Welcome to the International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program (IIIY)

We have now closed applications for our 2019 program. We are currently reviewing applicants and interns will be notified whether they have been successful or not by mid May at the latest. The second cohort will depart mid August 2019 with training beginning in early August.
Read below or email for more information on future internships!

See the latest photo essay from one of last year’s interns, Owen Gould, who traveled to Kenya

Click on the photos below to hear what 2018 interns Leah and Autumn say about their internships and connection to their communities:

Leah Wainwright

Leah Wainwright

Autumn Jules

Autumn Jules

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.

We're excited to launch this year's International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program! Are you interested in learning about community development? Want to learn more about Global Citizenship and how to engage both locally and globally on the Sustainable Development Goals? Want to build your resume and gain a competitive edge in the job market? Or maybe you’re interested in learning about International Development and the benefits of studying in this field

ACIC and NCGC (Northern Council for Global Cooperation) have partnered with Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Native Council of PEI, GPI Atlantic, and BYTE, to hire 20 Indigenous youth from across Canada to work for four months in one of five different countries around the world! Youth will travel in teams of four to their host country, and complete their work term there for the duration of the project.

Learn more about our southern partners in Costa Rica and the work our IIIY interns do with them! (English subtitles provided)

Departure Dates:

Year 1: October 2018 - January 2019

Application Deadline: Closed

Year 2: September 2019 - December 2019 <—— Applications now closed

Application Deadline: March 24, 2019

Year 3: July 2020 - October 2020 <—— Click here to express interest in next year’s program!

Year 4: April 2021 - July 2021

Year 5: February 2022 - May 2022

We're looking for YOUth to apply! Scroll down for more info.

ACIC and NCGC are offering internships in 6 countries: Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar and Kenya. Over five years, ACIC and NCGC will support 100 indigenous youth in engaging in community development both internationally and at home. By providing internships that give opportunities to gain transferable skills, learn about key development issues in their own communities and abroad, explore education and career pathways in the field of international development interns will be better positioned to engage as active global citizens. This program will also strive to build confidence and experience in public engagement, and build networks in the international development sector and their own communities that will allow them to put their skills and passion to work for positive change!

This is a partially paid internship! While some expenses will be the responsibility of the intern, we will cover the costs of travel, accommodation, and a majority of administrative costs will be covered.


To be eligible for the International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program, 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!

This year's internship runs from August to December 2019. Applications for this year have now closed

If you would like more information on ACIC’s internships, please contact:

Lee-Anne Lavall, IIIY Program Manager:
(902) 431-2311

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A BIG thank you to Air North, Canadian North Airlines and Klondike Travel who have generously provided free and heavily discounted fees for flights and services from the north for our IIIY interns!

On behalf of the Northern Council for Global Cooperation and the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, we are very excited about this partnership and greatly appreciate the generosity of these airlines to support the IIIY Program! Resulting from the support of our sponsors, we have been able to hire an increased number of interns from Canada’s remote northern communities. We cannot overstate the positive impact that these contributions will have on our interns and the communities they endeavor to serve, both within Canada and abroad!

ACIC is excited to be delivering the International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program (IIIYP) for the next five years (2018-2023). We regret that ACIC did not receive funding from Global Affairs Canada for the current round of the International Youth Internships Program (IYIP).

To keep up date on Canadian organizations that have received funding to implement international internships, however, we encourage you to check frequently the following webpage for a list of available internships:   

Watch a few stories from past IYIP interns: