Internships & Co-op Opportunities with the BC Public Service
Find out if you are eligible to apply for a paid internship or co-op placement in the BC Public Service.
Indigenous Youth Internship Program
Every year, this program provides a 12-month paid internship for up to 25 young Indigenous British Columbians, ages 19 to 29. The goal in providing this opportunity is to help Indigenous 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.
Work-Able Internship Program
In 2015, the BC Public Service introduced the Work-Able program. Work-Able is a 12-month work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates with disabilities. This unique program provides learning, coaching and mentorship throughout the internship and interns will gain valuable skills and public service experience.
A co-op placement with the BC Public Service could pave the way to a rewarding and long-term future. As a post-secondary student, the Co-op Program is a great way to explore life in the public service, to expand your skills and to build your resume. Many students find the co-op experience to be so positive—and we are so impressed by them—that they end up returning to build their careers with us.
Youth Employment Program
The Youth Employment Program is a great way for students or recent graduates of high school or post-secondary school, to gain practical work experience, through short-term (up to four month) opportunities in the BC Public Service.
Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Program (MITACS)
In partnership with Mitacs, 12-month paid fellowships with the BC Public Service are offered to qualified academics with a post-doctoral degree (PhD). With a goal to support innovation in critical program areas across government, host ministries provide hands-on experiential learning and equip academic researchers with the skills to address policy challenges and to support program innovation. The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship offers candidates exposure to a variety of potential career path opportunities, supplies government with access to highly specialized talent and expands networks within the broader research community.
Finding Your Fit
In addition to helping to finance your education, this is a great chance to absorb knowledge from those who are experienced in their field and the optimal time to build connections. Most ministries offer a variety of exciting co-op positions.