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Interns 2015 16 003About MEDA

MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world.

Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor.

We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

Current Opportunities


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 youth as global citizens who support international development initiatives abroad - Increase the presence of young professionals in the field of international development
Why MEDA is important to interns - Gain knowledge about 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

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What to Expect

International Internship experiences start with a one-week orientation at our Head Office in Waterloo, Ontario, followed by in-the-field training and a 6-month work assignment.

MEDA hires interns in various roles, including Marketing & Communication, Cross Cutting Services, and Business Development.

If you are between 19-30 years old, have a University or Masters degree in a related field and are legally eligible to work in Canada or the United States, consider applying today!.

MEDA works in many countries around the world. We currently offer internships in countries such as Tanzania, Jordan, Nicaragua and Myanmar.

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MEDA is committed to the long-term engagement of interns in international development efforts in North America and abroad.

MEDA has over 20 years of experience providing internship opportunities to young professionals.

MEDA currently employs eight full-time staff who were past interns. These employees hold roles such as project coordinator, donor relations coordinator, project manager, senior project manager and technical director.

Read about some of the experiences of past interns.


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Sarah French

Former Donor Relations Coordinator
Former Impact Assessment Intern

I highly recommend the MEDA internship. You work with respected individuals in the field of international development and they allow you to grow in a professional atmosphere providing support, and at the same time, work independently.

Catherine Walker

Catherine Walker

Senior Project Manager
Former Rural Microfinance Intern

I built close relationships with MEDA and local staff members and learned so much from them. My internship experience and the skills I developed in project management, communications and other areas will help me to succeed.

Steve Hogberg

Steve Hogberg

Former Project Coordinator
Former Value Chain Development Intern

Working in a professional setting in Ghana on a team of friendly and helpful Ghanaians gave me the skills and support I needed to perform well on collaborative projects, deal with the challenges of working in a new country, and gave me the spark to try new things in work and in life.