The Canadian International Internship Program

International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

Are you interested in gaining professional experience by working remotely on international development projects in Canada? Upon graduation from a Canadian university, the International Youth Internship Programme (IYIP) allows Canadian graduates (ages 19 to 30) to gain international experience, skills, and information that will help them secure a job in the future! Want to know how this works, read the following sections to learn more.

Published on September 20, 2021

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What is IYIP and How it Works?

The 2021 IYIP is intended to provide Canadian youth with the chance to get professional experience by doing international development work in a remote environment. The goal of the IYIP is to assist in developing-country initiatives that promote sustainability via partnerships with Canadian professional and educational groups, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses.

The IYIP is a program that:

– Provides Canadian youth the tools to get jobs in the future

– Brings greater attention towards having more young Canadians in the job sector

– Helps the Canadian youth spread Canada’s development initiatives internationally in Canada and overseas.

– Furthers the Department’s goals of reducing poverty and inequality, improving human rights, and fostering sustainable development.

Post-Grads speaking amongst each other during internship
The IYIP provides only the best tools to further your career after graduation!

IYIP Program Eligibility

If you’d like to apply for the IYIP, here are criteria for eligibility:

👦🏻 Applicants must be between the ages of 19-30 

🍁 Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, but not a refugee.

💼 Be able to legally work in Canada.

🤝🏻 Have not participated in the International Youth Internship Program before (IYIP)

IYIP Program Timeline

Application submissions for the International Youth Internship Programme (IYIP) are currently over, but please stay tuned for updates on when the 2022 IYIP will commence. As for the timeline, this year the United Nations in Canada accepted applications from June 1st to June 28.

Application Process

Once you’ve decided on your preferred internship position, you should send a complete CV with references and a cover letter to the organization’s official email address, including a clear explanation of your objectives for applying to IYIP and your suitability for the suggested role.

Post-Grads applying for Internship Programs in Canada
Make sure to submit your CV upon applying for the program of your choice.

Canadian Partner Organizations

If you’re looking for an organization currently accepting applicants for the year 2022, we’ve provided a list of all active participants down below:

  • Alternatives (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Bow Valley College (Working in collaboration with College of the Rockies and Selkirk College) (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Carrefour de solidarité internationale (only available in French) (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
  • Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Inc. (only available in French) (Quebec)
  • Éducation Internationale (Quebec)
  • Mer et Monde (only available in French) (Montreal, Quebec)
  • L’AMIE (only available in French) (Quebec)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • SUCO (Montreal, Quebec)
  • The Canadian Bar Association (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • United Nations Association in Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Youth Challenge International (Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario)

IYIP 2021-2022: COVID-19 updates

The International Youth Internship Programme (IYIP)  has been put on hold as a result of the recent pandemic. Internships in all organizations have changed into a virtual experience for a short while.

Opportunities in Canada After the Program

By participating in this program, young professionals will have the opportunity to experience an excellent start to their careers once they return to Canada with more employability skills and find better job opportunities.

Interns working remotely in Canada
Increase your chances of landing a job by taking up this program!

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