Internship Opportunities at MEDA

We believe that in order to change our world, we need to act. Join us to help build a better world - one that is more equitable, more accessible, and more sustainable.

Internships at MEDA give you the chance to contribute to the eradication of global poverty. Experience in NGOs like MEDA can be a great stepping stone to a career in international development, government policy, communications, international relations, marketing, fundraising and more.

Our internships cover a wide range of topics including marketing and communication, constituent engagement, gender equality, environment and climate change, monitoring and impact measurement, and more.

MEDA offers both North American based internships and international based Internships in our country offices around the globe.

North American Internships

MEDA’s North American internship opportunities are available to students and recent graduates from a wide array of academic backgrounds and are mainly based in MEDA’s Waterloo, Ontario office. Positions vary each year, but often support the following departments:

  • Gender Equality & Social Inclusion
  • Impact & Knowledge Management
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • People & Culture
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Finance
  • Corporate Administration & Office Services

North American internship positions are typically 4 months in duration and are mostly offered from May-August each year with funding from programs such as Canada Summer Jobs. Internships may be offered during other months based on business needs.

International Internships

MEDA operates in many countries around the world and provides students and recent graduates with a unique opportunity to complete an internship in one of our country offices. These opportunities are based on business needs and are often funded through partnership programs.

Join us as we work together to create sustainable solutions to poverty through business!

Benefits of MEDA Internships

Why interns are important to MEDA

  • MEDA and its partners benefit from the support given and the unique skill sets held by the interns to help achieve business and project goals
  • Engage with youth as global citizens who support international development initiatives
  • Increase the presence of young professionals in the field of international development

Why MEDA is important to interns

  • Gain knowledge of MEDA’s values and work around the world
  • Experience first-hand how international development truly works
  • Gain practical, hands-on international experience that complements the skills learned through education

Hear from MEDA's Summer 2021 Interns

Internship FAQ's

  • Skills and ability required to successfully perform the work assignment, based on work or volunteer experiences and academic background
  • Interest in international development work and career goals
  • Language capacity an asset
  • Flexible, independent, self-directed, and motivated

When hired for an internship based out of North America, interns are paid a fair market wage.

When hired for an internship based out of a MEDA country office, interns are often provided a wage stipend and their living expenses are covered.

MEDA typically hires interns based in North America for May-August to align with the summer months/school term, however, positions may be available at other times. Timing for international based internships varies. All internships are posted on the MEDA Career Opportunities page.

All interns will be provided with a thorough orientation, including an introduction to: MEDA, our philosophy and methodology; your department/division, and your specific assignment.

Yes! MEDA encourages work-life balance and most positions can leverage a flexible schedule which includes in-office and remote work. This will depend on the role and can be discussed through the interview process.

Have more questions?

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