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?

Through the IAYI initiative, MI is offering four-month overseas internships to indigenous peoples in Canada. MI will be working with various indigenous organizations for recruitment and support in this initiative and will have a special focus on engaging youth located in northern and rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Throughout the entire internship process, MI will be providing dedicated support to IAYI participants. This will include comprehensive pre-departure training, mentorship and regular follow-up while overseas, and post-internship re-integration and networking activities. 

The program endeavours to cover all of the expenses associated with the internships 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 cover basic living expenses (i.e. accommodations, food and local transportation).


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.
Internship Details:

Please check back with us in Winter 2020 for more information.

How to get involved:

Please check back with us in Winter 2020 for more information.