Our internship positions for 2012-13 are now closed, thank you to all those who applied!
For further internship and job opportunities please see our section on resources .
- Our Aim — To find, engage, train and advance the most promising new sustainability leaders in the world.
- Our Plan — To train thousands more new leaders from countries all over the world whose lands and peoples face similar challenges.
- Our Future — To build a new generation of sustainability leaders to provide innovative sustainability solutions to crucial issues that extend beyond borders and our lifetimes.
To accomplish these goals, the SLIC is currently implementing two ongoing internship programs:
1. Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future
The Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future (YLSF) Program is IISD’s flagship internship project and has placed over 400 young leaders with partner institutions in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America.
The YLSF program gives young people entry to (and experience with) key sustainable development organizations around the world, providing the foundation for a career in sustainable development policy and practice as well as the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to global sustainability.
The YLSF program has helped inspire 78 per cent of its alumni to continue working in the sustainability field. The people who go through this program stay focused on sustainability work for the long term.
2. Circumpolar Leaders for a Sustainable Future
The Circumpolar Leaders for a Sustainable Future (CLSF) Program provides northern youth with training and work experience with leading organizations working on Arctic issues around the world. The CLSF has been ongoing since 1999 and has trained and placed close to 40 young northern Canadians in organizations throughout the circumpolar world. This has included placements in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Alaska, working with organizations such as the Northern Forum, United Nations Environment Program-GRID, University of the Arctic and the Stockholm Environment Program.
The four core elements of the SLIC Internship Programs are:
- Substance: Knowledge of sustainable development issues to provide a common basis for understanding dialogue and action.
- Skills Development Training: Modules include cross cultural communications, conflict resolution, network management, fundraising, leadership for sustainable development, teambuilding/team work, project management, facilitation skills and tools for change.
- Internships: Hands-on, international experience with leading sustainable development institutions and exposure to relevant experts.
- Networks: Our alumni program builds a long-term community of peer support for participants as they take on new leadership challenges in government, business and civil society.
SLIC Internship Programs are undertaken within the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, with contributions from the Canadian International Development Agency and/or the Aboriginal and Circumpolar Affairs Division of Foreign Affairs Canada and the Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year.
Learn more about the SLIC Internship Programs, their benefits for young professionals and about the host organizations.
“This program is fantastic. It has allowed me to witness challenges in Egypt and develop a passion for sustainable development. This work is challenging, rewarding and leads to personal growth, I would recommend it to anyone.”
- Rada Vukovic , LSF Alumni
If you have questions or require further information, please contact
Pauline Gerrard, Training Coordinator, International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Canada R3B 0Y4
Tel.: (204) 958-7727
Fax: (204) 958-7710