International Internships FAQ

Please read the following most commonly recieved questions carefully before contacting us with further questions, or applying for any international internships. For more information on our internships in Montreal, see our Internships page.

Note: Our 2010-2011 international interns have already been selected. Please consult this page in the summer of 2011 to apply for our 2011-2012 international internships.

Are your international internships remunerated?


Alternatives will pay for:

  • Round trip tickets for internships in a foreign country
  • Living fees there
  • Health insurance
  • Visa, if necessary

Interns must pay for:

  • Their own vaccines
  • Their own medical inspections
  • $1,500 each; money raised by fundraising before leaving Canada

Why do interns do a $1500 fundraising campaign?

Internships are partially funded by the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, but the government demands an important contribution from Alternatives and its overseas allies. We thus ask interns to contribute to the general costs of the program by participating in their own fundraising campaigns. This allows interns to develop new skills and to promote the work that they will be doing in their host countries.

Will I be living with a host family or in an apartment?

This depends on the country you are sent to. In certain cases, the interns live with a host family. In other countries, interns live in apartments.

Who are your overseas allies (partners)?

They are organizations striving for economic, social, political, and environmental rights. They primarily assist people who are victims of poverty, discrimination, exploitation and violence.

About the training:

The pre-departure training is part-time, two week-ends per month and eventually certain week nights if necessary.

Getting involved in Alternatives internships demands real personal involvement during the pre-departure trainings. There will be approximately 190 hours of training depending on the specific internship, in addition to fundraising activities. The trainings touch on a number of things, including:

  • The purpose and principles of international solidarity
  • Work in an intercultural context
  • Living as a group and organizing teamwork
  • Staying healthy and safe overseas
  • Seminars on the host country and partner organization(s)
  • Language courses (especially for interns traveling to Latin America)
  • Technical training for the specific goals and theme of your internship (communications, ICT, environment, urban agriculture)

Trainings are given in French, and selected candidates are required to have a sufficient knowledge of the French language to fully understand and participate. Attendance at the pre-departure trainings is mandatory for everyone without exception. People who live outside Montreal may be able to have some or all of their transportation fees paid if our budget allows it.

How can I get more information on Alternatives international internships?

Contact our international internship program coordinators, Mélanie Hugues or Krystyna Slawecki via our contact page, or by calling 514 982 6606.