World Internships Survey 2016 – responses needed!

Have you ever been an intern of any kind anywhere in the world? If so, please complete the World Internships Survey 2016! We have partnered with intern advocacy groups around the world to put together the first ever survey to gather data on internships in any country and any industry!


Your responses will help us to make better informed and more concrete arguments about improving the work quality, pay and selection of interns. The survey will remain will remain open until July 28th, 2016. Thank you for your support!

Les Stages, l’emploi jeunesse, et les élections fédérales 2015 : Une analyse des positions des partis politiques

En prévision des élections fédérales 2015, l’Association canadienne des stagiaires a développé un questionnaire sur les enjeux reliés aux stages non rémunérés, incluant la réforme du Code canadien du travail, et la création d’une politique proactive qui soutiendrait la transition des jeunes de l’école au marché du travail.

Nous avons reçu des réponses de tous les partis politique principaux à l’exception du Parti Conservateur du Canada (PCC). L’analyse de leurs réponses suit et l’entièreté de leurs réponses est disponible ici (en anglais).  L’analyse est divisée entre les partis pancanadiens et les partis présentant les candidats uniquement ou principalement au Québec.

Depuis trois ans, l’Association canadienne des stagiaires travaille directement avec le Parti Libéral du Canada (le PLC), le Nouveau Parti Démocratique (NPD) et le PCC. L’Association est un organisme strictement non partisan. L’analyse qui suit se base uniquement sur les réponses données par les partis. Aucune autre source n’a été consultée. L’analyse a été faite par Andrew Langille, le directeur juridique de l’Association, membre d’aucun parti politique.

L’Association canadienne des stagiaires encourage chacun et chacune à s’impliquer dans la politique durant les élections fédérales. Vous pouvez vous renseigner davantage sur le processus de vote par le biais du site web d’Élections Canada ou en appelant 1-866-463-6868. Si vous avez des questions particulières suite à la lecture de cette analyse, nous vous encourageons fortement à contacter directement le candidat dans votre circonscription afin de mieux comprendre leurs positions et ainsi faire un choix informé le 19 octobre. Les élections auront lieu le 19 octobre, et le vote par anticipation est possible dès la semaine prochaine. Nous encourageons fortement tous et chacun à voter.

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Internships, Youth Unemployment, and the 2015 Federal Election: An Analysis of the Parties’ Positions

The Canadian Intern Association is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the workplace rights of interns and young workers. In advance of the October 19, 2015 general election, we developed a questionnaire around issues related to unpaid internships, law reform to the federal labour code, and active labour market programs to support youth employment. We received responses from all of the major political parties with the exception of the Conservative Party of Canada. An analysis of the parties’ responses is provided below and the entirety of the actual responses is available for download here. The analysis is divided between the national parties and parties predominately running candidates in Quebec.

As a strictly non-partisan organization, we have engaged directly with the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada (“the LPC”), the New Democratic Party (“the NDP”), and the Conservative Party of Canada (“the CPC”) over the past three years to promote greater workplace protections for interns.  The analysis here is solely based on the responses we received from the parties. No other sources we consulted. Andrew Langille, the Canadian Intern Association’s General Counsel, who does not hold membership in any political party, prepared the analysis.

The Canadian Intern Association urges everyone to engage in the political process surrounding the Federal election. Information about registering to vote can be obtained from the Elections Canada website or by calling 1-866-463-6868. If you have specific questions arising out of our analysis we encourage you to speak directly with candidates in your riding to understand their positions and make an informed choice. The election in on October 19, 2015, and there will be advance polls taking place in the next week. We strongly encourage everyone to vote.

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Canadian Intern Association Submits Its Recommendations to Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review

Last week, the Canadian Intern Association submitted its recommendations to the Changing Workplaces Review, the Ontario government’s ongoing review of labour and employment law.

The Canadian Intern Association’s submissions call for the Ontario government to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and the Labour Relations Act (the “LRA”) to provide greater protections for interns and students. Highlights include the following recommendations:

  • Repeal section 1(2) of the ESA and require employers to pay all interns who are not performing their internship as a part of a placement approved by a secondary school board, college of applied arts and technology or a university;
  • Repeal the exemption in O. Reg. 285/01 that excludes students in training for certain professions from key protections under the ESA;
  • Repeal the full-scale exclusion from the ESA for students in experiential learning placements approved by a secondary school board, college of applied arts and technology or a university presently contained in section 3(5) of the ESA. Enact new provisions applying the six-part test presently contained in section 1(2) of the ESA to these positions. Hold secondary school boards, colleges of applied arts and technology and universities to a duty to ensure compliance with these provisions;
  • Enact a statutory definition of volunteer and take other measures to curb volunteer misclassification;
  • Allow for anonymous and third party complaints under the ESA;
  • Expand the use of proactive enforcement under the ESA; and
  • Amend the LRA to provide broader protection for collective action undertaken by interns and other non-unionized employees.

“It’s time we protect the vulnerability of students and interns by bridging the gaps that have allowed them to be exploited for far too long,” said Schenella Pinto, the Canadian Intern Association’s Director of Research.

“The submissions from the Canadian Intern Association shine a light on how young workers, students, and interns continue to be exploited by employers in Ontario,” added General Counsel Andrew Langille, “Law reform to modernize the rules around internships and to promote paid work is incredibly important.”

The Canadian Intern Association’s full recommendations are available online below.

Canadian Intern Association Submissions to the Changing Workplaces Review.

Wall of Shame: Carleton University

UPDATE: This internship posting has been removed. We will provide another update in due course.

Carleton University has joined our Wall of Shame following posts for two summer unpaid internships that look a lot more like summer jobs. Read the full internship posting here: Carleton University Summer Strength & Conditioning Internship 2015

Based on the posting, it does not appear that the interns will be receiving academic credit or pay for these internships. Although the interns may be students, they are still entitled to pay because the internship does not provide them with academic credit.

Both internships are full-time for four months. The expectations include:

  • Coach team, group or individual training sessions
  • Coach movement preparation, corrective exercise and recovery modalities
  • Coach reconditioning sessions with inured athletes
  • Conduct movement assessments and performance based testing
  • Coach Speed, Agility , Quickness and Plyometric Sessions
  • Coach Energy System Development Sessions
  • Work with the Carleton University S&C Staff to enhance our sports performance program (project)
  • Weight room supervision

Making these positions unpaid creates a huge barrier to those undergraduate students that cannot afford to work for free over the summer.

We encourage Carleton University to make these internships paid positions or, at least, ensure that they are legal under the Employment Standards Act by creating an educational component and providing students with academic credit.