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Humanitarian and Developmental Internships (including Volunteer Work)

African Development Bank

The African Development Bank is a regional multilateral development finance institution. Its mission is to promote economic and social development in Africa through loans, equity investments,  and technical assistance. The African Development Bank offers internships at its headquarters (temporarily relocated to Tunisia) for postsecondary students from around the world. Internships are initially for a period of three months, renewable once for an additional period of three months. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

The Human Resources Management Department
African Development Bank (TRA)
BP 323
Tunis Belvedère

Fax: (+216) 71 83 14 72

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Fellowship in International Development Management

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a non-profit international development agency that works to address the root causes of poverty and supports social development programs in Asia and Africa. Its Fellowship in International Development Management for young university graduates is designed as a stepping stone for careers in international development. The program consists of a four-week training session in Canada followed by an eight-month work placement with a non-governmental organization in Asia or Africa. Participants are expected to make a partial contribution towards the cost of the program.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada
360 Albert Street, Suite 1220
Ottawa, ON K1R 7X7

Phone: (613) 237-2532
Toll free: 1-800-267-2532
Fax: (613) 567-2532

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Fellowship in International Microfinance and Microenterprise
Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a non-profit international development agency that works to address the root causes of poverty and supports social development programs in Asia and Africa. Its Fellowship in International Microfinance and Microenterprise provides young Canadian professionals with a four-week training program in Canada, followed by an eight-month placement with an organization in the developing world. Participants are expected to make a partial contribution towards the cost of the program.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada
360 Albert Street, Suite 1220
Ottawa, ON K1R 7X7

Phone: (613) 237-2532
Toll free: 1-800-267-2532
Fax: (613) 567-2532


AIESEC is the world's largest student organization. The AIESEC Exchange Program connects students and recent graduates with internship opportunities in a network of 97 countries. Each year, over 4,000 participants have the opportunity to work in a foreign country in the areas of management, information technology, education, and development.

AIESEC International
Teilingerstraat 126
3032-AW Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 10 443 4383
Fax: +31 10 265 1386

30 Duncan St., Suite 602
Toronto, ON M5V 2C3
Phone: (416) 368-1001
Fax: (416) 368-4490

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, whose mission is to help those who suffer without discrimination and thus contribute to peace in the world. The American Red Cross offers paid and non-paid internship positions for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Students participating in the internship programs are involved in professional projects, assignments and activities during their tenure with an assigned staff person. The Presidential Internship Program also provides an opportunity for university students to learn about key professional positions with the American Red Cross.

American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 303-4498

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization that campaigns for human rights around the world. Its mission is to oppose human rights abuses committed by governments, non-governmental bodies and private individuals. Amnesty International provides internships at its International Secretariat offices in London, Geneva and New York. Internships are also offered by the national offices of Amnesty International's sections in countries such as Canada and the USA. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Amnesty International
1 Easton Street
United Kingdom

Phone: +44-20-74135500
Fax: +44-20-79561157

Canadian Bar Association, Young Professionals International Internship Program

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is the advocate of members of the legal profession. CBA administers eight-month internships for young lawyers through the Young Professionals
International Internship Program. Interns are placed overseas and work with human rights legal organizations on issues such as women's rights, labour rights, constitutional rights, children's rights and indigenous people's rights, in Southern and Central Africa and South East Asia.

The Canadian Bar Association
500 - 865 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5S8

Phone: (613) 237-2925 or (613) 237-1988
Toll Free: 1-800-267-8860
Fax: (613) 237-0185

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Youth Internship Program
CIDA is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's International Youth Internship Program gives young Canadian postsecondary graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge, gain international work experience and develop skills in various sectors. Interns are placed for at least six months with Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and host organizations in developing countries.

Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0G4

Phone: (819) 997-5006
Toll free: 1-800-230-6349
Fax: (819) 953-6088

Canadian Society for International Health, Young Professionals Placement Program

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is a non-governmental organization that works domestically and internationally to reduce global health inequities and strengthen health systems. CSIH coordinates the International Health Young Professionals Placement Program, which assists young Canadian graduates and others interested in international health to obtain overseas work experience and/or contribute as a volunteer to health and development initiatives abroad.

International Health Young Professionals Placement Program
The Canadian Society for International Health
One Nicholas St., Suite 1105
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7

Phone: (613) 241-3845

CARE Canada / Care USA

CARE is a humanitarian organization with the mission to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. CARE is composed of autonomous non-governmental
organizations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia that carry out a range of project-related, advocacy, fundraising, and communications activities in over 65 countries worldwide. Some of CARE's national members offer internships, including CARE Canada which provides internships for young university graduates and CARE USA which provides internships for university students.

CARE Canada
Suite 200
9 Gurdwara Road
Ottawa, ON K2E 7X6
Phone: (613) 228-5600

151 Ellis Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303-2440
Phone: (404) 681-2552

Carter Center
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, works to promote human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. The Carter Center offers internships in Atlanta during three sessions per year to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates.

The internship program focuses on providing substantive work experience and ensures that less than 30% of the internship role is focused on administrative tasks. Most internships are on a volunteer basis.

Carter Center Intern Program
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

Phone:(404) 420-5179
FAX: (404) 420-5196

Commonwealth Games Canada
Commonwealth Games Canada is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada. Commonwealth Games Canada offers 8-month volunteer placements in Africa and the Caribbean through its Canadian Sport Leadership Corps (CSLC) International Internship Program. CSLC internships are designed to make sport and physical activity the primary tool used to address social development issues.

Commonwealth Games Canada
2255 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 120
Ottawa, ON
K1G 4K3

Phone: (613) 244-6868, x223
Fax: (613) 244-6826

Community Experience Initiative (CEI)

The Community Experience Initiative is a summer internship program that aims to develop community-minded business leaders of tomorrow. The program matches MBA and undergraduate business students with voluntary sector organizations that need management skills.

759 Avenue Champagneur
Montreal, QC
Canada H2V 3P9


Engineers Without Borders Canada

Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) is an independent, non-profit organization that works to help people in developing communities gain access to technologies that will improve their lives. EWB provides volunteer placements overseas for engineering students as well as non-engineering students. EWB offers 4-month placements and longer-term placements lasting 13 months.

Engineers Without Borders Canada - Ingénieurs Sans Frontières Canada
366 Adelaide Street West, Suite 601
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1R9

Phone: (416) 481-3696
Toll free: 1 (866) 481-3696

Free The Children

Free The Children is a network of children helping children through education in the world. Its mission is to free young people from the idea that they are powerless to bring about positive social change, and encourage them to act now to improve the lives of young people everywhere. Free The Children offers long-term internships with a duration of two years. A few summer internships are also available.

Free The Children International Office
233 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 2L2

Phone: (416) 925-5894
Fax: (416) 925-8242

Help the Aged (Canada), International Youth Internship Program

Help the Aged (Canada) is a non-denominational, non-profit international development organization dedicated exclusively to assisting elderly people living in poverty in both Canada and the developing world. Help the Aged offers internships to Canadian university graduates to provide practical work experience in a developing country.

Help the Aged
1300 Carling Ave. Suite 205
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L2

Phone: (613) 232-0727
Toll free: 1-800-648-1111
Fax: (613) 232-7625

Human Rights First
Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization. It works to prevent violations against people at risk and to seek justice and accountability for violations.

Human Rights First offers internships throughout the year in its New York headquarters. Internships are open to undergraduate, graduate and law school students and recent graduates. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Human Rights First
333 Seventh Avenue,
13th Floor
New York, NY 10001-5108

Phone: (212) 845-5200

International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)

ICBL is a network of non-governmental organizations in over 90 countries, working for a global ban on landmines. ICBL promotes universal compliance to and full implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty, and supports mine action and victim assistance projects. ICBL offers internships for university students. Most interns work at the ICBL office in Geneva, Switzerland. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

7 Chemin de Balexert
1219 Geneva

Phone: +41-(0)22-920-0325
Fax: +41-(0)22-920-0115

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD is a United Nations agency with the goal to empower poor rural people in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. IFAD offers internships to young university students and graduates. Interns are fully involved in the work program of their division under the supervision of a staff member and may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects.

Internships have a duration of up to six months.

International Fund for Agricultural Development
Via del Serafico, 107
00142 Rome

Phone: 39-0654591
Fax: +39-065043463

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Young Canadian Leaders for a Sustainable Future Program
IISD is a Canadian-based policy research institute that promotes sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. The Young Canadian Leaders for a Sustainable Future Program is IISD's most established internship program. The internship includes a training session followed by an international work placement of six to eight months with a partner organization. The internship is offered to young Canadian university and college graduates who are unemployed or underemployed.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3B 0Y4

Phone: (204) 958-7700
Fax: (204) 958-7710

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO is a United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states to promote decent work throughout the world. The ILO provides internships for university students who are pursuing a course of study or work in fields related to its mandate and activities. Internships are offered in the ILO's headquarters in Geneva and at field offices, and normally have a length of three to six months.

ILO Headquarters
4 route des Morillons
CH-1211 Genève 22

Phone: +41 (0) 22 799 6111
Fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. IOM's internship program provides students with the opportunity to learn about its activities, to gain initial work
experience, and/or to prepare for a degree dissertation. The internships are voluntary assignments and can range from 8 weeks to 6 months in duration.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
17, Route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 19

Phone: +41.22.717 9111
Fax: +41.22.798 6150

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world's leading independent international medical relief organization, with 5 operational centres in Europe and 14 national sections worldwide. MSF Canada works in areas of Africa, the Americas, Australia, Asia, and Europe where it has found services inadequate to meet a population's medical needs. MSF recruits medical volunteers, non -medical volunteers and experienced project coordinators for its overseas missions. MSF Canada also accepts a number of office volunteers and unpaid office interns in its Toronto office.

Médecins Sans Frontières Canada
National Office
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2T9

Phone: (416) 964-0619
Toll free: 1-800-982-7903
Fax: (416) 963-8707

NetCorps Canada International

NetCorps is a program funded by the Government of Canada that gives young Canadians the opportunity to participate in overseas placements involving international development and
information and communication technologies. Placements last five to six months and are concentrated in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.

NetCorps Canada International
2330, Notre-Dame Street West
2nd floor, Montreal (Quebec)
H3J 2Y2

Phone: (514) 937-1614
Fax: (514) 937-9452

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
OHCHR is a department of the United Nations Secretariat, with the mandate to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. OHCHR provides internships to graduate students for a period of three to six months. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10

Phone: +41 22 917 9000

Oxfam International / Oxfam Canada

Oxfam is a confederation of 13 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Oxfam undertakes long-term development, emergency work, research and campaigns. Oxfam International provides six-month internships on a volunteer basis at its headquarters in Oxford, UK. Oxfam Canada also offers volunteer internships in its Canadian offices.

Oxfam International Secretariat
Suite 20, 266 Banbury Road
Oxford, OX2 7DL, UK
Phone: +44 1865 339 100
Fax: +44 1865 339 101

National Office Oxfam Canada
250 City Centre Avenue, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6K7
Phone: (613) 237-5236

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

PAHO is an international public health agency working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World
Health Organization and is part of the United Nations system. PAHO's technical units (and occasionally its administrative offices) provide volunteer internships to university students. Internships are normally for a specific period of time ranging from 6 weeks to 3 months.

Pan American Health Organization
525 23rd St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037

Phone: (202) 974-3000

Refugees International
Refugees International is a non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian assistance and protection for displaced people around the world and works to end the conditions that create displacement. It offers internships for university students and recent graduates seeking work experience in the humanitarian field. Internships are generally during the spring, summer and fall time periods. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Refugees International
1705 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Fax: (202) 828-0819

Right to Play

Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization. It uses specially designed sport and play programs as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Right To Play recruits International Volunteers to work in projects in Asia and Africa for 12 months. Volunteers do not need to be elite athletes but do need to demonstrate a belief in the best values of sport.

Right To Play International
65 Queen Street West
Thomson Building, Suite 1900, Box 64
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2M5

Phone: (416) 498-1922
Fax: (416) 498-1942

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is a United Nations organization that works all over the world to save, protect and enhance the lives of children. Its internship program offers university students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced staff at UNICEF's headquarters in New York or at country offices. The internships are on a volunteer basis and last for 6 to 16 weeks.


United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM provides financial and technical assistance to programs and strategies that improve the living standards of women in developing countries and address their concerns. UNIFEM offers internships to graduate-level students. The internship program is designed to complement women's development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

UNIFEM Headquarters
304 East 45th Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 906-6400
Fax: (212) 906-6705

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP offers a limited number of internships to graduate-level students. The internships are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, and to complement other international studies, including law. Internships can take place in a UNDP country office/regional center or at the organization's headquarters in New York. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017


United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

UNESCAP is the regional arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. UNESCAP provides opportunities for students who are enrolled in graduate programs to undertake an internship with one of its diverse range of divisions and agencies, most of them located at its Bangkok headquarters.

Human Resources Management Section (HRMS), UNESCAP
United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand


United Nations Headquarters in New York

The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate program to undertake an internship at its headquarters in New York. Preference is given to candidates from developing, underrepresented or unrepresented countries in the UN. There are three internship sessions throughout the year: spring (mid-January to mid-March); summer (early June to early August); and fall (mid-September to mid-November). Internships are on a volunteer basis.

Internship Coordinator
United Nations Headquarters
Room S-2500F
New York, NY 10017

Fax: (212) 963-9514

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency for human settlements, mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

UN-HABITAT Headquarters
P.O. Box 30030, GPO
Nairobi, 00100, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234 (Operator) / 7 623120 (Information Services)
Fax: (254-20) 7624266


WaterCan is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. WaterCan offers volunteer positions in its Canadian headquarters that are geared towards middle and high school students, those more appropriate for development studies graduates, and those for individuals interested in coordinating fundraising events and representing WaterCan at public engagement activities. The majority of volunteer positions can be adapted to volunteer internship positions.

321 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7Z2

Phone: (613) 230-5182
Toll-free: 1-800-370-5658
Fax: (613) 230-0712

World Bank
The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It provides governments with money and technical expertise for a wide range of projects, such as education, health, infrastructure, communications, government reforms and other purposes. The World Bank offers internships to students enrolled in graduate programs. Most positions are located in Washington, DC (some positions are offered in country offices) and are a minimum of four weeks in duration.

The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA

Phone: (202) 473-1000
Fax: (202) 477-6391

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

WFPHA is an international, non-governmental organization bringing health workers throughout the world together for professional exchange, collaboration and action. WFPHA offers volunteer internships in conjunction with the American Public Health Association (APHA). The internships are available to students and graduates interested in international public health issues. Interns work at the WFPHA Secretariat, housed in APHA headquarters in Washington, DC.

World Federation of Public Health Associations
c/o APHA
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3710

Phone: (202) 777-2490

World Food Programme (WFP)
WFP is a United Nations agency mandated to combat global hunger. In emergencies, WFP delivers food to victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild. WFP offers internships for university students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies. Internships are provided at WFP headquarters in Rome and at country offices.

World Food Programme Headquarters
Via C.G.Viola 68
Parco dei Medici
00148 - Rome - Italy

Phone: +39-06-65131

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO's internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHO. Interns must be enrolled in a degree program in a graduate school and must possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO.

Internships have a duration of 6 to 12 weeks and are offered on a volunteer basis.

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27


World Literacy of Canada
World Literacy of Canada (WLC) is a non-profit voluntary organization that promotes international development and social justice. WLC supports community-based programs that emphasize adult literacy and non-formal education for both children and adults. WLC provides overseas placements for young postsecondary graduates through its internship program.

World Literacy of Canada
401 Richmond Street West, Studio 236
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8

Phone: (416) 977-0008
Fax: (416) 977-1112

World Vision Canada
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision Canada offers international internships to young university and college graduates who are compatible with its core values and want to help make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

World Vision Canada
1 World Drive
Mississauga, Ontario
L5T 2Y4

Phone: (905) 565-6100
Toll-free: 1-866-595-5550
Fax: 1-866-219-8620

Youth Challenge International (YCI)
YCI is a non-profit youth development and educational institution with the mission to build the skills, experience and confidence of young people to effect positive change in their communities. YCI involves Canadian youth in hands-on projects in developing countries to address local development issues. Projects last for five to ten weeks. Participants are required to pay a fee to help cover the costs of projects.

Youth Challenge International
20 Maud St., Suite 305
Toronto, ON
M5V 2M5

Phone: (416) 504-3370

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