Alumni Embark on International Internships

Selkirk College Taking Action on International Development


A trio of Selkirk College alumni have embarked on six-month internships that send recent Canadian post-secondary graduates across the globe to work on international development.

Selkirk College, along with partners Bow Valley College and College of the Rockies, is excited to launch the first of eight placements funded by Global Affairs Canada through the International Youth Internship Program. Administered by post-secondary institutions and NGOs in Canada, the program offers meaningful opportunities to graduates in a multitude of programs for placements all across the world.

International Internships

Recent post-secondary graduates who are participating in Global Affairs Canada’s International Youth Internship Program include: (L-R) Darren Tyrell, Thomas Caldwell, Pat Bidart (Selkirk College Dean), Alyssa Nebel, Ashley Cheney, Brody Parachoniak, Stu Morrison and Anika Wallace. The group met at Nelson’s Silver King Campus in early June for a week of preparation for their six-month placements across the globe.

“It’s a great opportunity to get involved and immerse myself in another culture,” says Brody Parachoniak, a Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus who left for his internship in the Caribbean earlier this month. “Getting to spend six months in Jamaica means that I will not just scratch the surface, I can get more involved in understanding the sense of community and get a full experience.”

Seven of the eight participants involved in the Selkirk College-led internships gathered at Nelson’s Silver King Campus at the start of June to spend a week preparing for their six-month placements. The recent grads came to the West Kootenay from their homes all across Canada and then set off to Jamaica, Rwanda, Guatemala and Rwanda. 

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