Summer internships

Building the pipeline for Atlantic Canada's clean growth economy

When it comes to the clean growth economy, Atlantic Canada can be a leader in creating sustainable local jobs. The Clean Leadership program injects young people with energy and enthusiasm for clean ways of doing business here, early enough to profoundly influence their career path. Clean ensures that participation is easy every step of the way, through financial and administrative support that is unique among internship programs. We also help you design meaningful roles that contribute to your core business, offering you a low-risk way to assess employee fit, which is critical to long-term retention. We offer:

•    15-week placements 
•    9-week placements 


This Program is currently accepting applications! 


Benefits of this program:

•    Chooses only high quality, meaningful jobs.
•    Launches with a professional development conference to charge and train Clean Leaders. 
•    Facilitates a formal mentorship connection for each Clean Leader.
•    Pays all Clean Leaders through Clean Foundation’s payroll (facilitates participation of small operations).
•    Offers a wage subsidy to reduce employer barriers to participation.

We support employers:

We don’t think internships should be a burden on employers. The reality is that many are. 

We are committed to ensuring that participation is easy every step of the way, especially for vulnerable employers like SMEs, rural employers, and social enterprises. We help employers design meaningful roles that contribute to their core business. Meaningful internships offer employers a low-risk way to assess employee fit, critical to long-term retention. We also provide:

o    Payroll services;
o    Trained and professional interns; 
o    HR/hiring support; 
o    60% wage subsidy;
o    Mentorship;
o    Access to the professional network platform.

We support students:

Clean invests in training and mentoring for each Clean Leader, individually matching them with the best job for their strengths. By tapping into a student’s journey mid-way through school, our training + internship program offers exposure and experiential learning in new green career path opportunities – while giving young minds the tools they need for future success.

Interns receive:

o    Real-world experiential education; 
o    Paid, full-time employment in their own communities; 
o    3-day professional development conference; 
o    Formal mentorship program; 
o    Professional network platform; 
o    Exposure to local career paths; 
o    Traditional Indigenous Knowledge

Clean Leaders engage in a broad range of jobs within the clean economy. 60 students worked with clean organizations in 2017, in jobs like:

Interns were responsible for researching, developing and analyzing the potential recovery of commercially–viable products from mine water treatment plants with the Industrial Research Chair for Minewater Management. The focus was the removal of iron oxide from the sludge and investigating innovative ways to reuse this material such as for magnets, beauty products and much more.

The Clean Leaders organized and facilitated the Nikani Awtiken summer camp which engaged 25 Mi’kmaq youth in natural resource management and opportunities, traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge and reconnecting with their heritage and the environment.

The Clean Leaders developed and managed the “Energize Bridgewater” program which seeks to introduce and engage the community on sustainable energy solutions. This is accomplished through research and data collating, public engagement sessions, and impactful materials. The community-wide initiative seeks to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future and position the Town as a lead example for the nation.

The Clean Leaders worked to support environmental monitoring and habitat restoration within the Cheticamp River watershed. This was accomplished through habitat assessments, data collection, and the installation of remedial restoration structures.

The Clean Leader tested the applicability of Breton Organic Charcoal in compost facility air filtration units as a replacement for imported products like coconut or coal used in compost facility air filtration units. Test were conducted to increase the locally-made biochar’s absorption efficiency through pre- and post-analytic experiments to make the product more competitive in market.

The intern worked to spread awareness and educate Centre-goers on energy efficiency through interactive displays, experiments and workshops. A framework was developed to encourage visitors to make a commitment towards more energy efficient practices.

The Clean Leader implemented, monitored and maintained oyster grow out units suspended in the water column while integrating sustainable practices into the growth and harvest, and the farm as a whole. A large portion of the production and farming equipment is hand-made from recycled materials and the operations run on solar power.

Interns implemented innovative, interactive and engaging methods to reconnect child and youth to the natural environment. They organized and facilitated adventure camps for campers to enjoy experiential learning, science, discovery, and being active in nature.

The Clean Leader researched effective ways to harness marine energy, specifically tidal energy, and suggest best practices for achieving the goals of Nova Scotia’s Marine Renewables Energy Strategy. This was accomplished through literature reviews, stakeholder consultations, data collating.

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