Program Description

Through our internship program, interns from Concordia University travel to Gulu, northern Uganda, for 3 months during the summer semester. In Gulu, they work alongside Ugandan interns on various community projects that are developed and led by our Ugandan office. Current projects focus on entrepreneurship, communications, research, childhood education, and sustainability. Our internships emphasize social, community, and personal development through experiential learning and cultural and skills exchange.

CEED's internship projects strive to be responsive to community needs and put youth at the forefront as leaders and change makers. In all of our projects, it is important that interns interact with young people and other key stakeholders to understand the complex challenges our projects confront. Problem solving, flexbility, team work, and creativity are key ingredients to making any project successful.

CEED accepts applications from both undergraduate and graduate students. Current Concordia University students and alumni who have paid into our $0.35 / credit fee levy are given priority and reduced pricing, but students and recent graduates from other universities in Montreal are invited to apply. Students from a variety of academic backgrounds are welcome to apply, as CEED encourages diversity of knowledge, skills, and experience. Approximately 15 interns from Concordia are recruited each year and are then placed with Ugandan interns to form teams of up to 6 people. Each team is assigned to 1 project for the duration of the program.

For more information about our different projects, please see below the proposed internships for 2018. Please be aware, some projects may be altered or cancelled if CEED fails to secure any necessary partnerships in Uganda required to implement the project, CEED is unable to recruit sufficient interns and the required skills, or for other reasons. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply into 2 or more projects, and maybe asked to transfer to a different project if their internship applied for is cancelled. All of CEED's different projects offer opportunities to use and further develop a wide variety of technical and soft skills, and many passions and skills can be easily transferred and shared within and between the teams.


Youth Entrepreneurship Project

This is our flagship program to respond to the SDG #1 No Poverty, #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. In response to the extreme poverty and high rates of unemployment among youth in northern Uganda, this project is designed to empower budding entrepreneurs with soft & hard skills training, start-up capital and workshops to enable them to tackle the challenge head-on.

YEP identifies 10 youth groups (50 young entrepreneurs) a year, to go through a rigorous training program and case competition to access start-up capital. Every year, three groups are selected to obtain start-up capital. They are then supported through workshops, mentoring, and technical backstopping during the course of their ventures.

To identify, train and support young entrepreneurs
To provide linkages to local entrepreneurship support groups
To provide growing small businesses with start-up capital

Youth Advocacy and Communications Project

This is our flagship program to respond to the SDG #5 Gender Equality and #10 Reduced Inequalities. The project offers an opportunity for young people to share their experiences, talking about the issues that affect them, while inspiring & motivating other youth in the community. We host a monthly Youth Radio Talk show dubbed “The CEED Young Achievers Talk Show” on 95.7 FM, as well as leverage the presence of young people on social media (Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, Watsapp, etc) to reach out to them on various issues.

The emerging issues are then documented and shared widely with relevant stakeholders to inform them of our advocacy efforts on “working with” young people and not “working for” young people.

To provide a space for young people to share their skills, knowledge, and ideas with fellow youth
To document and share success journeys of “Young Achievers” to inspire action by other young people
To promote entrepreneurial ventures and share opportunities with the radio listeners
To support social activism among youth and advocate for the needs of young people in Gulu

Environmental Sustainability Project

This is our flagship program to respond to the SDG #12 Responsible Consumption and Production, #13 Climate Action and #15 Life On Land. This project focuses on two environmental challenges facing northern Uganda; waste management and deforestation. We support local communities by increasing awareness of these two issues while leveraging local solutions and sustainable alternatives.

Our waste management approach comprises of sorting and managing waste and building affordable composting systems in local schools. We also organize the annual “Gulu Go Green Marathon” to respond to the indiscriminate cutting of trees and to raise tree seedlings to be planted by young people in their schools and other parts of the community.

To create awareness & sensitize the public on the negative impacts of environmental degradation
To train young people on composting as a waste management practice
To document and share best practices on environmental sustainability

Video Documentary

This is our flagship program to respond to the SDG #4 Quality Education, #10 Reduced Inequalities, #17 Partnerships for the Goals Documentary films are increasingly being used as an innovative platform to engage and mobilize diverse communities towards social change.

This project compliments and highlights the grassroots efforts of local stakeholders and organizations. The filming process and the films aim to be inclusive, participatory and accessible to the Gulu community. The documentaries often highlight critical issues that affect youth in the Gulu community such as unemployment, climate change, access to education, amongst others.

Build audiovisual and editing skills
Document and share stories of change in the community
Document main events and the progress of other CEED projects
Empower youth with access to knowledge through audiovisual media

Independent Projects (conditional on approval and availability)

In select cases, CEED can allow students to engage in independent research or other projects. Like all our project teams, independent projects are cross-cultural in design and execution, so Concordia students with an idea should submit their project proposal and skill-set early to our office so the Ugandan office can review and contribute.

Out of season internships

While most of CEED's internship opportunities in Gulu are during the Spring/Summer academic semesters (May to August), we also offer 3-6 month internships in Gulu during other periods of the year.

Before leaving for Uganda, interns are required to register for (or attend certain lectures from) the class;

Orientation to International Community Engagement, offered through LOYC 398/MANA 499/DART 398.


The class is meant to explore and encourage critical discussion on topics related to cross-cultural engagement, international development, volunteerism, and collective action. Interns are also required to attend four pre-departure sessions, which is meant to more specifically educate them on the history and culture of Uganda and what is expected of them throughout their internship.

In Gulu

The compound was designed and constructed by a team of designers and engineers from both Canada and Uganda, as a symbolic representation of our commitment and partnership with the Gulu community. Our facilities are a short walk from the town centre and include 24 hour security, solar panels, electricity, running water, and Wi-Fi. During their stay, interns are also provided with 3 meals a day on work days. We are also in the process of developing a rain water harvesting system.

During their time in Uganda, interns stay at CEED’s very own compound in Gulu.

Program Fees

Undergraduate Concordia Students – $485 (CAD)
Other Candidates - $885 (CAD)

    Includes for the 12 weeks:
    • Accommodation
    • Food (three meals a day)
    • Pick-up to the Airport
    • Pre-departure Preparation
    • Project equipment and materials
    • Recreational Activities within CEED
    • Carbon off-setting flight
    • Fundraising support

    Does not include

    • Vaccine
    • Flights
    • Visa
    • Travel and Medical Insurance

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