10 Canadians spend six months with Amref Health Africa.
Project timeline: February 2013 to March 2014
Situation – Young Canadians search out opportunities to build job skills
In the competitive job market faced by young Canadians, experience matters. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development gives Canadians the chance to get international job experience through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.
Action – Amref Health Africa supports young Canadians through internships
Amref Health Africa helped young Canadians get job skills in international development through the International Youth Internship Program, part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.
Following an extensive hiring process, Amref Health Africa in Canada chose 10 recent graduates to be part of our six-month internship program.
“The internships are a great way for new Canadian graduates to get valuable experience in international development,” says Anne-Marie Kamanye, Executive Director, Amref Health Africa in Canada. “And, Amref Health Africa benefits tremendously through the special skills the interns bring.”
Results – 10 young Canadians gain valuable work experience
Ten young Canadians gained valuable work experience as interns with Amref Health Africa in one of four countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The interns’ work focused on areas that are in high demand:
- monitoring and evaluating Amref Health Africa’s projects;
- collecting data to support program decision-making;
- designing and documenting projects; and,
- writing reports.
The interns wrote regular blogs [hyperlink to blogs section] highlighting their experiences.
How does a political science major who grew up in frosty northern Ontario end up jetting off to Sub-Saharan Africa? For Lakehead grad Conrad Koczorowski (BA'08), travelling to Uganda to improve the health of mothers and children was something he felt compelled to do. He arrived there in June 2013 for a six-month internship with Amref Health Africa (formerly the African Medical and Research Foundation). Read more
Emily Royal, who grew up in Brockville, has recently returned from a six-month internship in Ethiopia. From June until mid-December, Royal worked with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), and helped provide health programming to those in need in the African nation. Read more