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 announce that ACIC and NCGC (Northern Council for Global Cooperation) have received funding from Global Affairs Canada for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative! See the announcement HERE.

We'll be looking for YOUth starting in the summer 2018. Check back soon!

ACIC and NCGC will offer internships in six countries: Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Kenya. Over five years, ACIC and NCGC will support 100 indigenous youth interns by providing 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. 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.

Since 2002, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation has offered 100 internships in 16 countries through international internships. The International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative provides Indigenous Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 with opportunities to gain valuable international experience and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in developing countries.

In partnership with the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq’s - Mi’kmaw Conservation Group and Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) Empowering Youth, ACIC and NCGC will provide 100 young Canadian indigenous youth opportunities to develop international experience.


To be eligible for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • not be a post-secondary graduate—graduate of a degree or diploma program from a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (collège d'enseignement général et professionnel)
  • be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • have not previously participated in an internship within the Global Affairs IYIP initiative (formerly CIDA and DFATD)
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada 

Job postings will be available in summer 2018.


We regret that ACIC was not successful in obtaining funding from Global Affairs Canada for the upcoming round of 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: