WorkXP Internship Program

Immigrant Internship Program

The WorkXP Internship Program connects internationally educated and experienced immigrant professionals with Canadian employers. Internships run for a minimum of 400 hours  (approximately 10-12 paid weeks).

This program aims to:

  • Connect newcomers to Canada with roles aligned with their international work experience and education
  • Help Canadian employers nurture and develop diverse talents
  • Provide opportunities to network in various industries
Internship employment


To qualify for this program, participants must:

  • Be a Permanent Resident or new Canadian within the last 5 years
  • Have a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree

  • Be unemployed or underemployed (previous educational training not commensurate to current job)
  • Possess 3 years relevant international work experience

  • Have professional working proficiency in English (CLB 7 or IELTS 6)
  • Currently reside within Metro Vancouver
  • Not have Canadian work experience in the same pre-arrival role/field

Program Description

The WorkXP Internship Program connects qualified immigrant professionals with local employers. Employers will provide paid work experience that matches the participant’s skills and education.

For Participants – Important announcement

The WorkXP Program regularly screens applications, however, due to the overwhelming interest, applicants will only be accepted when there is a demand of their skills and qualifications from an employer host. In the meantime, we urge all applicants to pursue job search strategies or register with the WorkBC Centre nearest you while waiting to be accepted.

Thank you for your interest in joining our program. At this time, we are suspending applications as we are very close to our projections. However, we appreciate your enthusiasm and encourage you to check back with us. In the meantime, feel free to explore other MOSAIC programs.


For Internship Hosts (Employers)

As an Internship Host, this program provides funding of $8,000 for every matched participant.

Thank you for your interest in partnering with us. We have currently suspended new registrations as we are very close to our projections. We encourage you however, to stay tuned for updates or email us directly if you have urgent hiring needs at


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Are all the internship positions full-time?

Job postings are always dependent on the needs of the Employer. Most matches have been for regular full-time positions, while some have been part-time roles. This has allowed the applicants to focus on further training and reskilling in the same field.

Am I eligible for the WorkXP Program if I have an open work permit?

The WorkXP Program was designed to serve Permanent Residents, new Canadians, and displaced Ukrainians under the CUAET Visa program who have landed in Canada in the last 5 years. Unfortunately, open-work permits are not part of the eligibility criteria.

How long will it take to find an employer for me?

Applicants are only accepted when there is a potential match for them. There is no time frame for a match, so applicants are encouraged to be proactive in their job search in the meantime.

I am an interested employer; how do we determine your candidates are suitable for our job postings?

All applicants (including referrals from our networks) undergo several screening stages, and the WorkXP Team ensures their international work experience aligns with your needs. If you eventually hire one of our candidates, your organization will be entitled to the $ 8,000 incentive.


This program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition program.

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