Indigenous career programs

The following career programs are available for Indigenous students. For more information on these programs or about the co-op program, please contact the Indigenous coordinator.

Indigenous International Work-Integration Learning (WIL) Exchange Program

If you're an Indigenous co-op student, you may be able to travel to Australia to take part in a unique Indigenous co-op exchange (as part of our unique Indigenous International Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Exchange Program). You'll complete a work term that connects you to Indigenous people and communities in Australia, while Indigenous students will travel to Victoria to take part in UVic's LE,NONET program and complete a community internship. Partner institutions include:

Hear from students who have taken part:

Career Fair and Mock Interview Clinic for Indigenous Students

Curious about career options? Want to practice your interview skills? Attend the Career Fair and Mock Interview Clinic for Indigenous Students to:

  • learn about career and co-op opportunities available to Indigenous students
  • network with company representatives and ask questions

This event is held in the fall and spring.

Why take part in the event?

LE,NONET Program

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.

LYNX Career Program

The LYNX Career 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.

New graduates - Indigenous Intern Leadership Program

The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program connects qualifying recent Indigenous Graduates from all BC post-secondary institutions with BC employers for two-year work opportunities. 

The internship provides workplace skills and training with the goal to strength and increase capacity within Indigenous communities. economic reconciliation, community development, cultural preservation, and respect.

This initiative has been made possible by the B.C. Assembly of First Nations and the Business Council of B.C. through their joint Champions Table, along with the support of Vancouver Island University and the Government of British Columbia.

Connect with the Indigenous co-op coordinator

The Indigenous co-op coordinator can help you:

  • help you find culturally relevant co-op opportunities—projects or services that impact or partner with Indigenous communities
  • connect you with Indigenous organizations and First Nations communities who hire students
  • find career resources
You can reach the Indigenous co-op coordinator at indgcoopcoord@uvic.ca or 250-721-6378, or in the Business and Economics Building, room 421.

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