International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

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) Watch our 2019 cohort video to hear from our interns on their experiences.

What is IYIP? 

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 Do I Apply?

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 2022)
  • 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.
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 internship opportunities please visit our partners pages below:

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

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 2022 internship period will be approximately June - December 2022.


Location: Peru Lima

Overseas Partners: Light Up The World (LUTW)

2022 Positions: 

Location: Kenya - Eldoret

Overseas Partners: Rift Valley Technical Training Institute

2022 Positions:

The following positions are accepting applications but dependent on approval from Global Affairs Canada

Location: Peru – Cusco 

Overseas Partners: Mosqoy 

2022 Positions: 

Location: Jamaica

2022 Positions: 

Have questions? For more information about internships or to discuss an opportunity, please contact

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