Apply for a PICS internship, which supports hiring a university student at the workplaces 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.

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 BC governments and BC-based non-governmental agencies,  Indigenous communities, private companies, and Crown corporations 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.

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?

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

For more information, and to submit applications, please contact


For more information please read the Internship Program Guide. For further enquiries, and to submit an Internship Application Form, contact

Congratulations to the successful applicants from our 2020 call: The Climate Action Secretariat; Northern Health Authority, Population and Public Health Support Unit; City of Kelowna; GreenStep Solutions Inc.; City of Victoria; Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association (CERCA); Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Capital Regional District, BC Council for International Cooperation; and the Galiano Conservancy Association. 

Internship positions are being advertised at all four PICS partner universities’ student career centres and/or co-operative education offices. Check them out!

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