Why Engage North?

Work Experience

Students in the Engage North Internship Program have the opportunity to work with northern Indigenous communities and gain experience related to their field of study.

Each year Engage North's partner communities determine the projects they would like interns to work on throughout the summer. In past years, students with the following educational backgrounds have participated in the program: 


Anthropology Environmental & Conservation Sciences
Civil Engineering Forestry
Environmental Engineering Law
Public Health Education
Nursing Fine Arts
Urban and Regional Planning Biology
Kinesiology Nutrition & Food Science
Psychology Sociology


Although much of the summer work will have a strong focus in one subject area, the interns often help with other projects occurring in the community. These additional activities provide the intern with additional experience and education.

Cultural Experience

While living and working in the host community, interns gain a greater understanding of northern Indigenous culture and lifeways. Interns participate in community events including celebrations, assemblies, and camps. These events provide an opportunity to meet more community members and develop new friendships. In addition, Interns are often asked to help with many activities that occur during these events, providing additional support for the community. Some of the activities interns might be asked to help with include organizing sporting activities, cooking for the event, arts & crafts, and games for youth and children.