Paid Internships! International Internships for Indigenous Youth

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 24, 2019


DEPARTURES: August 2019

The International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program offers 4-month, modestly funded internships for Indigenous youth aged 18-35. Youth will travel to Cambodia/Myanmar, Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya or Nepal.

For the next four years, 20 youth per year will travel in groups of four to their host country, where they will gain valuable experience working with non-profit organizations in a diversity of roles.

The internship program is for youth without university degrees - it is an excellent opportunity for young professionals, students in college, those with technical school diplomas, or those who have begun but who have not completed university studies.

This program is unique in that we place a high value on transferable skills, traditional knowledge and personal qualities over formal education.

Program Timeline for August 2019 Departures

  • March 24th - Application deadline
  • April 2019 - Interviews
  • May 2019 - Job offers made and preparations begin (passports, visas, vaccinations, online training)
  • August 2019 - 2-week pre-departure training
  • Mid-August 2019- interns in the field
  • December 2019 - interns return & 1-week re-orientation
  • Dec 2019 - March 2020-Public Engagement Activities


To be eligible for the IIIY Program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

Must be:

  • An Indigenous person in Canada (federally recognized as either status or non-status First


    Nations, Inuit, or Métis)

  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of hiring
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada

Must NOT be:

  • Someone who has previously participated in an internship within the IYIP initiative by Global Affairs Canada (formerly CIDA and DFATD)
  • A university graduate— a graduate of a degree or diploma program from a university**

**Youth who have completed a CEGEP or technical college diploma are eligible to apply, as well as current students of any post-secondary programs or universities, students currently taking a break from school or a year off, and youth who are not students.

What Costs are Included?

  • Travel costs to and from the host country
  • Visas
  • Modest monthly stipend subsidizing living costs
  • 2-week pre-departure training and reorientation

Learn More & Apply

Not sure what to expect?

Check out Owen Gould’s photo essay about his time in Kenya, this video of past interns from Baker Lake, Nunavut and their experience as interns in Durban, South Africa, or this video about one of the partner organizations in Costa Rica.

Next Program Dates:

Not able to travel this year? Click the link to complete an interest form for a future program (just be sure you'll still meet the criteria!).

Visit to learn more and to access the online application form.