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The International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative provides opportunities for Aboriginal youth to participate in international internships in developing countries.

The initiative aims to:

  • provide valuable international work experience for Aboriginal youth;
  • provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to increase their awareness of and contribution to Canada’s international development efforts, through participation in internships with local partner organizations; and,
  • build the capacity of Aboriginal youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad.
  • International Aboriginal youth internships consist of a four to six-month period spent in a developing country working on issues such as equality between men and women, the environment, health, education, small business development, and agriculture.

ICAD will work in close collaboration with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) to deliver the International Aboriginal Youth Internship program (IAYI). ICAD and CAAN have partnered with the following Canadian organizations to form a consortium: CAP/AIDS Network, University of Saskatchewan, Lethbridge HIV Connection Society, and Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN).

ICAD’s strategy is to link organizations in Canada with similar organizations abroad. These internships are approximately 7 months in duration with 5 months overseas. Each intern will be attached to a Canadian host organization prior to departure and upon return. Interns will particpiate in pre-departure training and activities before leaving to their posts abroad. Interns will also take part in public engagement activities while abroad and upon return. Reintegration activities will take place upon return to Canada. The Canadian host will be responsible for the recruitment and selection process.

These internship positions will begin with pre-departure training in January, 2016.

Follow this link for more details about the project.


Interns must meet the following eligibility criteria to participate in an Aboriginal Youth Internship:

  • Possess a secondary-school diploma (or equivalent certification) and/or equivalent work experience related to the internship description. Equivalent work experience, as defined by the Organization, may vary depending on the internship position and local partner organization’s requirements. Candidates who are enrolled in but have not yet completed post-secondary studies are eligible. Candidates who have graduated from an accredited post-secondary institution are not eligible;
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of final selection (that is, at the time of signature of a contract between the intern and the Canadian organization);
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be of Aboriginal affiliation in Canada and willing to sign a DFATD self-declaration form attesting to this affiliation, and;
  • Have not previously participated in GAC’s IAYI initiative

Check out what former IAYI interns have to say about their experience:

How do I apply?

There are currently no internships available. Please check back soon.

This Project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.