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Associate of Arts in International and Development Studies

  • The Associate in Arts in International and Development Studies program is a multi-disciplinary program that includes courses in the disciplines of Anthropology, Communications, Cultural and Media Studies, Economics, Geography, Latin American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. Additionally, it offers an optional ‘field school’ component. The Latin American field school or study tour component offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience abroad as well as obtain a field school certificate upon successful completion.

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Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies

Global Development Studies (GDS) is a broadly interdisciplinary program designed to equip students with the critical academic knowledge, skills and experience required to function effectively as development professionals in Canada or abroad or to continue on to graduate or other professional studies

  • This unique program will provide students with a core of development, history and theory courses, a significant component of skills development and multiple opportunities to put their skills and theory to practice in the field.
  • Internship/practicum opportunities that support student learning in international development programs
  • Partnerships that develop and sustain academic, professional, international and local communities
  • Student based initiatives including conducting research, hosting events, and advancing development projects to promote community development at the local, national, and international level

Entrance requirements

International Scholarships

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) website:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • This information is of interest to Canadian and non-Canadian students, faculty and academic institutions.

"There is a multiplicity of awards offered by an array of different Canadian Government departments and units," said Jennifer Humphries, Vice-President of Membership and Scholarships of CBIE and Team Leader for the DFAIT programs. "Now there is a one-stop shop for all major government international scholarships." 



KidzCare – also known as ‘Friends of Tanzania’ is a not for profit, non-governmental organization that aims to support orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC’s) in Tanzania. Interns at this placement must be interested in providing support to the OVC’s in the community. Courses, work or volunteer experience with children, youth or families would be a valuable asset to interns placed at Kidzcare. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.


The Coady Institute Offers International Youth Internship Opportunities

The Coady International Institute is currently recruiting dynamic community-minded Canadians between 19 and 30 years of age to participate in its Youth In Partnership international internship program. The program aims to provide recent Canadian university/college graduates experience working with the Coady’s partners in development practice.  The program begins with a three week orientation at the Coady Institute; a six-month in-country work placement; and a two week re-entry and debrief program in Canada.  

Coady Youth In Partnership associates are:

University/college graduate by the time the program begins in August 
Currently unemployed or under-employed 
Between 19 and 30 years of age
Canadian citizens or permanent residents eligible to work in Canada 
First time participants in the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES) 
For more information please visit Coady International Institute. Please include job reference number SHCYIP2010/11. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Thank you,

Natalie Abdou
Youth Programs Coordinator
Coady International Institute


United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) is now accepting applications for an intern for the Gender and Development Programme. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD degree programme (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns) in the social sciences, and have academic and some
professional experience in issues related to development.

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10

Internship with the ICTR/ACSU in The Hague (The Netherlands)
In addition to Arusha and Kigali, applicants also have the possibility to apply for an internship with the Appeals Chamber Support Unit (ACSU) in The Hague. The ICTR/ACSU is composed of three functional Sub-Units which are the “Chamber Support Sub-Unit”, the “Other Registry Services Sub-Unit” and the “Language Services Sub-Unit”. Each of them accepts interns.

  • Internship with the “Chamber Support Sub-Unit” (CSS-U)

United Nations - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Internship Programme
The Internship Programme aims at promoting amongst the participants a better understanding of the United Nations and IFAD .  By the term “Intern”, IFAD intends outstanding undergraduates and graduates students who are offered the opportunity to acquire knowledge of a “real work” environment to the mutual benefit of both the Organization and the Intern.


United Nations Development Program (UNDP) - Internships

Internships offer a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. They are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law.


Purpose of the internship programme
Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to: 
a) increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular; and 
b) provide OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young students or graduates.

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Address for applications
Internship Programme - Intersnship Coordinator - Administrative Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

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