Work-Able Graduate Internship Program for People with Disabilities
These opportunities are for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. Multiple full-time and part-time internship positions are available from August 29, 2022 to August 25, 2023. Please refer to the job profiles for location details.
Additional positions are available in other locations. If you are interested please review and apply through REQ 84742 for Vancouver Island, REQ 85794 for Lower Mainland, or REQ 85800 for Telework (anywhere in BC).
On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here.
The Work-Able Internship Program is a paid twelve-month BC Public Service work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. This unique program provides learning, coaching and mentorship throughout the internship and interns will gain valuable skills and public service experience. All applicants receive coaching throughout the recruitment process regardless of whether they are successful at securing an internship.
We offer extensive training, growth and development opportunities, a competitive salary and a balance between work and life commitments. We are committed to continuing to be an employer of choice and providing a professional environment where ideas work.
The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
To be eligible for the Work Able Internship Program you must:
Self-identify as a person with a disability; and Reside in B.C.; and Have completed the graduation requirements for a 2-year Diploma, Associate Degree, Under-graduate Degree or a Graduate Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution between the dates of April 1, 2019 and August 31, 2022. Note: You may be required to provide medical documentation about your disability to assist us in providing accommodation supports.
To be considered for this opportunity, please apply via the online application process, using the instructions below.
How to Apply:
Scroll to the bottom of this page to Additional Information and open the Job Profiles attachment. Under attached profiles, please click on “Apply to this Job”. Follow these instructions when applying:
Create a profile by clicking on "Create new account" at the top of this page. To update an existing profile, enter your User E-mail and Password and click “Log in” on this page. If you are creating an account, enter your information by typing in the boxes or selecting from the options listed – boxes with a * are mandatory. TIP: Use CTRL click (for PC) or Command click (MAC) to select more than one option. Review your information and click “Continue”. You will now be on Step 1: Resume Profile Creation page of the Job Application. Review your profile (if you are returning user) and review and enter your information by typing in the boxes or selecting from the options listed – boxes with a * are mandatory. Please ensure all information is there before hitting "Next". You will now be on Step 2: Screening Questionnaire page. As a part of your application process, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire which must be completed in order for your application to be considered. Please ensure you answered all the questions before clicking “Next”. After completing the questionnaire, you will be taken to the Step 3 Cover Letters page where you can add your personal essay (the personal essay is your Cover Letter). Please review your information and click “Next”. Please ensure you have completed all three stages of this application - resume profile, personal essay and questionnaire. Please review your information on Step 4 Preview page and click “Finish” to submit. Once you have clicked on the finish button, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt. Please save this email confirmation.
For full descriptions of accountabilities and qualifications for each position, please review the attached job profiles. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Daamini.Bhushan@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for this competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the posting closes, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
Step 1. Resume Profile – Please ensure that your resume contains all your relevant education and experience.
Step 2. Personal Essay - In 750 words and no less than 500, write a personal essay that responds to the following questions:
Describe how your personal values/guiding principles align with 2 to 3 of the BC Public Service Values and provide an example of how you demonstrated this in one aspect in your life (e.g. school, work, volunteering); Describe how your strengths (specific experience, knowledge, skills and abilities) will enable you to be successful over the course of the twelve-month Internship; and Describe what you think will be a challenge for you over the course of the twelve-month Internship.
Your written essay will be used to assess the following:
Organizational cultural alignment (alignment or fit with organizational culture); Self-awareness (relevant knowledge, skills/abilities and integration of strengths into Internship); and Written communication skills (grammar, spelling, length, tone, clear/ easy to understand language).
Please note - This is a phased application process:
Assessment results of your Personal Essay determines whether you are accepted into the Work-Able. You will be notified if you are accepted into Work-Able and will receive further instructions. DO NOT specify which position you are applying to in your personal essay. If accepted into Work-Able, you will be invited to an information session* which will explain the recruitment process including how you apply for each of the available positions included in this posting. *Dates for information sessions will be added to this posting once they have been confirmed. All Work-Able Job Profiles for this posting are included in the attached document; each profile has a job title. Applications that do not include a resume and a personal essay will not be considered.
Successful candidates will be required to provide the following:
1 written academic reference;
Verification of post-secondary graduation requirements for a 2-year Diploma, Associate Degree, Under-graduate Degree or a Graduate Degree have been met and are between the dates of April 1, 2019 and August 31, 2022; Authorization for Criminal Record Check (CRC).
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
Cover Letter: YES – Your cover letter is your personal essay and should be inserted into the "Cover Letter" section of the application, as explained in Step 2 above.
Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire (BASIC): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.