Internship opportunities


Interns showing off their rooftop demonstration garden in Chandigarh, India

Internship Partners for Global Development Studies

  • Hands-On Development Initiatives International (HODI);
    • Hands-On Development Initiatives International Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating extreme poverty in rural African communities.Interns placed with HODI would have the opportunity to work on one or more of several projects. One such project is at the Muhanda community centre, which provides preschool education and a lunch program for children who would otherwise go without. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Loodariak Maasai Village
    • The Maasai are one of the indigenous peoples of Kenya. They survive as pastoralists, raising cattle, goats and sheep. Today they live difficult lives, marginalized in the broader Kenyan society and facing the uncertainties of the changing political and natural environments.Interns placed here will have a research and development role in the village of Loodariak, assisting Lesancha with youth development projects and research related to indigenous land rights. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • World Scouts Bureau – Africa Region
    • The Africa Regional Office of the World Scouts Bureau is located in Nairobi and provides necessary services for the promotion of scouting in the region. The interns placed with the World Scouts Bureau would be working with the Scouts to assist in the development of Scouts Youth Programs, and other programs as are required in the region. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Making Africa Work (MAW)
    • Making Africa Work (MAW) is a social enterprise that is youth driven and community oriented. The organization is set apart by its focus on the development of youth and community capacity through hands on experiential learning, the placement of Canadian youth in African internships to engage cultural learning, while also providing an atmosphere of youth to youth teaching and global participation. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Little Rock Inclusive Early Childhood Development Centre
    • Little Rock Inclusive Early Childhood Development Centre was started in 2003 as a special kindergarten that would support the whole development of vulnerable and disabled children in Kibera Slum, the largest informal settlement in sub-Saharan Africa, and give them a solid start for the future.Interns placed here would work closely with the director/founder within the classrooms as well as on funding proposals, curriculum development, social media, research related to children’s rights and participating in meetings with donors. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • East African Institute of The Aga Khan University
    • The East African Institute (EAI) is a regional think tank designed to generate an objective evidence base for policy formulation and action through integrated policy-oriented research, analysis, capacity building and public engagement.Interns placed here will provide research assistance to the director of the East Africa Institute, Professor Alex Awiti, who recently did a post doc with Jeffrey Sachs related to research on building a solid evidence-base for moving Urban Agriculture on to the top of food security and nutrition agenda in Kenya. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Villages of Hope
    • Villages of Hope – Africa (VOH-A) provides education, nutrition and healthcare to children in need throughout Africa, and shelter to children who have no place to live. Interns placed at VOH would have the opportunity to help develop a strategy to address self-sustainability and revenue generation at the VOH children’s home. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Wild Tracks Coffee 
    • Wild Tracks Coffee is a locally owned fair trade coffee company near Arusha. They work in collaboration with a group of local farmers to produce organic high quality coffee, which they purchase directly from the farmers at three times the price they would get at auction. Interns placed here have the opportunity to learn about the organic, fair-trade coffee industry and to assist in community development programs. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Pamoja Ministries
    • Pamoja Ministries is a media ministry located in Arusha. Pamoja ministers to Arusha and surrounding regions through media and radio. They are taking their missions and their message through the media to train leaders in evangelism. Interns who are placed with Pamoja will have the opportunity to work with a variety of media formats. These interns will also have the opportunity to aid in research. Interns with Pamoja Ministries must have a strong interest in media as a method of building capacity and development. Interns at this placement must also have strong written and verbal communication skills. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Women Fund Tanzania
    • Women Fund Tanzania (WFT) is a non-profit, women’s rights organization based in Dar es Salaam. The aim of WFT is a society where women realize their full potential and engage in transformation for empowerment and social justice at grassroots community, district, and national levels. Interns at this placement must wish to gain experience in entrepreneurial development for women. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • KidzCare
    • 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.
  • Haven of Peace Academy
    • HOPAC is involved in many community service projects in Dar. Interns who are placed here will work with HOPAC staff and students on numerous community development projects. Interns who are placed here will work with HOPAC staff and students on numerous community development projects. Interns may also have the role as educator in an orphanage. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • ARDHI University – Institute of Human Settlements Studies (IHSS)
    • IHSS aims to contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the quality of life of the residents of all people throughout Tanzania. Interns who are placed with IHSS would assist in shelter and settlement upgrading projects and urban farming projects. Please contact Cherie Enns for more information.
  • Internships with UNDP China
    • The UNDP China Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding graduates the opportunity to acquire experience working as interns in the United Nations Development Programme. Please contact Ding Lu for more information.
  • Hogar Comunitario Yach’il Antzetic, San Cristóbal De Las Casas
    • Yach’il Antzetic provides services to indigenous and mestiza women who have socially unacceptable pregnancies (often the result of rape or incest)or who are marginalized single mothers in violent situations. Please contact Stephen Piper for more information.
  • Asociación Cultural Na Bolom, San Cristóbal De Las Casas
    • Na Bolom is dedicated to the conservation, development and promotion of the culture and environment of the highlands and Lacandon forest of Chiapas. It works principally with the indigenous communities of Chiapas (especially the Lacandon Maya). Please contact Stephen Piper for more information.
  • K’inal Antsetik / Jolom Mayaetik, San Cristóbal De Las Casas
    • K’inal Antsetik / Jolom Mayaetik is a cooperative of 250 indigenous women weavers and an umbrella organization for several more coops. Various services are provided in the areas of health, human rights, production and marketing and leadership training. Please contact Stephen Piper for more information.
  • Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridge to Community Health), Oaxaca
    • Puente a la Salud Comunitaria contributes to food sovereignty and advances the health and well-being of rural communities in Mexico by promoting the cultivation, consumption and commercialization of amaranth. Please contact Stephen Piper for more information.
  • Ollin Tlahtoalli, Oaxaca; Director: Omar Núñez Mendez; 
    • Ollin Tlahtoalli is a language and culture center associated with SFU’s PDP program. The center works to reinforce the pride of children and youth in their indigenous heritage through film-making, art, games and language related activities. It runs a program to preserve oral traditions and oral history within indigenous communities in Oaxaca. It also teaches English to artisans so that they can market their products directly to international visitors. Please contact Stephen Piper for more information.
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