Internships Vancouver

Leading the way in a multitude of key industries, Vancouver tops the charts globally for its thriving, diverse economy. An internship in Vancouver will give you the opportunity to learn from the best in business.

Start Dates

Year-round

Duration

1 - 6 months

Cost

From C$1,290

Program Overview

Vancouver’s economy is as diverse as its residents: it’s North America’s fastest-growing tech hub, a world leader in green business and a hub for the digital entertainment, finance and business sectors. This city also tops the charts for business friendliness, economic potential and quality of life – with no signs of slowing down.

What’s Vancouver’s competitive edge? Aside from being ranked one of the most livable cities in the world, this city is renowned for its welcoming, progressive attitude. An internship in Vancouver will allow you to gain experience with the world’s leading innovators, build a strong business network and launch your career globally. The icing on the cake? You’ll be living on the doorstep of some of Canada’s best natural landscapes!

What’s Included

Pre-Departure

  • Canadian-style resume revision and cover letter preparation
  • Individual interview preparation coaching
  • GUARANTEED professional internship in Vancouver – to apply for your visa
  • Step-by-step International Co-op visa application support
  • Personal trip coordinator
  • Pre-departure orientation

In Canada

  • Guidance on receiving your internship work permit upon arrival
  • Welcome orientation
  • Assistance in setting you up for life in Vancouver
  • Work experience in one of the world’s leading economies
  • Ongoing support for the duration of your stay!

The Fun Stuff!

  • Spend time off exploring beautiful BC
  • Live in the most liveable city in the world!
  • Experience Vancouver’s legendary foodie scene
  • Enjoy easy access to the beach, mountains and vibrant city-life
  • Meet people from all over the world!

What's Not Included

Airfare, medical insurance, visa application fee, local transportation, food and accommodation.

What Will I Do?

Our Vancouver Internship program gives international students the opportunity to do an unpaid internship for some of Vancouver’s most dynamic and thriving companies. We’ll help you every step of the way – from ‘Canadianizing’ your resume to setting up interviews and helping with interview preparation – so that you can secure the perfect internship in Vancouver to meet your future career goals.

Internship Industries May Include:

  • Finance
  • Business
  • Banking
  • Tourism
  • Insurance
  • Technology
  • Digital Entertainment
  • Video game development
  • Engineering
  • Green building design and construction
  • Sustainable development
  • Cleantech
  • Design
  • Plus tons more!

Let’s Get Started!

You can start an international internship in Vancouver year-round, however we recommend you start planning at least three months in advance.

First things first, you’ll need an internship work permit for Canada, called International Co-Op. Check if you’re eligible to apply.

Next, book a free consultation with our team to chat about your internship goals and expectations, and we’ll take it from there!

FAQ

What Industries Can I Do an Internship in Vancouver?

The great thing about Vancouver is that it is a hub for a huge array of internationally competitive sectors.The following industries are examples of some of the sectors where you can secure an internship through us:

  • Digital Entertainment / Interactive Media
  • Green Economy/ Renewable Energies
  • Construction & Engineering
  • IT Services & Communications
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Among others…

If you’re wondering if your industry has an important presence in Vancouver, book a free consultation with us to learn more. Make your resume stand out with one of our international internships in Vancouver!

Are the Vancouver Internship Programs Available All Year Round?

Yes, internships in Vancouver don’t have a specific start date, so you can do an internship all year round. The most important thing is to plan accordingly. You must remember that doing an internship in Vancouver requires going through an internship visa/permit process, so you must plan at least 3-4 months in advance so you can first secure your internship position in Vancouver, and then your internship visa. We’ll be with you for every step of the process!

Can I See a List of Host Companies or Choose the Company I Want to Do My Internship With in Vancouver?

Our list of host companies is always growing and changing, not only for Vancouver but for other cities in Canada. We have been placing students in internships and work experiences in Canada since 2010, so we know our stuff! After our initial meeting, reviewing your experience, career goals and expectations, we will find the best company for your goals.

How Do I Commute to My Internship in Vancouver?

Public transport in Vancouver is great! Translink, the name of the transport system in Vancouver, has a network of buses, metro (or SkyTrain), and even the SeaBus ferry, which are all reliable and inexpensive. Regular service runs from about 5 a.m. to around 1 a.m. every day, and the whole city and surrounding cities are connected, so you can be anywhere in Metro-Vancouver within an hour.

How Hard Is It to Find Accommodation in Vancouver for My Internship Period?

Not hard at all! You can choose between staying with a homestay family, in an Airbnb or a shared apartment. Our team will be supporting you on every single step to make sure that when you land in the city, you will have a place to stay. As our internships are from 2-6 months, we highly recommend participants have accommodation arranged for your entire stay, so that you can make the most out of your time in the city.

How Many Hours Am I Expected to Intern During My Internship in Vancouver?

You can normally expect between 30-40 hours per week. Each host company will be different, so if you have any specific requirements regarding hours, please let us know during your consultation and we will do our best to match your requirements.

Will I Obtain Academic Credits Towards My University Program Back Home?

YES! Let us know if you are planning on using your internship towards your University credits and we will inform your host company of the requirements. Please remember to mention it since the very beginning of the process!

What Can I Do During My Free Time in Vancouver?

So many things! Vancouver is such a diverse city, from a stunning bike ride on the Stanley Park Seawall to hiking in North Vancouver; a beach day in Kitsilano to a trip to Whistler…you can even visit the USA for a weekend. Did you know that Seattle is only 2.5 hours from Vancouver? And yes, borders are now open so you can travel to the USA for the weekend and be back to Vancouver for your internship on Monday!

Can My Internship Turn Into a Full Time Job if I Want to Stay in Vancouver After?

Even when we have seen this happening in the past, we want to confirm that it is not just a simple “I want to stay working in Canada.” You will be traveling with an internship visa or internship work permit for a specific period of time. If you decide that you want to remain in Canada you will need to apply for a work permit, and for this process, the most important thing is that you support yourself with an immigration professional, as this program is not aimed for you to stay in Canada after your internship.