You dream of travelling and accomplishing something to create a better world? It is not too late, you can contribute and gain useful skills to pursue your career through an internship with us.
SUCO offers young post-secondary graduates the possibility of experiencing significant solidarity in six countries. These individual and professional internships are part of the Canadian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and are financed by the Department of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
The internship assignments are developed with our local partners to meet their needs.
From 2015 to 2017…
- 73% of interns found a job in their fields between 2 weeks to 4 months of the end of their internship through our employability support
- 43% of interns have a job specifically in international development
- 91% of interns say they are very satisfied or satisfied of their employment search process or the job they found
- 93% of interns firmly believe they can find a job after the internship, are satisfied of how their skills have improved as well as of the knowledge and understanding they acquired about international development issues
- 82,675 Canadians have been made aware of international solidarity issues through global citizenship education activities led by interns
- By working closely with our partners on the field, 30 interns supported and reinforced skills for 1,225 people in economic, social, environmental and gender equality development thanks to the support of volunteers.
Six months filled with experiences
Learning to change the world, that is what characterizes an internship experience in international development. A professional internship is in itself a learning process, but imagine doing it in another country, in another language. Imagine doing it to help sustainable development in communities of Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean. The skills that come out of it are numerous and will be useful throughout the career path of the interns.
Fields and skills required
Becoming an intern means wanting to contribute to the sustainable development of communities where we operate.
We need people with profiles in:
- Community economic development
- Sustainable agriculture: market garden and animal production, soils, water management
- Organizational development
- Agricultural product marketing and commercialization
- Project management
- Communication, leadership and community mobilization
- Equality between women and men
Here are some soft skills essential to achieving an assignment in international cooperation:
- Having good adaptation capacity and intercultural communication knowledge
- Being comfortable to quickly establish networks and ties
- Having leadership skills
- Being comfortable working in teams
- Respecting SUCO’s values and mission
- Having a strong interest for the country of assignment
- Showing sensitivity, respect, curiosity and open-mindedness
Throughout their internship, the intern benefits from personalized support that helps them integrate the workforce upon return. Our program is based on dynamic methods for job search, with a focus on international development. You will therefore have access to hands-on workshops on:
- Occupational assessment before the internship
- International career management
- CV and presentation letter
- Interview techniques
- Professional networking techniques
- Personal mark on social networks and maximum use of LinkedIn
- Occupational assessment after the internship
We also offer a professional photo session when you return so you can update your LinkedIn profile and professional networks. You also have access, at any time and for three months after the internship, to three hours of personalized coaching to update your job searching tools (e.g. reviewing an application for a particular position).
“My level of confidence to find a job has increased. During a recent interview, the human resources manager told me that my profile was very interesting and that she was very impressed with my international experience. I don’t doubt that several opportunities will open up for me after this experience.” – Constance Morel, environmental intern in Nicaragua (then water management consultant in Peru for SUCO)
“My level of confidence to find a job has gone from 85% to 100%. This internship has brought out a lot of my aptitudes, such as my ability to adapt, my autonomy. I updated my management skills and acquired new ones, such as data processing and analysis. Today, I am more confident in my capacity to find a job when I get back to Canada.” – Sherly Jossaint, entrepreneurship intern in Peru (then job at Desjardins)
A job fair for interns only
An international development job fair as part of the program
Social entrepreneurship support
It has been proven that young people who do an international internship have a better chance at becoming social entrepreneurs when they return. And SUCO understood that very well. We offer an entrepreneurial path for interns who have a validated project idea. You can therefore have access to:
- A webinar on social entrepreneurship in Quebec (during the internship)
- Preliminary coaching to validate the business plan idea (during the internship)
- Three-month training, online and in the evening, on starting a social business leading to a training certificate
- A weekly coaching session during training to support your project
- A start-up grant as part of the annual contest for interns, entrepreneurship section of SUCO
This program is offered in partnership with FEM International.
To help you discover a profession or get professional advice during your internship, SUCO offers an online mentoring program through their exclusive zone, Academos. You will then have access to the mentors from Academos, but also to mentors in international development, project management, international nutrition, diplomacy, social marketing, international agronomy, etc.
Global Citizenship Education Program (GCE)
After doing the internship, it’s not over. Each intern receives a budget and must carry out an education activity to share their experience and raise awareness among Canadians on international issues. You are interested in photography, social media or writing? We offer you training so you can share your experience to help raise awareness on international solidarity and agroecology issues in Québec.
- Feminist exposition
- Televised interview
- Comic strip and educational tool
- Film festival
- In-company participatory workshop
- Forum theatre
“Now I better understand the world of cooperation and I have a concrete example of the results in international development. Therefore, I can easily become an ambassador and share my experience.” – Kimberly Rousseau, intern in commercialization in Nicaragua (then marketing consultant in Nicaragua for CUSO)
If your application is selected:
Step 1 – Pre-interview over the phone
Step 2 – Group interview
Step 3 – Individual interview
Step 4 – Pre-departure training and administrative file preparation,
Step 5 – Arrival and orientation on location
Step 6 – Integration in the living environment and with the partner,
Step 7 – Completion of the internship (with assessment halfway and at the end)
Step 8 – Return to Canada and intercultural and professional assessment
Step 9 – Conducting a global citizenship education activity
- Have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status (citizenship certificate or permanent resident card required for administrative compliance purposes)
- Be aged between 19 and 30
- Have a college or university degree related to the internship offered
- Be authorized to work in Canada
- Never have participated in an internship in this program
Conditions offered by SUCO
- International transportation
- Travel insurance
- Living allowance to cover all expenses of everyday life
- One-week vacation
- Support and coaching on site
- 24/7 emergency service
The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is carried out with the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the Department of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).