Intern and employer applications are currently closed.
Employer applications reopening winter 2023.

Clean Leadership Summer Internships

Growing the clean economy by matching interns with Nova Scotia employers.

Summer internships for youth ages 15-30 years old.

Contact us: CleanLeadership@cleanfoundation.ca

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Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program Timeline

1989

Nova Scotia Environment launches the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (NSYCC).

2011

Clean becomes the program delivery agent.

2014

Indigenous Stream is established (15-week internship positions).

2017

Program is rebranded as Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program.

2018

High demand results in a 9-week Indigenous Stream.

2021

African Nova Scotian Internship Stream is established (15-week internship positions) 

Become an Intern

The Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program is a Nova Scotia-based program providing 15-30 year old’s with paid hands-on experience, mentorship and professional development training.  

Build your confidence and gain an enhanced appreciation for the environment and your community, acquiring essential skills for life-long learning. You will find internship projects available across Nova Scotia, focused on climate change mitigation, clean tech, waste management, food security, research, and more. The clean economy is growingbecome an intern today and a leader of the clean economy tomorrow.

Why become a Clean Leadership Summer Intern?


Paid, meaningful work experience

Gain practical work experience that will build your confidence and skillset for work in the clean economy.


Professional development

Attend professional development
sessions with subject matter experts.


Networking opportunities

Take part in discussion groups with other interns and employers plus showcase your work at the end of summer.


Mentorship

Learn first-hand from industry professionals and have strategic career-focused discussions.

Inclusive Workforce

  • Indigenous Internship Opportunities: Clean provides employment opportunities to youth who self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit, preparing them to become leaders in their community and stewards of the environment.
  • Black & African Nova Scotian Internship Opportunities: Clean provides employment opportunities to youth who self-identify as Black, African Nova Scotian or an individuals of African descent, providing participants with career connections and professional training in the clean economy.

Am I eligible?

N

Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, person who has been granted Refugee Status, or legally entitled to work in Canada.

N

Between the ages of 15-30 years old at the start of internship.

N

From and/or will be residing in Nova Scotia for the duration of the internship.

N

Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) during the internship.

N

Some positions require applicants to be a current high-school or post-secondary student to be eligible.

Become a Host Employer

Employer applications are now closed. If you have an application question, contact: cleanleadership@cleanfoundation.ca

Clean Foundation partners with organizations to invest in training and employment for youth in the clean economy. Clean Leadership Summer Interns are trained with the knowledge and aptitude to become environmental stewards in their communities while delivering meaningful environmental projects during their 9 or 15-week summer internship. Organizations, located across Nova Scotia, who focus on climate change mitigation, conservation, waste management, clean tech, active transportation, research and other areas rooted in the clean economy are encouraged to apply.

Why host a summer intern?


A 60% wage subsidy

Employers benefit from a wage-subsidized program.


HR/admin and payroll services

Access to Human Resources and payroll services including check-ins throughout the summer.


New Talent

Added work capacity with 15-week and 9-week long internships.


OH&S resources and employer training

Occupational Health and Safety training and resources including interviewing, supervising and mentoring support.

Inclusive Workforce

  • Indigenous Internship Opportunities: Clean provides employment opportunities to youth who self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit, preparing them to become leaders in their community and stewards of the environment.
  • Black & African Nova Scotian Internship Opportunities: Clean provides employment opportunities to youth who self-identify as Black, African Nova Scotian or an individuals of African descent, providing participants with career connections and professional training in the clean economy.

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 Employer Testimonials

“The Clean Leadership program has had a very positive impact on the small coastal community of Lockeport. It has made it possible for us to advance our environmental agenda and for that we are very grateful.”

Town of Lockeport

“Clean Foundation internships are the difference between being able to engage young researchers on our projects and not being able to afford to hire anyone.”

Cape Breton University

 Intern Testimonials 

“Self-confidence was the most valuable skill I have developed. I was never truly ever able to have the confidence I needed to speak up for what I believed was right, but this internship taught me the importance of having self-confidence. I am a stronger person now than I was at the beginning of my internship.”

Intern with Eskasoni Band Council

“I have greatly enjoyed my experience with the Clean Foundation Summer Internship program. Interns are given access to a broad range of experiences that really distinguish them to future employers.”

Intern with Municipality of East Hants

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