publication date: Jun 29, 2011
Alberta's nonprofit sector has a
new opportunity to engage Alberta's best and brightest with the launch of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP)
. SCiP awards Alberta's post-secondary students a $1,000 bursary for
completing an internship with a nonprofit/voluntary organization.
, in partnership
with the Government of Alberta
work with organizations across the province to engage interns meaningfully. The
program intends to give nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations access to a
new pool of talented individuals, introduce the nonprofit/voluntary sector to the
knowledge and education of Alberta's youth, and partner with government, student
executive councils, and the nonprofit sector to create a stronger commitment to
Human resources for the future
"Giving students the opportunity
to go beyond licking stamps and filing papers will encourage creativity and
enthusiasm from a talent pool the Alberta nonprofit/voluntary sector needs," says
. "This is not painting
fences or cleaning up river valley parks!"
SCiP also leverages the sector's
ability to meet their missions by engaging Alberta's most significant asset -
"This initiative is not limited to
students in areas specific to their areas of studies, as learning in the real
world does not always fit into faculty objectives," she continues.
Meaningful work changing lives
For example, students in both education
and research programs might develop learning opportunities for new Albertans.
They might work with an immigrant service agency to assess the learning needs
of new Albertans and develop content that addresses language and integration
issues. They might address nonprofits' needs for space, while industrial design
and trades students might contribute their own expertise to the planning and
The program will create up to 500
student internships in the first year of this three-year pilot project.
Volunteer Alberta will guide nonprofit organizations through the process of
creating highly skilled internship positions that continue to build capacities
and accomplish missions.
The Serving Communities Internship
Program will be open to post-secondary students enrolled in any certificate,
diploma, undergraduate, graduate, or PhD program at one of Alberta's 26 publicly-funded
post-secondary institutions. Both traditional and virtual internships are
possible, allowing students to offer their skills anywhere in the province.
more information visit www.joinscip.ca or
call 1-780-482-3300, ext. 223.