With more than 18,000 students currently enrolled in colleges and universities across New Brunswick and roughly 8,500 of them graduating every year, there is no shortage of hard-working, ambitious young people in this province. It’s just a matter of connecting them with great companies that need their skills.

FutureReadyNB helps employers drive innovation in their companies by funding experiential learning opportunities for young, ambitious students. Improve your workforce, start new projects, and recruit talent to your organization while providing students with the training and experience they’ll need to graduate. By reaching out to students early, employers can do great work today – and plan for tomorrow’s needs at the same time.

FutureReadyNB is working to foster partnerships between New Brunswick employers, universities, and students to bridge academic learning with meaningful real world experiences and support workforce recruitment and retention.

You can anticipate approximately 2-4 months from point of contact to develop an experiential learning opportunity. If possible, please contact the university a semester prior to your anticipated start date. Key dates for student placements are September, January, and April.

Here are some of the ways you can participate!

Engage a student at your organization on a full or part-time basisWork within course frameworks to engage students to solve an organizational, real world problemEngage a student or group of students in a volunteer capacity to support an initiative within your organizationGet help with talent pipeline development and recruitment, etc. (eg. job boards, networking events)
One or multiple studentsSingle student, an entire class, or groups of studentsWhole class or a single studentFlexible
While a student is studying (Fall/Winter) or during the summerFlexible (Fall, Winter, Summer)FlexibleFlexible
Financial remuneration may be included or student may earn academic credit or other credentialExpenses, such as transportation or meals may be covered and students will gain academic credit for their courseworkCo-curricular and volunteer activities enhance the academic experience. Expenses, such as transportation or meals may be covered.Students create connections with future employers and mentors and are made aware of the opportunities that exist in NB



Am I eligible?

In order to qualify for FutureReadyNB, employers must:

  • be operating in New Brunswick
  • provide a ‘new or expanding opportunity’
  • demonstrate investment towards the success of the student’s placement
  • provide adequate supervision, training and mentorship

Talented, hard-working students are ready to contribute now – they just need to get a foot in the door. When they come knocking, will you be ready to answer?

Additional resources to support youth

Youth Employment Fund
Student Employment Experience Development (SEED)


Contact the experiential education lead at one (or all!) of New Brunswick’s four public universities to apply.

Success Stories

  • After interviewing a few candidates, Ignite Fredericton realized that there were two students who could bring strengths in different ways to enhance the work of their organization. They ended up asking if they could hire two interns because they couldn’t pick one over another. Read more…

  • At Populus, students are always a significant part of the team. They get meaningful work experience to complement their classroom learning. Read more…

  • One of our students, who is studying biology and sociology, has created their own experiential learning opportunity with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute (AWI). Read more…

  • The student came into the meeting with a clear goal and proposal to get a placement at an organization he felt extremely passionate about: the NB Child & Youth Advocate Office (CYAO). His academic background, preparation, and previous experiences made him an ideal internship candidate. Within days, the internship was established. Read more…

  • Dr. Lee Jolliffe in the UNBSJ Faculty of Business took her Resort Management class on an overnight trip to the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, NB. While they were there, students met with the management of the resorts for a “management challenge project”. Read more…

  • High school students from Fredericton High School met with local seniors to speak with them about a special treasure or keepsake that they hold dear. Read more…

  • UNI sees engaging students in experiential education opportunities as a clear gateway to assessing employees for long-term fit. Read more…

  • One of our students in the Faculty of Arts is working with the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) as a Social Media Intern. Read more…

  • Over two days in October, eight Ecological Literacy students were given the unique opportunity to mobilize their knowledge by visiting five New Brunswick ecosystems with their professor. Read more…

  • FutureReadyNB has helped support students enrolled in the ARTS 3000 Internship course on the UNB Fredericton campus. Read more…

  • Over two days in October, eight Ecological Literacy students were given the unique opportunity to mobilize their knowledge by visiting five New Brunswick ecosystems with their professor. While identifying and learning to classify the characteristics of each of the ecosystems, the students also engaged with woodlot managers and other professionals working towards a sustainable forestry sector in New Brunswick. Read more…


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