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May 4, 2004
International cultural internships boost youths' career prospects
Toronto Culture's Creative Youth Envoy (CYE) program gives young Canadians the
opportunity to live, work and learn in cultural centres throughout Europe and
North America. Now in its second year, the CYE provides unique internships that
allow six individuals to gain international work experience in the arts and
culture sector.

"Participating in the Creative Youth Envoy gives young Canadians a competitive
edge by allowing them to work for very prestigious organizations that are
committed to strategic cultural development," said Rita Davies, Executive
Director, Culture Division. "It really is the opportunity of a lifetime and an
investment in our city's future."

Funding for CYE is made possible through a grant from the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade and the City of Toronto.

"I gained invaluable experience working with a cultural icon like the
Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Transmediale," said Jessica Fung, a participant in
the inaugural year of the program who lived and worked in Berlin, Germany. "I
was literally immersed in a very diverse culture which added to my amazing
experience. I encourage young people to apply." Jessica is currently employed
by a cultural organization in Toronto.

Individuals interested in applying for CYE must be citizens or permanent
residents of Canada, up to and including 30 years of age. They must have
completed a post-secondary degree or diploma and be currently unemployed or
under-employed. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in the arts
and culture sector.

Applications and additional criteria are available at The deadline for submitting
applications is Tuesday, June 1. Candidates selected for the program will be
notified of their acceptance in early July. The internships will commence in
the fall of 2004 for six months.

For information regarding the Creative Youth Envoy program, contact Andrew Lee,
Toronto Culture, at 416-392-9863.

Media contact:
Economic Development Culture & Tourism Media Hotline,



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