International Student Internships (2) - Department of Biology and the International Office

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2012
Date of Posting: 
September 25, 2012
Department of Biology and the International Office
International Student Internships (2)
Hours of Work: 

To be determined by the host organization

All travel and accommodation costs will be covered including expenses such as immunization, phone calls, internet use, and in-country travel. There is no per hour wage for these positions. These positions are contingent on receiving final budgetary approval. Students will only be permitted to travel to Kenya if conditions are deemed safe based on the Canadian government’s evaluation at that time.

May- July or June- August 2013 [three-month (90 day) term]

The International Office is seeking applications for students to work in Kenya through the Students for Development Program (SFD). Financed by the Canadian International Development Agency, Students for Development is a way for Canadians to work toward CIDA’s poverty reduction goals in areas of increasing food security and securing the future of children and youth in developing countries. UPEI is scheduled to receive funding to support seven student internships in 2013. RESPONSIBILITIES: Working in conjunction with Farmers Helping Farmers in Kenya, students will be given the opportunity to connect with local non-governmental organizations. Students will work with established farm organizations run by women in the Mount Kenya region. Two of the seven internship positions will include Biology students conducting research in two areas: 1) the evaluation of air quality in the home environment after the installation of energy-efficient stoves (as a follow-up to a study completed in 2011) and 2) documentation and evaluation of the use and sustainability of firewood in the region. QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to students eligible to enroll in the Biology Honours programme; however, students wishing to pursue a senior undergraduate research project (Biology 440) are also encouraged to apply (including students from other disciplines taking a minor in Environmental Studies). Students must be Canadian citizens. The ideal candidates will have experience in international travel, the ability to work independently, exceptional communication skills, and a willingness to live within another culture for three months. The students should be flexible and be able to adapt to new surroundings. Experience in International Development and understanding how organizations work is desirable, but not required. Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a 1-2 page letter of interest, quoting the competition number, a resume, a degree audit and the names and contact information for two references; to be received no later than the closing date to Please ensure that your first and last name and the competition number are included in the email subject line. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.
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