Applications for the 2020 positions will open soon (Approx end of December or early January)

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain international work experience and launch your career with an added global skill set?

Bow Valley College in partnership with College of the Rockies and Selkirk College are offering overseas internship placements through the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

Read about the experiences of our past interns Mauricio and Jessica here

Mauricio and Jessica

What is IYIP? 
Watch our 2018 cohort video

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) offers Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work.

The program, which is funded by Global Affairs Canada, is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.
What is the aim of the International Youth Internship Program?

Our 2020 internship period will be approximately May 25th - December 8th, 2020.

Through the Program, Bow Valley College, College of the Rockies, and Selkirk College aim to:

  • Provide eligible Canadian youth with international experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for future employment
  • Increase employment opportunities by promoting awareness among Canadian organizations of the advantages of integrating young Canadian professionals into their structures and programs
  • Provide opportunities for Canadian youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad

How many internship placements are available?
There are 28 internships available each year from 2018 – 2020.

Is this a paid internship?  

This program provides funds for the following:

  • A modest monthly living stipend paid to interns overseas (the specific amount will be determined by Bow Valley College based on considerations such as the cost of living in placement locations)
  • International travel and visa costs
  • Overseas health insurance
  • Vaccination expenses (partial to full coverage)
  • Travel to and from the location, as well as accommodation for mandatory pre-departure and reintegration training (this is specific to individuals residing outside of Calgary)
  • Meal/meal allowance during pre-departure and re-integration training


What countries will the internships be in?

There will be two or more internships each year with our partners in the following countries: Antigua, Dominica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, and Tanzania and potentially Trinidad this year. For specific partner information please see the positions list below.

What is the timeline for the internships?
Each intern will spend six months overseas in addition to a mandatory in-Canada pre-departure and re-integration of approximately one week each.
Our 2019 internship period will be approximately May 25th – December 8th, 201.

What is the eligibility criteria?
All applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Between the ages of 19 and 30
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • A post-secondary graduate—graduate of 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) (By May 2019)
  • Have not previously participated in an internship within the Global Affairs IYIP initiative (formerly CIDA and DFATD)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
To learn more about the credentials required for each position please refer directly to the internship postings.


What is the application process?

Remaining Applications for Bow Valley College internships will be open until April 15th. Applicants must submit their resume and cover letter through Bow Valley College’s Career page.

Note: You are eligible to apply for as many positions as you are qualified for. We recommend that you tailor your applications to each specific position. If you are shortlisted for more than one opportunity, you will be asked to rate your choices before being scheduled for an interview.

For more exciting internship opportunities please visit:

Internship opportunities through COLLEGE OF THE ROCKIES
Internship opportunities through SELKIRK COLLEGE

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS OFFERED BY Bow Valley College

Location: Jamaica - Kingston
Overseas Partner: University of the West Indies Open Campus – Caribbean Child Development Centers

2020 Positions to Be Posted Soon

2019 Positions:

Location: Tanzania – Morogoro, and Zanzibar city
Overseas Partners: Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College (Morogoro). Milele Zanzibar Foundation (Zanzibar)


2019 Positions:

Location: Peru – Lima
Overseas Partners: Light Up the World

2020 Positions to Be Posted Soon

2019 Positions:

Location: Kenya - Eldoret
Overseas Partners: Rift Valley Technical Training Institute

2020 Positions to Be Posted Soon

2019 Positions:

Have questions? For more information about internships or to discuss an opportunity, please contact us: IYIP@bowvalleycollege.ca


International Education

North Campus, N333 
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-3476
international@bowvalleycollege.ca

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