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

Application Deadline: June 22nd 11:59PM!!

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! With funding from Global Affairs Canada, 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.

Departure Dates:

Year 1: October 2018 - January 2019

Application Deadline: Midnight, June 22, 2018

Year 2: September 2019 - December 2019

Application Deadline: April 22, 2019

Year 3: July 2020 - October 2020

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 is offering 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 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 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 October 2018 - January 2019. Deadline to apply is June 22nd 2018. Apply below now!

If you have trouble accessing the form, please contact:

Dylan Letendre, IIIY Program Manager:



Please review the Application Guidelines Page HERE

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: