Monday, March 22, 2010

BC Government Indigenous Internships for Youth

Below is a notice I received for the 2010/2011 Indigenous Internships with the BC Government. I firmly believe the best way to fight government is to learn how it works from within. Find the pieces that need to be fixed, and fix them. A nine month job within the BC government would enable people to see how government works. Most people in the government are there to do good, but sometimes they need to be shaken up a little.
I think an influx of Indigenous youth would be a great thing to see in the BC provincial Government.

BC’s Public Service’s

Aboriginal Youth Internship Program


Our Intern Job Posting is now up for the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, 2010/11 program year. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 14, 2010.

The Aboriginal Youth Internship program offers an innovative, 12 month paid internship program ($1,564.13 Bi-weekly) that is culturally responsive and supported. Successful candidates will work for 9 months in a government Ministry followed by 3 months in a selected Aboriginal organization. Program starts September 07, 2010 and runs to August 26, 2011.

As an Aboriginal Youth Intern, you will learn many aspects of public service and provincial government processes, participate in workshops/events across the province, develop your leadership and professional skills, develop strong research & cohort bonds, and create a path for your future career development. You will also have an opportunity to help build the New Relationship and make positive differences for Aboriginal people and communities across the province.

Some of the exciting areas you may be working in include: Ministry specific Aboriginal projects and work assignments; program development; policy analysis and development; youth engagement; Aboriginal community liaison; event and conference coordination; project management; communications; community needs assessment; framework and strategy development, etc. You will also learn about provincial government political, legislative, and budget processes. We have a variety of placements available in several Ministries across the province.

We're looking for youth who communicate well, have strong writing and research skills, embrace learning opportunities, enjoy new challenges and are engaged in their Aboriginal, youth or academic communities.

To apply for the program, you must be:

--Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)

--29 years of age or under as of September 7, 2010

--Residing in BC

You must also have:

--A minimum of grade 12 with some post-secondary education or equivalent work, life and education experience;

--Leadership aptitude or experience, either through work or volunteering; and

--Good knowledge of Aboriginal governments/organizations and the Aboriginal population that you represent (i.e. First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Métis Nation BC, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, others).


1. Go to our program website for an overview of the program:

2. Once you review, go to the job posting:

3. Click on the link that says: Apply for this job.

4. Fill in the online form.

5. Submit your resume and cover letter electronically. In your cover letter, state your three top Ministries of interest (list available on the site).

6. Submit your two Letter of Reference Forms (Fax to Amanda Horncastle at 250-387-0749)

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, May 14, 2010.

If you have questions about the program, please contact me or Allison Beardsworth, Program Coordinator at 250-356-7949.

If you have questions about the applications process, please contact Amanda Horncastle, Program Administrator, at 250-387-0460. Please note Amanda is away until Friday, March 26.

I also want to encourage all eligible Aboriginal youth to apply. Each year is a new year, and we have more placements available across the province that will meet more youth's specific qualifications, interests, skill sets, and career choices!

Join our great crew for year 4!


Sasha Hobbs, MA, Program Lead, Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

The Learning Centre | Talent Management Division | BC Public Service Agency

Third Floor, 810 Blanshard St. | Victoria, BC | V8W 2H2 | Blackberry 604-765-3193

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