QES Internship placements are available for Dalhousie students with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Uganda, Tanzania, and the Caribbean.  These internships will enable Dal students to develop their own professional, leadership and cross-cultural skillsets, while also supporting the host NGOs’ mandates and objectives.

Who can apply?

Dalhousie students who are:

  • senior undergraduates (3rd or 4th year) or graduate students
  • enrolled in International Development Studies, Agriculture, Marine Affairs (or related fields) or global health fields
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • 35 years old or under at the time of application.

Where are the internship locations? Who are the host NGOs?

Interns from International Development Studies or Agriculture:

  • Food Rights Alliance (FRA), Uganda: FRA’s mandate is the promotion of the “Right to Food” through emphasis on advocacy, knowledge management and capacity development. Interns will be attached to FRA projects that focus on improving food security and nutrition management among smallholder farmers. Activities will focus on communications, policy research, report writing, website development, and conference organization.  
  • South and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), Uganda: SEATINI works to strengthen the capacity of key Ugandan stakeholders to influence global, regional, and national trade-related processes, in order to achieve sustainable development and improved livelihoods.  Interns will be attached to ongoing SEATINI projects in agricultural development, and their activities will focus on communications, policy research, report writing, website development, and conference organization.

Interns from global health fields:

Interns in Marine Affairs (and related fields):

  • Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Trinidad & Tobago: CANARI delivers a Coastal and Marine Livelihoods and Governance programme, which works with small-scale Caribbean fisher organisations to build their capacity to influence policy and improve their livelihoods. Interns will help build the capacity of CANARI to undertake its activities and achieve its mission, specifically by improving CANARI’s ability to deliver its program.
  • Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SusGren), St. Vincent and the Grenadines: SusGren conducts project activities in community-based natural resource management. Interns will work with SusGren staff to support sustainable livelihoods and equity for the people of the region.
  • Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados: CERMES works to contribute to the sustainable development of the Caribbean region, particularly via outreach and support at the local and community level to fisheries and marine protected areas. Interns will assist CERMES staff in managing the Caribbean node it operates for the global project Socio-Economic Monitoring for Coastal Management. Interns will assist the SocMon coordinator at CERMES to achieve outcomes relating to improved and adaptive plans and decisions for coastal and marine management.

How many internship placements are available?

Twenty-eight (28) internships for Dalhousie students are available, over the life of the project. The first three rounds of internships (15 placements in total) took place in summer 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Meet our most recent interns!

How long are the internship placements?

Internships last a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months.

How much funding is available?

Each Intern will be awarded a total of $6,000, as a contribution to the costs of travel, accommodation and daily living expenses associated with his/her placement. 


How to apply?

Applications for interns for summer 2019 are now closed. Please check back to find out more about our application process for interns for summer 2020. For questions about future placements, please contact