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


L'association canadienne pour les Nations Unies offre des programmes diversifiés à travers le Canada et à l'international qui avancent notre mandat de cultiver des citoyens du monte. Votre participation et soutien sont essentiels à notre travail et toujours appréciés. 

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