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Call for Applications to QEII Scholarship and Ghana Internship for Summer 2018


The Department of Global Studies invites applications for four internship positions funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship. Successful applicants will work with Ghanaian governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Accra during the Summer of 2018 and will be awarded $6,000 toward the cost of the internship.

Potential organizations for hosting placements include:

Basic Details

  • Each successful applicant will travel to Ghana over a 100-day period (mid May to late August 2017, approximately) working with one of the above (or similar) organizations during that period.
  • Each successful applicant will be awarded a grant of $6,000 to defray costs associated with the internship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a registered Faculty of Arts student in an Honours or Combined Honours program;
  • Must take an academic credit in conjunction with the internship, with preference given to students enrolled in the Global Studies Experience;
  • Must be enrolled full-time and have attained third-year status by the beginning of the internship (and being more advanced in your degree is an asset);
  • Must have a minimum 7.0 GPA at the time of application;
  • Must be 35 years of age or under at the time of their application;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Must, during the internship, be at the partner’s office or field site for at least seven hours a day, five days a week (or 35 hours a week);
  • Must not have participated in a previous funded internship through Wilfrid Laurier University; and
  • Must, if successful, commit to satisfying the following requirements:
    • Participate in a pre-departure program;
    • Sign Laurier International’s Acknowledgment of Risk and Responsibility Form;
    • Sign Laurier International’s Agreement to Participate on Study Exchange Form;
    • Participate in a debriefing/re-entry session after returning to Canada;
    • Participate in public engagement activities while in Ghana and upon return to Canada; and
    • Any other requirements set by Laurier International and/or Department of Global Studies.

The Application

Each applicant is required to submit the following:

  • An application letter. In this letter you should address:
    • The eligibility requirements;
    • Your motivation for applying for the internship;
    • Anything special you might bring to the internship (e.g., academic and other skills, achievements and experiences);
    • What you hope to get out of the experience (e.g. how you perceive the internship experience fitting with your education and/or future career and education plans);
  • Your CV (resume);
  • Two letters of reference, including:
    • One academic letter of reference (e.g., from a professor, TA or lab instructor); and
    • One non-academic letter (e.g., from an employer, a coach, the leader of a group/club you are involved in, etc.).

Application Deadline

Applications are due electronically by 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

  • Please submit hard copies of the application letter and CV to Vanessa McMackin in the Department of Global Studies, DAWB 5-120 (if the office is closed, submit to her mailbox on the wall opposite the office);
  • Reference letters should be submitted along with the application letter, but should be in their own sealed envelopes with the signature of the referees over the seals (for students currently outside Canada, you will need to arrange for your referees to mail us their letters);
  • Please also submit your application letter and CV via email to vmcmackin@wlu.ca, with “Ghana Internship application” in the subject line.