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Introducing CAF Reservists’ Internship Team

By January 15, 2016February 9th, 2024CAF

Since celebrating the launch of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reservists’ Paid Internship Program, we have assembled a dedicated team that is ready to help organizations hire reservists into corporate roles that leverage their exceptional levels of training and transferable skills.


Your CAF Team at Career Edge is ready to answer any questions you may have about the program, in addition to the following FAQs:

What is the CAF Reservists’ Paid Internship Program?

Supported by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), in partnership with the Department of National Defence (DND), the CAF Reservists’ Paid Internship Program is aimed at helping reservists secure paid internship opportunities that align with their civilian career goals while also enabling them to continue serving their local reserve unit. Learn more…

What is a reservist?

In the context of the CAF Reservists’ paid internship program, a reservist is a part-time member of Canada’s military within its Primary Reserve force. If you would like to know more about reservists, a wealth of information and resources can be accessed on the Canadian Forces Liaison Council website.

Through this specialized program, Career Edge is committed to helping reservists secure full-time roles outside of the Canadian Armed Forces in a wide range of civilian occupations, while allowing them to continue serving their local reserve unit.

What kind of occupations can reservists be hired for?

Whether you’re looking to complement your existing staff or expand your mandate to include military members in your workforce, you can use this program as a hiring solution for entry and mid-level positions.

Having acquired rigorous military training, reservists have developed an abundance of transferable skills that can be effectively applied to corporate roles in Sales, HR, Marketing and Communications, Project Management, Business Operations, and others.

How does the program work?

The CAF Reservists’ paid internship program is designed to complement your existing hiring process. To get started, simply log in or create an employer account on and post your internship, being sure to check off the “Canadian Armed Forces” option as the candidate type that you are looking to hire.

Marcus will contact you to learn more about your organization and the specific posting; meanwhile, David will start finding suitable candidates. Once reservists begin applying to your role, you can review candidates, create a shortlist, and schedule interviews.

How does the subsidy work?

The CAF Reservists’ paid internship program – sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) – has an optional and flexible wage subsidy available for Reservists (between the age of 19 and 30 years old) in the amount of $1,000.00 per month. The internship duration must be a minimum of six months ($6,000 subsidy) and a maximum of 12 months ($12,000 subsidy) in length. The subsidy is based on a 21 working day month and will be prorated based on the total number of days in the internship. ESDC will provide the subsidy directly to Career Edge and will show this amount as a credit on the employer partner’s invoice.

My organization is committed to hiring veterans; can this program help us achieve this?

Absolutely. Veterans are typically seen as those who have transitioned to civilian life after leaving the military. However, there are a number of reservists who are still active members of CAF, but who are also considered to be veterans, having been deployed operationally in service to their country.

Where is this project available?

The CAF Reservists’ paid internship project is available across Canada, with approximately 130 reserve units in metropolitan and rural areas.

Ready to hire a reservist? Let’s get started…