Helping Kids Learn How to Skate: There’s an Internship for That

Kathryn Ursel, a first year Mount Royal University nursing student, is helping children learn to skate, making connections into her community, and staying active, all while earning a $1000 bursary as the Skate Program Assistant Intern for WinSport. Kathryn says, “I help with their learn-to-skate program. Basically, I help with assisting kids that can’t stand up because there are only so many instructors and they need an extra set of hands… I really like it because I’m working with children – I love working with children – and it’s really fun and active.”

Kathryn’s internship is part of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP), which will create internships with nonprofits for more than 500 Alberta students this year alone. Unlike traditional internships, SCiP interns are engaged meaningfully for their skills and abilities, making a real contribution to the nonprofit and its clients. At the end of each internship, the student is paid a $1000 bursary from the Government of Alberta. This is the second year of the Serving Communities Internship Program.

The Skate Program Assistant internship was a great fit for Kathryn, who says, “hockey was a big part of my life back in Manitoba, so it was a way to stay active and I didn’t really have anything to do [after moving to Calgary].. I figured I could teach kids how to skate and that I’d be a good match. I’ve been skating since I was about two years old… After I talked to the Volunteer Manager, she told me how flexible [the internship] was and that it would be good for a university student. I was kind of worried that I wouldn’t have enough time once midterms came and once I got rushed with work. But all I have to do is let them know and they’re okay if I can’t show up for a shift.”

SCiP is funded by the Government of Alberta, and is provided at no cost to nonprofit organizations and Alberta’s post-secondary students. Delivered by Volunteer Alberta, there are currently over 250 internships available, with over 3000 students signed up for the program.

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Jenna Marynowski

Communications and Marketing Manager