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Call for Applications For Queen Elizabeth II Scholars Internships in Ghana: Summer 2017

Applications due: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 4 p.m.


Wilfrid Laurier University seeks students interested in working as interns with Ghanaian governmental and nongovernmental organizations that address issues related to human rights. Potential organizations for hosting placements include:

Please note: This competition is specific to the Brantford campus. There is a separate competition for the Waterloo campus.

Basic Details

Each successful applicant will be out of Canada for a 100-day period (approximately from the end of May to late August) within which they will work over a 90-day period with one of the above (or similar) organizations. To encourage participation and increase accessibility, each successful applicant will be awarded a grant of $6,000 to help defray most of the costs associated with the internship.

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant:

  1. must be a registered WLU student in an Honours or Combined Honours program; while preference will be given to students in Human Rights & Human Diversity, students from all programs are encouraged to apply;
  2. must be enrolled full-time and have completed the 3rd year (15 credits) of their program at the time the internship will take place;
  3. must have a minimum 7.0 GPA at the time of application;
  4. must be 35 years of age or under at the time of their application for the internship;
  5. must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  6. 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).
  7. must return to Laurier in the fall term after the internship to complete academic credit associated with the internship (i.e., enrol in HR392 or approved equivalent);
  8. must be available to participate in a public engagement activity during the Fall Reading week;
  9. must not have participated in a previous funded internship through Wilfrid Laurier University;
  10. must, if successful, commit to satisfying the following requirements:
    • a) participate in a pre-departure program;
    • b) sign Laurier International’s Acknowledgment of Risk and Responsibility Form;
    • c) sign Laurier International’s Agreement to Participate on Study Exchange Form;
    • d) participate in a debriefing/re-entry session after returning to Canada;
    • e) participate in public engagement activities upon their return to Canada;
    • f) any other requirements set by Laurier International.

The Application

Each applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. an application letter. In this letter the applicant should address:
    • the eligibility requirements;
    • such other matters as:
      • i. your motivation for applying for the internship;
      • ii. anything special you might bring to the internship: e.g., academic and other skills, achievements and experiences;
      • iii. 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); and
      • iv. if applicable, demonstrated financial need.
  2. two letters of reference:
    • one letter from an academic (Laurier professor, TA, IA, or lab instructor); and
    • one letter from a non-academic (possibly leader of a group/club you are involved in, an employer etc.).

Applications must be submitted by Monday Nov. 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. to Mike Boylan, Coordinator Global Engagement Programming, Dalhousie Centre, 274 Colborne St., Room DC 135.

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