Apply for the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program provides newcomers with valuable temporary Canadian work experience and training opportunities with federal, municipal and private sector organizations.

The number and types of positions available in a given year vary. Internships are offered in fields like policy, administration, project management, computer science and finance.

Interns are hired for 90 working days. The internship may be extended an additional 90 working days. A mentor is provided for the duration of the internship.

In addition to gaining Canadian work experience, interns are able to:

  • learn about Canadian workplace culture
  • understand hiring processes
  • network with professionals
  • attend orientation sessions or training

Who is eligible

To be eligible, you must:

  1. be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen in Canada for less than 10 years (based on the date you became a permanent resident); and live in Canada at the time of application.
  2. have the necessary language abilities in English or French (minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 7)
  3. have a post-secondary degree (with the exception of administrative positions where it is an asset);
  4. be registered and successfully screened by one of the program’s immigrant-serving organization partners by April 22, 2016; (Note: to ensure enough time is available to be thoroughly assessed, please contact a FIN partner organization as far as possible in advance of April 22); and
  5. either
    1. live or work in Ottawa/Gatineau (or within a 125 kilometre radius), Toronto (or within a 125 kilometre radius), Vancouver (or within a 145 kilometre radius on Canadian territory) or Victoria (or within a 75 kilometre radius)
      (Note: In the future, additional locations may be added), or
    2. be a graduate of the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.

Note for Vancouver candidates: FIN is delivered in Vancouver on an ad hoc basis. Dates for registration and screening by one of the program’s immigrant-serving organization partners do not apply. Please contact one of the FIN Program's immigrant-serving organization partners in Vancouver to find out more.

Past participants: Interns can reapply to the program once.

Not eligible? Canadian citizens can apply online for federal public service jobs on the Public Service Commission’s job website, or participate in other programs, such as a post-secondary co-op/internship program.

How to apply

If you are eligible, here’s how to apply:

  1. Contact one of the program’s immigrant-serving organization partners to be assessed for employment readiness before April 22, 2016 (this is mandatory, as the organization will be contacted to verify that you have successfully gone through this process). Candidates who have applied to the program previously must also register with an immigrant-serving organization partner.
    The organization will meet with you in person and:
    • evaluate your language skills in English or French (minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 7);
    • refer you to the appropriate licensing/assessment bodies for the assessment of your  credentials, if needed; and
    • refer you to additional job readiness training, if needed (i.e. resume writing or interview coaching)
  2. The next online application process will take place on May 5 and 6, 2016 on jobs.gc.ca. When applying, you will be asked to:
    • Submit a writing sample to evaluate your writing skills
    • Thoroughly answer questions that will assess your education and experience.
    • Provide the name and contact information of the immigrant-serving organization that assessed you.

For each category, there are essential qualifications that all applicants must meet. These are outlined in the Statement of Merit Criteria. Only apply for positions in categories for which you have the required education and experience.

You are not required to meet asset qualifications, but are encouraged to specify and explain those  that you do meet. You may also be assessed on these criteria.

Management may choose one or more asset qualifications at the pre-screening stage to determine the number of applicants who will advance to the following stage of the selection process.

Note for Vancouver candidates: FIN is delivered in Vancouver on an ad hoc basis. There is no online application process. Please contact one of the FIN Program's immigrant-serving organization partners in Vancouver to find out more.

After you apply

Your application will be shared with IRCC or other organizations needing interns.

Qualified candidates will be matched with particular jobs based on their skills and the needs of the participating organizations.

Please note the number of positions available is limited. Even if you qualify and are successful through the screening and interviewing process, there is no guarantee of placement.

Immigrant-serving organization partners

You can contact one of these partner organizations to be screened for job readiness.

Ottawa/Gatineau:

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA):

Victoria:

The Greater Vancouver Area:

FIN is delivered in Vancouver on an ad hoc basis. There is no online application process. Please contact one of the FIN Program's immigrant-serving organization partners in Vancouver to find out more.

National:

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