International Youth Internship Program

Engagement, Experience & Employability

The 2016/2017 3E Interns gather at UVic for the first part of their orientation
The 2016/2017 3E Interns meet at the UVic to begin their orientation.
As part of Global Affairs Canada's International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), the Engagement, Experience, and Employability (3E) Program was developed by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria, in collaboration with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) a regional migrants’ rights network organization. 

The 3E program will provide the opportunity for 20 young Canadian university graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience opportunities working alongside innovative and dynamic civil society leaders who are improving the livelihoods of migrant communities across Asia.

Program Objective

The 3E program shares Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and IYIP’s ultimate objective of increasing the employability of Canadian youth (women and men) in the Canadian labour market, including in the field of international development.

The Program aims to:

  • Provide eligible Canadian youth with international experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for future employment;
  • Increase employment opportunities by promoting awareness among Canadian organizations of the advantages of integrating young Canadian professionals into their structures and programs; and
  • Provide opportunities for Canadian youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad.

The 3E program interns will work with CAPI and the MFA network in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Nepal. Depending on the partner organization and particular placement, interns will support the following governance, development and human rights related initiatives:

  • Participate in consultations with parliamentarians, UN, civil society, governments, and community members;
  • Monitor the implementation of International Conventions related to labour migration;
  • Mainstream migrants and migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda;
  • Design national, regional, and international policies and policy recommendations to advance democracy, protect human rights, and mainstream gender equality;
  • Create and maintain online databases on migrants rights abuses;
  • Attend and document regional and international conferences, meetings, and workshops focused on migrants rights, civil society capacity building, gender equality (GE), etc.; and,
  • Establish education and skills-building projects targeting women and youth to develop literacy, financial literacy, employment skills, and remittance management, allowing migrants to maximize opportunities and protect themselves during the migration process.

Partner Organizations

These internships are made possible through the dedicated work of our partner organizations. Our interns will leave these placements having significantly improved their employability, their ability to be innovative and engage in the world as global citizens.

Current Opportunities

New internship opportunities are subject to funding and will be posted in the Fall of 2017.

General Information

Program Eligibility

The CAPI-IYIP program requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria. Interns must be:

  • 35 years or under at the time of application,
  • a third or fourth-year undergraduate student, or graduate student (any year) and registered as a full-time student when applying for the internship,
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 
  • available to complete the specified overseas placement 6.5 months in length, and
  • committed to completing all requirements of the program including an in-depth pre-departure orientation organized by CAPI, securing visa/work/entry permits as required by the country interns will be working in, all reporting as required by CAPI, public engagement activities upon completion of the placement and any other requirements as specified by CAPI. CAPI will provide assistance in all of these areas.

Interns will also be required to:

  • Attend an in-person pre-departure and orientation in Victoria, BC (1 week), orientation and training in Manila (1 week) and upon completion of in-country placments debrief and reintegration sessions in Manila (1 week) with the group
  • Post 5 blogs and podcasts focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI portal
  • Complete a paper work in preperation of placements
  • Complete a public engagement session upon return 
  • Act as a mentor for the outgoing interns and scholars the following year. 

How to apply

IYIP Postions are subject to grant funding - please check back in the Fall for position listings.

Prospective applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the interview stage)

CAPI interns must also identify how they will connect this internship with their academic work. This can be by identifying a connection through:

1) a class/program completed in a previous semester,
2) a class/program to be completed following the internship,
3) a class/program completed during the internship period,
4) a directed reading/ honor's thesis,
5) a relevant faculty-listed course, or
6) a CO-OP work term.

Potential internship-credit pairings must be communicated in the application and need to be approved by the program manager before you begin your internship placement. If you have further questions concerning your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact Robyn Fila by email (

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at and Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-IYIP Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. 

Applications should be saved as “your name - file type” (e.g. “Humphrey Joolini - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in our International Internship Program. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted before the end of February to set up an interview time.


If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact: 

  • Robyn Fila (Program Manager) by email at or phone at 250.721.7022