Apply for the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) application process for program year 2016-17 is now closed. Dates for the next program year will be posted in early 2017.

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

There are different jobs available every year. Employers offer internships in fields like:

  • administration,
  • policy,
  • project management,
  • finance, and
  • computer science.

Interns are hired as casual employees. Through the FIN program, interns are able to:

  • understand job application and hiring processes
  • learn about Canadian workplace culture
  • network with professionals
  • attend orientation sessions or training
  • get guidance from a public service mentor

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 when you apply.
  2. be registered and successfully screened by a FIN immigrant-serving organization partner; (contact the organization as far ahead of the deadline as possible to make sure there is time for a thorough assessment).
  3. have the necessary language skills in English or French (minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 in each competency).
  4. have a post-secondary degree (except for administrative positions where it is an asset);
  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) (In the future, more locations may be added), or
    2. be a graduate of the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.

Note: FIN is delivered in Vancouver on an ad hoc basis only. There is no online application process. Contact a partner immigrant-serving organization in Vancouver to learn more.

Eligibility criteria for past participants

Interns previously placed in one program year can reapply if they:

  • meet the core eligibility criteria
  • have active and up-to-date files with a partner immigrant-serving organization
  • inform the organization of their intent to apply before the registration deadline

FIN interns placed during any two program years cannot reapply.

Not eligible? Canadian citizens can apply online for federal public service jobs on jobs.gc.ca. They can also 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. Register with one of the Program’s partner immigrant-serving organizations. They will meet with you in person to:

    • assess you for core eligibility, language, and job readiness,
    • refer you to relevant information sessions,
    • tell you to get your credentials assessed, if necessary,
    • give you more information on how to apply.

    Register as far ahead of the deadline as possible (once announced) to make sure there is time for a thorough assessment.

    Note: You must complete this step. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will contact the organization to make sure that you have successfully gone through this process.

    Even if you applied to the Program before, you must make sure that:

    • you register with a partner immigrant-serving organization,
    • your files are active, complete, and up-to-date, and
    • your employment counselor is aware of your intent to apply.
  2. Apply online when the positions are posted, and provide:

    • the name and contact information of the immigrant-serving organization that assessed you.
    • detailed answers to all questions to show your education, skills, and experience.
    • a writing sample.

    IRCC will assess all applications against the essential and asset criteria outlined in the Statement of Merit Criteria. You must demonstrate that you meet all essential criteria. If you meet any of the asset criteria, you should explain how. IRCC may use asset qualifications to decide how many applicants will move to the next stage of the selection process.

  3. Apply only for positions for which you have the required education and experience.

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

After you apply

Your application must show that you meet the core eligibility criteria and that you have the essential and/or asset education and experience.  IRCC will screen it to make sure you meet these criteria and that you have been assessed by a partner immigrant-serving organization.

If your application is screened in, you will be invited to an interview.

If you are successful in the interview, you will be referred to IRCC or other organizations that need interns.

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

There is no guarantee of placement. Only a limited number of jobs are available.

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:

World University Service of Canada (WUSC), for graduates of the Student Refugee Program only.

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