FAQ - Internship in Canada
- When should I apply for an internship in Canada?keyboard_arrow_down
When should I apply for an internship in Canada?
You should apply no later than 12 weeks before your intended starting date in order to optimized your application documents and to find the perfect internship for you. Besides that, you will also need some time to apply for the visa. This might be a bit difficult since the Canadian Embassy grants visa through a lottery. Therefore it is not guaranteed that you will receive your visa. However, we always discuss your possibilities with you before the mediation.
- What are the requirements to get a successful internship placement?keyboard_arrow_down
What are the requirements to get a successful internship placement?
- intermediate to advanced level of English and/or French
- desire to learn and improve language skills
- eligible for the required visa according to Citizenship & Immigration Canada
- How much should I budget for additional costs?keyboard_arrow_down
How much should I budget for additional costs?
- Program application fee
- Visa application fee: approximately 70 € – 115 € depending on exchange rates
- Medical insurance for duration of the program: 10 €, per week
- Flight (depending on departure and arrival cities)
- Airport Reception: 65 € – 90 €, depending on city
- Accommodation: 500 € – 615 €/ month depending on meals, dorm, host family)
- Transportation: monthly public transportation passes range from 60 € –110 € depending upon location
- What are the typical Canadian office hours?keyboard_arrow_down
What are the typical Canadian office hours?
Most of the shops are open from Monday to Friday between 9 am to 5.30 pm and Thursday between 9 am to 9 pm. But there are no scheduled opening hours. A lot of shops are open until late and at the weekends. Especially in the tourist centers the shops are also open at Sundays.
- Are the internships paid?keyboard_arrow_down
Are the internships paid?
Internships in Canada are usually not remunerated. In a few fields you might receive small amount of financial support, yet this depends on the duration of the internship, the previous knowledge of the trainees as well as on the industry.
- What can I do if I do not get a Working Holiday Visa for Canada?keyboard_arrow_down
What can I do if I do not get a Working Holiday Visa for Canada?
If you are not lucky enough to get a visa from the Canadian Embassy, don’t worry. With the C50 visa which is issued for participating in a charitable or religious organization anyone who is at least 18 years old can get a work permit without long waiting times and application processes. Participating is possible from 4-16 weeks (City Charity Program) or 2-12 weeks (Wilderness Program).
These organizations offer internships in a wide range of fields, from working actively in animal and environmental protection to working in marketing, biology, psychology, research, nutritional counseling and many more. Almost every internship field can be covered by a volunteer program plus you don’t have to worry about the long visa application process. In addition, the internships are usually recognized by universities.
- What requirements do I have to fulfill in order to obtain a C50 Visa?keyboard_arrow_down
What requirements do I have to fulfill in order to obtain a C50 Visa?
A C50 visa can only be applied for through the internship program of a school or an agency (studentsgoabroad or its partner organization in Canada).
The prerequisite are:
- Good language skills in English or French
- Minimum age of 18 years
- Working time of 30-40 hours per week
- Interns in the field of animal or environmental protection should be physically fit
- Invitation from a charity company in Canada
- Are the charity or volunteer internship paid?keyboard_arrow_down
Are the charity or volunteer internship paid?
Internships and volunteer programs based on the C50 Visa are, without exception, charitable projects and will not be remunerated.
However, you will have the great opportunity to develop yourself in your area of study or interest - as well as personally - and to apply and improve your language skills in English or French.
- How long may my internship last?keyboard_arrow_down
How long may my internship last?
- With a working holiday visa: up to 12 months
- With a work permit: up to 12 months
- With a C50 visa: up to 16 weeks (longer stays have to be agreed on)
- In which areas of Canada does the nature and animal protection program take place?keyboard_arrow_down
In which areas of Canada does the nature and animal protection program take place?
You will live in rural areas, either in:
- Western Canada (EN)
- Central Canada (EN)
- French Canada (FR)
- Where do I live in the City Charity Program or during an internship?keyboard_arrow_down
Where do I live in the City Charity Program or during an internship?
You have the option of booking a placement service that will organize a host family for you. Many interns and volunteers are looking for an accommodation on their own either in advance or on site.
- What is the Meet and Greet Arrival Package?keyboard_arrow_down
What is the Meet and Greet Arrival Package?
We always recommend the Meet & Greet Arrival Package for your arrival. You will be welcomed at the airport and brought to your hostel. After breakfast on the following day, you will be guided to the bus or train station or a shuttle will be organized for you. Your arrival, which is already included in the fee, depends on the location of your farm or wilderness program and the distance to the closest airport. You will discuss all this in a Skype interview with your local coordinator prior to your arrival. The fee for the Arrival Pack is 150 Euro.