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Internship Subsidy Program

Last updated August 10, 2022

The Magazine Association of BC has applied for funding for internships between October 2022 and August 2023. Although we have not yet received funding approval, we are putting out a call for subsidy applications from our member magazines in order to be ready when we hear back. 

Member magazines who are interested in hosting an intern should apply by November 30 even if the internship does not start until 2023, as we will be approving applications (or not) on a rolling basis, and the funding may have been spent by then.

We recommend that MagsBC members who are interested in hosting an intern read our guide first, even if they have hosted before. We also recommend reading AMPA‘s excellent Internship Success Guide, which they produced for their Indigenous Internship Program, but which has a lot of valuable information for any host or intern, especially for those magazines without a human resources department or experience in hiring interns.

Here are a few details about our subsidy:

  • The maximum subsidy is $5,750 or 80%, whichever is less.
  • Internships must consist of significant meaningful work, i.e. interns must have regular opportunities to apply their education and skills to gain valuable work experience.
  • The internship must be at least 20 hours/week and 16-26 weeks, not including gap weeks (weeks in which the intern works less than half of their usual hours)
    • Very small magazines can apply for a subsidy for a 10-19 hours per week internship. Please contact the executive director before applying to find out if your magazine is eligible.
  • We recommend the hourly wage be at least $18/hour, and if possible, at least $20/hour. Average over the past two years: $19.15.
  • 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, skills development, feedback on work done and other supervisory duties do not count as mentoring.
  • The internship coordinator will book a brief weekly Zoom check-in and discussion with each intern to provide additional assistance and advice.

To apply, please send an email to Sylvia Skene, Executive Director/Internship Coordinator, MagsBC at exec@magsbc.com with the following:

  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 our guide

All of the above must be received and complete before a submission will be considered.

Approval as always is contingent on funding.

Please direct any questions to Sylvia Skene at exec@magsbc.com or at 604-688-1175.

Funded by the Government of Canada.

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