Internships

 

Past PICS interns at work. Credit: provided by students

 

Want to hire an intern in 2020? The call is now open for PICS Internship Program proposals.

How can employers gain extra staff to support their climate solutions goals while also help build the next generation of climate-related experts in British Columbia?

Apply for a PICS internship, which supports hiring a university student at the workplace of BC governments, NGOs, industry and communities pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation. Students gain vital experience and exposure in a competitive growth job market while helping our solution seeker partners advance climate change solutions.

Applications are now open for the 2020 Internship Program. Click here for Internship Program Guide, and the Internship Application Form.

FAQs

Who can apply?
BC provincial, regional, and local governments, and BC-based non-governmental agencies and Indigenous communities, private-sector companies and Crown corporations can apply. The call is not open to proposals from researchers or students.

Monetary value of the internship?
PICS will provide $12,000 to successful applicants for a minimum of 13 weeks. Applicants may top up this contribution to provide an appropriate wage for the student’s level of education and experience.

How do you find a suitable student?
Successful applicants must post their internship position at all four PICS partner universities’ student career centres and/or co-operative education offices, and are responsible for selecting a suitable intern.

What’s the criteria?
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Quality and potential for impact
• Relevance to PICS vision, mandate and principles
• Climate solutions focus
• Transferable and/or research skill development
• Potential for student learning

Eligible students must be enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate or graduate program at one of the four PICS partner institutions: UVIC, UBC, SFU or UNBC. Students must either be returning to complete their degree programs following the internship, or have completed their programs the semeter prior to the start of the internship. Awarded funds must be used within the same calendar year.

When is the next call for proposals?
It’s underway now. Using this form, applications must be submitted to picsintern@uvic.ca by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2020. Further enquiries can also be made to picsintern@uvic.ca.