Participating in Building Young Entrepreneurs

How it Works

Building Young Entrepreneurs has three main components: skills training, networking and work-integrated learning. Skills training takes place in a two day core workshop and monthly follow-up workshops, including sessions on the following topics:

  • Resume and cover letter writing

  • Communication skills

  • Financial literacy

  • Workplace etiquette and respect

  • Teamwork and interpersonal relations

  • Time Management Skills

  • Entrepreneurship Basics 

Following the training, participants are given opportunities for work-integrated learning through an 8-16 week internship with a local business or organization. They can also participate in job shadowing and observe a professional at their job for 3-5 days. Some examples of past internships include:


  • Accounts Intern at Property Management firm in Toronto

  • Veterinary Assistant at an Animal Hospital in Vancouver

  • Telephone banking position with CIBC - Halifax

  • Administrative Assistant at a private notary firm - Edmonton

Throughout this journey, participants are offered a professional mentor and networking opportunities, including a National Expo.

Participant Eligibility 


If you live in one of our target cities, you are between the ages of 18-29, and you are un- or under-employed, apply now!

To learn more and to participate, please contact Lionel Regis at [email protected]

 Apply Now 

Target Cities: 

Edmonton, (2016- current)
Halifax, (2016-2017; 2017-current)
Toronto, (2014-2016; 2016-2017 and 2017-current)
Vancouver, (2016-2017; 2017-current)


Past Cities: Winnipeg, (2014-2016)​

After the Internship

Many Building Young Entrepreneurs participants choose to stay with the employers they interned with for a longer term; others resume their job-hunt with a new-and-improved resume. Some choose to pursue further education for a specific job. Wherever their careers takes them, UNA-Canada is here to support them.

Our peer mentoring programme allows programme participants to connect with past participants, young Canadian entrepreneurs, and like-minded individuals in a network of knowledge-sharing and support.

The participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their new skills and / or business ventures at a National Expo in June 2020. This will give them the exposure needed to excel in their careers.  

Programme Testimonials

“UNAC’s Building Young Entrepreneurs programms has enriched my professional  career; It helped me find my current Mentor and assists in my  business ventures. I am truly grateful for what this programme has taught me."


Building Young Entrepreneurs, 2017


The United Nations Association in Canada offers a range of diverse programming across Canada and internationally that furthers our mandate of growing global citizens. Your involvement and support are crucial to our work and always appreciated.

Our charitable registration number is: 11927-6855 RR0001


Phone:  (613) 232-5751

Email: [email protected]

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