Atlantic organizations chosen to provide international internships for young professionals

The Minister of International Cooperation and La Francophonie, Christian Paradis, announced yesterday that the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and six of its member organizations will provide 40 recent post-secondary graduates opportunities to develop experience through eight-month internships over the next two years.

As part of the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), ACIC will offer internships in nine countries: Bhutan, Bolivia, Gambia, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. The internships will focus on securing the future of children and youth, increasing food security, and stimulating sustainable economic growth in these countries. Interns will help local partner organizations prepare educational and communications material, facilitate and design workshops, and organize events. The ultimate goal of the internships is to provide Canadian interns with the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for future employment.

“The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation is very excited to move forward with the IYIP program and, on behalf of all of our partners, to be able to provide youth with these valuable opportunities,” said Carolyn Whiteway, Acting Executive Director for the Council.

ACIC works with its Canadian member organizations and their international partners to deliver the program. Atlantic organizations providing training, orientation and on-going support include: the Centre for Nursing Studies (NL), Chalice (NS), Dalhousie University International Development Studies (NS), Genuine Progress Index (NS), International Sustainable Community Assistance (PEI), and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NS).

Since 2002, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation has offered 65 internships in 16 countries through international internships. The International Youth Internship Program provides Canadians between the ages of 19 and 30 with opportunities to gain valuable international experience and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in developing countries. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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Janelle Frail Communications and Program Officer,
ACIC
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E-mail: communications@acic-caci.org
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Backgrounder:

ACIC is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC supports its members in international cooperation and education through collective leadership, networking, information, training and coordination, and represents their interests when dealing with government and others.

ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. Through our public engagement work, ACIC strives to give Atlantic Canadians the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become active global citizens. ACIC is a rich and vibrant coalition; our varied members - over 70 in the Atlantic Provinces - are united by our strong commitment to building a better world. Please check the members page for more details on ACIC's membership.