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Social enterprise work-study summer programme for undergraduate students in the UK and Canada

Key dates

Sunday 15 February 2015: first application deadline to register interest in the programme

Monday 9 March 2015: second application deadline to apply for a specific placement

Friday 27 March 2015: successful students notified

Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 June 2015: orientation and training

The placements will take place for around 10 weeks in summer 2015, roughly from Monday 22 June to Wednesday 26 August 2015

Saturday 29 to Monday 31 August 2015: Students for Social Impact summit


Undergraduate students are invited to apply to put their passion for social enterprise to work overseas. Students for Social Impact placements provide the opportunity for talented students to contribute to life-changing social enterprises in Canada or the UK, gain valuable overseas experience, and connect with other young leaders of the future.

Successful students will gain real-world experience in a social enterprise overseas in Canada or the UK. Each student will be allocated a mentor from within the host social enterprise who will support the student to learn about the sector and undertake a research project.

A small stipend will be provided to successful students to cover accommodation and subsistence costs while on the placement.

The students will be expected to cover the costs of their flights between the UK and Canada. Participating students will be supported to undertake a crowdsourcing activity to raise funds for the flights.  Universities may wish to contribute to the cost of their students’ flights.


The Students for Social Impact placements are for students who:

  • are British or Canadian permanent residents or citizens (for Northern Ireland domiciled only, holding a British or Irish passport)
  • are currently enrolled for undergraduate study at a UK or Canadian university
  • have completed at least one year of their undergraduate degree by June 2015, and are returning to the undergraduate degree in September 2015
  • are 18 years of age or older by 15 June 2015
  • are able to live abroad (in the UK or Canada) for the duration of the programme
  • have sufficient English fluency.

The placements are open to any current undergraduate student regardless of course of study. All that is required is demonstrable passion for social enterprise, an interest in gaining an international experience, and a letter of reference from their course instructor.

How to apply

Please use this link for further information on how to apply: http://www.britishcouncil.ca/students-social-impact

For any further information about this programme please contact CA-Education@britishcouncil.org.

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