Are you looking for a student who can help your organization advance climate change solutions? Apply for a PICS internship. 

These annual awards support hiring a university student at the workplaces such as provincial government offices, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private companies, Indigenous communities, and Crown corporations 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 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, or an alternative arrangement that distributes an equivalent number of total hours. 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 and mandate
  • Climate solutions focus
  • Transferable and/or research skill development
  • Potential for student learning

Eligible students must be enrolled – or accepted for enrolment – in a full-time 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 semester prior to the start of the internship. Awarded funds must be used within the same calendar year.

When is the next call for proposals?

The call for proposals is now closed.

For more information on our next round of applications, please contact


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