GSO internship opportunities

CAPI intern Luisa Schwarz at KSDC with students and fellow teachers
UVic Geography and Enivronmental Studies student Luisa Schwarz during her 2019 CAPI internship, pictured with her students and fellow teachers of the Karenni Social Development Center school.

Background

The Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) Program is Canada’s new outbound student mobility program. GSO is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and administered through Universities Canada.

GSO seeks to provide Canadian post-secondary students with international study and work experiences to obtain the skills and training needed to participate in a changing labour market.

GSO objectives:

  • Widen access and equity to participation in outbound student mobility programming
  • Diversify the destination countries where students choose to study and work abroad
  • Test innovative approaches to reduce barriers to study/work abroad

These internships represent a unique opportunity for work-integrated learning, experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and to gain some of the skills and training needed to be successful graduates and global citizens. Interns will gain first-hand experience with grassroots community engagement, policy development, education, advocacy and participatory research 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.
  • Teaching and program facilitation.
  • Writing grant proposals.

Participants will also share their experiences and contribute to the community of CAPI interns and fellow GSO participants through community engagement activities including capstone projects, critical reflections, narrative reports and blogging.

Eligibility

Applicants to CAPI's GSO internships must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 18 or older at the time of application,
  • a third or fourth-year undergraduate student and registered as a full-time student at the University of Victoria during the term of application,
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
  • available to complete the specified overseas placement. Dates to be determined on a placement-to-placement basis in consultation with the partner organizations.

Priority for these positions will be given to students who are typically underrepresented in outbound mobility programming. These include and are defined by the program funders as:

  • Low-income students: students who report to be in receipt of Canada Student Grants, or similar non-repayable student financial assistance offered by provinces or territories, or, in the absence of receiving non-repayable student financial assistance, can provide information to demonstrate that the require financial support to study or work abroad.
  • Indigenous students: students who report being an Indigenous person, that is First Nations, Metis, Inuk (Inuit) or other.
  • Students with disabilities. Students who report to have a difficulty or impairment due to a long-term condition or health program and/or experiences a limitation in their daily activities.

Interns will also be required to:

  • Attend a 5-day in-person pre-departure training and orientation at UVic from in April 2024
  • Post 5 blogs to the CAPI website,
  • Complete all reporting requirements set by CAPI and the program funders including pre-departure, critical reflections, narrative reports and a Capstone project,
  • Act as a mentor for future interns and scholars.

Funding

Generous funding to cover most or all of the entire cost of the internship is available. Priority for participation will be given to students who are typically underrepresented in outbound mobility programming. In other words, priority will be given to students who have not been able to participate in international experiential learning opportunities due to identified barrier(s). Racialized students who also identify with one of the criteria below are encouraged to apply.  

Underrepresented groups include and are defined by the program funders as:

  • Low-income students: students who report to be in receipt of Canada Student Grants, or similar non-repayable student financial assistance offered by provinces or territories, or, in the absence of receiving non-repayable student financial assistance, can provide information to demonstrate that they require financial support to study or work abroad.
  • Indigenous students: students who report being an Indigenous person; that is, First Nations, Metis, Inuk (Inuit), or other.
  • Students with disabilities. Students who report to have a difficulty or impairment due to a long-term condition or health program and/or experience a limitation in their daily activities.

Funding Amounts

Target Category Students

Those who meet the requirements of the identified target communities (i.e., Low-income, Indigenous, or Students with disabilities) are eligible for up to a maximum of $9,500 CAD/student.

 

Other Students

Those who are not part of the identified target communities are eligible for funding up to $5000 CAD/student.

Placements

Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia (2 placements)

  • Check out blog posts from past interns at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS)
  • Check out a video of 2019 CIPS intern Jemma Kosalko

 

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) is a Jakarta based think tank dedicated to providing policy analysis and practical policy recommendations to decision-makers within Indonesia’s legislative and executive branches of government.

As a non-partisan and non-profit think tank, CIPS promotes social and economic reforms that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allow Indonesia to prosper. CIPS shares updates, stories, and analysis internationally. The primary aim of the organization is to promote international dialogue and to encourage comparative research of key issues concerning Indonesia. Main research focus at CIPS includes the fields of Food Security & Agriculture, Economic Opportunities, Education & Life Skills, and Community Livelihoods.

Moreover, CIPS works to train new Indonesian talent in policy analysis and think tank management. With this, they endeavour to support the next generation of think tank leaders who promote a free and prosperous Indonesia.

CIPS has been hosting more than 20 local and international interns since the program started back in January 2016. Our former interns are now working at local media outlets, international embassies, research centers and other prestigious institutions. We are always fascinated to be inspired and to inspire young people to contribute to Indonesia’s economic and political development.nk">Anti-Trafficking Review. While member organisations work with women, children, men and gender-diverse people, GAATW-IS has always focussed on the rights of adult women in the context of labour migration.

Position description:

Our main objective for the internship program is to introduce to young people how a think tank works, especially in local context. The program itself will provide full experience of a think tank, start from the operational side, research, also on communications and outreach advocacy. The selected intern will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • Conducting and compiling literature-based research on issues related to CIPS key focus areas.
  • Working with tools to compile and complete data entry.
  • Developing and implementing communications strategies for various works of policy advocacy.
  • Identifying best practices of key messaging based on different audience groups for media and fundraising.
  • Creating content on different social media platforms and supporting platform maintenance.
  • Administering and supporting think tank operations.
  • Producing infographics and other data packages for use in CIPS meetings, advocacy work and media outreach.
  • Assisting and help out CIPS programs and events such as workshops and research paper discussions.
  • Collaborating with staff and other interns on projects and tasks as well as participation in team-oriented discussions.

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI GSO program (see above), prospective interns must possess the following:

  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Good communication skills, including listening, report writing, and editing documents with sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and project-management skills;
  • Knowledge and/or interest in Indonesian public policy an asset

Karenni Social Development Center (2 placements)

  • Check out blog posts from past interns at the Karenni Social Development Center (KSDC)
  • Check out videos of KSDC

 

The Karenni Social Development Center (KSDC) is a small community-based organisation located on the Thai-Myanmar border. KSDC provides education and training programs for Karenni youth in Human Rights, Democracy, Law, Environment, Leadership, Community Management, IT, and English. For most of the participants, the programs offered by KSDC are their only opportunity to access education and training.

KSDC's goal is to improve the lives of Karenni refugees by enabling youth to become advocates in non-violent social change, and equipping them with the tools they need to be leaders in their communities and to help build a peaceful, democratic society, based on the rule of law.

Program objectives

The intern selected will be involved in teaching KDSC’s Advanced Community Training Course. The Advanced Community Training Course is a six-month course specifically aimed at equipping KSDC students with the skills needed to become advocates and activists for the Karenni people as they strive towards a free and democratic future.

The subjects and teaching are practical and provide the skills for grassroots change. The students speak English at an intermediate level, meaning subjects should be provided in simple English. The students will have already taken a ten-month basic course in English and will have an elementary grasp of legal aspects related to the rule of law, constitutional law and refugees. This position would include programming areas such as:

  • teaching English, 4 hours daily for 18-20 students
  • facilitating workshops on consultations, project planning, report writing, office management, proposal writing
  • supporting local teachers and students with their curriculum and work

The intern selected will be involved in teaching KDSC’s Advanced Community Training Course. The Advanced Community Training Course is a six-month course specifically aimed at equipping KSDC students with the skills needed to become advocates and activists for the Karenni people as they strive towards a free and democratic future.

The subjects and teaching are practical and provide the skills for grassroots change. The students speak English at a basic level, meaning subjects should be provided in simple English. The students will have already taken a ten-month basic course in English and will have an elementary grasp of legal aspects related to the rule of law, constitutional law and refugees. This position is primarily responsible for teaching English, supporting the students with their homework and support the local teachers who are providing most of the content in their local languages.

Partner organization:

The Karenni Social Development Center is a small community-based organization located on the Thai-Myanmar Border. KSDC runs training programs for Karenni youth in Human Rights, Democracy, Law, Environment, Community Management, IT, and English. KSDC students go on to work with organisations in the community, including the Karenni Refugee Committee, Camp Justice, Karenni National Women’s Organisation (KNOW) and the Legal Assistance Center. KSDC also runs mobile trainings inside Karenni State aimed at promoting grassroots change. The KSDC's training program aims to spread knowledge and skills regarding human rights, environment and law on the Thai-Burma border.

Students at the Karenni Social Development Center are refugees from Karenni (Kayah) State, Burma. These students have been severely marginalized by the violence of the Burmese regime and the ongoing civil war, now running for over 60 years. The school provides students with the education and opportunity to produce non-violent change within their communities and create a free and democratic society within Karenni State.

 Living and working at the school:

As an intern you will be expected to live and work alongside the students and staff of the KSDC. The students board at the school during the week and they are responsible for the basic daily running of the school. They cook three rice-based meals a day, and have a daily rota for the chores. Living and working together with the students creates a strong sense of togetherness and community which makes for a good teaching atmosphere. It also makes it easier to get to know everyone.

The washing facilities are very basic. There is no running or hot water; however, there are two community basins filled with river water where students and teachers bathe and do laundry. There is also a private area for bathing.

There are three tiny family shops around the school, as well as many local shops in Nai Soi village nearby. The nearest large town is Mae Hong Son (where interns will initially arrive) which is 20 km away and is easily reached by Songthaew (bus like public transport) or motorbike. Mae Hong Son is a tourist destination so has all modern conveniences available.

Life is very simple at the school in terms of facilities, but it's very rewarding and engaging. Interns will have the opportunity to be part of the school's close-knit community.

Prospective interns should have:

  • Prospective interns should have:

    • a strong work ethic and willingness to learn
    • teaching experience or a strong interest in working with youth

 

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Bangkok, Thailand (2 placements)

 

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), registered as the Alliance Against Traffic in Women Foundation, is a think-tank, and a progressive Alliance committed to work for changes in the political, economic, social, and legal systems and structures which contribute to the persistence of trafficking in persons and other human rights violations in the context of migratory movements for diverse purposes, including security of labour and livelihood.

We have member organisations based in different parts of the world. The International Secretariat (GAATW-IS), the office where the internship will be stationed, is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and has a small and committed team. The work of GAATW-IS is in the areas of research, international advocacy, mutual learning, and political education of women workers. We also publish a bi-annual peer reviewed journal, the Anti-Trafficking Review. While member organisations work with women, children, men and gender-diverse people, GAATW-IS has always focussed on the rights of adult women in the context of labour migration.

Position description:

  • Assist and support the GAATW team in research and communication activities.
  • Participate in and contribute to various meetings and functions in and around the office.
  • Take notes and provide logistical support.
  • Prepare meeting kits, schedules, itineraries, and multi-media presentations.
  • Fact-check articles for Anti-Trafficking Review.

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program, prospective interns must possess the following:

  • Strong communication, research, and analytical skills with sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Excellent organisational skills, multi-tasking, and the willingness to take initiative where appropriate.
  • Some knowledge of, and interest in, anti-trafficking frameworks, particularly with regards to issues of gender, migration, and labour.
  • Experience in qualitative research an asset.
  • Knowledge of other languages is an asset.

 

Malaysian Social Research Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1 placement)

  • Check out blog posts from past interns at the Malaysian Social Research institute (MSRI)
  • Check out a video from the 2019 MSRI interns

 

The Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the poor, marginalized and politically under-represented people from the local communities they serve (refugees and asylum seekers from Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Afghanistan). MSRI has three main programs QEScholars would work on:

  1. Women and Girls Protection Project (WAGAR) provides health programming to refugee women and girls to improve mental and physical health outcomes. WAGAR provides the opportunity and space to safely share their experiences including concerns about their mental health, and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
  2. MSRI Education Program. Since there are very limited options for education available for refugees and asylum seekers living in Malaysia. MSRI's education program provides schooling for refugees and asylum seekers from preschool to secondary level students.
  3. Food Aid Programme that distributes food to refugee families registered with MSRI.

Position description:

The Education Intern will be assisting the Education Programme Manager in setting up and running of MSRI’s Education programme for the 2024 school year and assisting with MSRI's community facilitation and empowerment programmes for adults (teachers, parents, guardians):

  • Monitoring daily activities, formulating reports and school updates
  • Formulating/reviewing school registration policies, school rules/regulations and standing operating procedures
  • Reviewing of curriculum and printing of school books
  • Monitoring/organising of extracurricular activities/trips
  • Setting up a system to connect secondary school students with higher education opportunities
  • Designing and implementing a feedback system and conducting feedback surveys for clients
  • Planning and organizing activities and supporting administrative work
  • Supporting the teachers and students in the classroom
  • Organize afterschool activities and clubs

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program (see above), prospective interns must possess the following:

  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Good communication skills, including listening, report writing, and editing documents with sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • Understanding of how and when to work independently and/or collaboratively;
  • Ability to take initiative where appropriate;
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and project-management skills;
  • Commitment to, and knowledge of refugee and migration related issues.

 

Apply

GSO and QES:

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 on their application form 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 completed during the internship period,
  3. a directed reading/ honor's thesis, or
  4. 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 (rfila@uvic.ca).

Completed online application forms MUST BE submitted by 26 January 2024 - 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please save a copy of your application form as we are piloting a new system.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in the CAPI internship program. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to set up an interview time in early February 2024

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Global Skills Opportunities program logoThis project is funded by Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), the Government of Canada's outbound mobility pilot program.