Student FAQs

Have questions? Find all the answers here:


I want to be a SCiP intern! What do I do next?
The first step is simple, apply! Visit our application page, fill in the form, and choose your password. As soon as you’ve created a login name and password, you can see the full internship descriptions and apply for internship opportunities through the website.                                                                                                                                                          

Am I eligible?
In simple terms, if you are a student attending a public post-secondary institution in Alberta you most likely qualify. Please check out our eligibility criteria for full details.


My college is not listed on the website as an eligible institution. Can I participate in SCiP?
Only students registered at the 26 publicly funded institutions in Alberta listed on the website are eligible. You must be enrolled at one of these schools to qualify for SCiP.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

I recently graduated from an eligible post-secondary institution. Can I apply?
It depends. You must be enrolled in an eligible program at an eligible post-secondary institution at some point during the academic year in which your internship begins (August 1st – July 31st).Therefore, students graduating school in December or April will continue to be eligible to begin an internship until July 31st of that same academic year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

I am starting post-secondary school next semester. Am I eligible for an internship?
You must be enrolled in an eligible program at an eligible post-secondary institution at some point during the academic year in which your internship begins (August 1st – July 31st).

Therefore, students beginning school in September are eligible to begin an internship as early as August 1st of that same year. Students beginning school in January are also eligible to begin an internship on August 1st.

Please note that if you choose to begin an internship before you begin school, and then choose not to go to school, you forfeit your SCiP eligibility and will not receive your award.

I am not enrolled in full-time classes or a degree program. Am I eligible for an internship?
You are eligible for SCiP as long as you are enrolled in at least one class in a for-credit degree, diploma or certificate program at an eligible post-secondary institution during the academic year in which your internship begins (August 1st – July 31st).

Open studies, continuing education and non-credit courses do not qualify a student for SCiP.                                                                                                                                                               

I am a student attending one of Alberta’s 26 qualifying post-secondary institutions but I am not a permanent resident of Alberta. Can I apply?
Yes! Canadian – and Albertan – permanent residency is not required! If you are student living in Alberta and attending one of Alberta’s qualifying 26 post-secondary institutions, you are eligible to apply for any of the SCiP opportunities. If you are an international student, you must have a Study Permit.

My permanent residence is in Alberta, but I go to school outside the province. Can I do an internship?
No, unfortunately you are not eligible. Students have to be registered at one of Alberta’s qualifying 26 post-secondary institutions.

I am currently in high school, am I eligible for an internship?
No. You must be attending one of the 26 publicly funded Albertan post-secondary institutions in order to be eligible for SCiP. Once you begin an eligible program at one of these institutions, you will be accepted into SCiP.

Internship Details

I already volunteer somewhere. Can I get a SCiP award?
SCiP awards are only awarded to students who complete an approved SCiP internship. No other positions are eligible for a SCiP award. You are welcome to arrange a SCiP internship to complete going forward with the organization that you volunteer with. Just make sure that the organization signs up for SCiP and that both you and the organization follow our Step-by-Step process in order to qualify for the award.                                                                                                                                                                          

I am already volunteering for a nonprofit organization – can we create an internship together?
Of course! We encourage individuals already involved in the nonprofit sector to approach their contacts and create an internship. All the organization has to do is apply, then ensure that the internship is approved and posted on the SCiP website. If you would like information to send them, check out Organization Information.

There aren’t any internships available close to my community. Can I still participate in SCiP?
Yes. Some SCiP internships can be completed virtually by connecting with the organization over phone/email/Skype/etc. When you search for a position, filter your results so you only see virtual positions. Also, keep in mind that new internships are posted every week!

Can I do an internship in the summer?
For sure! Just make sure you are eligible.

If you aren’t attending a qualifying post-secondary institution both at the beginning and end of the summer, make sure you are eligible for your summer internship. You must be enrolled in an eligible program at a qualifying post-secondary institution at some point during the academic year (August 1st – July 31st) in which the internship begins.

This means that if your summer internship begins before July 31st, you are eligible as long as you took classes some time during the previous academic year. For internships starting after August 1st, you are eligible if you are taking classes some time during the upcoming academic year. Academic year is defined as August 1st – July 31st.

Can an intern do more than one project?
An intern can work on more than one project at their host organization, but students are only permitted to complete one internship per program year (August 1st – July 31st), which means only one award per year.

What is the time requirement for an internship?
All SCiP internships are part time and flexible around a student schedule. The maximum length of an internship is one year. Otherwise, there are no set hour or time requirements for SCiP internships. 

We approve internships that are meaningful, skill-based opportunities for engagement in the nonprofit sector. This usually means an internship is at least one month long. The average internship is about 3-4 months long with approximately 3-5 hours of work per week. This can vary drastically, though, based on the type of internship and the schedule requirements of both the organization and the intern.

Are the internships paid?
All interns receive a $1000 award from the Government of Alberta upon completion of an internship, no matter the length of the internship. SCiP interns cannot receive compensation beyond the award.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Can I use an internship for a co-op placement or for school credits?
No, you are not eligible for the SCiP award if you receive other forms of ‘compensation’ for your internship including school credits, fulfilling a class requirement, or a wage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

What do I do if I have concerns about my internship and/or the organization I'm interning with?                                                                                                                                                    We recommend using our conflict resolution procedure. We also recommend that you contact Volunteer Alberta if you have any serious concerns or issues with the organization.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Award Details

What do I have to do to get the $1000 award?
At the beginning of the internship, the student and the organization will work together to create goals and deliverables. Once the internship is completed, the organization and student complete forms online. We then work with the Government of Alberta to pay the award to the student. Please be aware that there is a delay between the end of an internship and the payment of the award.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Who evaluates the student to determine if the award is given?
Internships are evaluated based on the deliverables set out at the beginning of the internship between the student and the organization. At the end of the internship, both the student and the organization complete online forms confirming these deliverables are complete. We then submit the award applications to the Government of Alberta and the student is paid the award directly.Please be aware that there is a delay between the end of an internship and the payment of the award.

I have completed my internship and am waiting for my award. When will it arrive?
Once we receive all of your end of internship forms, we submit award applications to the Government of Alberta once a month. In addition to the waiting period before each monthly submission, please expect to wait up to six weeks from the time of submission to the Government of Alberta to receive your award. For further details on end of internship paperwork and receiving your award, please see the Get Your Award page.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to contact SCiP!