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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
|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