The CPS is committed to developing the capacity of Youth in Canada and around the World.  We have chosen Malawi as the place to start.  Malawi may be one of Africa's poorest countries, but it is one with much potential.  Commonly known as the "Warm Heart of Africa", Malawi is the ideal foundation for our Youth Development program.

Jessi Bradley (CIDA Intern 2010)

Youth on both sides of the Atlantic have much to learn from each other, and giving Canadian students an opportunity to spend 3 to 9 months in Africa can accomlish this goal.

Our International Internship Program began in 2005. The program was developed and implemented using funds administered by Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's (AUCC SFD) and has since expanded to include the CIDA International Youth Internship Program (CIDA IYIP).  The funds for both programs are provided by the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Jaime McLellan (AUCC Intern, 2009)The overall objective of the program is to provide an opportunity for Canadian and Malawi youth to interact while participating in real and relevant projects associated with land, governance, health education and community development.  The overall outcome of the project is to provide Canadian and Malawi youth with international experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for future employment in their field of expertise. 

Since 2005, the Centre for Property Studies has provided over 30 funded internships to South Africa and Malawi involving students from 7 faculties and disciplines.

For more information on our CIDA IYIP or AUCC SFD internships or program information, contact Veronica McGinn, Project Coordinator.