Global Internships

 

York University’s Summer 2021 Term (May - August) is now confirmed to be mostly remote/online except for select courses that require in-person learning activities. Furthermore, York University’s travel guidance cancelling/postponing all University-sponsored or sanctioned international mobility programs (incoming and outgoing) continues to be and will remain in effect indefinitely in accordance with Canadian federal government’s travel advisory to “avoid all non-essential travel”. York University’s directive/travel guidance will be re-evaluated when the Government of Canada begins to lift travel advisories. You may refer to the University’s updated information on the YU Better Together website.
York University is therefore cancelling all in-person summer internships and short-term programs effectively immediately until August 31, 2021. Please note: Remote internship opportunities will continue to be available.

 

Remote Global Internships (Summer 2021)

Our Remote Global Internships provide York undergraduate and graduate students a funded opportunity to intern remotely  with an organization 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Funding

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 monthly installments. The first installment is disbursed after completion of the mandatory internship orientation.

All positions are unpaid.

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.

Some of our direct partner organisations will be offering remote internship positions for Summer 2021. Please note that these positions have a duration of 3 months unless otherwise indicated. Please see our Other Funded Internships for funded remote internships of shorter duration through our internship provider organisations.

More positions will be added to the list below as soon as they are confirmed.

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BULGARIA

 

Organization Know-How Centre for Alternative Care for Children
Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Number of Placements 1-2
Website http://knowhowcentre.nbu.bg/
Position Description

The Centre is looking to hire two interns - a research intern and a marketing intern - to produce content for the Child Protection Hub and to promote the Hub in the region.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language English

 

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EL SALVADOR

Organization Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Clean Water Campaign
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/
Position Description

The intern will support the CIS campaign for clean water advocacy, education, and training on use of filters in communities with scarce economic resources. The intern will also accompany the CIS promoter to communities to carry out workshops and install filters.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language English; advanced Spanish

 

EL SALVADOR

Organization Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), English School
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/
Position Description

The English School Program Assistant will help with the coordination of the Mélida Anaya Montes Language School with a focus on finding ways to better support volunteers in integrating popular education with English grammar and social justice themes into the adult English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language Basic level of Spanish is preferred, but not required. (Interns with advanced Spanish may have the opportunity to collaborate on institutional projects with Salvadoran staff members.)

 

EL SALVADOR

Organization Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Fair Trade Salvadoran Crafts
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/
Position Description

The Fair Trade Salvadoran Crafts intern will work with our Solidarity Crafts and Salvadoran Enterprises for Women programs to increase marketing capacity, following a fair-trade model.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language Conversational level of Spanish strongly preferred

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EL SALVADOR

Organization Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Marketing Intern for Language Schools
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/
Position Description

The Marketing intern for the CIS Language schools will work principally with the Language School Coordinator to create a marketing plan to be executed throughout the year in order to increase Spanish students enrolled in the school, the number of organized groups visiting CIS and the number of volunteers in the English School.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language Fluent English, beginner Spanish an asset.

 

EL SALVADOR

Organization Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Salvadoran Enterprises for Women
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/
Position Description

The intern will accompany CIS support staff to Salvadoran Enterprises for Women in rural areas with economic depression and low levels of formal education. This will include participating in evaluations with women and writing up a report of the results in both Spanish and English.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language English; advanced Spanish

 

EL SALVADOR

Organization Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Youth Formation and Scholarship
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/
Position Description

The intern will be responsible for helping systematize manuals for grassroots educators for workshops with youth between the ages of 14 - 25 years old on various themes such as environment, analysis of Salvador reality, economic alternatives, gender, human rights, etc. The intern will also be responsible for developing and co-facilitating some of the workshops with CIS grassroots organizing team.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language Advanced Spanish - written and/or oral skills

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INDIA

Organization CanSupport
Location New Delhi, India
Number of Placements 1
Website http://www.cansupport.org/
Position Description

CanSupport has a resource mobilization team that is focused on mobilizing funds from institutions and individuals. A few fund raising events are also organized each year to bring in new prospective supporters. The intern would work closely with the Resource Mobilization Team on marketing projects.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language English, knowledge of Hindi an asset.

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Organization Osaka University of Economics
Location Osaka City, Japan
Number of Placements 1
Website https://www.osaka-ue.ac.jp/english/
Position Description

The intern will: (1) teach English or assist OUE’s English teachers in the instruction and delivery of English language education in a classroom setting, (2) participate in supplemental English activities, and (3) do some basic office work for the International Relations Section.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language Fluent English

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ROMANIA

Organization Terre des hommes
Location Bucharest, Romania
Number of Placements 1
Website https://www.tdh.ch/en/our-interventions/romania
Position Description

The Regional Office of Terre des hommes is looking to hire two interns - a research intern and a communications intern - to produce content for the Child Protection Hub and to promote the Hub in the region.

Please view the full job description for more information.

Language Fluent English. Knowledge of Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian, Romanian, Hungarian, Albanian or Bulgarian is an asset, but not mandatory.

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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 January.  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.

 

Deadline

The deadline to apply for a Global Internship with York International for Summer 2021 has been extended to Feb 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

 

Selection

  • If you are shortlisted, you will be interviewed by York International staff. Some host organisations will also participate.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Interns are chosen based on skills, attitude, personality and experience.

Pre-Internship Orientation

The mandatory Global Internships pre-internship orientation session will take place before the start of your internship (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.

Application

In order to apply for a York International Global Internship, you must complete the following:
  • Application form (deadline extended to Feb 15, 2021 11;59 PM EST)
  • Resume (2 pages max)
  • Letter of Intent (1 page max)
  • Video (1 min max)
  • Academic letter of reference

 

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 will 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.

 

Video

The video should be 1 minute max. You should address the following points in the video:

  • Introduce yourself
  • If the position you are applying for requires proficiency in another language, speak a few sentences in that language.
  • Feel free to include any other languages that you speak.

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.

 

Letter of Reference

Your academic reference must be from a current or professor or teaching assistant at York University (or another post-secondary institution)  who can speak thoughtfully about you and your skills and performance. In selecting your referee, approach someone who will be in a position to comment on your academic abilities, the fit of the internship to your academic 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 letter 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 letter should be emailed by the referee to yiintern@yorku.ca.

 

Deadline

The deadline to apply for a Global Internship with York International for Summer 2021 has been extended to Feb 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 
 

Intern Responsibilities

Pre-Internship

• Participate mandatory in pre-internship orientation program.
• Complete pre-internship meeting with YI staff

During internship:

• 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.
• Contact York International representative if problems arise with internship.

Post-internship:

• 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:

Email: yiintern@yorku.ca (preferred)
Phone: 416-736-5177

We are currently working remotely. If you would like to schedule a one on one Zoom appointment, please contact us by email.