Serve community, earn scholarship

Students who complete internships with non-profit or voluntary agencies will be eligible for a new $1,000 scholarship.

Students who complete internships with non-profit or voluntary agencies will be eligible for a new $1,000 scholarship.

The government of Alberta’s new Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) will attempt to encourage positive community change by rewarding post-secondary students who work in the non-profit sector.

SCiP will run in collaboration with Volunteer Alberta and in its first year will award 500 post-secondary students with a $1,000 bursary for completing an internship with one of the province’s non-profit or voluntary organizations. The three-year pilot project could expand to award 1,000 bursaries in year three. The program will accommodate traditional and virtual internships, and will be available to students enrolled in any certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate or PhD program attending any of Alberta’s 26 publicly-funded post-secondary institutions.

“It started as a solution-based idea to increase affordability to our post-secondary system and stands to benefit thousands of Alberta students in communities across the province,” said Timothy Job, chair of Alberta Students’ Executive Council, the organization responsible for the idea of SCiP.

For more information on SCiP, visit joinscip.ca.