International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Now in its 22nd year, the International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP) (formerly known as the UNPPP), is honored to be able to continue investing in the future of Canadian global citizens. Funded through the Government of Canada’s International Youth Internship Programme, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) appreciates Canadians want international experience through direct participation in international organizations and agrees that the unique mosaic Canada possesses translates into something significant to offer international organizations. As one of the UNA-Canada’s prestigious programmes, the IDDIP provides a unique avenue for qualified and motivated Canadian graduates and professionals to participate in the United Nations system as Junior Professional Consultants (JPCs).
For more information download our brochure: IDDIP Brochure
UNA-Canada’s competitive IDDIP offers a limited number of six-month financially supported internships to UN Agencies. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to view the pie graph for information on countries of placement.
These internships provide successful applicants with invaluable, demanding, deeply meaningful work experience, as well as a proven bridge to employment. IDDIP recruits, prepares, and supports qualified Canadians, and negotiates highly matched ToRs with UN Agencies. UNA-Canada has trained, pre-prepared and supported hundreds of JPCs to UN Agencies worldwide with over 95% of those JPCs finding related work within six months of completing the programme. Are you flexible, adaptable, comfortable in challenging situations? Can you see yourself working in a UN office promoting human rights, the rule of law, and sustainable development?
UNA-Canada’s JPCs are given the opportunity to further develop their skills while living and working alongside others from around the globe, sharing knowledge and views, deploying their highly recognized and valued cross-cultural sense of understanding and empathy. One of the many benefits JPCs enjoy is the chance to build their diplomatic and analytical skills as they develop their career paths. The IDDIP seeks to provide Canadian graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to:
- Gain professional exposure to the work of the United Nations and establish a valuable network of contacts with UN agencies.
- Acquire in-depth knowledge relating to international issues as multifaceted as human rights, post-conflict analysis, governance, climate change, gender issues, disarmament, poverty eradication and environmental conservation.
- Access to the IDDIP’s exclusive mentorship programme which includes senior diplomats and ambassadors, financial sector leaders and global human resource specialists. Many of our mentors participate in UNA-Canada’s video series that solely our interns have access to.
- Receive job-seeking assistance throughout and after the programme.
- Experience a culturally diverse work environment wherein participants are given the opportunity of working, living and interacting with peoples from around the world, sharing ideas and views, and acquiring cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity.
- Contribute to effective and sustainable solutions to international development issues facing nations today thereby helping to shape the global community of tomorrow.
- Access to UN placements through UNA-Canada’s established international network.
- Enhance your sense of independence and confidence.
- Learn a new language, or improve existing language skills.
THE ROLE OF IDDIP IN CANADA’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UN
Canada maintains its global reputation through the efforts and hard work of these young Canadian professionals who contribute their wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to UN Agencies worldwide. In return, we guide JPCs through their placements and offer professional assistance post-placement.
Canada’s active role in, and contribution to, UN Agencies has afforded significant opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange as well as influence in countries around the world. The IDDIP is a key element of Canada’s contribution to the UN. It offers international connections, while JPCs provide needed assistance to exciting projects, gaining meaningful work experience, friendships, and a role in strengthening Canada’s reputation abroad.
UNA-Canada sees the IDDIP as an investment in talented young Canadians’ future. Participants are well-suited to occupy positions in Canadian government, civil society and industry a few years down the road. The counterparts that they meet and work with during their placements may well do likewise in their own countries. Connections such as these often produce tremendous goodwill which is disproportionate to the cost of their creation.
- Are diverse Canadian talent who have been at the top of their undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Have gone on to pursue advanced degrees and careers in law, international relations, gender studies, communications, advocacy, journalism, conflict studies, development studies, and the non-profit sector.
- Have won major Canadian federal, provincial, and university-based scholarships or fellowships.
- Have been hired by their host UN agencies, other UN organizations, pursued careers in Canada at the federal, provincial or municipal levels as well as within civil society organizations and the private sector.
- NB: We also encourage prospective participants and other interested parties to visit the blog we maintain about our JPCs in the field and the types of work they are doing and the very real contributions they are making.
UNA-Canada has over two decades of proven results. Our monitoring and evaluation metrics show that 95% of our alumni have found meaningful employment in their field of expertise within six month of completing UNA-Canada’s IDDIP. UNA-Canada has been a leader in monitoring and evaluation, valuing the power of measuring success to ongoing programme improvement. The IDDIP has maintained detailed metrics on the continued success of our graduates. Our results speak for themselves as UNA-Canada’s IDDIP has proven to bridge talented young Canadians to meaningful employment.
The Choquette Family Foundation (CFF) is pleased to renew and increase our support to the United Nations Association in Canada’s International Development and Diplomacy Programme(IDDIP). The CFF demands results from its partners to meet our own mandate – and IDDIP has delivered: in the transformed lives of young Canadians; in the positive impact they have had throughout the world via their international United Nations postings and on the increased employability of these talented, yet un- or underemployed young people.
“Elevating talented youth, bridging them to meaningful employment and creating the next generation of global citizens, are values the CFF has been proud to promote in partnership with UNA-Canada.”
– The Choquette Family
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