OPPORTUNITY: International Internships for Indigenous Youth



Are you an Indigenous person in Canada?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 35?
Do you have an interest in public engagement and the international development sector?
Would you like to live in either Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia or Kenya?
If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions then here’s an opportunity for you!

With funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC), 20 Indigenous youth will be chosen to work for four months in five different countries around the world! Successful applicants will travel in teams of four to their host country and will remain there for the duration of the project. Countries include Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia, and Kenya! 

These internships will provide youth opportunities to gain transferable skills, learn about key development issues in their own communities and abroad, and explore education and career pathways. Engaging as global citizens, the chosen interns will build confidence and experience in public engagement and build networks in the international development sector.

This year’s internships run from October 2018 – January 2018.
For the application form and more information please click here.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 22, 2018


To be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Indigenous person in Canada
    • Federally recognized as either status or non-status First Nations, Inuit, or Métis
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of hiring
  • have not previously participated in an internship within the Global Affairs IYIP initiative (formerly CIDA and DFATD)
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • not be a university graduate-graduate of a degree or diploma program from a university
    • please note that Indigenous youth with a CEGEP or technical college diploma are eligible to apply.

“Tonaya Tagoona and Felicia Tugak spent four months as interns at the University of kwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa through the International Aboriginal Youth Internship program offered through Global Affairs Canada.”

Over the course of five years, 100 indigenous youth will be selected as interns! These internships are in partnership with the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) Empowering Youth, ACIC and NCGC.

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