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Canada has recently become a popular destination for internships thanks to its thriving economy, stunning national parks, and buzzing diversity. The Canadian economy is the tenth largest in the world. The country itself is one of the wealthiest in the world, and a member of the Group of Eight (G8). Canada is also listed as sixth worldwide in economic freedom. Eleven of the Fortune Global 500 call Canada home.
Some of the world's most beautiful natural scenery is found in Canada, including national parks like Pacific Rim, Waterton Lakes, Banff, and Jasper. Canada's national parks are full of amazing scenery, glaciers you can climb, and plenty of beautiful creatures that will definitely catch your eye.
Canada is also officially a bilingual nation, with French and English as its two languages. There are also eleven different Aboriginal languages in Canada, three of which are still substantially surviving today. Other languages scattered throughout Canada include Cantonese, Italian, German, Punjabi, and Spanish. This variety in languages serves to prove that Canada truly is a cultural mosaic.
Interns in Canada will be able to find positions throughout the year. There are plenty of placement programs that will help find a suitable internship for their participants. Many major business internships are located in Toronto, Vancouver, or Ontario.
Living costs in Canada will vary depending on where you decide to live. On average, a one bedroom apartment in the city center will cost about CAD$1000 per month and a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs will be about CAD$750. Because Canada is such a large country, costs can vary across the nation in provinces and cities.
There are paid and unpaid internships in Canada and the law is very vague on the difference between "work" and "internships." Internship laws are based on the province you will be working in. For more information refer to the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Canada is a vast country filled with opportunities for interns looking to spruce up their resume and compete in a global job market. Not only are there different types of internships in Canada, there are also diversity of languages used to conduct business, and different provinces to be lived in. Variety truly is the spice of life in Canada!
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