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 Internships for Indigenous Youth Program! See the announcement HERE.

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

ACIC and NCGC will offer internships in 5 countries: Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia, 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 youth 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.

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 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 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 October 2018 - January 2019. Sign up below for more information!

 If you have trouble accessing the form, please contact:

Dylan Letendre, IIIY Program Manager:

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 was not successful in obtaining funding from Global Affairs Canada for the upcoming 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: