Sun Life’s roots run deep in Canada, where our company began more than 150 years ago. Our business started with the sale of insurance and has expanded to offer wealth solutions and customized health programs to our clients. Today we are an industry leader touching the lives of millions of individuals and thousands of companies across the country – and many more millions of clients around the world.
About the Scholarship
Our Inclusion Scholarship & Internship program intends to support Black and Indigenous youth in Canada, providing both financial assistance and practical work experience as they start their careers. This Scholarship and Internship aims to help students get financial support, an exciting internship in a global financial institution, mentorship and professional coaching from our management team, and the possibility of a full-time employment opportunity with Sun Life following graduation.
We’re committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone is treated fairly and respectfully, where everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources, and can fully contribute their thoughts, beliefs, perspectives, and talent. The Scholarship and Internship was named after former President and CEO, Dean Connor, for his passion and advocacy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout his career at Sun Life.
A total of up to twenty (20) possible combined Scholarships and Internships will be made available for eligible participants to apply for, with each student limited to one (1) such Scholarship and Internship, although fewer than twenty (20) may be awarded depending upon the number of successful applicants.
The scholarships are $5,000 CAD per year, available for one (1) academic year per applicant, and include a four (4) month paid summer internship with Sun Life from May 2024 to August 2024. In addition, the successful recipient will also receive career and professional mentorship from Sun Life during the internship. This comes with support for the successful recipient to identify any future opportunities within Sun Life which may be of interest and to apply for and potentially transition to a full-time role with Sun Life following the internship.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a member of the Black and Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples) communities.
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Be entering the second, third or fourth year of their program in an eligible institution (as defined below).
- Have a minimum cumulative average of 70% (2.70 GPA or B-average) over the last three terms of available marks in their program at an eligible institution.
- Be legally entitled to work and complete a full-time summer internship in either of our offices in Toronto, Waterloo, or Montreal. As a hybrid organization, employees may at times be permitted to work remotely outside of a Sun Life office and, depending upon the role, this may be available to a full-time summer internship position as well if deem appropriate by Sun Life.
- If selected, applicants must also pass all required background checks and other prerequisites which may be necessary to work a full-time summer internship with Sun Life. Failure to meet these requirements, in Sun Life’s sole and absolute discretion, may deem an applicant ineligible and/or result in the withdrawal of the Scholarship and Internship.
Canadian educational post-secondary institutions which have recognized degree/diploma-granting powers, or their affiliates (e.g. universities, colleges).
Employees, directors, and officers of Sun Life and its subsidiaries, and any child of any of the foregoing, are not eligible for this Scholarship and Internship program. For greater certainty, “child” shall be defined herein as a person whose parent or legal guardian is an employee, Director or Officer of Sun Life or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries.