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TeckServ Student Internship Supports Rural Community Development

By Contributor
March 20th, 2016

Funding is available to help organizations work with post-secondary students to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its sixth year, provides support for a Selkirk College student to engage in local community service through an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.

Students and community-based organizations are invited to submit proposals that address a need for applied research to support initiatives intended to create positive rural development outcomes at the local or regional scale. Submissions from organizations do not need to have a student identified, but submissions from students must be linked to a sponsoring community organization.

Proposals must be submitted by March 24th and the successful applicant will be notified by early-April.  

The program is funded by Teck Trail Operations and offers up to $10,000 in financial assistance to cover student wages, supplies and travel costs.

Additional support is provided by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI), at Selkirk College, in the form of research advisory services, office space and student supervision (if necessary), dissemination of research results, and help in matching organizational needs with student researchers.  

The TeckServ funding helps students gain valuable workplace experience and put their education to use for the benefit of their community.

The program is part of Teck Trail Operations’ ongoing commitment to Selkirk College, its students and the communities within the region.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

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