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Internship Subsidy Program

Last updated January 17, 2022

The Magazine Association of BC has received approval for internship subsidy project funding for 2021 to 2022 from the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF).

We are now putting out a call for subsidy applications from our member magazines for 16-week+ internships starting February 8 or later and ending by July 31, 2022.

We encourage all applicants, but especially new internship hosts, to read our guide in full, but here are a few details:

  • The maximum subsidy is $5,500 or 80%, whichever is less.
  • The internship must be between 16-26 weeks long and a minimum of 20 hours per week, not including gap weeks (weeks in which the intern works less than half of their usual hours), except for very small magazines, which can apply for a subsidy for a 10+ hours per week internship. Please contact the executive director before applying for the latter.
  • Interns can claim a stipend for reimbursing moving, rental and work expenses of up to $2,100 for internships outside our major metropolitan areas (e.g. NOT internships or magazines located in Metro Vancouver). We hope this will help magazines in more remote locations with recruitment.
  • Mentors must meet with interns a minimum of a half-hour a week or an hour every other week to help the intern in their career, such as giving feedback on their resume or portfolio, talking about the magazine industry, doing a role-play interview, etc. Job training, feedback and supervision do not count as mentoring.
  • The internship coordinator also has a weekly Zoom check-in and discussion with each intern to provide additional assistance and advice.

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 exec@magsbc.com:

  1. A 1-2 paragraph statement of interest
  2. Section 1 of the internship subsidy program details form (MS Word)
  3. 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 as always is contingent on funding.

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 exec@magsbc.com or at 604-688-1175.

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