Internship Subsidy Program
Last updated February 4, 2021
The Magazine Association of BC has applied for internship subsidy project funding for 2021 to 2023 from the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF).
While we wait to hear back about whether our application has been approved, we are putting out the call for internship subsidy applications from our member magazines.
If the funding is approved, members that have had their applications approved in principle can then start the hiring process as soon as they receive confirmation from the internship coordinator.
Main proposed changes to the program:
- That the subsidy cap be increased from $4,500 to $5,500.
- That the subsidy be standardized as up to 80% for all magazines, large or small. Formerly, larger magazines received a maximum of 60-70% in subsidies.
- That the eligible number of weeks be increased from 16-22 to 16-26 weeks.
- That a new stipend for reimbursing moving, rental and work expenses of up to $2,100 for 2 interns per year (6 total) for internships outside our major metropolitan areas be added. If approved, we hope this will help magazines in more remote locations with recruitment.
- That the internship coordinator have a weekly Zoom check-in and discussion with all interns working that week.
- That internships of 10+ hours per week be available to very small magazines, with the proviso that, where possible, the length of the internship be 18 weeks or more.
We recommend that MagsBC members who are interested in hosting an intern read our updated guide first, even if they have hosted before.
To apply, please send an email with the following to Sylvia Skene, Executive Director/Internship Coordinator, MagsBC at email@example.com:
- A 1-2 paragraph statement of interest
- Section 1 of the internship subsidy program details form (MS Word)
- An internship job posting with all details as listed in p. 8 of the guide
All of the above must be received and complete before a submission will be considered for a subsidy.
Approval is contingent on funding; magazines that hire before funding is confirmed will not be reimbursed if the CPF application is denied.
If you have never hosted an intern before, Michael True of Messiah College, Pennsylvania has compiled an orientation paper. Although the content is US-based, some of the advice is very valuable.
You may also find our 2019 past interns survey report enlightening. The summary of findings is here; the full report is available upon request from MagsBC.
Please direct any questions or requests for the survey report to Sylvia Skene, Internship Coordinator and Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-688-1175.
Funded by the Government of Canada.