Past Internships

For students interested in studying international development and gaining practical experience in the field, UFV has provided numerous internship, work study, research and event coordination opportunities.Here are students who have worked or are currently working in the international development field:

Sara P.
Shastri Millennium Development Goals Project
Sara Prentice is dividing her hours between research for the Global Development Studies degree and compiling an annotated bibliography for the Shastri ‘Child-to-Child’ healthcare projects.  The annotated bibliography is focused on the link between poverty and health and will be added as an appendix to a project funding proposal.

Garima T.
Madhya Pradesh In-Situ Medicinal Plan Cultivation Scheme Project
Garima Trivedi is updating a database on the Madhya Pradesh In-Situ Medicinal Scheme.  This information will be used to monitor and analyse the progress of the scheme and determine the scheme’s long-term impacts on environmental sustainability and rural livelihoods.

Kelsey W.
World Bank Intern
UFV student Kelsey Wolff was nominated by one of her professors to attend the Global Forum at the World Bank in Washington, DC.  Approximately two hundred students across the world were chosen to attend this forum on world poverty.  The participants were put into groups to create policies and business memorandums to reduce poverty.  Kelsey’s group came up with a policy program to implement more teachers into rural areas of Tanzania and a business memorandum to expand and improve the roadways.  Today, Kelsey and her World Bank working group have helped develop a non-profit organization called ARUDMO (African Rural Development Movement) which works with women, youth and rural communities in Africa to provide education, training and resources for economic, political and personal empowerment.  “The Global Forum, hosted by Athgo, was an amazing opportunity that really opened the door for me.” 

Meggie S. and Sumeet J.
‘Child Friendly Cities’ Forum – Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Criminology student Sumeet Jammu and Sociology/Anthropology student Meggie Shields spent six months in India on CIDA and AUCC funded internships, preparing for an international conference on Child Friendly Cities (funded by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute).  Working with the Canadian Studies Centre at Panjab University in Chandigarh, Meggie provided research assistance, assistance with the coordination of the conference as well as explored the concept of children’s participation in the community development and planning process through interviews and research.  Sumeet aided in the development of strong, sustainable and realistic community partnerships which assisted, strengthened and complimented the role of government and corporate partners to work collaboratively toward child friendly city planning and community development.  This helped create links and develop initial relationships with child advocacy groups in the Panjab region and helped develop a common understanding and strengthening of ‘child friendly’ concepts in these sectors. 

Baldeep T.
‘Child Friendly Cities’ Forum Follow Up – Canadian Studies Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Initially beginning as a three month CIDA funded summer internship, Baldeep Toor’s work in Chandigarh, India was successfully extended until October 2008.  He complete a number of projects including a follow up on feedback and ideas from government officials, NGOs, business partners, educators, city planners and others who attended the ‘Child Friendly Cities’ Forum in Chandigarh on February 2008.  In addition, he helped form a working group responsible for developing an action plan implementing ‘child friendly’ initiatives in Chandigarh and other surrounding areas.

Heather S.
English Tutor - Information and Education Centre for the Prevention of Drug Abuse (CEDRO), Lima, Peru

Heather Sye relaxes with a group of the girls she worked with during her 3 month internship in Lima, Peru. Heather Sye is enrolled in the Associate in Arts in International and Development Studies program and will graduate in Winter 2009.   In May 2008, she traveled to Lima with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) where she completed a three-month internship with CEDRO, a Peruvian non-profit organization.  Heather worked as an English tutor in a group home for formerly abused girls.  Many of these girls aged 11 to 19, were abused by family members and had fled or been kicked out of their homes.  The group home provided by the organization allowed them to receive education and a safe place to live. 

Michelle H.
‘Child Friendly Cities’ Initiative – Africa Regional Office of the World Scouts Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya
Michelle is in her last semester of studies at UFV and will graduate with a degree in Geography with special interest in urban studies and international development.  Between May and August 2008, she completed a CIDA funded internship at the Africa Regional Office of the World Scout Bureau in Nairobi, Kenya.  As a continuation of UFV’s ‘child friendly cities initiative’, she traveled to different areas in Kenya visiting villages, cities, businesses, homes, schools, slums, NGOs and government organizations to conduct field research to determine how to get more children involved in scouting and the skills it can offer to young people.  She also helped develop a tool kit to help make Nairobi a child friendly city.   
Michelle also participated in the ‘Child Friendly Cities’ Forum at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and worked for an environmental NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal before heading off to Kenya.  
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Michelle D.
‘Child Friendly Cities’ Initiative – Africa Regional Office of the World Scouts Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya
Also part of the ‘child friendly cities’ initiative, UFV fourth year student Michelle Dargatz traveled to Kenya on an AUCC internship to follow up on research conducted by former UFV intern Michelle Hoogland.  Dargatz worked with NGOs and government organizations to further analyze how children can get involved with scouting as well as the skills it offers young people. 


Tomas B. and Kara G. - International Centre for Sustainable Human Development (CIDH), Costa Rica
Ashley B. – United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), Costa Rica
With three month internships with Canadian Corps funded by CIDA and AUCC, Tomas Bingham, an English, Sociology/Anthropology major, Ashley Bjurman, Criminology major and Kara Gibney, Psychology major with an extended minor in Latin American studies, had the opportunity to work in various placements in Costa Rica in the summer and fall of 2005 respectively.  As a criminology major and a working knowledge of Spanish, Ashley had the opportunity to work with the UN Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) researching ways to improve prison conditions for women. 
Tomas worked for the International Centre for Sustainable Human Development (CIDH).  Kara, who completed her internship shortly after her colleagues, also worked for the CIDH contributing research to a project focusing on the relations between the European Union (EU) and Central America.   
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Tim C.
United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), Costa Rica
Securing an internship with AUCC’s Students for Development, Tim had a chance to work at the ILANUD in Costa Rica researching methods of crime prevention and the treatment of criminals.  In addition to his projects, he was part of a conference in Bluefields about the inhumane conditions and human rights violations in Central American prisons.  The conference received front page media attention in Nicaragua.  Tim also worked on a study on human trafficking where he helped draft a needs assessment and guideline for a legal framework to deal with the smuggling and trafficking of people, primarily women and children.  This information was used at the 2008 international conference discussing the trafficking of women and children for the sex trade.
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Matthew D.
UNICEF Child Protection Branch, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Also under a three month AUCC Students for Development internship, Matthew worked to improve conditions for children swept up in the Vietnamese justice system, often for their involvement in the sex trade or for simply being homeless.  Working alongside lawyers and social workers, Matthew conducted research and wrote publications for the UNICEF Child Protection Branch in Hanoi, Viet Nam.  Several of his papers as well as a legislative needs assessment were sent to Viet Nam’s Department of Justice.  He also collaborated on a handbook for legal professionals to change how children are treated in the Vietnamese justice system.  Their goal was to prevent further victimization of children and the adoption of a therapeutic rather than punitive system.       
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Edward Akuffo
Director, GDI

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