Paying & insuring internship students

Paying internship students

Internships are typically paid opportunities. Host employers are expected to offer students a fair salary for the work they'll be doing with your organization.

Opportunities for funding

Your organization may be eligible for funding to hire students through these programs:

Insurance for internship students


As with any temporary employee, employers are required to include paid internship students in their WorkSafeBC insurance policy.

Students hosted in unpaid internships in BC have workers’ compensation coverage through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

For details on employer expectations and requirements in BC, review the Government of BC’s employment standards.

Outside BC

The employer and student are responsible for following workplace insurance regulations for internships outside of BC.