Seek­ing in­terns

Pro­gram pro­vides paid in­tern­ships for post-sec­ondary stu­dents

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Or­ga­niz­ers of an em­ploy­ment pro­gram are look­ing for 25 to 30 post­sec­ondary stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in paid in­tern­ships on P.E.I. next sum­mer.

The pro­gram has been man­aged for the past 13 years by RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and bilin­gual­ism will be con­sid­ered an as­set for those ap­ply­ing for in­tern­ships.

“The main ob­jec­tive of this pro­gram is ob­vi­ously to give an op­por­tu­nity to stu­dents to have a valu­able paid work and men­tor­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in their field of stud­ies right here in their home prov­ince to help them see that they don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to go to Toronto or Cal­gary to work in their field of stud­ies,” ex­plains Stéphane Blanchard, youth de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The in­tern­ship runs 10 to 12 weeks. In ad­di­tion, par­tic­i­pants get to ben­e­fit from a week of ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing.

“We get them to ex­plore and re­dis­cover their home prov­ince, we bring them on tours of busi­nesses re­lated to their field of stud­ies and we help them es­tab­lish im­por­tant con­tacts,” he adds. “We help them to re­al­ize that it is quite pos­si­ble to have a worth­while life and ca­reer right here on PEI.”

Blanchard said sur­veys of for­mer PERCÉ par­tic­i­pants con­sis­tently show an en­vi­able and im­pres­sive repa­tri­a­tion rate.

“About 82 per cent of our for­mer par­tic­i­pants are cur­rently set­tled on P.E.I. or are about to move back,” he said.

Young peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram are in­vited to visit www.per­ for more de­tails and to fill out an on­line reg­is­tra­tion form. Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is March 31. Em­ploy­ers in­ter­ested in hir­ing an in­tern should visit www.per­ or to call 902370-7333, Ext. 402. There is a fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive to em­ploy­ers to help them cover the in­tern’s salary.


Rachel Chap­pell, right, co-or­di­na­tor of the PERCÉ in­tern­ship pro­gram, chats about pro­gram re­cruit­ing with for­mer PERCÉ in­tern Shan­non Moore. Her in­tern­ship as an education re­search as­sis­tant at UPEI in the sum­mer of 2016 helped her get her full-time job as a sixth-grade teacher at Mon­tague Con­sol­i­dated School.

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