The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
It offers Canadian youth the opportunity to:
- gain professional experience abroad in the field of international development; and
- to acquire skills that will prepare them for future employment or further their studies.
Internships are offered through different Canadian partner organizations across 45 countries. Applicants can choose from a variety of sectors, such as:
- Gender Equality
- Human Rights
- Social Services
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Small Business Development
Internships last a minimum of six months and include pre-departure and re-integration training. In addition to starting an exciting career path, interns will contribute to poverty reduction and help to advance Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be:
- between the ages of 19 to 30;
- post-secondary graduates, graduates of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (general and vocational college).