknown.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a student in a post-secondary institution.

Time and Length of Position: Varies.

How to Apply: You can post your resume on their website at http://www.airliquide.com/en/corporate/careers/student_zone/internships.asp or you can browse their current internship opportunities at http://194.2.192.4/genial/genial.nsf?opendatabase&langue=eng&open=CSS

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