Canadian Internships

Amanda Judd, Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia

“My role in this organization was to help plan and run the 26th annual RBC Multicultural Festival, and then to get the Multicultural World Lecture Series pilot project started. Starting from scratch at a new location for the festival, I had the opportunity to work with coordination, sponsorship, communications, volunteers, budgeting, art direction, and many of the cultural groups that exist in the province. I led the planning of the first sponsorship kick-off corporate event prior to the festival, and tried stage managing and em-ceeing during the weekend-long festival. While working on the lecture series project, I put into action what I had observed and experienced during the festival process, under the direction of the association’s executive director.”

Bethany Young, Tatamagouche Tim Horton Children’s Camp

“Being a camp counselor is a wonderful way to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, and long-lasting friendships. (…) I have been challenged to lead games for campers, to translate instructions to the campers from English to French, and to come up with a leadership project. My idea is to start a vegetable garden with the children with a theme of environmental sustainability and conservation, which are important to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. I have loved the challenge that this position poses, and will continue to try to ‘foster within our children the quest for a brighter future’.”

Russell Pollard, University of New Brunswick Conference Services

"My placement was as a Conference Services Assistant. Working at the front desk I was able to meet people from various backgrounds and hear many stories. The pace of the organization changed depending on the time of the summer, at times very fast and sometimes rather steady. It provided ample opportunity to learn. UNB Conference Services depends on students for much of their summer operations. As part of my internship I designed and distributed a survey to see what students want from summer employment. This information will help my mentors when they next offer students summer job opportunities.”

International Internships

Kaylee Stevens in Vietnam

“Although we learned many things about Vietnam and its beautiful culture, I believe that the most important things we learned while away were things about ourselves. By stepping out of our comfort zone and fully immers¬ing ourselves in another culture, we have learned most about who we truly are. I have no doubt that my internship in Vietnam made this my best summer on record.”

Elizabeth Vickers-Drennan and Christina Moore in Sénégal

“Senegal has taught us a lot. We learned to take a step back, to admit to not understanding the motives behind some things, and to simply be in a place (no copy¬right infringement intended on the government of New Bruns¬wick’s tourism slogan). We had the chance to spend ten weeks with some incredible people, in a country that is full of human dig¬nity and of warmth. We had our tough times, but all in all... Sene¬gal, nekhna! (Senegal, it’s good!)”

Kristen Fulton in Burkina Faso

“I learned more about poverty in the first few hours of my stay there than I had ever known in my life ( ...) And yet, amongst all of this hardship and all of this poverty, there exists strength of character so strong I feel too weak to describe it. The people of Burkinabe – who opened up their homes for me, who shared with me their stories, who fed me and welcomed me into their lives, carry themselves with a dignity that I have never before witnessed. With each turn, with each difficulty I faced, with each moment in which I sought the help of another – I was met with graciousness, with kindness, with respect. People, who in my Canadian eyes had nothing, gave me everything they had to offer.”

Victoria Clowater in New Zealand

“As an anthropology minor, I like to think that I have a fairly accurate definition of the term ‘culture’. What I have found most interest¬ing throughout the entire course of my international internship in New Zealand has been in my changed understanding of cul¬ture—though not in a way that makes it less ambiguous; rather, I have seen the complexities of cul¬ture and the difficulties in trying to define it, coming to understand its place as an ambiguous term held in common and used daily. (...) an ambigu¬ous term is not necessarily a bad thing, if it is recognised as such and is approached with humility and collaboration in definition.”