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International Aboriginal Youth Internships


Join the Spirit of Change!

Are you a First Nations, Métis or Inuit youth between 18 and 35 who is interested in gaining valuable international employment skills and experience?
If so, you should apply for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program.

The program gives Aboriginal youth an opportunity for a six month internship. The first and last months are spent at Canadian hosting organizations with the middle four months spent at a hosting partner organization in Peru, Chile or Bhutan!

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation has been selected to deliver the first round of internships.

If you are an Aboriginal Youth between 18 and 35, with a high school diploma or GED equivalent you are invited to apply to internship opportunities hosted with ACIC member organizations in Atlantic Canada and Southern partners in Peru, Chile and Bhutan.

Funding is provided for travel, a modest living allowance, insurance, visas, vaccinations and language training where necessary.

For more information on the International Aboriginal Youth Internship program in general, visit: http://www.cida.gc.ca/iayi

If you are interested in applying for the Atlantic Canada internships, click here for more information, or contact Carolyn Whiteway at projects@acic-caci.org or call 902-431-2311.


Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

Interns are placed in provincial government ministries


The Aboriginal Youth Internship Program is a 12-month, paid internship ($1,564.13 Bi-weekly) for Aboriginal youth residing in BC. The interns are placed in provincial government ministries for nine months and then in Aboriginal organizations for the last three months of their internship. The program is designed to support Aboriginal youth in developing their leadership skills and encourage them to consider the BC Public Service or Aboriginal organizations as a place to pursue a rewarding career.

The program:

  • Mirrors the school year and runs annually from September to the following August
  • Provides professional experience
  • Provides leadership development
  • Provides cultural support
  • Provides a professional, cultural, and social network through the intern cohort


Applicants must be:

  • Aboriginal (First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, Inuit)
  • Residing in BC
  • Age 29 or under as of September 5, 2011
  • Have a minimum Grade 12 education combined with work and volunteer experience


Applications must be received by Friday May 13th, 2011

For more information, or to apply go to:


Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister announces new International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative!!!

Ottawa, Ontario —Today, as part of CIDA’s International Development Week, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, introduced a new opportunity for Aboriginal youth from across Canada to participate in international development through the new International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative.

“The new International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative is an exciting, new initiative that will bring a new experience to Canada’s Aboriginal youth,” said Minister Oda. “Their unique perspective and heritage will enhance our work in developing countries and enrich their opportunities to contribute to Canada’s efforts to bring a better life to those living in poverty around the world. I firmly believe that our government’s outreach to the Aboriginal youth in Canada in this way will open new doors in their futures.”

Through the IAYI initiative, each year 140 Canadian Aboriginal youth will have the opportunity to work in developing countries on Canadian-supported development projects with recognized organizations. This initiative will be supported with $10.5 million over five years.

In developing the initiative, CIDA consulted with national aboriginal organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Métis National Council, as well as with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage.

The internships will be implemented by qualified Canadian organizations selected under CIDA’s new Global Citizens Program. Canadian organizations are invited to apply by submitting a proposal before April 7, 2011.

Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Justin Broekema
Press Secretary
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Media Relations Office