Science and Technology Internship Program

Important Notices

STIP – Green Jobs Initiative Funding Available!

Green Jobs Initiative (GJI) is an Expansion of NRCan’s Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP).
Proposals are funded on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on funding availability.   HOW TO APPLY

  • Employers will be provided with salary support of up to 80% of an intern’s salary, to a maximum of $10,000 CAD for each 4 month internship.
  • Internship must end by March 31, 2017 (ie. end date of the NRCan’s financial obligation)

Applicants (Organizations) will be is considered and eligible to participate if:

  • The nature of your business aligns with green economic sectors or industries; or
  • The nature of your business supports innovation and the use of green technologies and processes in the natural resources sectors; or
  • The youth internship is expected to produce an environmental benefit

How it works

The Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) provides an opportunity to graduates in natural science and engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.

Any non-federal government organization (private company, university or college, non-profit organization and provincial or municipal government) can become a partner of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) when it hires an eligible intern to work on research and development projects that are within the mandate of NRCan. Partners can receive a contribution payment for a portion of the intern's salary. The intern is an employee of the partner.

The maximum contribution per internship from the Science and Technology Internship Program fund is $13,200 over a maximum of 52 weeks. See How to Apply for more details.


Some of the key goals of the Science and Technology Internship Program are to allow:

  • Graduates to acquire professional skills and practical work experiences to facilitate their transition to the labour market and to eventually find sustained employment
  • Organizations within the natural resources sector to develop the knowledge economy and increase the pool of versatile and highly qualified youth to ensure continuous innovation within their fields of research and development
  • The rest of Canada to gain from the results of the developments coming from an experienced and functional natural sciences sector


The Science and Technology Internship Program began in 1997 following the announcement of the Youth Employment Strategy led by Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Since then, Natural Resources Canada has been contributing to around 50- 80 internships each year in an effort to assist youth find valuable work experiences.

In general aproximately 80% of interns within the program find permanent employment immediately after their internship. Another 10% decide to return to school to pursue further studies and the remaining 10% continue to search for employment.

Find more information about the Government of Canada’s Youth Initiatives