Alberta announces ‘externship’ for grads to get work experience abroad
Just graduated and can’t decide between an internship and travelling abroad? An “externship” might be the perfect solution.
The Alberta government has announced a new initiative starting this fall in which they will help recent graduates find temporary positions in foreign countries for six months to a year, the Calgary Herald reported.
The program, which is limited to Albertans between the ages of 19 and 30 who graduated from an approved degree, diploma or certificate within the last two years, includes grants of up to $40,000 and aims to place participants in select countries with jobs matching their field of study. They will also receive guidance to navigate the complicated visa process.
No word yet on what the approved fields of study are, but the initial placements will be with non-profits and policy groups and there are plans to expand into the corporate world further down the road. The government has committed $10.5 million to the project over the next three years.