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SYnC Youth Internship

About Supporting Youth in Careers (SYnC)

SYnC is a youth employment initiative delivered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and administered by the P.E.I. Student Financial Assistance Corporation. Funding is provided by ISED for youth interns to work out of local community centres and not-for-profit organizations. The internships are designed to help young people develop skills in the areas of small business, entrepreneurship and career awareness, with an overall focus on information and communications technologies. The three programs operating in the new youth commons space include:

  • The Hive cultural entrepreneurship program: For the last two years, SYnC has partnered with Culture PEI in order to deliver the program, which employs young people between 15 and 30 years old who have completed at least some post-secondary education. The Hive seeks to foster entrepreneurial skills in recent cultural graduates who have an idea for a cultural or an artistic entrepreneurial venture but require specific business-related knowledge to take their idea to the next level.
  • Propel: Since 2014–15, SYnC has partnered with the Aerospace & Defence Association of PEI in order to deliver the Propel Aerospace Program. The program seeks to employ youth between 15 and 30 years of age who have completed at least some post-secondary education. The program gives interns the opportunity to explore career and educational options in the area of aerospace and defence on Prince Edward Island.
  • IT Garage: Since 2013, SYnC has partnered with the information technology (IT) industry to deliver on the IT Garage program. This program hires recent graduates and students from IT- and business-related fields—generally IT programmers and digital artists—who work in teams to develop their own product, be it a video game or a business application. Teams receive feedback from industry mentors and develop professional and interpersonal skills. Teams are also granted the rights to their intellectual property for up to one year after their internship if they wish to pursue it as a business.

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