Program participants

group photo of the 2018 CAPI Interns
CAPI's 2018 interns gather pre-departure

Background

Since 2003, CAPI's Internship Program has funded more than 150 Canadian students and graduates to complete international internship placements with partners across the Asia-Pacific region. Some of them have gone on to complete graduate work, or have returned to the region to work, and many of our former interns remain engaged with the Centre through our alumni and peer mentorship initiatives, research opportunities, and CAPI events and projects.

Current interns


Ainslee Arthurs

Ainslee Arthurs

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Ukulapha Community Outreach Project, South Africa

Ainslee is a fourth-year Child and Youth Care Student at the University of Victoria, focusing her final practicum on international practice in South Africa. Bringing forth a holistic, strength-based perspective developed from her education, Ainslee is thrilled to be exploring her interest in social justice while working with Ukulapha, a collaborative grassroots organization that works with a township elementary school to improve learning and teaching conditions. She is so grateful for CAPI for providing her with this amazing opportunity to work with and learn from the people in Slangspruit.

Ainslee's Blog

Mikaela Chia

Mikaela Chia

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Society for Participatory Research in Asia, India

Mikaela is a 4th year Biology & Psychology major, minoring in statistics. She has a keen interest in social justice and sustainable development work through an interdisciplinary lens. Her passion lies in people. Mikaela is always learning both from, and with others and is so looking forward to doing so with PRIA in India. In her spare time, she loves to hike, explore, and work alongside youth. Mikaela is so incredibly grateful to be a CAPI Intern and to have this wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of development work and participatory research.

Mikaela's Blog

Emily Clare

Emily Clare

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Ukulapha Community Outreach Project, South Africa

Emily Clare is a fourth-year student in the Child and Youth Care program at the University of Victoria. In May, she is going to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to work at Ukulapha. Ukulapha, which means “healing” in Zulu, is a community outreach organization that works with the Slangspruit Elementary school. Emily will assist in teaching English and leadership, and will facilitate day camps when school is out of session. She is looking forward to her internship as she is passionate about building positive, strength-based relationships with children and youth, and is excited about visiting the birth country of her parents.

Emily's Blog

Jacob Derksen

Jacob Derksen

QES "ASEAN program" intern
Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia

Jacob is an Anthropology student at the University of Victoria. Originally from Nanaimo BC, he loves Vancouver Island and is happy to be going to Indonesia, a country with many amazing islands to explore and learn about. He is interested in the relationship between culture and politics, as well as urban planning, and ethnographic research. Jacob is very excited about the opportunity to work with the Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta and looks forward to learning more about the process of policy making and analysis. He is very grateful to CAPI for making this opportunity possible and is doing his best to learn Indonesian!

Jacob's Blog

Alanya Dhalla

Alanya Dhalla

QES "ASEAN program" intern
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Thailand

Alanya is a third-year student completing a double major in Gender Studies and Environmental Studies and a minor in Social Justice Studies. Through these interdisciplinary programs, she has developed a strong interest in the politics of migration, trafficking, and international human rights. In this internship, Alanya will be working with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women at their International Secretariat located in Bangkok, Thailand. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with the GAATW team and is extremely thankful to both CAPI and GAATW for this unique opportunity to translate her passions into real world actions.  

Alanya's Blog

Clara Harding

Clara Harding

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Participatory Research in Asia, India

Clara is currently finishing up her BA in anthropology and she is very excited to be working with PRIA as a CAPI intern. Her interests are focused on medical anthropology and on understanding how structural forces shape people’s health and everyday realities, and she is keen to learn more about how participatory research methodologies are implemented from the ground up. Outside of school, Clara loves reading, cooking, swimming and being around animals. She is looking forward to discovering new interests while in India and can’t wait to start working with PRIA!

Clara's Blog

Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison

President's Beyond Borders Fund intern
Karenni Social Development Centre, Thailand

Nick is a 4th year Political Science student at UVic with an interest in comparative politics, authoritarianism, and civil resistance. He will be heading to the Mae Hong Son Province of Thailand for 6 months to work as an intern at the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC) along the Thai-Myanmar border. Check out Nick’s blog to read about his experiences and reflections at KSDC!

Nick's Blog

Courtenay Jacklin

Courtenay Jacklin

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
The Other Media, India

Courtenay is currently completing her second year of the JD program at the University of Victoria.  With an undergraduate degree in biology from Queen’s University, Courtenay hopes to explore questions of environmental law and policy during her legal studies.  As part of CAPI’s Crossing Borders Program, Courtenay will have the opportunity to work for The Other Media, an organization focused on environmental and social justice issues in Southeast India.  She is looking forward to engaging with their Community Environmental Monitoring Program, which uses environmental law to hold polluting companies responsible for any environmental degradation caused by their actions.

Courtenay's Blog

Liam Marshall

Liam Marshall

Japan internship
CITYNET, Japan

Liam Marshall is working towards a BA in Philosophy, with a Minor in Computer Science.  He has lived on Vancouver Island his whole life and has been involved in local music events and organizations throughout the local community.  Liam is interested in humanitarian issues such as natural disaster prevention and sustainable development in developing countries, as well as topics such as the impact of language on philosophy and culture, and the cross-cultural comparison of philosophical trends.  He will be working as a program assistant for the CITYNET Yokohama Project Office, in in Yokohama, Japan.  Liam is very excited about this opportunity, and grateful to CAPI and CITYNET for making it possible.

Liam's Blog

Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martin

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Malaysian Social Research Institute, Malaysia

Mackenzie is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a CAPI intern at MSRI. Mackenzie is in her final year of a B.A. in Anthropology. Her academic interests center around medical anthropology, including migrant health, food security, and linguistic barriers to accessing health services. Her personal interests include cooking, environmental sustainability, and being in nature. Mackenzie is grateful for a placement at MSRI where she can learn about refugee support programs and forge new relationships. She is looking forward to exploring Malaysia and being challenged by a new work environment.

Mackenzie's Blog

Christopher Tse

Christopher Tse

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Malaysian Social Research Institute, Malaysia

Christopher Tse is a graduate student in critical social work at the University of Victoria, with a focus on transnational migration and citizenship theory. Before coming back to school, Chris' background in anti-oppressive facilitation, international development, and social justice education led him worldwide to work alongside communities in organizing for social change. With a bachelor's degree in human rights journalism, Chris is passionate about telling stories and perhaps more importantly, dismantling the barriers that prevent people from telling their own stories. He is excited to work with and learn from the the MSRI team and is grateful to CAPI for the opportunity. 

Chris' Blog

Kanika Varma

Kanika Varma

Japan intern
CITYNET, Japan

Kanika is a 3rd Anthropology major with a focus on Cultural and Visual Anthropology. Her topics of interest are family and migration, community, urban studies. She has attended two field schools in both of her focuses with a strong background in volunteer work in Victoria, India, and Uganda. She considers herself a traveler and is excited to have the opportunity to work with CITYNET in Yokohama. She will use her time in Japan to experience the culture and lifestyle of the city as well as develop an understanding of the Japanese workspace.

Charlotte Whyte

Charlotte Whyte

QES "Crossing Borders" intern
Malaysian Social Research Institute, Malaysia

Charlotte is a second year Anthropology Major and Geography Minor with a focus in migration issues around the world. She grew up in Seattle WA and The Cotswolds, UK and moved to Victoria two years ago for university.  She is interested in women’s lived experiences in migration as well as young women’s empowerment. She enjoys making music, playing frisbee and listening to people’s stories. With a great appreciation for the variety and differences of people’s lives around the globe, she is very excited to be living and working in part of the world where she has never been before.

Charlotte's Blog

Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch

Outgoing QES "Crossing Borders" scholar
Zambia

Rachel is graduate student in the Economics department at UVic. She has a particular interest in the impact of business and agricultural diversification on poverty reduction. In Southern Province, Zambia, Rachel works with SAM Project’s partner co-operative Lubemba. She assists farmers to begin and grow income-generating projects through a microfinancing program she co-founded in 2017. Rachel is also focused on improving the collection and use of data in program design, implementation, and evaluation of economic development projects.

Rachel's Blog