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University students across the country are eager to volunteer, but not all of them can afford to work without pay.
Students cheer financial incentive
Alberta government provides $1,000 bursaries for internships at non-profit organizations
the alberta government has launched a pilot
project called the Serving Communities Intern
ship Program, offering postsecondary students a
financial incentive to volunteer with a nonprofit
organization. The payback: a $1,000 bursary for
each internship completed, says Ellie Mc Farlane,
the program coordinator at Volunteer Alberta,
which is administering the program.
The threeyear pilot project will make avail
able up to 500 internships to students who apply
this year, and up to 1,000 by the third year, says
Ms. McFarlane. To participate in the program,
organizations must get approval from Volun
Ed Stelmach. The premier immediately gave the
program his blessing.
Ms. Melnyk says the feedback from students
also has been positive. “They love the idea. What’s
awesome is that students may want to volunteer,
but they can’t because they need to work to put
themselves through school. This program pro
vides a solution to that,” she says.
The time commitment and length of intern
ship vary, but the emphasis is on giving partici
pants experience in their field of study so they
can add it to their resumé, says Ms. McFarlane.
“Involving youth in a variety of sectors will
bring fresh new ideas and skills to the table,”
she says. “In the long term, we want to try and
encourage students to consider jobs in the non
profit sector as a career path.” – hilary duff