Am I eligible and what are the conditions?

Admission criteria 

In order to be eligible for an internship in Switzerland under the YMP, you have to be a Canadian Citizen between the age of 18 and 35 (incl.), and

  • have a secondary education and have completed a 2-year training, OR
  • study at a post-secondary institution, OR
  • have completed your post-secondary studies

Minimal and maximal training period 

The maximal training period is 12 months. However, it can be exceptionally extended to up to 18 months. There is no minimal training period.

Application from outside Canada

If you are residing outside Canada at the time of your application, you will be asked to indicate a Canadian address in order to prove that your permanent address is in Canada.

Entry and registration in Switzerland

The authorization contains all necessary data for entry and registration in Switzerland. You may not sojourn in Switzerland while your application is being processed. If, however, you are already residing in Switzerland with a student’s permit you can exceptionally apply for an authorization directly at the Swiss Migration Office in Switzerland. Once entered Switzerland, you have 14 days (but it has to be before you take up your occupation) to present yourself at the cantonal authorities to register and to get your work permit/ residence permit issued.

Employment requirements for students

Employment must be in the field of studies. For students, salaries should be comparable to those paid to Swiss students working at universities, colleges or institutions of similar level. An Undergraduate Student may take up a trainee position without pay if he or she is able to indicate proof of sufficient funds (bank statement required).

Employment requirements for young professionals 

Employment must be in the field of studies or activity in which the applicant has received training. Trainees must be paid in accordance with the rates that are customary locally and in the industry.

Note: Salary requirements for foreign workers are not necessarily the same as those for Swiss workers. In order to assess whether the salary offered by your potential employer is in accordance with the rates that are customary locally and in the industry, the Federal Office for Migration relies on the rates suggested by the respective professional society or association. Hence, even if you and your potential employer agree on a monthly salary, which the latter would pay to a Swiss trainee, this does not mean that it complies with the salary requirement of the YMP. If you are not sure whether the salary suggested by your employer is in compliance with the rates suggested by the professional associations in Switzerland please check on the following links: