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We help connect high school students to employers to gain hands on experience and awareness of in-demand careers. Internships cannot be guaranteed; however, CAREERS works hard to find suitable paid opportunities for all students.

Internships are a full-time or part-time temporary jobs that can be worked into your school year or summer break. CAREERS connects high school students to paid internship opportunities in a variety of careers. If you are interested in a paid internship in the skilled trades, you may also be able to earn hours towards your journeyperson certification through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

CAREERS facilitates internship placements in:

  • Skilled Trades
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Energy
  • And many more!

A full list of opportunities can be found on the Internship Opportunities page or in the CAREERS Overview PDF.

CAREERS paid internships:

  • are full-time or part-time temporary jobs.
  • can be worked into your school year or summer break.
  • are coordinated so schedules work for both the employer and the student.
  • have start dates that vary throughout the province.

Yes. If you do not have one already, contact Service Canada to apply for a SIN card.

Reach out to the Off-campus Coordinator at your school. If you do not know who to talk to at your school, reach out to CAREERS and we can help guide you. Connect with CAREERS Here

Previous experience is always great on a resume, but it is not required. Internships are a good way to gain experience. Everyone has to start somewhere; this could be the start for you!

A driver’s license is not mandatory to apply with CAREERS; however, a driver’s license may be required by an employer.

We work with many students in a variety of schooling situations. If you are registered as a student in Alberta, you are eligible to get credits and get paid with a high school internship. Connect with CAREERS to find out how you can participate.

All students must complete the HCS 3000 course. It is a mandatory Alberta Education prerequisite course about workplace safety systems. Its completion is required for all Alberta high school students wanting to participate in a Work Experience Program or the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Depending on the internship sector, such as with Agriculture internships, there may be other courses that are also recommended or required.

Internships can be available for students as early as grade 10. CAREERS also has internship opportunities in certain regions around Alberta for youth who have recently graduated high school.

All of our services are provided free of charge. As a non-profit organization that offers free services, CAREERS relies on the generosity of government, industry, and donors. Together, we can TAKE ON THE FUTURE!

Yes. All CAREERS internship and apprenticeship students are required to be paid minimum wage or higher by their employer.

Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program consisting of on-the-job training provided by your employer and technical training at an approved technical training provider. Interested high school students may be eligible to begin their apprenticeship training through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). RAP is a joint Alberta Education and Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) initiative allowing students to earn hours towards their certification while still in high school.

Learn more about the Registered Apprenticeship Program

Yes. Students get paid AND may earn credits for high school.
If skilled trades employers are willing to register students as
an apprentice, they can also count their hours towards their journeyperson certification by registering through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Not all CAREERS Skilled Trades students will become registered.

Any of the registered trades and occupations outlined by Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) are eligible for the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Learn more about trades by going to the:

CAREERS Internship Opportunities web page
Tradesecrets list of Trades Occupations
ALIS website

Be sure to connect with CAREERS to learn more about opportunities available in your area and what it is like to work in these skilled trades careers.

  • Research and pick a skilled trade
    • Check out the CAREERS, Tradesecrets and ALIS websites to learn about the different trade options.
  • Attend an upcoming CAREERS Information session or event.
  • Visit your school’s Off-campus Coordinator.
  • Complete the required safety courses and get sign off from a teacher.
    • HCS 3000 (required) and HCS 3010
      (recommended).
  • Fill out a CAREERS Application (include a resume and cover Letter).
  • Get school authority’s off-campus sign off.
  • Find an employer… CAREERS can help!
  • Apply for your “Blue Book”.

Employers

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CAREERS works closely with schools, high school students, and recently graduated students to bridge the education system and industry. We connect interested youth with employers like you to help you build your future workforce. With CAREERS you can:

  • Attract and retain local talent.
  • Train your workforce from the ground up.
  • Harness the energy and passion youth bring to the workplace.
  • Provide mentorship opportunities for your team.
  • Build your Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG).

CAREERS facilitates internship placements in Skilled Trades, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Health, Agriculture, Forestry, Energy, and many more! Contact CAREERS to find out how you can support a student internship.

CAREERS gets to know your company and then works to match a selection of students to your business needs.

Absolutely! CAREERS can advise you on funding opportunities that are applicable to your hiring needs. CAREERS also has its own funding available to employers; the Youth Internship Incentive Programs (YiiP) provides qualified employers with up to $3600 per intern.

CAREERS promotes safety through our Safe U18 initative. Safety is paramount for all CAREERS programs. SafeGen provides high school students free access to mandatory and recommended workplace safety courses where students learn basic practical knowledge before starting their internship. It is imperative that employers always promote a workplace safety culture. WCB is available through Alberta Education (high school students only).

All of our services are provided free of charge. As a non-profit organization that offers free services, CAREERS relies on the generosity of government, industry, and donors. Together, we can TAKE ON THE FUTURE!

CAREERS also has programs for recently graduated high school students to enter a skilled career. Currently, these youth can apply for positions in the Skilled Trades, Solar Panel Installation, and Scaffolding; however we are always looking to expand into other in-demand careers. Contact CAREERS if your industry or sector is facing a skilled worker shortage.

100% of donations support the overall operations of CAREERS. We do not pay employers or students for participation. We are governed by a volunteer board that has oversight of the operation to ensure every dollar is spent wisely. View our financial statements for more information.

Donors

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Supporting CAREERS shows that you or your business care about young people, the community, and the future workforce. We are a not-for-profit foundation operating on the generosity of donors.

100% of donations support the overall operations of CAREERS. We do not pay employers or students for participation. We are governed by a volunteer board that has oversight of the operation to ensure every dollar is spent wisely. View our financial statements for more information.

Educators

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Internship opportunities can be available to students as early as grade 10. Classroom presentations and career awareness events are offered and encouraged for students in grades 9 to 12. CAREERS also has internship options in certain regions around Alberta for youth who have recently graduated high school.

CAREERS facilitates internship placements in Skilled Trades, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Health, Agriculture, Forestry, Energy, and many more! A full list of opportunities can be found on the Internship Opportunities page on our website.

Yes. All CAREERS internship and apprenticeship students are required to be paid minimum wage or greater by their employer.

Yes. If skilled trades employers are willing to register students as an apprentice, they can gain apprenticeship hours by registering through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). For all other internships, students can gain work experience credits for high school. Contact CAREERS to learn more about how to get the most for your students out of the placements they are in.

PRESENTATIONS
CAREERS team members are well trained to provide both in-person or virtual presentations that are tailored to your class and lesson plan. This includes information about different industries, occupations, and trends.

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE
CAREERS is well connected to industry. We match students to the right employers to create a positive, hands-on learning experience that benefits everyone. Internships can be done part time or full time during the school year or over the summer. No off-campus coverage for summer? No problem! We have options to make every situation fit.

We would prefer an hour to allow plenty of time for questions and answers; however, our Program Coordinators can modify their presentations to accommodate your class schedule. Presentations can be virtual or in-person.

Call us, reach out through our website contact form, or log in to your CAREERS Teacher Portal to schedule your presentation.

All of our services are provided free of charge. As a non-profit organization that offers free services, CAREERS relies on the generosity of government, industry, and donors. Together, we can TAKE ON THE FUTURE!

Yes! Our Program Coordinators will work with you to schedule an information session. School open houses are also a great opportunity to introduce CAREERS to parents.

Yes, our Indigenous Youth Internship Program and Young Women in Trades and Technologies initiatives are designed to break down barriers by increasing equity and access to education and employment opportunities for underrepresented groups.

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CAREERS has been operating since 1997 across the province of Alberta, Canada. We currently ONLY work with those who study and work within the province of Alberta, if you have additional questions about who we are or what we do, please explore our Programs page.