SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Following the recent anniversary of the PERCÉ internship program, RDÉE P.E.I. has started to recruit Island post-secondary students for another season of paid internships next summer.
This season will mark the program’s 16th year.
Thirty participants are being sought to return to the Island to work with a P.E.I. employer that works in the student’s field of studies for 10 to 12 weeks.
“Last summer, we hosted 31 students in the program," said Bonnie Gallant, executive director of RDÉE P.E.I. "The interns as well as their employers all reported that they’d greatly appreciated and benefitted from their internships.”
Recruitment launched on Dec. 6 during the organization’s annual Christmas celebration.
“If our excellent repatriation rate maintains itself, more than 80 per cent of these young people will eventually settle permanently on the Island,” she said.
Over the past 15 years, the program hosted 287 interns.
Program supervisor Stéphane Blanchard said that participants will also benefit from a full week of orientation and training before getting to work in their internships.
“We get them to explore and rediscover their home province, we bring them on tours of businesses related to their field of studies and we help them establish important contacts," he said. "We help them to realize that it is quite possible to have a worthwhile life and career right here on P.E.I., and that they don’t necessarily have to go to Ontario or Alberta to work in their field of studies.”
Qualifying candidates who are interested in participating in the program can visit Percepe.ca for more details and to fill out an online application form. Application deadline is March 31. It should be noted that bilingualism will be considered an asset.
Program managers will evaluate all applications and, thanks to a predetermined scoring system, will choose the 30 most deserving candidates. Once the participants are chosen, the co-ordinator will help them find an appropriate work location. The intern will receive the same salary that any beginner in this field would be paid.
“We are also calling on parents of university and college students from P.E.I. to relay the message to their children that we’re looking for participants,” added Blanchard.
For more information, visit Perce.ca or contact the organization at 902-370-7333, ext. 402.