Every year, this program provides a 12-month paid internship for up to 25 young Aboriginal British Columbians, ages 19-29. The goal in providing this opportunity is to help Aboriginal youth build professional skills and networks, get a taste for pursuing a career in government, and above all, awaken their capacity for leadership. We want to support our young people who want to make a difference and empower them to lead their communities and our province into the future.
Created by the BC Public Service Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Aboriginal leaders, and Aboriginal youth organizations as part of government's commitment to the New Relationship with First Nations and Aboriginal People, the program received the Deputy Ministers Award of Excellence in Innovation in 2009 and then the Premier's Award for Partnership in 2010/11 and is now recruiting for its ninth year!
Interns are mentored through the year and have opportunities to attend workshops and conferences, take courses, and receive career coaching.