Global Internships

Global Internships

Our Global Internships provide York undergraduate and graduate students a funded opportunity to intern in another country, or at an international host within Canada, for 3 months during the summer, starting in May.

Internship placements are arranged at a wide variety of government and non-government organisations, both in Canada and abroad. They offer students a range of experiences from field internships to research and/or administrative placements. Most of these placements are open to students from specific disciplines; some are focused by academic subject area.

A Few Quick Facts:

  • Not for academic credit. (Except for GL/ILST 4300 6.00, SB/IBUS 4100 3.00 and SB/IMBA 5300 9.00)
  • 3 month placements between May and August.
  • The language required is English, unless otherwise stated.
  • Global Internships are only offered with our designated partner organisations.


  • Senior full-time undergraduate and first year graduate students registered in a degree program at the University
  • Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0 (B)
  • Students must be returning to York University for at least one semester after their internship i.e. students who are graduating in the summer will only be eligible if they are returning to York for at least one semester in the fall.
  • In addition to the general criteria, specific eligibility requirements, including language proficiency, are outlined for each position.
  • The following will also be considered additional assets: academic and professional fit, prior volunteer or professional experience, proven ability to adapt to new environments, capacity to communicate effectively across cultures, willingness to take initiative, ability to work in a team, engagement in community and an interest in developing global awareness.


Students who are selected to participate in our Global Internships automatically receive the York International Internship Award which is meant to assist in offsetting expenses incurred while pursuing the Global Internship. Each position comes with an award of $3000 which is offered in three installments.

All positions are unpaid.

Please Note:

York International cannot advise or provide assistance to students who are pursuing an internship outside of York International.

Participating in a Global Internship provides you with the opportunity to enhance student learning and job related skills by applying academic knowledge to an international and intercultural work environment. You will gain global competencies that will enhance your marketability and provide you with a competitive edge.

Furthermore, students can expect the following from our Global Internships:

  • An opportunity to connect theory/research with practical and policy issues.
  • Hands-on experience in core projects, programs, and community initiatives so as to widen their understanding of the complexity of issues and problem approaches.
  • An opportunity to work and learn in different socio-cultural contexts and begin to understand issues from a cross-cultural and/or international perspective.
  • An opportunity to gain international/comparative skills in a profession of their choice.
  • Where relevant, an opportunity to improve knowledge and skills in another language.
  • Opportunities to build professional networks, thus enhancing their international career development opportunities.

York International currently has Global Internships agreements with 40 organisations in 25 different countries.

A partial list of Summer 2020 Global Internships is available. The Summer 2019 Global Internships list is available for your reference in the meantime.

Please note that these positions have a duration of 3 months. Please see our Other Funded Internships for funded internships of shorter duration.

Information Sessions

We highly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions before you apply.  York International hosts Global Internships information sessions between October and December.  Please check our Events Calendar for dates and times. Registration is mandatory in order to attend an information session.

An information session is great for:

  • Finding out more information.
  • Meeting previous Global Internship participants.
  • Meeting our Global Internships Assistant who is here to answer your questions.

Please also drop by our Global Cafe (244 York Lanes), and chat with one of our former interns about their internship experience and any other questions you may have. Please check the Global Cafe schedule for dates and times.


The deadline to apply for a Global Internship with York International for Summer 2020 has been extended to January 20, 2020 at 11:59pm.


  • If you are shortlisted, you will be called for an interview at the York International office. Some host organisations will participate in person or via Skype.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Interns are chosen based on skills, attitude, personality and experience.


The mandatory Global Internships Pre-departure session will take place in April (date TBD).

Have you attended a Global Internships Information Session and are now ready to apply? All the information that you would need to start your Global Internship application can be found below.


In order to apply for a York International Global Internship, you must complete the following:
  • Application form
  • Resume (2 pages max)
  • Letter of Intent (1 page max)
  • Video (2 mins max)
  • Two letters of reference, one academic and one non-academic


Letter of Intent

This one page letter of intent is your opportunity to say what cannot be said in your resume. The letter should be composed as a professional communication and not a creative writing exercise. This letter, along with your resume and video may be shared with the host organisation.

The letter of intent could include:

  • How the internship fits into your future career plans
  • What qualifies you to fill the internship position
  • What interests you in the host organisation and country
  • What skills and strengths you have specific to the host organisation and country
  • Your talents, past international and life experiences

You can submit one letter to address all positions you are applying to or one letter for each position.



The video should be 2 minutes max. You should address the following points in the video:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Why you want to add an international component to your education.
  • If the position you are applying for requires proficiency in another language, speak a few sentences in that language.

Please Note:

  • Be professional.
  • Treat the video as a preliminary interview.
  • Review the video before submitting to make sure  that you can be seen and heard clearly.
  • If you speak other languages that may be applicable to positions that you have not applied to but may be interested in, include a couple of sentences in those languages as well.


Letters of Reference

Your academic reference must be from a professor or teaching assistant at York University (or another post-secondary institution)  who can speak thoughtfully about you and your skills and performance. The non-academic reference letter should ideally be from your current or past employer who can comment on your ability to deliver in a professional work environment, your ability to collaborate and add value as a team player etc. In selecting your referee, approach individuals who will be in a position to comment on your academic and professional abilities, the fit of the internship to your academic and professional goals as well as your ability to adapt to the work/country environment.

You should work with your referee to tell them about the internship you are applying to, why you feel you would be a good candidate, how the internship contributes to your overall goals. Writing a reference letter can be time-consuming and onerous for some people. Do your best to facilitate the process in a polite, cooperative and considerate fashion.

The letters should each be a maximum of one page in length and should at minimum include the following:

  • applicant’s name
  • program you are applying for (can also include the internship positions being applied for)
  • your relationship to the referee


The letters should be emailed by the referee to Alternately, the letters can be dropped off at the front desk of York International in a sealed envelope with the referee’s signature across the sealed flap.



The deadline to apply for a Global Internship with York International for Summer 2020 has been extended to January 20, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Intern Responsibilities


• Participate mandatory in pre-departure orientation program.
• Make appropriate immigration and travel arrangements, including obtaining required travel documents, immunisations and health certificates.
• Arrange accommodation. Participating organisations may be able to assist with information, but housing will be the responsibility of the student.
• Purchase medical insurance from® for the period of the internship as part of the travel risk management program of York International, and provide proof to York International before departure.

During internship:

• Handle finances responsibly.
• Demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm for the organisation and the program.
• Complete work required by the host organisation as per position description.
• Maintain professional attitude and respect traditions and customs of host country and organisation.
• Maintain good public relations, both internal and external, for the university and the host organisation.
• Notify York International representative and the host organisation of any changes in contact information during internship.
• Keep York International representative and host organisation informed of all travel arrangements.
• Contact York International representative if problems arise with internship.
• Complete mid-point evaluation and submit to York International.


• Participate in debriefing at end of internship.
• Complete a final evaluation and a final reflection report in an agreed upon format.
• Assist in promoting the York International Global Internships to fellow students.

Questions? Speak to our International Internships Assistant by:

Phone: 416-736-5177

Please note that drop in is available pending staff availability. If you would like to schedule a one on one appointment, please contact us by email.

We are located in 200 York lanes (on the second floor near the elevator). From inside York Lanes Mall, look for the entrance right next to the grocery store. You can use either elevator or stairs to reach the second floor.