Gain experience and use your skills by volunteering overseas.


Through the Students Without Borders® program, students are provided with an internship opportunity to work and contribute to development projects with WUSC and CECI’s local partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on a needs driven approach, both the student and the local partner organization benefit from such an experience.

Interns work abroad for 3 to 8 months, using their skills and background in a practical and cross-cultural setting. Many interns fulfill co-op requirements or receive academic credits towards their degree or diploma!

By working with local organizations in the developing world, you can gain valuable skills and work experience while contributing to the development work done overseas!


We are currently accepting applications for internships beginning in January 2016. The duration and start date for each internship listed is flexible. Please see all available positions in the "Find a Placement" section below!

The deadline to apply is September 30th, 2015. Please submit your application as soon as possible to!


Want to learn more about what current SWB interns are doing? Check out our blog!

Check out other Students Without Borders® blogs as well:


Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for a SWB placement, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a current student or a recent graduate of a Canadian university or college.
  • Some placements require that you be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada in order to apply. If this is a requirement, it is mentioned in the placement description.  

When and How Can You Apply?

SWB internships typically begin in January, May or September of each year. Most internships are planned for 3 to 4 months, so that you can return to your studies afterwards! New internship opportunities are normally posted on the website 4 to 5 months prior to their expected start date.

We are currently accepting applications for internships beginning in January 2016. The duration and start date for each internship listed is flexible. 

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. The final deadline to submit an application for an internship beginning in Winter 2016 is September 30th, 2015. Please submit your application soon to!  


See the "Find a Placement" section below to see all available placements. If you are interested in submitting an application for one or more of the available placements, you must submit all of the following documents to

  • A copy of your résumé;
  • A letter of intent outlining why you are applying for a particular placement;
  • Three (3) reference letters (including two academic);
  • A list of no more than three (3) placements to which you wish to apply.

If you are applying for more than one placement, please indicate an order of preference in your letter of intent.


Where You Could Volunteer and Areas of Work


Areas of Work

Find a Placement

See our current internship opportunities by clicking on the "Find a Placement" button below, or by consulting the table below. Even if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you can still apply for these positions, but the financial contribution and conditions may differ. 

Placements available for Winter 2016 are now online! Please submit your application soon to! 

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis, and the final deadline to apply for an internship beginning in Winter 2016 is September 30th 2015. 

Additional positions are listed below! Click on the Position Title to view the position description. 

Position Title Partner Location
Assistant Coordinator - Health and HIV/AIDS Sector - International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) - A Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) program  Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NCONGO) Maun
Governance Capacity Building Assistant - International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) - A Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) program Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) Gaborone
 International Student Management (ISM) Intern  WUSC Botswana  Gaborone
Position Title Partner  Location 
Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant WUSC Kenya - Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) Nairobi with possible travel to other regions
Position Title Partner Location
 Student Refugee Program (SRP) Intern WUSC Malawi - Student Refugee Program (SRP)   Lilongwe and Dzaleka Refugee Camp
 Position Title Partner  Location
English and Soft Skills Trainer for Employability WUSC Sri Lanka - ASSET  Various locations in Sri Lanka
Environmental Assessment Officer WUSC Sri Lanka - ASSET Colombo




Q. The deadline to apply for a placement that interests me has passed. Can I still send you my application?

Yes. You can always send us your application and we will let you know if the placement you want to apply for is still available, if it is not the case we will contact you to see if there are other available placements that might interest you.

Q. Why are there two different types of placements with different conditions?

Some placements are partially financed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); this is why some placements can only be filled by citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

However, to allow everyone the opportunity to participate in the SWB program, we offerother internship opportunities which do not require Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

Q. What kind of accommodations can I expect?

Accommodations differ from one country to another, and from one town to another. Usually, SWB volunteers live in one of the following accommodation types:

  • Host Family
  • In their own apartment
  • With other volunteers
  • In a Guest house

Q. Do I have to cover some fees or costs?

Yes, there is a cost to participate in the program and it can differ depending of the country and the length of the internship. Placement fees and costs are described on each placement description

What Former Participants Say About their Experience

“My time in Malawi and in Dzaleka has reinforced my desire to pursue opportunities abroad, but also exposed the importance of the work I do at home in Toronto, helping immigrants and refugees in my community. I have learned so many valuable things that I can apply back in Canada working with newcomers. Spending time with the Student Refugee Program youth has been such an enriching experience, as they have taught me patience and challenged me on my cultural understandings of social interaction and cultural diversity. I will take away from this experience a stronger self, as I move forward with my career, supporting migration through cultural understanding.”

- Ashley Korn,Student Refugee Program Assistant — Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi


“My internship as Assistant to the Dean at Vietnam National University (Hanoi) has been challenging and educational on many different levels. It has helped highlight the important cross-cultural communication and observation skills which are essential to surviving in a foreign work place. Additionally, it has served as a conduit through which I am starting to understand the tangible impact of globalization while thousands of kilometers away from my home in Canada. If asked ‘Adam would you complete an internship again?’ the answer would be an unequivocal ‘YES’. It is because of this certainty that I know I have grown in many ways from my time in Vietnam. Hopefully, this growth will give me the opportunity to come back to this amazing country once more!”

- Adam Pennell, Dean’s Assistant, Vietnam National University, Hanoi


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