Working with Project Watershed, UBC student Russell Prentice, gets hands on experience on the Comox estuary, learning how eelgrass meadows and salt marshes contribute to the uptake of carbon from the atmosphere.

2019 Internship Program Call for Proposals - now closed 

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering high-impact climate solutions that can be applied by users.  PICS shares a global vision of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century alongside all communities adapting to a changing climate.

Every year PICS provides support to provincial, regional and local governments, businesses, Indigenous communities, among others, to hire university students to work on projects relevant to our vision, mandate and objectives. These internships provide students with opportunities to develop expertise in the area of climate change solutions, both mitigation and adaptation, and support our partners in addressing the climate change-related challenges they face.

Call details

PICS will provide $10,000 to BC provincial, regional, and local governments, and BC-based non-governmental agencies and Indigenous communities to hire a student intern for a minimum of 13 weeks. Successful applicants may top up this contribution to provide an appropriate wage for the student’s level of education and experience. Private-sector companies and Crown corporations are eligible to apply for funds; PICS will match private-sector and Crown corporation contributions to a maximum of $6,000.

Successful applicants are responsible for the selection of a suitable student intern. To this end, they are required to post their internship position at all four PICS partner universities’ student career centres and/or co-operative education offices.

The call is not open to proposals from researchers or students.

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 be returning to complete their degree programs following the internship. Students who have completed all their degree requirements are not eligible for this program.

What you need to do

Applications for the 2019 call closed on January 11, 2019.  For future reference, here is the application form -  enquiries can be made to Successful applicants will be contacted by end-January. Awarded funds must be used by December 31, 2019 and internships should start within the year.