International Youth Internship Program

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is accepting applications for its first cohort! Jointly implemented by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, the program offers youth the opportunity to gain valuable international work experience through 4-month internship placements with partner organizations in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and Central America.

Applications are open for Cohort 1, starting in May 2024 and ending in October 2024.

If you want to learn more about the IYIP Program, the application and selection process, and placement opportunities for Cohort 1, join us for an Information Session by registering below:


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, you must be: 

  • 18-30 years old, at the start date of the internship
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident

This program gives priority to Indigenous, Racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+ interns and youth who have experienced barriers to employment due to COVID-19. This means the program will first select interns who hold those identities from the pool of applicants.

There are no education, work or travel experiences required to be eligible and successful in this program. We welcome applicants with lived experience and expertise and invite applicants to reach out to us with questions if you are unsure this program is a good fit for you.

About the Program

This program is designed for youth who:

  • Have faced barriers in securing meaningful employment
  • Are seeking opportunities to acquire new skills and gain professional experience abroad
  • Are interested in contributing their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways  abroad
  • Are curious, open-minded, and flexible   

IYIP is a 5 month commitment that involves: 1 month of pre-departure training (3 weeks virtually, 1 week in person), a 4 month international internship placement with a local partner organization, and 3 days of post-internship debrief. The program costs are funded (including airfare, transportation costs, visa fees, pre-departure and post-internship training), and interns will receive a stipend while abroad.

This program works with Canadian and international partners across 15 countries. To learn more about the partners, and the type of internship assignment you might have, please review the information sheet for Cohort 1 by clicking here.

Important Dates
  • Applications Open: February 12
  • Applications Close: February 29
  • Interviews: March
  • Assignment offers: April
  • Virtual Pre-departure training: May
  • In-Person Intensive Pre-departure training: First Week of June
  • Internship Placement Abroad: 2nd week of June to 1st week of October 

All applicants who meet the program eligibility criteria will be invited to a screening interview. Those who apply before February 20th may be invited to complete a screening interview on the 22nd for ease of processing applications. All others will be scheduled for screening interviews the week of March 11th.

Applications for Cohort 2 (January to May 2025) will open in the fall of 2024.

Application Form

Click here to complete the application form.

Contact Information

Questions? Concerns? Not sure if this is right for you? We want to chat! Please get in touch.

Indigo Christ

Mica McCurdy