Internships and scholarships
Every year since 2003, CAPI has offered a variety of opportunities to current UVic students and young Canadian graduates from across the country. So far over 100 students have taken part in our program working with civil society organizations across Asia.
Many students return and say their experience has been life-changing. An internship can open doors to new career paths and exciting opportunities not previously thought of.
CAPI’s Internship and Scholarship programs have experienced enormous growth this year. Our program has grown from six interns in 2014 to over 30 interns and scholarship recipients in 2016!
A CAPI internship is a valuable opportunity to learn more about migration, human rights and development. It allows you to go beyond the university setting and gain practical research and professional skills, actually engaging with the people and issues that we study in the classroom.
Intern at RMMRU in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Our internships place Canadian graduates (young professionals) and upper-level undergraduate and graduate level UVic students with established partner organizations focusing on community development, governance, education and migrants’ rights issues in countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Internships placements are 4-7 months long and represent a unique opportunity for experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand experience of grassroots community engagement and advocacy work in Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand.
In the past, CAPI interns have been involved in conducting field research, contributing to ongoing projects and workshops, as well as attending regional and international conferences.
Internships available to Canadians with a university degree or college diploma
The International Youth Internship Program Engagement, Experience and Employability Program, developed by CAPI in collaboration with Migrant Forum in Asia, a regional migrants' rights network organization, will provide the opportunity for 20 young Canadian young protessionals to gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside innovative and dynamic civil society leaders who are improving the livelihoods of migrant fommunities across Asia. The 3E program has run for the past two years and will finish in March 2017. The program has received funding from Global Affairs Canada through the International Youth Internship Program.
Internships available to University of Victoria students
The Crossing Borders internship program will be offering 32 internship placements between 2015 – 2018. Participants in the program will also be expected to contribute to the growing community of interns and scholars, and with their local community, through a Capstone project, blogging and podcasting activities, and community engagement activities. The Crossing Borders program is funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.This program is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.
The Japan Internships are in partnership with CITYNET in Yokohama, Japan. Each year, this partnership provides two students with four-month internship placements as Program Assistants in the CITYNET Yokohama Project Office – part of a leading network of organizations focusing on a wide range of issues related to urbanization in the Asia-Pacific region. These placements are made possible through funding from CAPI's Jarislowsky East Asia (Japan) Chair.
Refugee Education Internships are offered in partnership with the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC) in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. This placement will provide one UVic student an opportunity to work with the KSDC on a seven-month training program focused on rights-based education and movement building. This placement has been made possible through the generous support of the President's Beyond Borders Fund.
As a pilot project, the Connect to Asia Program offers two placements for students with civil society organizations in the Asia Pacific region to expand students' knowledge of Asia and share their experiences with their communities in Canada. This program was made possible through funding from the Asia Pacific Foundation and the President's Beyond Borders Fund.
In addition to the scholarship program, CAPI offers scholarships for UVic students and incoming Commonwealth students through the Crossing Borders program. The Crossing Borders scholarship program will offer 28 scholarships from 2015 – 2018. Participants in the program are also expected to contribute to the growing community of interns and scholars and their local community through a Capstone project, blogging and podcasting activities, and community engagement activities. The Crossing Borders program is funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. This program is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.
We provide scholarships for:
- Outgoing Researchers: graduate level UVic students to conduct research and field work in Commonwealth countries, and
- Commonwealth Scholars: graduate students from Commonwealth countries studying at UVic.
Each program has specific funding criteria, but in general, CAPI internships provide funding to cover the costs of flights and living expenses. Students will be expected to cover the cost of insurance (depending upon the length of the placement - e.g. approx. $300 for a six-month placement) and will also need to pay UVic course fees for any credit they will receive for the placement, as arranged with their respective department.
Our current placements and scholarships are made possible with the generous support of the following funding agencies:
- Universities Canada (formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada)
- Global Affairs Canada
- Community Foundations of Canada
- Rideau Hall Foundation
- Asia-Pacific Foundation
- President's Beyond Borders Fund
- Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
We could not run our program without the fantastic partner organizations we work with in the Asia-Pacific region. Our current partners include:
- Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Malaysia)
- Asian Human Rights Centre and Cultural Development Forum - Migrants' Centre (Nepal)
- Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association (Bangladesh)
- BRAC Migration Program (Bangladesh)
- Center for Migrant Advocacy (Philippines)
- CITYNET Yokohama (Japan)
- Karenni Social Development Center (Thailand)
- Malaysian Social Research Institute (Malaysia)
- Migrant Forum in Asia (Philippines)
- Nepal Institute of Development Studies (Nepal)
- Network Activities Group (Myanmar)
- Pourakhi (Nepal)
- Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (Nepal)
- Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (Bangladesh)
- Society for Participatory Research in Asia (India)
- Welfare Association for the Rights of Bangladeshi Emigrants Development Foundation (Bangladesh)