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. 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).


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 be sending interns to Belize, Tanzania, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

MI IYIP 2020

Internship Opportunities

There will be approximately 20 interns in each cohort. Between 2018 and 2023, MI is planning to send 5 cohorts overseas for a total of 100 internships.

Virtual Internship


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, overseas deployment of interns has been paused until the Marine Institute, and Memorial University of Newfoundland deemed it is safe to travel again. We are actively monitoring the evolving situations abroad. Any news relating to outbound mobility initiatives, including the internship, will be shared on our website.

In the meantime, we 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 position(s) will span three months, while part-time will be four months of work (approximately 20-hour workweek). All eligibility requirements outlined above will still need to be satisfied to be considered for the application.

The IYIP positions are as follows. (Please note that 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): 



Environmental and Climate Change Intern

Impact on Sustainable Livelihood Management Intern

Health, Environment, and Child Protection Intern

Maritime Education Intern

Environmental Intern



Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) Project Coordinator



Applied Research and Innovation Intern

Climate Change Adaptation Intern

Gender Equality and Inclusion in Education Intern

Gender in the Blue Economy Intern 



Gender Support within Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) 


St. Lucia:

Governance/Gender Officer

Business Development/Communications Officer



Tra Vinh 

PR & Communication Assistant on Gender Program Intern

Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture Intern 


Tanzania: No Positions Available 


Cambodia: No Positions Available 




Application for the Fall 2021 cohort is now open. 

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:

Satria Kusuma

International Program Officer


Phone: +1 (709) 778-0493


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