Indigenous career programs
The following career programs are available for Indigenous students. For more information, please contact the Indigenous coordinator.
LE,NONET (pronounced "le-nong-it") is a SENĆOŦEN word that literally means "paddling a canoe in a storm and making it through to the other side. In a more figurative sense, LE,NONET can also be taken to mean "success after enduring many hardships."
The Community Internship (IS 321) is 120 hours of work experience carried out in an Indigenous community or organization of the student's choice. Students must complete the IS 310 Preparation Seminar pre-requisite with a B+ (77%) or higher in order to register for this.
This program, sponsored by TD Bank, is designed to help graduating Indigenous students gain direct "on the job" skills while pursuing their educational goals. You'll work towards mentoring and/or job shadowing and professional development skills like résumé-writing and interview techniques, work with a job coach, and prepare for graduate studies.
As a key requirement of the program, you're expected to give back to the community either by facilitating workshops or organizing a community event. Based on which career options are chosen, you can receive up to $2,000 in awards. Financial awards are given for various levels of participation, including:
- Mentoring: minimum of 20–25 hours
- Job-shadowing: minimum of 5 days (25–35 hours)
- Reciprocal learning and giving back: volunteer to give back to your community or extended community
The LYNX Aboriginal Student Career and Employment Program through the University of Calgary provides an opportunity for Indigenous students and recent graduates from various universities in Western Canada to connect directly with potential employers.
Potential employers seeking to hire Indigenous students use the program to post available employment positions, view student profiles and share information about their organizations.
Through the program website, you can upload résumés and learn about opportunities for internships, co-ops, summer and full-time employment.
Meet the Indigenous coordinator
Lalita Kines is the LE,NONET Experiential and Community Learning Coordinator.
My name is Lalita Kines and I am Coast Salish from the K'ómoks Nation. I have a background in education and a passion for career planning and development. I look forward to helping Indigenous students!
I can help you:
- find relevant work in your field of study
- connect with Indigenous organizations and First Nations communities who hire students
- explore culturally relevant co-op opportunities—projects or services that impact or partner with Indigenous communities
- learn more about the LE,NONET program
- find career resources and discuss band funding issues