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Posted: June 3, 2019

College interns depart for overseas placements

Participants will gain professional experience through international development work

College of the Rockies is sending 10 post-secondary graduates to locations in Africa and the Caribbean to take part in six-month international internships.

The 10 interns, including two College of the Rockies alums, departed on June 1 and will return to Cranbrook in December. While overseas, interns will assist partners in carrying out market research related to eco- and adventure tourism, develop programs for and support access to education by students with disabilities, and support women and girls in accessing and succeeding in male-dominated trades training programs.

“College of the Rockies is proud to provide this opportunity to its graduates and other eligible Canadians as part of our continued effort to promote learning abroad,” said Kerry Brinkert, College of the Rockies Manager, International Projects and Partnerships.

Along with its partners Selkirk College and Bow Valley College, College of the Rockies received a combination of $1.5 million from Global Affairs Canada to fund the International Youth Internship program (IYIP). The initiative is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

This is the second group of interns to depart on behalf of the college.

The International Youth Internship program provides eligible Canadian youth with international experience, skills and knowledge to prepare them for future employment, increase employment opportunities by promoting awareness to Canadian organizations of the advantages of hiring young professionals, and to provide opportunities for Canadian youth to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and to engage in international development.

“Being able to spend six months abroad will provide me with not only international work experience, but a great opportunity for personal growth,” said Alex Patchett, who will be interning at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya. “During my time in the College’s Adventure Tourism Business Operations program, I was able to develop the necessary skills to work in the tourism industry and thanks to IYIP I am now fortunate enough to take those skills to Kenya. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to learn from a country that has spent the better part of 10 years developing sustainable environmental and tourism practices.”

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Lead image:  Ten interns have departed for their six-month international internships in Africa and the Caribbean. Pictured: (Standing, l-r) Catalina Parra, Braydon Lemay, Alex Patchett, Emily Burkholder, Kayla Funk, Morgan Cameron, Jyoti Prashad. (Front row l-r) Teagan Olmstead, Alexa Bennett, Andrea Velghe. College of the Rockies photo

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