Internships

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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 Internships Awarded 

Ten new PICS internship applications have been awarded from the 2019 call for proposals.

A total of 34 agencies or communities bid for internship support, which provides up to $10,000 to hire a student intern for a minimum of 13 weeks. Applicants pay students top-up compensation based on their level of education and experience.

The successful applicants were the Pembina Institute; Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Parkland Fuel Corporation; City of Kelowna; Compass Resource Management; District of Summerland; Kanaka Bar Indian Band; Prince George Chamber of Commerce; Tsolum River Restoration Society, Climate Action Secretariat and the Community Energy Association. These organisation have appointed qualified students from one of the four PICS consortium universities - UVic, UBC, SFU and UNBC - to fill these positions. Students hired must be enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate or graduate program and returning to university following their internship.

The internships span a range of climate change solutions - both mitigation and adaptation - in the following research areas: biofuels to potentially help advance the province’s Clean BC Strategy; upgrading existing social housing units into low carbon high performance homes; adaptation planning at a city, municipal level and First Nations community level; identification and conservation of climate-impacted species at risk; and community-level clean energy self-sufficiency and GHG reduction. 

Job postings for these internship positions were made at the four PICS partner universities’ student career centres and/or co-operative education offices.

Awarded funds must be used by December 31, 2019 and internships should start within the year. Enquires can also be made to picsintern@uvic.ca

Why PICS offers internships

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. Click here for the Application Letter template.

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

Awarded funds must be used by December 31, 2019 and internships should start within the year. Stay tuned for the next call for applications by the end of Fall 2019.