International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

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.


Internship Opportunities

There will be 20 interns in each cohort. Over the next four years, MI is planning to send 5 cohorts overseas for a total of 100 internships.

The 1st round of IYIP interns is now overseas. To hear more about what they are living and learning through this program, check out their blog posts.

We are now recruiting for the 2nd round of IYIP interns! The application process and relevant timelines are outlined below.

The available 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): 


Fisheries Biologist and Ecologist Intern

Socio-economic and Socio-ecology Intern

Environmental Assessment Intern

Sustainable Cities and Coastal Communities Intern


Climate Change Adaptation Intern

Education for Young Girls in Environmental Sustainability Intern

Marine Environmental Technology Intern


Gender in Sustainable Environmental Management Intern

Marine Environmental Technology Management Intern

Climate Change Adaptation Intern


Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) Interns x 3

Food Technology for Sustainability Intern

Education for Young Girls in Environmental Sustainability Intern

Climate Change Adaptation Intern in Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine


Climate Change Intern

Coastal Water Quality Intern

Fisheries Resource Management Intern

Tourism Management and Gender Intern

Timeline for the 2nd Round of Interns

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Pre-departure Training in St. John’s, NL: Late February/Early March, 2019

Overseas internships: March - September, 2019

Re-integration activities in St. John’s, NL: September, 2019

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

Heather Dicks


Phone: (709)-778-0483