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 encompasses internship programs available to University of Victoria students in upper-level undergraduate courses and or in a graduate studies program. There are two main programs that support establish partner organizations focusing on community development and migrants' rights issues. The Crossing Borders Program, developed by the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and supported by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program and the President's Beyond Borders Fund, supports nine internship placements annually with our partners in Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Malaysia.

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 and scholars to enrich the program experience and facilitate personal and professional growth.

The placements 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 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; and,
  • preparing for and/or attending national, regional and international conferences.

Participants in the program will also contribute to the growing community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars, and with their local community, through a Capstone project, blogging and podcasting activities, and community engagement activities. Please see details on each of these activities below in the General information section.

Program Partners 

These internships are made possible through the dedicated work of our partner organizations and funding provided by the QEScholarship program.

Current Opportunities

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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 (any year) and registered as a full-time student at the University of Victoria when applying for the internship,
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 
  • available to complete the specified overseas placement between May and December (6 - 7 months), 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 training in Victoria, BC at the end of April. 
  • Post 5 blogs and podcasts focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI portal between May and December. 
  • Complete a Capstone project by 1 January. The Capstone project builds on the blogs and podcasts (with a total of 6) accumulated over the duration of the placement to identify key themes, skills, challenges, programs, etc. the intern experienced throughout their placement.
  • Complete a public engagement session between January and April.  
  • 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 CDN 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 SDC will receive $5,000 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. The intern will receive accommodation in a private room at the school and three rice-based meals per day as part of their placement. The student 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


Information session (Sedgewick C168 1pm-2pm)


Information session (Sedgewick C168 1pm-2pm)

16 February

Application deadline

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

First week of March


Middle of March

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

End of March

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


Prepartation and paperwork

23-27 April 2017

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

May - November

6.5-month work placement (with host organization in India, Bangladesh or Malaysia) including a monthly posting of a blog or podcast

1 January

Deadline for the final Capstone project 

January - April

Community engagement piece

How to apply

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 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 - 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