Minister Bibeau Announces Canadian Organizations Selected For International Indigenous and Youth Internship Programs

OTTAWA, ON-Internships abroad are a great way for Canadian youth to gain professional experience and boost their skills and knowledge. They help to prepare youth for future employment and become truly engaged global citizens.

As we mark International Development Week (IDW), the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the names of the successful organizations of the 2017 call for proposals for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) and the International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative. Through these initiatives, a total of $34.1 million will be invested in various organizations across Canada.

Under the IYIP, 12 organizations will receive up to $23.6 million over four years to enable Canadian youth to participate in international internships, many of which include a focus on women and girls in developing countries.

Under the indigenous-focused IAYI initiative, eight organizations will receive up to $10.5 million over five years to help engage Indigenous youth interns as global citizens who support international development

These programs demonstrate the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to addressing youth unemployment and skills development, while advancing Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy’s priorities.

“International Development Week is a time to celebrate Canadian contributions to positive global change. I can’t think of a better time to highlight these programs, which are giving our youth the chance to represent Canada and have a positive impact abroad. My message to young Canadians: Go for it, you can make a difference and have a life-changing experience abroad!”

– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and of La Francophonie