VIDEA International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2016

VIDEA International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 cohort for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship program

The International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative provides opportunities for Aboriginal young adults to participate in international internships in developing countries.

The initiative aims to:

  • provide valuable international work experience for Aboriginal youth;
  • provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to increase their awareness of and contribution to Canada’s international development efforts, through participation in internships with local partner organizations;
  • build the capacity of Aboriginal youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad.

VIDEA is pleased to announce that applications for 2016 internships are now available for this program. Please see below for job descriptions and application details. Any further questions can be directed to Hillary at

Program Eligibility

Applicants will:

  • Be aged 18 – 35 (inclusive) and will be high school graduates (or will have a GED, or equivalent position-relevant experience). Candidates who are enrolled in, but have not yet completed post-secondary studies are eligible. Candidates with other forms of certification or trade school experience may be eligible. Candidates who have graduated from an accredited post-secondary institution are not eligible;

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;

  • Be of Aboriginal affiliation in Canada and willing to sign an official self-declaration form attesting to this affiliation, and;

  • Have not previously participated in the International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) initiative.


VIDEA requires an 6-month commitment from all interns

  • 1-month volunteer public engagement and preparation in home communities (July 2016);
  • 3 week pre-departure briefing in partnership with T'Sou-ke Nation in Victoria BC (August 2016);
  • 4 month work placement in Uganda or Zambia (starts August 2016)
  • 1 week reintegration briefing (December 2016);
  • Ongoing volunteer public engagement in home communities.


  • 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 five month absence from home (including one month of pre-departure/reintegration briefing in Victoria BC, and four months overseas)


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.

To Apply

To apply, please email the following in a single pdf file to Hillary Ronald at and Rohan Stritch at
1. Complete application form. Download IAYI Application 2016
2. Up to date resume including both education, work, and volunteer experience.
Please save all of the above documents in a single pdf file.

Further Official Information

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