International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative

The International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative provides opportunities for Aboriginal youth to participate in international internships in developing countries.

In order to qualify, Aboriginal youth must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and possess a secondary school diploma (or equivalent certification) and/or equivalent work experience related to the internship description.

The initiative aims to:

  • provide valuable international work experience for Aboriginal youth;
  • provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to increase their awareness of and contribution to Canada’s international development efforts, through participation in internships with local partner organizations; and,
  • build the capacity of Aboriginal youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad.

International Aboriginal youth internships consist of a four to six-month period spent in a developing country working on issues such as equality between men and women, the environment, health, education, small business development, and agriculture.

Following the first year of the IAYI initiative, Global Affairs Canada conducted a lessons learned workshop to identify program results and areas for improvement. Participants included interns, Canadian organizations, field support staff and Global Affairs Canada employees. The workshop generated a list of best practices for Canadian organizations.