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 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.
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.