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Work-Able: BC Public Service internship opportunity for recent graduates

March 5, 2018 - May 4, 2018

Work-Able is a 12-month, paid internship with the BC Public Service for recent post-secondary graduates (within the last three years) who self-identify as having a disability. Each year, this unique program provides learning, coaching and mentorship to a group of up to 15 interns.


What do interns gain from participating in Work-Able?

  • Public service experience
  • Understanding of public service roles in the provincial government
  • Increased knowledge and skills
  • Mentoring, coaching and support
  • Possible future employment opportunities in the provincial government


What does Work-Able provide for supervisors?

  • Worksite accessibility assessment
  • Help with selecting and hiring qualified Work-Able interns
  • Funding for equipment and coordination of available accommodation supports (such as ergonomic desks, software, larger screens, interpretive services)
  • Support to develop accommodations for interns who have invisible disabilities (e.g., employee development, cultural safety and coaching)
  • Monitoring of program quality and consistency across government
  • Direct support to supervisors and mentors throughout internship
  • Co-ordination of intern orientation and a thank you ceremony at the end
  • Help identifying intern learning needs and performance management

Timelines 2017 – 2018

  • March 2017 – April 2017: One posting for up to 15 positions
  • May – August 2017: Screening
  • September 2017 – August 2018: All interns hired for paid 12-month internship


To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • A recent post-secondary graduate (within three years) with an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution
  • An individual who self-identifies as a person with a disability
  • A resident of British Columbia
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Selection Process

  • March 5 – April 30, 2018: Application period
  • May – August 2018: Screening and assessment
  • September 2018 – August 2019: Paid 12-month internship
  • A selection committee creates a shortlist from all received applications
  • The interview panel includes the Ministry hiring manager, Work-Able program lead, and others the hiring manager chooses, who interview candidates and make the final selection



Read about a past intern’s experience here!


March 5, 2018
May 4, 2018
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