International Aboriginal Youth Internships

The International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative (IAYI)

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador is delighted to announce that it has been selected to implement the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funded International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative (IAYI)!

What is it?

The IAYI initiative connects Indigenous youth in Canada with international work opportunities through a 12 week paid virtual internship. Throughout the program, interns will contribute to international research projects at Memorial University and Parkland College, work with international partners, learn from Indigenous leaders in Canada, and connect the global work interns are doing with Canadian and local community issues.

MI will be providing dedicated support to IAYI participants through workshops, training, and opportunities for social connection. The program endeavors to cover all of the expenses associated with the internships, including any required technology, finding appropriate work space, and internet connectivity. The internship is 35 hours a week, for 12 weeks, at $16 per hour.


To be eligible for the International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative, candidates must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be of Aboriginal affiliation in Canada and willing to sign a Global Affairs Canada self-declaration form attesting to this affiliation (required after intern selection takes place);
  • Possess a secondary school diploma (or equivalent certification), CEGEP diploma, technical or vocational diploma/certificate from an accredited institution, and/or equivalent work experience related to the internship description; (candidates should NOT already have a university degree)
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Not have previously participated in an IAYI initiative.
Open Positions

There are six internship placements available. Three are reserved for Parkland College students and three are for Newfoundland and Labrador residents.

Apply Now!

Please complete our online form to submit your application. Note the form will require you to upload your resume. Applications close on May 7th and all applicants will be notified the week of May 10th

If you have questions please contact Mica at