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.

Eligibility

  • You must have participated in Youth in Philanthropy for at least one year
  • You must be in Grade 11 or Grade 12
  • You must not have participated in SIP before
  • You must be available throughout July and August

Application process opens in May 2023

For the Mentors

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.

Eligibility

  • Your organization must have a registered charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency to apply for a Summer Internship Program Grant
  • Your organization must not be a daycare, school or church
  • You may apply for one Summer Internship Program Grant per calendar year. Organizations may apply for a Community Grant, or any special program grant, in the same year, but applications must be for different projects.

Criteria

A Summer Internship Grant is up to $4,500 and covers the intern’s wages and a modest 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 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 process opens in March 2023

SIP in recent years

Past Internships

Mentor organization Brief job description
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg The Summer Intern developed and created new marketing and communication strategies including assisting and coordinating the Summer Day Camp
Inclusion Winnipeg The Summer Intern helped to create summer programming for children with neurological differences as well as creating resource boxes for families.
Inspire Community Outreach The Summer Intern assisted in delivering COVID-19 recovery programming for people with disabilities and assisted with administrative tasks including research, filing digitalization and event planning
Manitoba Underground Opera The Summer Intern acted as administrative support for various operatic performances including outreach and event planning for summer programs
Nature Conservancy of Canada The Summer Intern created multimedia educational contents and assisted with public engagement events, site visits and volunteer outreach
Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art The Summer Intern assisted in delivering workshops to artists, acted as bookstore and library assistant, and welcomed guests to the art gallery
Rainbow Stage The Summer Intern was involved in media productions, data entry and research as well as facilitating education program development with Camp Rainbow
St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre The Summer Intern organized and implemented a membership recruitment plan and assisted with senior’s weekly programming and outings
True North Youth Foundation The Summer Intern worked at Camp Manitou assisting children and youths over the summer as well managing donor’s databases and updating communications and organization transactions
University of Winnipeg – Institute of Urban Studies The Summer Intern worked to maintain the upkeep of the Langside Learning Garden as well as planting native species and create community engagement events

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

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