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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) - Youth Employment Program


1200 (2021-22 target)


Postsecondary graduates under 30

What should I know about this program?

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) Youth Employment Program (YEP) provides funding to Canadian small and medium-sized businesses to support the hiring of young Canadians. Through the program companies gain access to new talent and fresh perspectives, while you get to work with some of Canada's best innovators, gain valuable experience and skills, and prepare for a successful career in today's rapidly changing science and technology labour market.

You will work at an internship that is a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months. During this time, you must work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Graduates hired through IRAP Youth Employment Program worked on complex business, technical, or technology-related projects, including:

  • Advanced research and development, engineering and multimedia activities
  • New products and process development
  • Market analyses for new technology products and
  • Business development for science and technology products and services

Note: NRC IRAP does not match youth with companies. If you are a post-secondary graduate that has plans to work with an innovative Canadian small and medium-sized business, you are encouraged to inform your potential employer of this support mechanism. Companies should consult the NRC IRAP webpage to further assess their eligibility.

Am I eligible to apply?

You're eligible to apply if you...

  1. Are between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of the internship
  2. Are a post-secondary graduate, graduate of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (general and vocational college)
  3. Are legally entitled to work in Canada
  4. Are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have refugee status
  5. Are a first-time participant in a Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates

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Here's what previous participants did!

  • Enhanced automated high precision Lithium Ion Battery calibration systems
  • Conducted research with therapeutic molecules for treatment of sporadic forms of Alzheimers disease
  • Developed solar photovoltaics
  • Developed carbon-negative concrete products
  • Scaled up and optimized thermal energy storage solutions
  • Worked on a social networking platform for connecting individuals who live with the same diseases or diagnoses
  • Developed sea based aquaculture systems

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