Harper announces funding for paid internship program

Hank Daniszewski, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a $40-million federal plan to create 3,000 paid internships for graduate students in high-demand fields.

Even with high youth unemployment, Harper, speaking at Fanshawe College on Friday, said workers in fields such as science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades are in high demand.

Harper’s announcement comes soon after the provincial government launched a crackdown on unpaid internships, shutting down intern programs at two magazines.

Asked about unpaid internships, Harper said the federal government doesn’t want to meddle in the job marketplace.

“But we do recognize that in the marketplace there are some things government can do that aren’t being done.”

Fanshawe president Peter Devlin hailed the paid internships program as good news for Fanshawe graduates. But he said students should also consider unpaid internships in some cases.


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