Internships and Student Initiatives

Our Asia Connect internship program has supported more than 80 Canadian university and college students over the past four years in getting work experience in Asia. It includes our four signature internship programs:

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Langara India Connect co-op students Willy Sin (centre) and Lucy Morrow (right), with their colleague at Optimus Information in Noida, India.


•    India Connect, in partnership with Langara College and Optimus Information
•    India Connect, in partnership with Simon Fraser University and with placements at the Deshpande Foundation and Zone Startups India
•    China Connect in Hong Kong, in partnership with Noah Holding Limited’s Canada office
•    Philippines Connect, in partnership with Nimbyx/Evident and their office in Manila.
 

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Participants in the 2019 Indonesia Election Watch.

 

Our Student Election Watch series began with a group of students who monitored news reporting and analysis on the 2016 Philippines election. Since then, we have convened student election watches for Bangladesh (2018), India (2019), Indonesia (2019), Sri Lanka (2019), Taiwan (2020), and Myanmar (2020).

 

Previous Initiatives
In 2018, we organized the ‘Building Bridges: Scaling to Serve 4.5 Billion People’ conference and case competition, in partnership with the Cansbridge Fellowship Program.
In 2016-17, we launched the Asia Connect Student Working Groups initiative, including final showcase events for local university students to present and receive feedback on their projects.

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Case competition team members at the “Building Bridges” conference, October 2018.

Networks

For students and recent graduates interested in getting work, study, or research experience in Asia, we encourage you to check out the following organizations:

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC is a global platform to help you find experiences around the world through paid internships and volunteer experiences. 

Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth (CWY), an international non-profit youth development organization, supports youth's agency through transformative learning experiences that create long-lasting impact on themselves and societies. This includes through the China-Canada Young Leaders Program, developed in partnership with East China Normal University (Shanghai).

Cansbridge Fellowship Program

Cansbridge Fellowship Program

The Cansbridge Fellowship offers scholarships to help you gain experience and build a unique professional network in Asia.

 

International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada

If you're a Canadian citizen aged 18-35, International Experience Canada (IEC) offers you a path to a work permit or visa to work and explore in one of over 30 countries and territories.

Mitacs Globalink

Mitacs Globalink

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award offers $6,000 awards for research in Mitacs partner countries, including China, India, Japan and Korea. Senior undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Mitacs Accelerate International offers $15,000 awards for research with a company in any country around the world. Graduate students are eligible.

JET Canada

JET Canada

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme aims to enhance foreign language education, and promote international exchange.