Minister Bibeau announces Canadian organizations selected for International Indigenous and Youth Internship programs

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Internships abroad are a great way for Canadian youth to gain professional experience and boost their skills and knowledge. They help to prepare youth for future employment and become truly engaged global citizens.

As we mark International Development Week (IDW), the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced the names of the successful organizations of the 2017 call for proposals for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) and the International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative. Through these initiatives, a total of $34.1 million will be invested in various organizations across Canada.

Under the IYIP, 12 organizations will receive up to $23.6 million over four years to enable Canadian youth to participate in international internships, many of which include a focus on women and girls in developing countries.

Under the indigenous-focused IAYI initiative, eight organizations will receive up to $10.5 million over five years to help engage Indigenous youth interns as global citizens who support international development

These programs demonstrate the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to addressing youth unemployment and skills development, while advancing Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy's priorities.


“International Development Week is a time to celebrate Canadian contributions to positive global change. I can’t think of a better time to highlight these programs, which are giving our youth the chance to represent Canada and have a positive impact abroad. My message to young Canadians: Go for it, you can make a difference and have a life-changing experience abroad!”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and of La Francophonie

Quick Facts

  • Since 1991, Global Affairs Canada, individuals and organizations across Canada have taken part in IDW to celebrate Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international assistance in the developing world.

  • The theme for IDW 2018, Partners for a Better World, encourages all Canadians to be partners in building a better, more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world.

  • The IYIP is open to Canadian post-secondary graduates between the ages of 19 and 30.

  • The IAYI initiative is open to Aboriginal Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35.

  • The two programs are expected to provide internship opportunities to a combined total of 1,800 Canadian youths.

  • The following organizations have been selected for the International Indigenous and/or the Youth Internship programs:

  • Bow Valley College

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • United Nations Association in Canada

  • Youth Challenge International

  • Alternatives Inc.

  • Carrefour de solidarité internationale de Sherbrooke

  • Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

  • Éducation internationale

  • L’AMIE

  • Mer et Monde

  • Solidarité Union Coopération (SUCO)

  • Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Victoria International Development Education Association

  • Jane Goodale Institute of Canada

  • Canada World Youth

  • Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières

  • Atlantic Council for International Cooperation

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