National Paid Internship Program Application

2019 Program Application Process

Application Process

Before completing your application, please review the program guidelines to make sure that your magazine is eligible.

In 2019, a total of 10 subsidized paid internships are available. Successful applicants will receive co-funding from Magazines Canada to reimburse 50% of the wages plus statutory payroll costs for an up to six-month, full-time internship position, to a maximum of $8,970.

Each internship is defined as an up to six-month contract position (40 hours per week) with a start date between April and August 15, 2020 and an end date between October and February 15, 2020. Interns will be paid $15.00 per hour plus statutory payroll related expenses (CPP, EI, WSIB and EHT) for the up to six-month term.

All Magazines Canada member magazines in good standing are eligible to apply for a paid intern through this program if they are not currently participating in a subsidized intern program offered by a regional magazine association. There is a limit of one intern per magazine. A magazine that participates in the 2019 program will not be eligible to participate in the 2020 program.

To improve access to the program for small magazines (defined here as having an annual print circulation of up to 5,000 copies), the program will accept a joint application from two small magazines with a clearly defined, well-structured and supervised shared internship position, co-ordinated as two consecutive terms of three months, or one six-month term of 20 hours per week for each magazine. To be eligible for a shared intern, each magazine must have at least one paid full-time staff member to serve as the intern supervisor.

Applications will be assessed on a “first come, first served basis” until the enrollment is full—we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to secure a place in the program and receive co-funding for a paid internship.

To apply for the paid internship initiative, applicants are asked to:

  • Submit an application providing the names and contact information for the:
    • Application contact person
    • Dedicated intern supervisor
  • Briefly tell us:
    • How you plan to advertise or promote the paid internship job posting to increase the number of potential candidates and attract a diverse talent pool;
    • The intern job description, including key tasks and responsibilities (if needed, a job description template is provided);
    • Expected outcomes for the internship;
    • A description of how you plan to provide the intern with the following:
      • Orientation/onboarding
      • On-the-job training
      • Regular communication and feedback
      • Access to a mentor (someone different from the supervisor)
      • Networking opportunities within your field and/or the magazine industry;
    • Please describe your plans (if any) for post-internship retention.


Applications will be evaluated on the publisher’s ability to support the objectives of the paid internship initiative and meet the following criteria:

  • Offer a fair and transparent recruitment, interview and hiring process.
  • Demonstrate a clear role for the intern and a supportive structure for supervision and learning.
  • Provide an enriched intern experience, including onboarding, regular communication and feedback, training, mentorship and networking opportunities.

In order to ensure broad representation, equity and inclusion among participants, Magazines Canada will also fulfill the following criteria in the overall selection of the 2019 cohort of publishers:

  • Diversity of geographic regions across Canada.
  • French-language and English-language publishers.
  • Inclusion of small publishers, defined as having an annual print circulation of up to 5,000 copies.

Magazines Canada may add other criteria as deemed necessary to ensure the program meets its equity and inclusion objectives.

The application period will remain open until the all co-funded internships have been allocated. We’ll notify applicants by email or phone as each application is evaluated.

2019 Program Application Form

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:

Penny Caldwell
Program Manager

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Department of Canadian Heritage