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Applications open for RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s summer internship program

Keegan McCarvill, a 2020 intern at PEI Analytical Laboratories.
Keegan McCarvill, a 2020 intern at PEI Analytical Laboratories. - Contributed

RDÉE Prince Edward Island is looking for post-secondary students to sign up for its 18th PERCÉ summer internship program.

The project is aimed at keeping Island students studying elsewhere working in the province after graduation.

Pandemic restrictions pending, training and orientation will either be done entirely virtually or partially in person.

There are 30 internship positions available. 

The program will offer its participants an average of 10 to 12 weeks of paid work in their field of study here on the Island since the program is primarily aimed at retaining and repatriating PEI youth studying outside the province. 

Co-ordinator Julie Gallant noted that participants will be offered a series of training and orientation sessions on topics such as self-knowledge, job preparation and the discovery of P.E.I. career opportunities, either by Zoom videoconferencing or partially in person and partially by videoconferencing, depending on the Covid-19 regulations that will be in place in late spring.

During the Facebook Premiere presentations, a new two-and-a-half-minute promotional video on the program was also launched. The French clip can be viewed at The English-subtitled version can be seen below:

Last summer, the PERCÉ program was able to host 30 interns, half of whom worked in areas related to essential and priority services on the Island. If the program’s repatriation rates continue, more than 80 per cent of the young people will eventually settle permanently on the Island. In its first 17 years, PERCÉ hosted 346 interns.

Employers interested in hosting an intern are invited to fill out the interest form on the website or send any questions to [email protected]

RDÉE PEI invites those interested to visit the website for more details and to fill out the application form. The deadline for registration is March 31, 2021.

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