VIDEA has been offering international internships for over 10 years, and is a recognized leader in Canada for providing holistic and supportive internship opportunities. If you are looking to develop your overseas experience in the areas of Gender, Environment, Sustainable Development and/or Children's Rights, VIDEA has a variety of excellent partner placements that enthusiastic and motivated individuals can apply to.

International Youth Internship Program

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is designed to offer Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work. The objective of IYIP is to support sustainable international development initiatives proposed, in partnership with local partner organizations, by Canadian professional associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

The Program aims 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.

General Information

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for VIDEA’S IYIP program, applicants will meet the following general requirements in addition to specific job qualifications as outlined within each specific job description:

  • Be aged 19 - 30 (inclusive);
  • Will be post-secondary graduates; graduates of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (General and Vocational College);
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Have not previously participated in the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP);


VIDEA requires an 8-month commitment from all interns

  • 1-month volunteer public engagement and preparation in home communities;
  • 2 week pre-departure briefing in Victoria;
  • 6 month work placement in country;
  • 1 week reintegration briefing;
  • Ongoing volunteer public engagement in home communities.

**will be home in time for Christmas


  • All VIDEA internship programs, including this one, are drug and alcohol-free. When working in new countries and cultural environments the use of alcohol and drugs can impair judgment and result in increased health and safety risks. Candidates should be prepared to abstain from using drugs or alcohol for the duration of the internship;
  • Other than in cases of an emergency, the intern cannot travel to other African countries or back to Canada during the placement;
  • Interns must be able to commit to a seven month absence from home (including one month of pre-departure/ reintegration briefing in Victoria BC, and six months overseas)
  • With regard to the time of the applicant, VIDEA, and our overseas partners we respectfully ask for applications to only be submitted if you intend to accept the position if it is offered.


All travel expenses are paid. Basic hostel-style accommodation is provided in-country and homestay accommodation during the briefings. A small allowance is paid monthly while the intern is overseas to cover the cost of local-style food and incidentals. Interns will also be supported by local coordinators and VIDEA staff based in southern Africa as well as in Canada.


Recent IYIP Cohorts

Cohort 1 (Sept. 2015 - March 2016) 


 Cohort 2 (Jan. 2016 - July 2016)


Cohort 3 (March 2016 - Sept. 2016)


Cohort 4 (June 2016 - December 2016)


The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) and the International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) program are both undertaken with funding support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).