Youth Internship Group Meeting

Youth Internships Program

**The Youth Internship Program was completed on March 31, 2017.

What is the Youth Internships Program?

The Youth Internships Program (YI) is a national initiative coordinated by Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and funded through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).  Again this year, the Neil Squire Society will be delivering the YI program on behalf of ISED but will be expanding to include partners across Canada. The YI program aims to provide employment internship opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 – primarily students, recent graduates, or the under-employed or unemployed. This year, 40 interns will be working at over 20 sites from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The purpose of YI is to provide youth with work experience that will facilitate the transition to the labour market. Its objectives are:

  • To support the sustainability and long term viability of community access sites by providing work experience for young Canadians in access sites across Canada;
  • To increase the use of information and communications technology (ICT) across Canada to promote economic and social development at the community level; and
  • To allow young people to gain valuable skills related to ICT thereby positioning them for longer-term employment.

Four Internship Roles

Assistive Technology

  • Research existing assistive technology (AT) and strategies as part of the AT team.
  • Assist in training and supporting clients on using their technology for educational and job-related purposes.
  • Promote the awareness, value, and use of AT.

Communications & Social Media

  • Preforms research to find articles, stories, resources, or other content that is relevant site visitors and post them on the social media feeds.
  • Take pictures and videos of events and activities to be developed into content for the partner website.
  • Interview and produce stories and videos of people with disabilities that have benefitted from the services of the partner sites.
  • Use Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics to assess trends and activity on the partner web activities.

Computer Science

  • Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs, such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment.
  • Identify and troubleshoot online application issues and implement fixes.
  • Preform or direct revision, repair or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency and adapt to new requirements.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Prepare mechanical construction drawings in conjunction with the architectural, structural, and electrical designs.
  • Assist in the design and development of schematics, circuit board design, and 3D printing.
  • Provide support in areas of commissioning and operation of mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment, systems, and performance test protocols.
  • Assemble solutions and apply them to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

Partners Across Canada

BC Wheelchair Sports Association (new window)

BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (new window)

Community Futures Manitoba (new window)

Empower – The Disability Resource Centre (new window)

Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin (new window)

Independent Living Vernon (new window)

Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre (new window)

Penticton Indian Band (new window)

Richmond Centre for Disability (new window)

Spinal Cord Injury BC (new window)

Tetra Gear Inc. (new window)

Contact Us:

Chad Leaman
T 604. 473. 9363


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