International Youth Internship Program

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

Since 1997, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador 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). This program has successfully launched the careers of many graduates by providing them with enhanced employability skills upon their return to Canada.

What is it?

In partnership with private, public and non-profit host organizations, MI is offering six-month overseas placements to interns working in a variety of fields. Between 2018 and 2023, MI is planning to send/recruit a total of 100 internships. MI provides dedicated support to IYIP participants during all phases of their placement. 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. During their time overseas, interns stay connected to each other and MI through regular check-ins, reports and other engagement activities. Upon their return to Canada, interns are involved in reintegration activities, facilitated by MI in St. John’s, NL.

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).

Impacts of COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 6-months overseas deployment has been discontinued until the Marine Institute and Memorial University of Newfoundland deemed it is safe to travel again. Our main priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty when considering in-person mobility. We are actively monitoring the evolving situations abroad. Any news relating to outbound mobility initiatives, including the internship, will be communicated on our website.


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

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and be legally entitled to work in Canada,
  • Be a post-secondary graduate with a degree or diploma program from a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (collège d'enseignement général et professionnel),
  • Be between the ages of 19 and 30,
  • Have not previously participated in IYIP.
Internship Locations

MI will work with our overseas partner and provide opportunities in the following locations.

Internship Opportunities (Virtual)

The Marine Institute will be continuing the program by way of a virtual internship. The available positions will be a combination of full-time and/or part-time. Full-time positions will span three months (20 - 35-hour/week). All positions are paid opportunities at $20 per hour, and all work can be done virtually. All eligibility requirements outlined above will still need to be satisfied to be considered for the application.

The IYIP positions are as follows:

Note: Although we outline the expected roles associated with each internship position, intern duties may vary depending on the evolving needs of our overseas partners.

Please also note that if a link is not live to a particular profile below, the profile is being updated.



MI_Environmental and Climate Change Intern

MI_Impact on Sustainable Livelihood Management Intern

MI_Health, Environment, and Child Protection Intern

MI_Maritime Education Intern

MI_Environmental Intern



MI_Young Africa Works in Kenya Project Assistant


St. Lucia:

MI_Governance/Gender Officer

MI_Business Development/Communications Officer



MI_PR & Communication Assistant on Gender Program Intern

MI_Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture Intern (September 1, 2022 Start Date)

MI_Entrepreneurship Intern

MI_Educational Assistant for Youth Intern


Barbados: No Positions Available

Belize: No Positions Available

Cambodia: No Positions Available

Grenada: No Positions Available

Tanzania: No Positions Available


Internships are to start November 1. Please contact the program coordinator below for any inquiries regarding the advertised positions.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to specify up to three positions in order of preference.

After reviewing the above internship positions, please submit a full resume (with references) and a cover letter, which clearly details your intentions for applying to IYIP and your suitability for the proposed positions.

Applications should be submitted electronically to

MI reserves the right to place an intern in the most appropriate position based upon educational background and experience. As an equity seeking organization, MI encourages applications from individuals that represent the full diversity of communities across Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, gender identity, race, and sexual orientation.

For additional information, please contact:

Krista Sweetland

International Program Officer


Phone: +1 (709) 778-0408


Government of Canada

Program undertaken with the
financial support of the
Government of Canada provided
through Global Affairs Canada