Crossing Borders Internship

Crossing Borders interns Loreen, Sasha, Will and Rachel, finding some shade under their scarves during a sunny visit to the Taj Mahal.
Crossing Borders interns Loreen, Sasha, Will and Rachel, finding some shade under their scarves during a sunny visit to the Taj Mahal.

The Crossing Borders Program provides internship and scholarship opportunities for upper-level undergraduate and graduate level University of Victoria students. We are currently offering internships in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES) and the President's Beyond Borders Fund. Interns will work with regional, national and grassroots partner organizations working on issues of community development, refugee education, and migrant/refugee rights.

Program Objectives

  • Develop global citizens through enriched academic, professional, and cross-cultural experiences.
  • Activate a new generation of enterprising leaders in Canada and around the Commonwealth through facilitating lasting local and global community engagement.
  • Enhance collaborative capacity and deepen peer relationships among interns, scholars and partner organizations to facilitate personal and professional growth.

These internships represent a unique opportunity for work-integrated learning, experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand experience of grassroots community engagement, advocacy and activism in the global south. In the past, CAPI interns have been involved in:

  • Conducting field research with local communities;
  • Contributing to on-going projects and workshops;
  • Preparing for and/or attending national, regional and international conferences; and
  • Teaching and program facilitation.

Participants will also share their experiences and contribute to the growing community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars through community engagement activities including capstone projects and blogging. Please see details on each of these activities below in the General information section.

Program Partners 

These internships are made possible because of the dedicated work of our partner organizations and funding provided by Rideau Hall, Community Foundations Canada, the Asia Pacific Foundation, the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada.

Current Opportunities

Download Application Form

General Information

Program Eligibility

The CAPI-QES 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 and registered as a full-time student at the University of Victoria during the term that they applying for the program,
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
  • available to complete the specified overseas placement between May and December (6 - 7 months)

Interns will also be required to:

  • Attend a 5-day in-person pre-departure training and orientation in Victoria, BC at the end of April 2018, 
  • Post 5-6 blogs and podcasts focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website,
  • Complete all reporting requirements set by CAPI and the program funders including pre-departure and narrative reports and a Capstone project,
  • Complete a public engagement activity, and  
  • Act as a mentor for the outgoing interns and scholars the following year. 


Interns working as program assistants under the QES program will receive $8,000 CAD to cover international air travel from Victoria to the intern’s placement country and living expenses while in placement (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.). Students will be responsible for purchasing travel insurance (approximately $300 CAD for 6 months) and course-enrolment fees. CAPI will book and cover the cost of each intern’s airfare, which will be deducted from the total stipend.

The intern selected to work as a training program facilitator with KSDC in Thailand will receive $5,000 CAD in funding for airfare to and from Thailand (arranged by CAPI) and a small living allowance to cover the cost of visas, utilities and transportation. Accommodation in a private room at the school and three rice-based meals per day will be provided as part of this placement. The intern will be expected to cover the cost of travel insurance (approximately $300 CAD for 7 months) and will need to pay course fees to UVic (co-op program fees or the cost of the UVic credit they will receive for the placement, as arranged with CAPI and their respective department).

Program Timeline




Positions posted

22 November 2017

Information session (Sedgewick C168 1:30 pm-2:30pm)

31 January 2018

Information session (Sedgewick C168 1pm-2pm)

16 February 2018

Application deadline

All applications must be received before 4 p.m. PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

End Feb/Beginning March


Middle of March 2018

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

End of March 2018

Signing contracts, paperwork, visa applications, booking flights and preparation for orientation and placements

April 2018

Prepartation and paperwork

23-27 April 2018

1-week pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May - December 2018

6.5 to 7-month work placement (with partner organization in India, Malaysia or Thailand) 

31 January 2019

Deadline for the final Capstone project 

January - April 2019

Community engagement activity

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following documents:

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

Applicants must also identify how they will connect this internship with their academic work to receive credit. Options include:

1) a relevant course completed during the term of application, 
2) a relevant course sceduled to be completed following the internship,
3) a relevant course completed during the internship period,
4) a directed reading/ honor's thesis, or
5) 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 by 16 February 2018 - 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. 

Applications should be saved as “your name - description of the document” (e.g. “Your Name - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in the CAPI internship program. Only 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