Paid Summer Internship for Childhood Cancer Survivors


Are you a childhood cancer survivor who is looking to gain valuable work experience in the financial or real estate industry? POGO is proud to work with our corporate partners to launch the First Avenue & EMBLEM Internship Program, open to young adults who have survived childhood cancer and are looking to experience one-on-one mentorship from leaders who care and support their development. 

First Avenue Investment Counsel (First Avenue) is a wealth management firm providing strategic financial and personal advice to successful individuals and families across Canada. Through a pension-style approach to investing, with a focus on proprietary alternative opportunities, we guide clients through the complexities of wealth to achieve their individualized goals. We foster an environment of partnership where employees are supported to realize their ambitions and contribute to the communities we serve.  

EMBLEM Developments is one of the most active real estate development firms in the GTA, known as one of the most investment-driven organizations focused on building high-quality communities. EMBLEM Developments has earned a reputation as a forward-thinking and design-oriented developer. The EMBLEM portfolio continues to grow and represents over 4,500 residences representing $3.6 billion of development value. 

Job Description

The intern will have the unique opportunity to work alongside and support First Avenue or EMBLEM in one or some of the following departments of their choice.  

First Avenue: 

  • Client service and support  
  • Portfolio management and equity research  
  • Marketing and Communications 
  • Operations  
  • Tax, estate and financial planning  

EMBLEM Developments: 

  • Sales and marketing  
  • Planning and development  
  • Development and construction  
  • Operations  

What will you need to succeed?


  • Time management and organization skills 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft, PowerPoint and Excel  
  • Interest in trying new tasks 
  • A collaborative, team-player mindset 
  • Interest in working in a business setting  


  • Knowledge of the financial or real estate industry 


This position is for a 2-month summer placement (July to August 2024). To be eligible, you must be: 

  • A survivor of childhood cancer 
  • Able to work in Toronto for the duration of the internship 
  • Available to work in office full-time (some exceptions may be granted) 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • You must also meet one of the following criteria: 
    • Be enrolled in college or university  
    • Have graduated from college or university within the last two years 
    • Have graduated from high school within the last two years, or are graduating from high school this year, and not yet enrolled in a college or university 

What’s in it for you?  

The opportunity provides candidates with: 

  • Industry Exposure: You will be immersed in the world of finance and real estate, gaining first-hand experience of day-to-day operations, client interactions and industry practices. 
  • Networking Opportunities: You will be working alongside professionals who are experts in their field, allowing you to build deep connections to open doors for future opportunities and mentorship. 
  • Skill Development: You will be building on different technical capabilities depending on the departments that you’re working in– expanding your existing skill set and giving you a chance to put your theoretical knowledge to the test. 
  • Exploring Career Paths: You will be able to work with and learn from professionals from all walks of life. With leaders who are committed to supporting and fostering your development, you will be challenged with multi-faceted learning opportunities to give you clarity on what type of career you want to pursue. 
  • Pursuit of Excellence: Our businesses are collaborative, innovative and supportive of your pursuit of excellence. This means you will be working with and have access to best-in-class facilities and technologies to empower you to be the best version of yourself – one that is continuously growing and learning. 

Inclusion Employment 

We are committed to building inclusive teams and providing accessible working experiences. Accommodation for applicants with disabilities will be provided at each stage of the recruitment process and throughout the internship. If you are selected for an interview, please notify us if you require accommodation so we can make arrangements in advance.  

How to Apply 

Interested applicants are invited to complete the application and upload their resume and cover letter through the online form here.  

We gratefully appreciate all interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Additional Job Details 

*Please note this role is in-person and you will be required to be in person five days a week from 8am to 5pm.  


1819 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4S 1X8 

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Length of Internship:  

Two months (July 1st, 2024, to August 30th, 2024)  

Application Open:  

March 18, 2024  

Application Deadline:  

April 22, 2024  

2024 Recruitment Process and Timelines

How to ApplyApplication Submission (March 18, 2024 to April 22, 2024)
The application deadline has been extended. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on April 22, 2024.
Applicants are required to complete the online application and submit a cover letter and resume.
Selection ProcessApplication Screening (March/April 2024)
Applications are reviewed and assessed against criteria that reflect the skills and knowledge that are required for the position.
Interviews (April/May 2024)
The interview is an opportunity for us to get to know candidates better and allows candidates to showcase their qualifications.
Interviews will be conducted between April 29, 2024 to May 10, 2024.
Intern Selected (May 2024)
Conditional job offer presented to selected candidate by May 15, 2024.
Onboarding ProcessPlacement Notification (May 2024)
The successful candidate will be notified of their placement, manager, and additional details.
Placement Begins (July 2024)
The successful candidate will commence their internship on July 2, 2024.

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