International Institute for Sustainable Development Interns Take Up Leadership Positions in Developing Countries

Oct 21, 2011 | Corporate Member News

The International Institute for Sustainable Development is sending 12 Canadian interns to work in the developing world as part of its Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future (YLSF) international internship program. Two other interns will be based in IISD’s Winnipeg and Ottawa offices.

The YLSF program offers young professionals an opportunity to participate in overseas internships in the global South. The jobs are located in Africa and Latin America, including Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Guyana, Panama, Brazil and Peru.

Interns are hosted by reputable international organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Iwokrama International Rainforest Program, CARE International, the World Agroforestry Centre, the Association for Progressive Communications, the Human Development Network (REDEH) and LEAD International.

The successful interns were selected from over 160 applicants. They are recent graduates from Canadian universities and residents of various provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to gain developing country experience from another perspective,” said Fatou Thioune of Quebec, who immigrated to Canada from Senegal seven years ago. “I want to learn more about how international development projects are managed.”

“I am excited for a challenge that is going to broaden my horizons and give me more experience in the field of sustainable development,” said British Columbia resident Jeremy McDaniels, a recent graduate from Vancouver’s University of British Columbia.

“I am looking forward to gaining a firsthand understanding of what the rest of the world is like, especially the challenges and opportunities offered in developing countries,” said Ontario resident Candice Link, a recent graduate from Toronto’s York University.

IISD president and CEO Franz Tattenbach congratulated the interns at the conclusion of their one-week intensive training session at IISD’s headquarters in Winnipeg:

Franz Tattenbach

“The next six months offers interns a tremendous opportunity to deepen their understanding of the complexities of international development and make to an important contribution to poverty reduction and global collaboration towards better living for all through sustainable development.”

Please contact Pauline Gerrard, IISD Training Coordinator for more information:
Phone: +1 (204) 958 7727 or email: [email protected], or
Nona Pelletier, IISD manager, public affairs: Phone +1 204 958-7740 Cell: +1 204 962-1303 or email [email protected] 

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development 

The world is challenged by a changing climate, biodiversity loss, abject poverty and environmental degradation. What can make a difference? Good ideas. Creativity. Passion. Innovation. The achievement of change. 

IISD is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. As a policy research institute dedicated to effective communication of our findings, we engage decision-makers in government, business, NGOs and other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being. 

In the pursuit of sustainable development, we promote open and effective international negotiation processes. And we believe fervently in the importance of building our own institutional capacity while helping our partner organizations in the developing world to excel. 

Established in 1990, IISD is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization with a diverse team of more than 150 people located in more than 30 countries. Through our dynamic portfolio of projects, we partner with more than 200 organizations throughout the world. To learn more about our history, please visit the IISD Timeline. 

Click here to learn more about our project work and programs, which are guided by our strategic institutional directions. And please visit our IISD Linkages site to follow our coverage of international negotiations on environment and development. 

IISD is registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. IISD receives core operating support from the Government of Canada, provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Environment Canada, and from the Province of Manitoba. The Institute receives project funding from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector.

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