YMCA High Demand Youth Internship Program
Employment Program for Post-Secondary Graduate Youth

Finding employment or the right employee in today’s economy can be tough. That’s why each year the YMCA helps over 170,000 youth and young adults reach their full potential through employment programs like the YMCA High Demand Youth Internship program (HD-YIP), a program designed to provide post-secondary graduate youth with career-related work experiences in various high-demand sectors. The program helps young, motivated professionals build skills, develop confidence and through the support and guidance of mentors, integrate into the Canadian labour market.

Internships with Private Sector Employers are full-time practical, broadly based assignments in a wide variety of fields such as knowledge-based technology, digital skills, administration, the environment and more. Two intakes for the HD-YIP program in 2013 will have placements for a total of 129 Interns. Registration for the 2013 internships opens April 29th for:

  • 40-week internships starting May 27th
  • 26-week internships starting September 3rd


Intern Eligibility – To be eligible for the program, interns must be:

  • 15 to 30 years of age (at the time of selection)
  • A post-secondary graduate
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Person on whom refugee status has been confirmed
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not in receipt of EI benefits

Benefits for Interns

  • Provides the opportunity to build skills, develop confidence and benefit from the guidance and support of a workplace mentor
  • Paid work experience in high demand occupations
  • Potential to secure permanent employment following the end of the work experience
  • A minimum wage of $16.00 per hour

Benefits for Employers

  • A wage subsidy provided by the federal government that provides up to $8.00 per hour of the Intern’s wages
  • The dynamism, energy, dedication, commitment that a post-secondary graduate brings to the workplace!


Interested Private Sector Employers and Post-Secondary Graduates, should visit www.ymcaimpact.ca for additional information or please call 604-673-6153.