One of NATI’s flagship programs, the NATI-ACOA Internship Program offers two streams of internships including Export and Commercialization, and is designed to provide work opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador university and college graduates while supporting the growth of established technology companies with quality commercialization and trade advisory services. With a call for interest each year, 18 spots are made available in for successful applicant companies who then engage a graduate for a period of one year, with substantial funding support through the Internship Program. The program provides hands-on work experience for local graduates and contributes toward strengthening the growth and performance of the province by encouraging Newfoundland and Labrador-based technology companies to initiate and expand export activities.
Participating companies are required to contribute a minimum of 25% ($10,000) of the graduate’s salary and benefits to the minimum per annum salary of $40,000, excluding all mandatory employer-related costs (MERC). The program provides 75% of the intern’s salary to a maximum of $30,000, in addition to mandatory professional sales training, and support for other approved training activities.
The selection of participating companies is competitive. Successful applicants will:
• Commit to making commercialization or trade support services part of their business strategy;
• Demonstrate they can support the intern with the necessary resources for their career development in their role; and
• Demonstrate they have the commitment and means to implement on their business strategy.
This year’s cohort of Commercialization and Export internships is in progress and fully-subscribed. Watch for a call for applications in the spring of 2020 for the next cohort planned to commence fall 2020.