Internship opportunities

Each time I’ve sat down to write this final blog post, I haven’t been able to find the words to finish the sentences I start. I wish I could express the thoughts and feelings my internship in India has inspired but, after two weeks back on Vancouver Island, I still haven’t found words that can adequately describe my summer abroad. For this reason, I’ll keep my advice simple: if you are contemplating an internship through CAPI, do it. - UVic Law student Courtenay Jacklin spent four months in India on a CAPI internship working at The Other Media, an organization focused on environmental and social justice issues in southeast India.

Nothing I can think of writing or speaking can adequately encapsulate the place or the experience. When I looked around, India could sometimes be incredibly uplifting, upsetting, or both. It could also just be everything in between, or perfectly mundane (as a person who tried to lead a ‘normal’ life there). I guess what I can say is this: India is simultaneously everything and nothing like I had imagined . . . - UVic BCom student Will Howling spent seven months in India on a CAPI internship working with Participatory Research in Asia, a civil society organization focused on “empowerment of the excluded through capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy”

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. – J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring. As I sat down to write this sixth and final blog post, I came in knowing that I wanted to commence with a quote of some sort. However, with such an idea rooted firmly in my brain, I began to think to myself: “What quote could I possibly use to adequately encapsulate the profound breadth and gravity of my experiences?” I’m sure, for you personally, heading into this internship placement, there remain a whole lot of unknowns on the horizon. A lot of questions. A lot of momentous ideas and expectations . . . - UVic Anthropology and Geography student Duncan Chalmers spent seven months in Thailand on a CAPI internship teaching refugee youth at the Karenni Social Development Center

When you first tell people that you are beginning a journey and heading off on a CAPI internship, there will be an eclectic mixture of responses. It will go something like this: “Wow what a life changing experience” or “Are you sure that’s a good idea, it’s really dangerous there” (said the person who has never been there). These responses can leave you feeling nervous, excited, and create major expectations about what is going to happen. After India, I do feel changed, but not in the “Eat, Pray, Love” kind of way . . . - UVic Gender Studies and Religious Studies student Rachel Barr spent seven months in India on a CAPI internship working with Participatory Research in Asia, a civil society organization focused on “empowerment of the excluded through capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy”

It was not too long ago that I was in your place. Months have passed like minutes and I can vividly recall feeling a tornado of emotions spinning within me. I was excited about the new journey that I was about to embark on but my excitement was swirling with nerves of the unknown, doubts about my strength, and sadness of all I was leaving behind. I’m sure you too are experiencing your own mixture of chaos within. As you know, this chaos will subside and you will have your own truly incredible internship. One that is indescribable and uniquely yours . . . - UVic Child & Youth Care student Ainslee Arthurs spent three months in South Africa on a CAPI internship working with youth at a township school

You’re about to embark on what will be, without a doubt, one of the biggest and most intense experiences that you will ever have. So it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little nervous, or a little scared. But as scary and new and intense as it may be, I can assure you that when you look back on it, you’ll be glad you did it. It can be hard at times, but it will never be impossible . . . - UVic Philosophy student Liam Marshall spent three months in Japan on a CAPI internship working at CITYNET Yokohama


Internship Info Session

CAPI is offering thirteen funded internship opportunities in 2019 for UVic students to work with our partner organizations in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, and South Africa.

Come to our upcoming internship info session with CAPI internship program manager, Robyn Fila.

22 Nov 2018
12:30-1:30pm
Sedgewick Building
C-wing, Room C168


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2017 CAPI intern Will Howling (UVic BComm student) was based with Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in India.

Queen Elizabeth Scholar (QES) internships

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

  • 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.
  • 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.  


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The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program is managed through a unique partnership of Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and Universities Canada

Program Assistant with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) – India

Society for Participatory Research in Asia


PRIA logoProgram Assistant
New Delhi, India

The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)is an international centre for learning and promotion of participation and democratic governance. Established in 1982, PRIA has contributed a number of initiatives in India focused on the empowerment of the poor and marginalized. One of PRIA’s key objectives is to generate innovative participatory methodologies in research and programming that strengthen citizen participation and democratic governance. In this vein, PRIA’s activities include implement training, research and consultancy initiatives focused on capacity building, knowledge building, participatory research, citizen-centric development, and policy advocacy.

Position description:

Interns will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • assisting with PRIA’s main thematic areas and ongoing projects related to urban sanitation, maternal health, campaigns against violence against women, prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, gender mainstreaming, education initiatives, and delivery of basic services;
  • reviewing PRIA’s courses on community development; and,
  • editing and writing advocacy documents such as manuals, campaign materials, policy briefs, social media engagements, and process documentation reports, articles, etc.

Position-specific eligibility:

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

  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Good written and oral communication skills with sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • Understanding of how and when to work independently and/or collaboratively;
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and the willingness to take initiative where appropriate; and,
  • Commitment to, and knowledge of participatory approaches to research and community engagment;
  • A interest or knowledge with social media, photgraphy and film would be an asset.

Program Assistant with the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) – Malaysia

Malaysian Social Research Institute


MSRI logoProgram Assistant
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian Social Research Institute is a Refugee Support Centre which offers four core programmes which include; Emergency Support, Vocational Training (Elham), Education Programme, and Health Care Programme.

  1. The Emergency Support Programme works on a case-by-case basis, meeting with clients to assess and assist emergency needs. Run mainly by case-workers, the programme is assisted by refugees from within the MSRI communities.
  2. The Elham project is run to create empowerment and self-subsistence among refugee communities. The majority of Elham clients are female however, the classes are open to all.
  3. The Education Programme runs a school for refugee children as well as English classes for adults. Taught mainly by refugees, the school provides a secure and safe environment for students.
  4. The Health Care Programme offers general services including counselling, referrals, and health education focusing primarily on prevention-based healthcare.

Read more detailed job descriptions.

Program Objective:

Interns will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • Supporting teachers and curriculum development;
  • monitoring and evaluating MSRI programs;
  • supporting the food distribution, educational, and extra-curricular activities and programs; and,
  • providing database entry support.

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program, 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;
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and project-management skills;
  • Ability to take initiative where appropriate; and,
  • Commitment to, and knowledge of refugee and migration related issues.

Program Assistant with The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) - Thailand

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women


GAATW logoProgram Assistant
Bangkok, Thailand

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), registered as the Alliance Against Traffic in Women Foundation, is a think-tank, and a progressive and cutting-edge 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 very committed team of people. The GAATW-IS currently works on themes of Access to Justice, Accountability and Power in Migration and Work. We also publish a bi-annual peer reviewed journal, the Anti-Trafficking Review. While member organisations work with women, children and men, 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 initiatives.
  • Participate in and contribute to various meetings and functions in and around the office.
    • Note taking and logistical support
    • Preparing meeting kits, schedules, itineraries, and multi-media presentations.
  • Proof-read and edit issues of the Anti-Trafficking Review, an academic journal, published through GAATW, that promotes a human rights-based approach to anti-trafficking. (July-September)
    • Provide assistance in preparation for publishing and the launch event in September.

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;
  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking, and the willingness to take initiative where appropriate;
  • Good written and oral communication skills with sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • Some knowledge of anti-trafficking frameworks, particularly with regards to issues of gender, migration, and labour exploitation;
  • Experience in qualitative research an asset;
  • Knowledge of an Asian language an asset.

Program Assistant with The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) - Indonesia

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies


PRIA logoProgram Assistant
Jakarta, Indonesia

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 strictly 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 education policy, trade and livelihood, and community and livelihood. 

Moreover, CIPS trains 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.

Position description:

Our main objective for the internship program is to introduce to young people how a think tank work, especially in local context. The program itself will provide full experience of all departments in CIPS, namely the operation department, research department and external relations department. The selected intern will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • Conducting and compiling literature-based research on issues related to education policy, trade, and migration.
  • Advocacy visits, with CIPS’ staff, to respective stakeholders involved in the work of CIPS.
  • Supporting social media platforms
  • Learning to build communications strategy for media and fundraising
  • Producing infographics and information packages for use in CIPS meetings, advocacy work and media outreach.
  • Think tank programs and events
  • Think tank finance and operations

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program, 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

Program Assistant with the Ukulapha Community Outreach project - South Africa

Ukulapha Community Outreach Project


imageTeacher's Assistant/Youth Outreach
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Founded in 2008, Ukulapha Community Outreach Project began as a grassroots organization whose mission is to engage and support the disadvantaged Township community of Slangspruit, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa following a human rights-based approach.

Ukulapha works in collaboration with Slangspruit Primary School, improving teaching and learning conditions, using a holistic and inclusive approach. There are currently 1,114 students from K – grade 7.

In partnership with various Canadian outreach organizations, Ukulapha works in solidarity with the community to achieve and expand these goals. The poorly developed township community suffers very high levels of poverty, unemployment and HIV infection. Together with the large numbers of orphans and vulnerable children, this community is in dire need of assistance. 

Position description:

  • Assist one of the grades 4-7 Teachers with teaching various subjects, behaviour management in the classroom, and organizational duties including marking, lesson and exam preparation, and other jobs within the school or classroom.
  • Utilize existing school curriculum to develop and teach lessons in subjects related to your interests and education. Ex. English, Science, Maths, Life Skills (Art, Drama, Bullying, Human Rights, etc.)
  • Collaborate with school staff to plan and implement extra-curricular/ after-school programs that would provide new opportunities to students and assist in their development
    • Ex. (Art, Dance, Homework Club, Girls Empowerment, etc.)
  • Design and facilitate week-long camps for students to be led over the school holidays
    • Fundraise money pre-departure to buy snacks and any necessary supplies
  • Build healthy working relationships with staff and community members
  • Build positive, strength-based relationships with the students.
    • Play, interact, and engage with them, assist with their English language development, be prepared to do some forms of informal counselling

Position-specific eligibility:

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

  • Currently studying Education, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Sociology, Indigenous Studies or other related field.
  • Commitment to - or knowledge of human rights issues, social justice, and understanding of Pre/Post-Apartheid in South Africa and the effects of trauma.
  • Experience of and passion for working with children and youth
  • Experience in facilitation, coordination, design and delivery of programs
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of Ukulapha, Slangspruit Primary School, members of the community and other interns
  • Empathetic and outgoing, self-motivated and proactive
  • Curious and adaptable
  • Basic knowledge of counselling tools and skills and willingness to work with children individually on issues that arise

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 2019, 
  • 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).

Dates

Activity

September

Positions posted

22 November 2018

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)

23 January 2019

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)

25 January 2019

Application deadline

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

Jan/February

Interviews

End of Feb 2019

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

End of March 2019

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

April 2019

Prepartation and paperwork

22 -26 April 2019

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

May - December 2019

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

31 January 2020

Deadline for the final Capstone project 

January - April 2020

Community engagement activity

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 (rfila@uvic.ca).

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca and interns@uvic.ca by 25 January 2019 - 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.

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photo by 2018 CAPI Japan intern Liam Marshall

Japan internships

CITYNET Yokohama Project Office (CYO) is part of a leading network of organizations focusing on a wide range of issues related to urbanization in the Asia-Pacific Region. CYO addresses development related issues that can be organized into four clusters: Climate Change, Disaster, Infrastructure, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CYO envisions expanding its partners not only within Japan but also in regions outside of the Asia-Pacific to foster city-to-city cooperation for better networking, knowledge exchange, and support for the creative development of societies. The Yokohama office focuses on capacity building through many of their activities. CYO provides needs-based capacity building programs in a variety of areas for city officials in the Asia-Pacific as well as other organizations and institutions.

CAPI will be offering two internship placements with CITYNET from May to August 2019 and September to December 2019.

The intern selected will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • implementing activities, surveys and assessments;
  • coordinating among concerned authorities for reporting, information sharing and program follow-up processes;
  • participating in local programs and events connected to urban issues;
  • assisting with projects related to climate change, agriculture, disaster management, public works, community empowerment, education, gender, sanitation, transportation, and other current or potential issues that may be faced by urban areas within the Asia-Pacific region.

Applicants to CAPI's internship program must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • you must be a current, full-time UVic student (graduate or undergraduate student in your third year of study or higher).
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • you must be committed to completing all requirements of the program including an in-depth pre-departure orientation organized by CAPI, securing visas/work/entry permits as required by the host country, all reporting as required by CAPI, public engagement activities upon completion of the placement and any other requirements as specified by CAPI
  • you must be available to complete the specified overseas placement from May to August or September to December.

Prospective interns should have:

  • an interest in urban and sub-urban issues in the Asia-Pacific region
  • the ability to adapt to different cultures and environments
  • experience with web design and management, specifically Word Press and software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
  • proposal, grant and report writing
  • basic fluency in Japanese considered an asset

Interns will also be required to:

  • attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC before departure 
  • post 1 blog and/or podcast per month focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website throughout their placement
  • complete a commuinty engagement activity in the term following your placement to speak about your experiences, a key social issue, your research, etc. 
  • act as a mentor for future interns. 

Interns will be offered $8,000 CAD to cover a return, international air travel from Victoria to Japan, living expenses while in placement (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.), travel insurance (approximately $300 CAD for 4 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.

Dates

Activity

September 2018

Positions posted

22 November 2018

Information Session Sedgewick C168 12:30-1:30 pm

23 January 2019

Information Session Sedgewick C168 12:30-1:30 pm

25 January 2019

Application deadline

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

End Jan/February 2019

Interviews

February 2019

Interns selected

March/April 2019

Paper work, visa applications, booking flights and preparation for orientation and placement

Last week of April 2019

Orientation/ pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May to August 2019  or

September to December 2019

4-month work placement with CityNet Yokohama

After placement

Supporting future CAPI interns as a CAPI mentor

This timeline is non-negotiable. Please only apply if you can commit to the timeline as stated.

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)

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca and interns@uvic.ca by 25 January 2019 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-CityNet Application” in the subject line of your email.

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

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in our International Internship Program. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in February or March 2019.

A video produced by The Karenni Social Development Center that features 2018 CAPI intern Nick Harrison (hat and white shirt) and 2017 intern Duncan Chalmers (hat and black shirt) teaching at the school

Thailand Karenni refugee education internships

The Karenni Social Development Center (KSDC) is a civil society organization in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. KSDC was established in 2002 by graduates of the EarthRights School Burma. The vision of the Social Development Center is to promote the lives of the Karenni people who have suffered human rights abuses, promote non-violent efforts to build a new society, develop the rule of law, and protect the environment.

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, social justice, movement builidng and legal subjects: 4 hours daily for 10 – 12 students
  • teaching courses related to advocacy and community engagement (such as campaigning and lobbying (legal advocacy), community organising, etc.)
  • facilitating workshops on consultations, project planning, report writing, office management, proposal writing

Funding for this placement has been made possible with the generous support of the UVic President’s Beyond Borders Fund

The Karenni Social Development Center is a small community-based organisation 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 then go on to work within 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.

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 they are responsible for. 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 big 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. 

Applicants to CAPI's 2019 internship program must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • you must be a current, full-time upper level undergraduate or graduate level UVic student
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • you must be committed to completing all requirements of the program including an in-depth pre-departure orientation organized by CAPI, securing visas/work/entry permits as required by the host country, all reporting as required by CAPI, public engagement activities upon completion of the placement and any other requirements as specified by CAPI
  • you must be available to complete the specified overseas placement between May and December 2019 (6.5-7 months).

Prospective interns should have the following:

  • an interest in mobility and legal issues surrounding mobility
  • a strong work ethic and willingness to learn
  • experience with or strong interest in working with youth or with teaching
  • knowledge or interest in the following subjects would be desirable, but not necessary:
    • campaigning and lobbying (Legal advocacy), community organising, advocacy, project planning, report writing, office management, proposal writing
    • experience teaching English
    • legal issues relating to indigenous people, grassroots change and/ or international legal instruments available to marginalized people would be considered an asset.

Interns will also be required to:

  • attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC from 22-26 April 2019

  • post at least one blog or podcast each month focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website

  • complete all reporting requirements and a community engagement activity in the term following your placement highlighting experiences, a key social issue, research, etc. 

  • act as a mentor for future interns

Successful applicants will receive up to $5,000 CAD for the following:

  • airfare to and from host country (to be arranged by CAPI);
  • a small living allowance to help cover cost of visas, utilities and transportation.

Students will receive accommodation in a private room at the school and three rice-based meals/day as part of their placement. Students will be expected to cover the cost of insurance (depending upon the length of the placement - e.g. approx. $300 for a seven-month placement) and will also 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).

Dates

Activity

September 2018

Positions posted

22 November 2018

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 - 1:30 pm)

23 January 2019

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 - 1:30 pm)

25 January 2019

Application deadline

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

Late January 2019

Interviews

February 2019

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

March 2019

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

April 2019

Prepartation and paperwork

22-26 April 2019

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

May - December 2019

7-month work placement (with KSDC)

January-April 2020

Completion of at least one community engagement activity in your home community

Ongoing

Supporting CAPI interns as a mentor

This timeline is non-negotiable. Please only apply if you can commit to the timeline as stated.

Prospective applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form 
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca by 25 January 2019 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-KSDC Application” in the subject line of your email. 

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

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in CAPI's Internship Program. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 


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If you have any questions about our internships please contact Robyn Fila, CAPI internship program manager, by email at rfila@uvic.ca or phone at 250.721.7022 

About Robyn

Since 2010, Robyn has facilitated over 100 international internship placements for UVic students and graduates from across Canada. She is responsible for program and partnership development across the Asia-Pacific region, selecting, training and mentoring interns, and program monitoring and evaluation. CAPI’s international internship programs have focused on governance, development and migrants’ and refugee rights.

Robyn has an extensive background in experiential learning and curriculum development as it pertains to global and international education. She has worked in Indonesia with street entrenched youth and on with social change movements concerning reproductive rights in the Czech Republic. She has an undergraduate degree from UVic in Geography and a MA in Adult Education and Global Change from Linkoping University in Sweden.