Inside The Second Rotation Of The RBC Career Launch Program At A Registered Canadian Charity

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Are you ready to give back?

Peggy Capitain
RBC Career Launch Program Manager

In addition to offering a top career-hatching, paid internship opportunity, the RBC Career Launch Program includes a unique experience as one of its three rotations.

In the second rotation, you’ll spend a three-month period with a registered Canadian charity, learning about the importance of corporate social responsibility and putting your new skills to work.

To learn more about the second rotation of the RBC Career Launch Program, we connected with two of the program’s experts.

Peggy Capitain is the Manager, RBC Career Launch Program. In addition to participating in the selection and management of RBC’s Career Launch Associates, she works directly with RBC Corporate Citizenship and the participating charitable partners to facilitate the second rotation.

Tanya Bell
Employee Volunteering & Fundraising Manager

Tanya Bell is the Manager, Employee Volunteering and Fundraising in RBC Corporate Donations. She develops and manages programs that involve nearly 80,000 employees around the globe.

Together, they offered some direct insight into this distinctive feature of the RBC Career Launch Program.

Inside the second rotation: At a registered Canadian Charity

To engage the second rotation for their overall goal of creating mutually beneficial partnerships with key organizations, RBC has invited a regionally and culturally diverse range of charitable partners to participate in the RBC Career Launch Program.

Some of the organizations participating this year include:

  • YWCA Vancouver
  • Right to Play
  • The National Arts Centre Foundation
  • The Ontario Heritage Trust
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association (Durham)
  • David Suzuki Foundation, Quebec

With this range of participating organizations, you’ll be sure to have a unique experience!


“The second rotation has been an entirely different set of tasks as I use my background and skill-set on a day-to-day basis. My main focus during my time at Ashoka Canada is on the 2013-2014 Annual report which challenges me to find pro-bono resources, draft the content of the report, and work closely with my team to ensure it aligns with the goals and vision of the organization.”Kelly Hall
2014 RBC Career Launch Associate

All the organizations are registered Canadian charities and were chosen based on a number of different attributes, all of which align with the program’s goal of enabling Associates to develop key skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking and more.

Once at work with one of the charitable partners in the RBC Career Launch Program, your experience will present an exceptional combination of hands-on business experience and community engagement.

Examples of some of the tasks you will complete as an RBC Career Launch Program Associate include: planning special events or fundraising initiatives, helping develop marketing or communications materials, including social media plans, and assisting in developing ideas that support fundraising operations.

These experiences will help you stand out as you develop your career – and give you a chance to make a difference.

Hear from the partners

The charitable organizations involved in the second rotation are thrilled with their successes so far and have provided a wealth of positive feedback to the RBC Career Launch Program team.

Here’s what some current charitable partners had to say about the Associates they’ve worked with:

“[The Associate] is a WONDERFUL addition to our team! He has taken initiative on the projects we’ve given him and has taken real ownership of them. He is very energetic and resourceful and I have come to already really depend on him. We are very happy to have him working with us!”

“[The Associate] has only been with us a couple of weeks and is already contributing significantly to the work of our organization. At RBC you have done a really good job selecting great candidates who are dedicated to learning, have the ability to work through projects independently and demonstrate a positive work ethic. We would call these Canada’s Future Leaders.”

The second rotation is a great opportunity for both parties to leverage your previous experience in an RBC retail banking location, putting your sales and service experience to work with real-world applications.

In addition to providing valuable hands-on support during your second rotation, you’ll be able to bring your energy, drive and creativity to the workplace.

You’ll also learn about the importance of corporate social responsibility while developing a professional network – another way the RBC Career Launch Program helps you accelerate your career.

Looking at the big picture

It’s important to recognize that the second rotation of the RBC Career Launch Program is part of a larger commitment to positive social change.

In fact, the RBC Career Launch Program is part of RBC’s Believe In Kids Pledge, which supports a wide range of programs for developing well-rounded Canadian kids and youth – reflecting RBC’s belief that investing in youth is the path to a stronger and more prosperous Canada.

Of course, that commitment starts in the workplace!

RBC is committed to their communities and place a high priority on volunteerism and giving back.

That aspect of RBC’s workplace culture is what makes the company a top employer for students and recent grads – they appreciate the value young people assign to community giving and social causes.


“The program has been one highlight after another since our orientation in January, but over the summer I was able to be a part of a digital infrastructure building project for a non-profit organization. The project was set up as a multi-day retreat held on a private island in Ontario’s Muskoka region. At the end of the retreat, we had completed a long list of deliverables that would help this organization better meet its mission. It was a great feeling to have made an impact for a meaningful cause.”
Joshua Whittingham
2014 RBC Career Launch Associate

Ready to apply? Find out more about the RBC Career Launch Program and start your application here.

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