Internship Subsidy Program
The Magazine Association of BC has secured funding from the Canada Periodical Fund for our internship subsidy program from now until 2020. Member magazines may apply to host an intern at any time during the year. Applications filed earlier in the year are more likely to be funded.
All interested member magazines are invited to submit an application as soon as they identify an internship opportunity.
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, it is very valuable.
MagsBC offers subsidies up to 60-80% based on how many full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees and contract staff a magazine has, to a maximum of $4,500. A large magazine (6 or more FTEs) may be subsidized up to 60%, a medium-sized magazine (3-6 FTEs) up to 70%, and a small magazine (less than 3 FTEs) up to 80%. Please see the definition of FTEs and how to calculate them here.
Direct all questions to Sylvia Skene, Internship Coordinator and Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-688-1175.
- Be full (voting) MagsBC members in good standing, with dues paid for the duration of the internship.
- Offer both a supervisor and a mentor for the intern, who must be different people.
- Receive no more than two internship subsidies per year.
- Submit a job posting, an expression of interest of no more than two paragraphs, and section 1 of the internship details form.
- Be at least 20 hours/week (on average) for 16-22 weeks, not counting holiday breaks. An internship can be shared between two magazines.
- Provide an environment in which interns contribute meaningful work and learn magazine publishing skills.
- Pay at least the BC minimum wage of 13.85/hour, or an $800/month honorarium for very small magazines.
- Compensate the intern for additional benefits if they fit the criteria for employee status.
- Be post-secondary students or have graduated within the last 3 years from an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Be able to commit to the total internship period.
- Not have been hired under this program before.
The internship coordinator at MagsBC must:
- Make sure all criteria for a successful internship have been met.
- Facilitate training and communication between supervisor, mentor, expert consultant and intern in a timely fashion.
- Monitor hours worked during the internship and notify the supervisor if their intern is falling behind.
- Arrange to visit the intern and their supervisor about midway through the placement, and if possible, meet with the mentor as well.
- Provide an expert consultant for the intern promptly after discussing training needs with the intern and the supervisor.
- Arrange for payment of subsidies from MagsBC after all criteria have been met and surveys have been received.
All magazines must assign a primary supervisor to the intern, who is not expected to be absent from work for any significant length of time during the internship. Supervisors are encouraged to give their interns challenging tasks and projects, even if it means taking on some of the more basic jobs themselves, to make sure the interns have a meaningful, enjoyable and useful internship experience.
All magazines must provide a mentor for the intern. The mentor must not be the primary supervisor, although they can be the backup. The mentor’s primary role is to give advice and guidance to the intern on their career in the magazine publishing industry, rather than feedback on the work they are performing for the internship. The mentor does not have to be an employee of the publication, but must be willing to donate a half hour a week or an hour every other week for the duration of the internship to meet with the intern, whether in person or via phone or Skype.
Interns must be enrolled in or be recent graduates of journalism, publishing, professional writing, digital publishing, communications, design, business, marketing, advertising or a comparable program at an accredited post-secondary institution. Interns may be accepted up to three years after graduation.
Interns must be available for a continuous period for the internship, not including the holiday season. However, a short gap is acceptable if the intern has a previously booked commitment of one week or less and can arrange with the magazine to extend the internship to make up those lost hours.
All magazines, except very small magazines, must pay their interns at least minimum wage, which in British Columbia is $13.85/hour as of June 1, 2019.
Instead of an hourly wage, very small magazines may also pay their intern an honorarium of at least $190 per week or $800 per month for the full term of the internship.
All interns must be paid promptly for their work on at least a monthly basis.
Hours Per Week
Interns must work for at least 4 hours/day or 20 hours/week, averaged out.
Subsidies will not be given for internships with an average of fewer than 20 hours per week. If an intern has to miss time during a workweek, magazine staff is encouraged to arrange with the intern to make up any shortfall in hours promptly. Weeks during which the intern works fewer than 10 hours do not count toward the total length of the internship.
If a magazine cannot provide enough meaningful work or funding to support a 20-hour per week internship, a single application and a combined job posting with another magazine for a shared internship may be co-submitted. A designated supervisor and a mentor are required at each host magazine.
Length of Internship
All magazines must provide an internship of 16-22 weeks. Holiday weeks, or any weeks with less than 10 hours worked, are not counted.
We want to make sure that each internship is of value to both the host magazine and the intern. Therefore, if any part of the application or internship is not satisfactory, MagsBC reserves the right to deny approval of an application and all or part of a subsidy, to review an internship, to recommend dismissal of an intern, or to reassign an intern to another magazine.
Please find the internship form here.
For detailed information and step-by-step instructions, please see the Internship Initiative Program Guide - 2019-2020 Subsidies.