YCW Program Information for Canadian Students and Recent Graduates

Current Students

Click here if you are a high school, college, CEGEP or university student looking for summer employment

Two summer job programs can help you to:

  • Acquire valuable work experience and skills
  • Explore and discover new regions within Canada
  • Pay for your education

Recent Graduates

Click here if you are a recent college or university graduate currently unemployed or underemployed seeking an internship

Two internship programs can help you to:

  • Improve your skills through career-related experience
  • Establish contacts in the industry related to your field of study
  • Boost your career prospects

A Participant’s Success Story…

Student and supervisor involved in the Young Canada Works program both standing  next to West Kootenay Visitor Centre sign.
[Translation] "I've always had difficulty with English. I saw many other students better than me, which led me to believe I was perhaps not good enough to work in an English environment. I always wanted to do something in immersion, knowing that it was a good way to learn this useful language [English]. However, I lacked courage and organization, which Young Canada Works provided to me. I could get a job to reassure me of my abilities, and a project to motivate me. Once hired, I discovered my place - I mounted an online network [for the public] to better understand my workplace, I made commercials to promote our activities via several forms of media: radio, newspapers, internet, etc., I also organized volunteers, provided training and prepared their schedules. My colleague and I are currently in the process of organizing the first edition of a festival. It wasn’t easy every day, but I know now that I'm strong enough to go through many challenges, and that I'd ultimately be successful. Now I know I can do a lot of good things in English or French! Through Young Canada Works, I discovered more within myself, and I believe in me. [YCW] offered me the chance to push and develop myself! Thank you Young Canada Works for giving me my chance."

– Wilheme Castonguay-Lachance, Assistant Manager and Naturalist, Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society