International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

Global Affairs Canada is currently assessing applications to determine which Canadian organizations will receive funding to implement international internships in the new iteration of the four year program. We encourage you to check this page frequently for a list of available internships.

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, which provides Canadian youth with the tools and experience they need to launch successful careers.

The IYIP is designed to offer Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work. The objective of the IYIP is to support sustainable international development initiatives proposed, in partnership with local partner organizations, by Canadian professional associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be between the ages of 19 to 30, and be post-secondary graduates, graduates of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (General and Vocational College).

The Program aims to:

  • provide eligible Canadian youth with international experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for future employment;
  • increase employment opportunities by promoting awareness among Canadian organizations of the advantages of integrating young Canadian professionals into their structures and programs; and,
  • provide opportunities for Canadian youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad.

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

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