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WIL Digital

Smith partners with ICTC’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program to help employers grow their businesses and secure digital internships for students.

Providing Valuable Experience in IT and Digital Roles

Employers who are hiring students for digital internships may be eligible for ICTC’s WIL Digital program, which offers a wage subsidy of up to $7,000. Smith School of Business and Queen’s University have secured funding for 500 positions to support its corporate partners in hiring students.

The program is available for employers that hire post-secondary students and provide them with valuable hands-on experience in IT and digital roles across all industries, including social media, e-commerce, CRM, IT, digital transformation, data analytics, machine learning, and more.


What is the ICTC WIL Digital Program?

  • Employers with full-time or part-time internship opportunities involving technology or digital transformation can apply for funding.
  • Funding of up to $5,000 is available for each internship. Up to $7,000 in funding is available if the student falls within one of the following under-represented groups: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Indigenous students, recent immigrants, students with disabilities, and first-year students.
  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Employers can apply for the WIL Digital subsidy up until the start date of the student internship.
A group of diverse business men and women

Applying for Funding

Eligibility Criteria


  • Are a registered business or not-for-profit in Canada
  • Must be hiring for a net new position.


How to Apply

ICTC’s WIL Digital supports Canadian organizations that offer student work placements within the Digital Economy. WIL Digital is funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP). This program supports the mission of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) to strengthen Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy.

Get In Touch

For more information about the WIL Digital partnership, please contact:

Mitch Gudgeon
Director, Partnerships & Special Projects, Office of the Dean