Fully-funded youth internships for your business

By Lindsay Advocate

Fully-funded youth internships for your business

Small and medium-sized companies in Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough area can get up to $25,500 to hire youth interns (15-30 years of age) to support their business’ growth through the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, DS4Y is a nation-wide program, also delivered primarily in South-Central Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon by the Lindsay-based Pinnguaq Association.

The internships help underemployed youth gain meaningful work experience and develop digital skills to successfully participate in the digital economy.

DS4Y internships are funded up to 100 per cent, to a total of $25,500 per internship, including up to $4,000 of digital training, of which $1,000 can be for soft skills.

“DS4Y is a great win-win opportunity for businesses,” said Avi Rakhra, DS4Y manager for Pinnguaq. “At no cost to you, you can bring in talented youth to support your business’ growth, from office administration, social media or specialized technical roles, and enable them to earn valuable work experience, through a digital landscape.”

The DS4Y partnership is just one of many initiatives that the Pinnguaq Association leads to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and digital skills education in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. These teachings take place through hands-on and remote workshops, makerspace-driven exploration, and self-directed online modules.

Companies interested in hosting interns starting now until March 2021 are invited to contact The DS4Y Team at or call (343) 551-7444. They can also visit https://pinnguaq.com/work/digital-skills-support to submit an application.

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