Welcome to the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program. This program is a joint initiative of the Business Council of British Columbia, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and Vancouver Island University. Indigenous graduates from the twenty five post-secondary institutions in British Columbia are encouraged to apply for meaningful work through internship positions that match your skills and professional interests.
In September 2016, the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) and the Business Council of BC (BCBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to work together to eliminate societal gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations, and to advance reconciliation through sustainable economic development.
Flowing from the MOU was the creation of the Champions Table, a group composed of 11 First Nations leaders, and 11 private sector leaders. An early joint initiative of the Champions Table was the creation of the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program.
Qualifying indigenous post-secondary graduates apply for intern positions in prominent BC companies for a two-year period at the employers’ expense.
The program allows for a rich experience that builds personal experience, networks and knowledge for both the intern and other firm employees.
By providing recent graduates with workplace skills and training beyond their classroom learning, the initiative aims to assist in building a strong foundation towards a lasting career. The initiative is further intended to create opportunities to support Indigenous interns as future community leaders in business and BC’s economy, and to identify and fill the skill-gaps common to many First Nations communities.