International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

Check out what our current interns are up to overseas!

Here is a link to our WordPress blog, Thousands of Nautical Miles from Home, a recent newsletter profiling one of our interns in the Philippines, and a recent MI newsletter profiling one of our interns in South Africa. 

Check out our Instagram updates from the field under #MIIntl!

International Youth Internship Program 2015-2017

Since 1997, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of the Memorial University of Newfoundland has provided young Canadian graduates with an opportunity to gain introductory work experience in countries throughout the globe through the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Youth employment Strategy (YES). This program has successfully launched the careers of many graduates by providing them with enhanced employability skills upon their return to Canada.

In partnership with private, public and non-profit host organizations, MI offers six-month overseas placements in Cambodia, Malawi, the Philippines, South Africa, and Vietnam. During the preparation period, interns are required to participate in a comprehensive, pre-departure training program at the Marine Institute in St. John’s, NL. MI provides dedicated support to IYIP participants during all phases of their placement. A reintegration session will also be held after interns return to Canada.

The program covers many of the expenses associated with the program including round-trip return airfare between Canada and the host country, medical insurance, and entry visas. Participants will also receive a modest living allowance to offset basic living expenses (i.e. accommodations, food and local transportation).

Please note: MI's most recent IYIP placements ended in March 2017 and the 2015-17 IYIP program is now finished. Please check back throughout the Spring and Summer of 2017 for further updates on potential future internship positions.

Here is a list of MI's most recent IYIP positions. Future positions will depend on available funding but may be similar in nature. 


    Prek Leap National College of Agriculture:



    Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

The Philippines

    John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University:

    Western Philipinnes University:


    Tra Vinh University:

South Africa

    Sustainable Seas Trust:

An alternative position at Sustianable Seas Trust may considered should there be a lack of qualified candidates for the above positions and a suitable candidate is found for the following:


To be eligible for the International Youth Internship Program, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • be a post-secondary graduate—graduate of a degree or diploma program from a university, college, postsecondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (collège d'enseignement général et professionnel) (By September 2016)*
  • be between the ages of 19 and 30
  • have not previously participated in an internship within GAC's IYIP initiative
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
Additional Information

More information is provided in the IYIP General Info Document, which includes considerations that help get a better understanding of what an IYIP placement involves, including financial considerations.

We also have a ‌Self Assessment Document document to help those unsure to decide if an IYIP placement is right for them.

Application Guidelines

For further information please contact:

Heather Dicks
Tel: 709-778-0483

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted based on relevant qualifications and demonstrated knowledge/skills. Experience in intercultural communication, relevant language skills, and work experience in a developing country are all added benefits. 

Funded By

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