Green economy companies and organizations are invited to apply for the Employers for the Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program, which this year sees an African Nova Scotian internship stream join regular and Indigenous streams.

The youth program, run by Dartmouth-based Clean Foundation, offers 15-week and nine-week internships for Nova Scotian youth in ventures working in areas such as climate change mitigation, waste management, food security, and clean tech.

“This program has been proven valuable because interns are not just gaining work experience, they are each integral members of the team, helping to support clean growth projects in Nova Scotia,” said Joy Samuel, who is leading the project.  

Samuel said the support the program offers employers can mean the difference between organizations being able to train youth or being unable to hire staff. Host employers are eligible to receive benefits, including a 60 percent wage subsidy, full HR, administrative and payroll services, occupational health and safety resources and intern training.

The group said that in 2020, 39 host employers and 46 types of project were supported  More than 60 percent of projects were based in rural Nova Scotia.

Applications from employers are being accepted until Jan.18. The application link is here.

Applications for interns open in March.