Student internship resources designed for busy entrepreneurs.

Startups and small businesses often lack the resources or time to address finding, paying for, and integrating interns. VFC offers Canada’s only Internship Program that exposes driven university and college students to entrepreneurial & work-readiness training so they can contribute from day one.

Strength in Diversity
VFC Interns come from over 108 universities and colleges in urban and rural centers across Canada. Their mix of cultural backgrounds and disciplines can strengthen the resilience of any company.
Flexible Painless process
Many student internships and co-op programs require employers to think inside the box. VFC's fast and supported funding, hiring, and training processes were designed with the realities of entrepreneurs and small businesses in mind. Plus, we offer part-time or full-time internships and flexible start dates to suit your needs.
In-Time Training for Your Interns
De-risk student hires. VFC-trained Interns are less green so they can start contributing value sooner. And they continue their VFC training throughout their internship with you.
$7,500
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A program designed with the needs of small businesses in mind

Fast approval, flexible process, and simple, digital forms. No extra paperwork; we know you have a company to run!

Check if you Qualify & Apply
Complete our information form below to make sure this is a good fit. We'll then send you a link to our full application and review it within 3 business days.
Attend an Employer Webinar
You'll hear from us once you're in, and you'll attend a webinar where our team will answer questions, give recommendations and set you up for success to hire. We host webinars on a rolling weekly basis. You have to attend, so expectations are aligned.
Multiple Ways to Find a Student
You can post on the VFC Job Board to access hundreds of eager candidates. Looking for a specific skill set? Review our Candidate Profile Board and reach out directly. Know a great student through your networks? Check that they are eligible for our program and hire them
Hire & Request Funding
Once you have your fit, you'll submit a quick Hiring Request form. This form is a crucial step: confirmation of the request secures your funding. We’re checking the eligibility of your student, the job, and other details of the internship. Once you submit, we’ll get back to you in 10 Business days with the next steps.
Get Paid
Subsidies are distributed in two installments: the first half will be sent within the first 45 days of the Intern's placement; the second half is distributed within 45 days of the Internship completion.
Meanwhile, Interns get Training
Our mission is to create entrepreneurial training, and VFC Interns can customize what they want to focus on. Interns develop key entry-level skills needed by Canadian employers: coachability, productivity, and resilience, making their onboarding process into your company easier.
Hire Again!
Once you're deemed eligible as an employer, you can skip steps 1 and 2 and hire again. Some conditions may apply. See the details section below.
“VFC makes applying for funding easy. The people are great. The application is straight forward. Barriers of the traditional intern hiring process have been reduced and the training delivers more qualified interns.”
Carolann Harding
CEO
SmartIce

Is this a fit for your business?

To meet the conditions of our funding, businesses and internships must meet the following criteria:

1 - 500 staff.

Located in any province or territory excluding Ontario.

Work from home and remote internships are eligible.

Part-time or Full-Time roles accepted.

Proposed job(s) must develop innovation skills or add new value to your organization.

The interns you hire must collect a minimum of training points to be eligible to do another internship. Interns have the ability to see how many points they have, and are responsible for their own learning journey.
  • International students;
  • Recent graduates;
  • Employers based exclusively in Ontario;
  • Government departments and crown corporations;
  • Credit unions.
Sales, Marketing, Software, Hardware Dev, Finance, and Operations. We want to support all entrepreneurial jobs, other types are encouraged!
Our program provides a 50% wage subsidy (capped at $5,000), per student per term.
Summer, Fall & Winter Semesters
Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges, and polytechnics) can be the employers of record to offer innovative student placements in Fall 2021. We only hold 25 funding spots for post-secondary institutions, so we can prioritize small & medium-sized businesses.
Employers must pay at least $15.00/hour on payroll. On average, our employers typically pay their interns about $18.50/hour.
Up to 20 weeks.
To learn more about what students are eligible for the program, click here.