citizenU - Host an Internship Opportunity

Program Overview

citizenU is looking for companies and organizations to partner with to provide  young Vancouverites meaningful work experiences in the form of internships.  citizenU is the City of Vancouver’s anti-bullying, anti-racism and anti-discrimination action research initiative. The program strives to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on age, ability, class, gender, sexual orientation, race and looks and build stronger, more positive relationships among our diverse communities. Youth between the ages of 15-20 participate in a nine-month cycle where they engage in intensive workshops, participate in citywide events (that focus on educating and/or celebrating Vancouver’s rich and diverse culture) and work with other youth to create their own community projects. The citizenU Internship program aims to provide these youth with work opportunities that will allow them to contribute meaningfully and apply their learning to projects within a workplace environment. In return, companies and organizations will get the opportunity to mentor youth in their community and provide them with an opportunity to develop their skills. Internships can be paid or unpaid depending on the resources you have available and can range anywhere from three to six months in length. 

Program Objectives

  1. To provide meaningful work experience to citizenU youth participants.
  2. To provide organizations and/or companies an opportunity to mentor a youth intern in their community by providing them with a meaningful work experience that will allow them to work on a program/project and contribute to their overall skill development.
  3. Assist in the program’s overall goals to eliminate discrimination (in all of its forms) and build a stronger, more inclusive environment.

Program Guidelines

To host an intern, organizations/companies must:

  • Have a project relating to anti-discrimination, anti-racism, anti-bullying, community building and/or education.
  • Be able to provide meaningful tasks and responsibilities for the intern to complete and ensure they receive a well-rounded experience.
  • Understand that internships have a reciprocal benefit so not only will you be fostering the intern’s growth, but you should also benefit from the intern’s work and support

Responsibilities of host organizations include:

  • Be able to commit at least one staff member to direct, supervise, and provide feedback to the intern.
  • Conduct check-ins twice a month with the intern to address any concerns. 
  • Conduct an interim and final evaluation to assess the progress of the intern and the overall internship.
  • Maintain communication and agree to notify the City of Vancouver in the event of any problems concerning the placement

To host an intern, companies/organizations will be required to provide the City with detailed information outlining:

  • who you are and what you do 
  • description of the project/program the intern will support 
  • specific duties and responsibilities the intern will have
  • how long the placement will last and hours per week 
  • whether the placement will be paid or unpaid (if paid, you will need to provide the amount).

Once approved, the City will handle all logistics relating to recruitment and will provide the host organization/company a shortlist of appropriate candidates (the City will screen and conduct the first set of interviews). From there the host company/organization will conduct a second round of interviews to determine the successful intern.

Next Steps

If you are interested in hosting an intern, please submit an expression of interest here.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lanny Libby at (604) 871-6864 or by email at lanny.libby@vancouver.ca