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Atlantic Council for International Cooperation celebrates funding for International Youth Internship Program

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation

Feb 7, 2024

Halifax, NS, Canada

At an event celebrating International Development Week 2024, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development announced $24.5 million in funding for the International Youth Internships Program (IYIP) across Canada, including $4.23 million for the RYSING (Resilient Youth, Supported Inclusion, Network Growth) project jointly implemented by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI).

The program offers Canadian youth the opportunity to gain valuable international work experience and make meaningful contributions through four-month international internship placements. 

Between 2024 and 2029, ACIC and MI’s IYIP program will place 190 interns with 22 partner organisations in 15 countries throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and Central America. Priority will be given to Racialized, Indigenous, and 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and youth who have experienced barriers to employment due to COVID-19.

Applications for the first IYIP cohort will open on February 12, 2024. Youth who are interested in acquiring new skills and gaining professional experience abroad or contributing their knowledge, skills and lived experiences to meaningful projects abroad are encouraged to apply.

Minister Hussen, on announcing the program funding, said “Youth engagement matters. It creates meaningful opportunities for new generations to be agents of change in their communities. Canada is committed to mobilising and inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds to get involved in international development.”

Learn more about ACIC’s IYIP program:


Indigo Christ, ACIC IYIP Program Manager

Jennifer Sloot, ACIC Executive Director

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