Internships Program Information

2018 Pilot Program Publisher Guidelines

Co-funding Support for Publishers

For members only

Be among the first magazine publishers in Ontario to be selected to pilot Magazines Canada’s paid internship program.

If you are an Ontario-based business-to-business magazine publisher interested in hiring a paid intern, you may be eligible for funding to cover 50% of the salary and benefit expenses for a four-month full-time contract position.

This initiative, made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, is designed to connect Ontario magazine publishers with new, diverse, skilled talent while providing interns with the paid work experience, mentorship and industry contacts they need to build careers in the magazine sector.

How the Pilot Works

Enrolment in the pilot is limited to 10 business-to-business member magazines, each hiring one paid intern for any four-month period between January and September 2018.

Once your magazine has been accepted and you’ve signed a pilot agreement, you’ll have the green light to recruit and hire any intern of your choice provided the intern meets the program’s eligibility criteria.

On completion of the internship, both the magazine and the intern will be required to submit a brief report to Magazines Canada to provide us with your feedback to help refine the program going forward.

Once the reports have been received and you’ve submitted supporting documents showing the related payroll expense, Magazines Canada will reimburse the magazine for 50% of the paid intern’s compensation to a maximum of $5,150.

Publisher Eligibility

To qualify for the pilot program, publishers must:

  • Be a Magazines Canada member in good standing.
  • Publish an Ontario-based business-to-business magazine. A business-to-business magazine is defined as a publication dealing with management, manufacturing, sales or operation of industries or businesses, or some specific industry, occupation or professions, and which is published to interest and assist people actively engaged in the field it covers.

And agree to:

  • Sign a contribution agreement.
  • Provide meaningful full-time work for a 4 month period between January and September 2018.
  • Recruit, interview and hire an eligible intern (see Internship Eligibility below.)
  • Commit to intern training, supervision, coaching and networking opportunities.
  • Pay the intern Ontario minimum wage of $14.00 per hour plus statutory payroll related expenses (CPP, EI, WSIB and EHT) for 16 weeks, paid bi-weekly or on the same payroll schedule as employees.
  • Meet all Ontario and federal employment regulations and standards.
  • Complete a post-internship report—one for publishers and one for interns.
  • Submit supporting payroll documents (pay stubs, T4, cancelled cheques or earning summary) to receive co-funding reimbursement.

Internship Eligibility

In order to increase the current talent pool and attract new, diverse skilled workers to the magazine sector, the pilot has broad internship eligibility criteria in support of your commitment to equal opportunity hiring.

Publishers are encouraged to expand their recruitment efforts to find qualified intern candidates in any of the following categories:

  • Individuals with a high school diploma and demonstrated interest, aptitude and transferable skills;
  • Students currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution;
  • Graduates, within the past five years, of a post-secondary institution;
  • Individuals with a career history interested in changing careers.

Interns must be legally entitled to work in Canada and can’t be related to directors, officers or managers of the magazine or publishing company.

Types of Internships

We encourage publishers to explore opportunities for paid work placements in any functional area of the magazine’s operations, including (but not limited to):

  • Audience development/Circulation
  • Content development (print, digital, social media, video etc.)
  • Graphic design
  • Marketing
  • Production
  • Sales

Additional Support for Publishers

In the 2017 Magazines Canada paid internship feasibility study, publishers indicated that the most difficult part of an internship program was the demand on staff time and resources to hire, recruit, train and supervise interns. Many publications also found it challenging to find interns with the combination of the right skills and interest in their magazines.

As a participant in the pilot program, you’ll have access to Magazines Canada training and resources to support you in the process, including:

HR support

  • Ready-made templates for job descriptions, job postings, interview questions and performance reviews
  • Tips for promoting internship postings to a wider audience
  • Final report template


To help promote the pilot program to a wider talent pool, Magazines Canada will undertake a targeted communications campaign to get the word out to students, recent graduates and other potential interns about the available internship opportunities. We will work with Ontario educational institutions and other organizations with networks in diverse communities to increase awareness and outreach.

How to Apply

Simply complete the application form and submit it to Magazines Canada any time during the enrollment period, beginning December 5, 2017 and ending when the 10 co-funded internships have been allocated. Applications will be assessed on a “first come, first served basis.” We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to secure a place in the pilot 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 of the key contact person and intern mentor/supervisor
  • Briefly tell us:
    • how you plan to advertise or promote the paid internship job posting to increase the number of potential candidates;
    • what the intern will be doing (please submit a brief intern work plan or job description—templates available at the following links: sample work plansample job description);
    • the mentoring and networking opportunities you’ll provide;
    • your plans (if any) for post-internship retention

Apply here to be part of the pilot program.

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

Sharon McAuley

The Magazines Canada Paid Internship Initiative is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.