The Export Internship for Trade Graduates program provides a concrete link between recent
graduates and Nova Scotian employers. The program will assist 20 graduates who have studied in
disciplines related to international trade secure their first job in their field of study, and will afford
these graduates the hands-on work experience necessary to launch a career in Nova Scotia.
Simultaneously, embedding these graduates in Nova Scotian companies will increase the
companies’ export success. This project aligns with the Atlantic Growth Strategy goals of retaining
more skilled talent in our region, connecting this talent to local businesses and increasing our
region’s global competitiveness. The first cohort of 10 graduates is expected to begin employment
under the program before November 2017, with the second cohort of 10 graduates beginning work
placements between May and September 2018.
Eligibility of Graduates to Participate in the Program
Recent graduates from a Nova Scotia university or the NSCC who have completed studies in trade
and/or international business are eligible to be considered for one of ten work placements in fall
2017, and spring 2018.
Students who graduated from outside of Nova Scotia may also be eligible to participate if they have
a clear goal of relocating to Nova Scotia for employment. Special consideration will be given to
students who have completed formal training in the area of international trade. To be eligible,
students must have graduated within 18 months of their application date to the Export Internship
Program. Both domestic and international students are eligible for the program and must indicate
their interest in remaining in Nova Scotia post-graduation through the application process. Students
will be selected based on the best fit with participating companies. International student graduates
must have applied for their post-graduate work permit before they can participate in this program.
The program will select 30 top applicants for the 10 available employment positions. The selected
pool will be provided to participating companies, who will then shortlist their preferred three
candidates to interview, based on their own company’s interviewing processes. Compensation will
be $40,000 per annum, minus all required deductions (EI, CPP, taxes and any benefits the employer
offers – ie: Health/Dental). The graduates’ salaries are cost shared between the employer and the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Training for Graduate Participants
Training will be available for each selected participant to assist them in being as successful as
possible during their 12-month Export Internship. Once the graduates are selected
and have begun their employment, EduNova will conduct a professional development needs
assessment for each participant. Based on this needs assessment a training plan will be created for
the group that will include both individual and group training.