International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative

The International Aboriginal Youth Internships Initiative (IAYI) offers Indigenous Canadian youth the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad in the field of international development. It helps them to acquire skills that will prepare them for future employment or further their studies.

Internships are offered through different Canadian partner organizations across 16 countries. Applicants can choose from a variety of sectors, such as:

Internships last a minimum of three months and include pre-departure and re-integration training. In addition to gaining the foundation for an exciting career path, interns will contribute to poverty reduction and help to advance Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy. In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be:

For the 2018-2023 period, IAYI internships are offered through the following Canadian partner organizations:

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Find out which organizations are recruiting in your country of interest

Click on a country to see which organizations are currently working there.

Asia

Cambodia

Organizations currently working in country: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Internship sector(s):
Agriculture development, Research/Scientific institutions, Women's equality organizations and institutions, Environmental education/training

Myanmar

Organizations currently working in country: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Internship sector(s):
Agriculture development, Research/Scientific institutions, Women's equality organizations and institutions, Research/Scientific institutions

Nepal

Organizations currently working in country: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Internship sector(s):
Basic nutrition, Cottage industries and handicraft, Women's equality organizations and institutions, Primary education

Latin America and the Caribbean:

Belize

Organizations currently working in country: Marine Institute of Memorial University
Internship sector(s):
General environmental protection, Culture and recreation, Basic life skills for youth and adults

Bolivia

Organizations currently working in country: L'AMIE (website only available in French)
Internship sector(s): Basic life skills for youth and adults

Colombia

Organizations currently working in country: Canada World Youth
Internship sector(s):
Agriculture development, Basic life skills for youth and adults, Environmental education and training, Human rights

Costa Rica

Organizations currently working in country: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Internship sector(s):
Water sector policy and administrative management, Water resources conservation and data collection, Democratic participation and civil society

Organizations currently working in country: Comité de Solidarité/Trois-Rivières (website only available in French)
Internship sector(s): Construction policy and administrative management

Ecuador

Organizations currently working in country: Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (website only available in French)
Internship sector(s): Agriculture co-operatives, Environmental training and education, Primary education, Culture and recreation

Guyana

Organizations currently working in country: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Internship sector(s):
Social/Welfare services, Employment policy and administrative management, Teacher training and Secondary education

Nicaragua

Organizations currently working in country: Comité de Solidarité/Trois-Rivières (website only available in French)
Internship sector(s): Construction policy and administrative management

Peru

Organizations currently working in country: Canada World Youth
Internship sector(s):
Agriculture development, Basic life skills for youth and adults, Environmental education and training, Human rights

Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya

Organizations currently working in country: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Internship sector(s):
Basic drinking water supply, Health education, Basic life skills for youth and adults, Education and training in transport and storage, Road transport

Senegal

Organizations currently working in country: Comité de Solidarité/Trois-Rivières (website only available in French)
Internship sector(s): Women's equality organizations and institutions

South Africa

Organizations currently working in country: Victoria International Development Education Association
Internship sector(s):
Primary education

Uganda

Organizations currently working in country: Jane Goodall Institute
Internship sector(s):
Agriculture land resources, Forestry development, Forestry education and training, Environmental education and training

Organizations currently working in country: Victoria International Development Education Association
Internship sector(s):
Primary education, Basic life skills for youth and adults, Early childhood education, Environmental education training

Zambia

Organizations currently working in country: Victoria International Development Education Association
Internship sector(s):
 Primary education, Basic life skills for youth and adults, Early childhood education, Human rights

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