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International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

Technology and communication at the heart of social change




Do you want to take part to an international internship with one of Alternatives’ partners?

Are you interested to contribute to Alternatives and its allies’ work in the area of social communications, information and communication technologies (ICT), human rights and gender equality?

Are you dynamic, curious and eager to have a rewarding intercultural experience?


Alternatives gives you the chance to participate to a six-month internship with our partners in one of the following countries : South Africa, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Uganda, the Philippines, Tunisia or Sri Lanka.


Before your stay overseas, you will be required to attend a training preparing you to carry out your mandate and to have a safe, enriching, intercultural and international experience. The training will covers the following elements : the rights and challenges of communication, Internet governance, cybersecurity and surveillance companies, the work in an intercultural and international context, and the socio-political realities in your host countries. You will use an integrated approach to gender equality and learn the results-based management work technic.


During your stay abroad, you will have the opportunity to work with persons from different backgrounds to explore the power of information and communication technologies (ITC) as tools for social change. You will, for example, work on innovative campaigns on violence against women, including violence enacted online and on social media.  The issue of ICTs and gender equality will be at the heart of your mandate.


Upon your return, training, reintegration and networking activities, as well as the creation of an interactive portfolio, will enhance your chances of finding a job that matches your interests and skills. You will also have the opportunity to promote your work, as well as that of Alternatives and its southern partners, to the Canadian and international public through education and information activities.

Next departure : February 2020

Pre-departure training : January 2020

Dealine to apply : Septembre 30rd

Group interview : October4rth

The internships listed below involve a wide range of skills and experiences. Everyone elligible to the IYIP and having relevant experience considering the mandates is welcome to send its application.

South Africa











Sri Lanka



As part of this initiative, Alternatives is committed to providing each trainee with the following : 

  • Quality training that covers all aspects of the internship;
  • Accommodation and transportation fees to facilitate the participation of trainees who live outside of the Greater Montreal area;
  • International transportation fees, including transportation between the location of the internship and the airport;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Accommodation for the length of the stay;
  • An allowance to cover daily expenses during the stay abroad;
  • Vaccination fees
  • Coaching and support during the entire period of the internship;
  • A training upon return to Canada, to facilitate and strengthen the trainee’s employability prospects


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), the candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or be legally allowed to work in Canada;
  • Have a post-secondary diploma and have obtained a degree or diploma from a university, college, post-secondary technology school, post-secondary institute or CEGEP (general education college and professional in Quebec);
  • Be between the ages of 19 to 30 when the final selection is made (when the contracts between the trainee and Alternatives are signed); 
  • Have never participated in the IYIP.

Financed by the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) as part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, this initiative strives to:

  • Offer the young Canadians who are admitted to the program with an international experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for their future careers;
  • Increase employment opportunities by educating Canadian organisations about the benefits of integrating young Canadian professionals into their structures and programs;
  • To provide opportunities for young Canadians to promote Canada’s efforts in international development, both at home and abroad.

The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is carried out with the support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

To apply, send your resume and letter to to psij@alternatives.ca of fill up this form.

For information: psij@alternatives.ca

Deadline for application : September 30rd