NGO Environmental Defence offers paid internship

NGO “Environmental Defence” is featured on our Wall of Fame for offering paid internships in cites across Ontario!

The interns are paid $12 an hour for approximately 8-14 hours a week for promoting the organization’s campaigns. These internships are made possible through funding from Service Canada in the summer, and through the organization’s general funds for the rest of the year. Recently Environmental Defence has help four of their past interns find full-time positions in this field.

The internship program at Environmental Defence sets a very positive example for how not-for-profit organizations can work within their means to pay their interns and assist them in their careers.

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Canadian Business Magazine offers PAID internship

Canadian Business magazine made it to our Wall of Fame is because of their Writing Internship Program. This internship pays $2,000 per month for 8 months, which works out to above Ontario’s hourly minimum wage. Thanks Canadian Business magazine for setting a great example. So journalists, applications are due August 23, 2013!

Canadian Business magazine 2013 Writing Internship Program advertisement:



Van Fringe Festival finds funding to make internship paid

Last week we wrote a post for our Name & Shame Wall about a “Communications Coordinator” unpaid internship at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. We have just received confirmation that they founding for this internship from Get Youth Working and this is now a paid position!

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We would like to applaud the Vancouver Fringe on their efforts and encourage other similar organizations to find funding for their internships. This employer has officially been moved from our Name & Shame Wall to our Wall of Fame!

HootSuite pays past and present interns

Less than two weeks ago the Canadian Intern Association reported on HootSuite’s illegal internships and the response that we received from CEO Ryan Holmes following tremendous online backlash and media coverage regarding the company’s unpaid internship program. We commended HootSuite for responding to the issue so promptly and encouraged (both publicly and in a private letter) that they retroactively pay past and present unpaid interns at least minimum wage for hours worked.

We are happy to report that HootSuite will pay all the interns for the time they have worked over the past six months. Holmes released this statement earlier today:

It was brought to my attention on Friday, April 5th that HootSuite had unpaid internship postings on its website that may have been in contravention of the Employment Standards Act of BC,” HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes said in an emailed statement.

“HootSuite conducted an immediate review with our Talent and Legal team and we have determined that some intern roles may not have been in compliance with Employment Standards Act of BC.

“To completely remove outstanding doubt around this matter, we will immediately rectify the issue by offering full payment, including interest incurred, to unpaid interns who had roles within our company within the last six months that were not in accordance with the ESA BC.

Also notable is HootSuite’s move to revise their internship program to ensure that is in compliance with British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act. On this issue, Holmes added:

HootSuite will continue to offer  its internship program, ensuring that future internship positions are compliant with the Employment Standards Act of BC. I remain confident that our program offers young professionals unique opportunities to build their careers and I will proudly continue to provide this option for those interested.

The Canadian Intern Association would once again like to commend HootSuite for its prompt response to the issue from the outset and concerted efforts to compensate their interns for hours worked, in addition to revising their internship program accordingly. We believe that HootSuite sets a great example and as such, strongly encourage other companies to follow their example.