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Programs

International Internships

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, as well as alumni, from Concordia University. 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.

Pre-Departure

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.

Living in Gulu

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

Internships

  • Program:  Youth Entrepreneurship Project

    The Youth Entrepreneur Project focuses on nurturing young entrepreneurs to combat poverty and create employments for youth. Interns will be responsible for organizing and facilitating various workshops related to business and entrepreneurship, as well as organizing a business competition where youth groups with business ideas can submit their proposals and potentially win a grant from CEED to kick-start their ventures. Read more...
  • Program:  Youth Advocacy and Communications Project

    The Youth Advocacy & Communications Project offers a platform for young people to share their experiences, talk about issues that affect them and inspire and motivate youth as positive change agents in their communities. Interns will be tasked with organizing a monthly radio talk show that is youth-focused, as well as producing mini-documentaries that complement each show. They will also assist in managing CEED’s Radio Show Facebook page, by posting relevant articles, stories, videos, etc that relate to and expand upon topics covered in the radio show. Read more...
  • Program:  Environmental Sustainability Project

    As an organization, CEED continuously strives to be as environmentally conscientious and sustainable as possible. After building a compost system for our facilities last summer, this year's interns will focus on building compost systems in local primary schools and providing workshop trainings to educate the students and staff on how to use and maintain it, in an effort to reduce waste. In an effort to combat deforestation, CEED will also be planting hundreds of tree seedlings across the Gulu municipality. Interns will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the seedlings planted, to ensure they are properly being cared for. Read more...
  • Program:  Technology, Education, and Information Sharing

    Thanks to the generously donated laptops from Concordia and its students, CEED opened up its very own computer lab open to the community this past summer. However, such technology is still relatively new and many are not familiar with basic computer and internet programs. Thus, this year’s interns will be tasked with organizing and leading various workshops on how to use basic programs like Microsoft Excel. CEED is also planning on bringing donated books to Uganda this year, in order to set up a library. Interns will be responsible for setting up the library, including a clear procedure for how to loan out books and ensure their return. Read more...
  • Program:  Community Events Planning Project

    Throughout its ten years, CEED has organized and hosted various events within and for the Gulu community, including a marathon, film festival, and sports and cultural galas. This year, CEED would like to continue with our tradition by organizing another community oriented event that highlights the different challenges and opportunities within Gulu. The focus and scope of the event is flexible; interns will assist in conceptualizing, planning & organizing, hosting, and reporting on this event. Read more...

Our Gallery

For over 10 years, CEED has been bringing interns from Concordia University to Gulu, Uganda. To see our past interns, the work they've done, and what life in Gulu is like, browse the gallery below.


How to apply in 3 simple steps

Online application form

Firstly, you must complete our application form and to attach the required documents.

$25 Application Fee

The $25 Application Fee is non-refundable and can be paid online or by cheque or by cash at our Concordia office.

Interview

After reading your documents, we will invite you to talk about your motivations.

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