2019 Recruitment is now open!

**Application deadline: January 28th, 2019

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).

What is IYIP?
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 2019 internship period will be approximately May 13th - November 22nd, 2019.

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 be 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. 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 13th – November 22nd, 2019.

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?

Applications for Bow Valley College internships will be open from approximately November 26th, 2018 to  January 28th, 2019.  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


Location: Jamaica - Kingston
Overseas Partner: University of the West Indies Open Campus – Caribbean Child Development Centers
2019 Positions:
•    Child Development Curriculum Enrichment Officer
•    Community Engagement - Digital Outreach Officer

Location: Tanzania – Dar Es Salaam and Morogoro
Overseas Partners: Nafasi Opportunity Society (Dar Es Salaam), Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College (Morogoro)
2019 Positions:
•    Economic Assessment Officer
•    Project Evaluation & Monitoring Officer
•   Gender Specialist Officer
•    E-Learning Development Technologist

Location: Peru – Lima
Overseas Partners: “ Light Up the World”
2019 Positions:
•   Social Enterprise Development Officer
•    Solar Project Officer

Location: Kenya - Eldoret
Overseas Partners: Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
2019 Positions:
•    Alumni Evaluation and Monitoring Officer
•    Campus HIV and AIDS Awareness Officer


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

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