Summer Internship Program

Are you ready to learn and work together?

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) is an opportunity to gain unique, practical, work experience and a professional edge in the workplace and for organizations to take on short-term projects over the summer.

A Bit About SIP

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) is a paid 8-week internship that builds on the experience of Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) participants. Youth are paired with mentors at local registered charitable organizations that opens the doors to knowledge-sharing, skill building, and new partnerships within the sector.

For the Interns

As an intern, you will be matched with an organization by The Winnipeg Foundation based on your skills and interests and the needs of the host organization. Jobs will provide a hands-on opportunity to gain skills and experience in the non-profit sector.

Host organizations are responsible for providing mentorship. You and your mentor will work together throughout the summer, exchanging ideas about the voluntary sector and community development.

The goal of SIP is to provide you with hands-on, meaningful summer employment and the chance to learn about a local charitable organization.

SiPpers will work full time during July and August at a pay scale of $16.50 per hour.


  • You must have participated in Youth in Philanthropy or any other volunteering or philanthropic initiative for at least one year.
  • You must be in Grade 11 or higher.
  • You must not have participated in SIP before.
  • You must be available throughout July and August.

Application open until April 15, 2024

For the Mentoring Organization

The Winnipeg Foundation places interns at organizations based on the skills of the youth and the needs of the organization.

Organizations are expected to provide a mentor to advise the intern throughout the summer and provide insight into careers in the non-profit sector. The mentorship component is key; your intern will gain an understanding of the voluntary sector thanks to your guidance and knowledge and your organization will benefit from the experience of mentoring a youth.


  • Your organization must have a registered charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency to apply for a Summer Internship Program Grant.
  • Organizations may apply for a Community Grant, Summer Internship Program Grant or any special program grant in the same year, but applications must be for different projects.


  • A Summer Internship Grant is up to $6,000 and covers the intern’s wages and administrative stipend for the eight-week duration of the program.
  • Host organizations must have a specific project that will introduce an intern to the non-profit sector. Preference will be given to projects that provide experience specific to the non-profit sector and non-profit leadership.
  • The internships must be physically based in Winnipeg and occur from July 2 – August 23, 2024

The Winnipeg Foundation matches successful intern applicants with positions at host organizations based on the needs of the organization, the demands of the position, and the qualifications and interests of the intern.

Application open until April 1, 2024

SIP in recent years

Past Internships

Mentor organization Brief job description
Agape Table  The Summer Intern implemented volunteer activities and projects including reviewing volunteer applications, scheduling and facilitating, developing volunteer job descriptions, and conducting milestone checkpoints. 
Art City   The Summer Intern facilitated art programming and organized art supplies, as well as assisted with food preparation and studio and workshop maintenance.
CanU Canada  The Summer Intern facilitated children’s summer programming, working closely with youths to develop and lead projects.
Graffiti Art Programming   The Summer Intern supported community-based youth workshops in the North End and Inner-City communities, as well as arts programming, outreach and social media.
Inspire Community Outreach   The Summer Intern provided event and program support for youth with mental health concerns and neurological differences.
Leftovers Foundation  The Summer Intern engaged in partner management, outreach and onboarding, and represented the organization by attending community events.
Movement Centre of Manitoba   The Summer Intern developed best practices for the volunteer program by conducting outreach to build and manage the volunter base and process.
Sara Riel  The Summer Intern recruited and trained volunteers, and facilitated peer outreach visits.
Spence Neighbourhood Association  The Summer Intern developed a plan to update social media sites and communications strategies, and trained staff on how to maintain best practices.
St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre   The Summer Intern assisted with administrative duties, offered information tours and helped with volunteers, as well as implemented programs and activities.
The University of Winnipeg Foundation  The Summer Intern created learning and wellness activities, and helped create best practices on wellness strategies to facilitate psychological child development.
The WRENCH  The Summer Intern collected written, photo and video testimonials from people The WRENCH serves as well as volunteers, assisted with social media and promoted the organization at events.
Volunteer Manitoba   The Summer Intern provided operational assistance, attended community events, and connected individuals with volunteer opportunities.

Ten Years of the Summer Internship Program [PDF]- 10th anniversary of SIP 2005-2014

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