Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Internships in East Africa

This internship opportunity is part of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) program.*

It will be carried out in partnership with the University of Calgary, the host organizations in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, and with the technical support of Universities Canada. The QES program engages a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impact both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

* The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector. 


Key information


Mbarara, Uganda






Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Program type


Application information

Application status


S20 deadline

Nov. 29 (TBC)

Applications will open as placements become available. Please keep an eye on this page.

University-specific additional requirements

Suitability letter, CV and two references required - see the Eligibility section below.

F20 applications

Mar. 15, 2020 (TBC)

Program details

Current Placements Available for Winter 2020: (organizations in bold)

Internships in Communications at Mbarara University of Science and Technology – Uganda (Healthy Child Uganda) - 2 placements for W20 (min. 90 days between Jan. and May 2020) - for details see position description here.

Responsibilities may include writing and documenting field stories for dissemination within the community and internationally, photography, working with local translators to capture case studies, updating websites and blogs as well as various local community engagement activities.


    Internships are a minimum of three months long (90 days). 

    1. Costs

      Students must arrange to get credit for an academic course during the program. Tuition for this course is charged at UCalgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

      Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.


    2. Funding

      A maximum of $6,000 to cover travel and living expenses will be provided to the selected interns for the duration of the placement. Tuition fees are not covered by the QES funding.

      The QES Program is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, and the private sector. Technical support is provided by Universities Canada.

      Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved U of C study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

    Local Partner Organizations will assist with housing arrangements. 

    1. Eligibility requirements

      -       Students must be in their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies or be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Calgary at the time of application.

      -       Must be a Canadian citizen, through permanent residents will be considered.

      -       Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-)

      -       Must be 35 years of age or under at time of application

      -       Must be proficient in English

      -       As part of the QES program, the Intern must participate in community engagement activities while abroad and upon their return to Canada

      -       This placement must be for academic credit. Interns must register for at least one course. Please discuss your options with academic advisor.

      -       Strong research skills an asset 

      -       Should possess a creative writing style and background in communications.

      -       You are able to spend a minimum of 90-day placement in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya or Ethiopia

      -       Must be mature and independent, flexible and willing to adapt according to the needs of the program and cultural setting with empathy and consideration

      -       Willing to live and work in a rural placement 

      -       Students should familiarize themselves with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

    2. Application requirements

      Please go to www.ucalgary.ca/uci/raisa and log in using your UCalgary username and password. After creating a profile in the online application system, use the Study Programs tab to search for the program you are applying for, and then click "apply". Please indicate your area of interest and your first/second placement choices in the courses section of the application.

      Statement of Purpose:

      Please use the Statement of Purpose section of the application to describe why your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate for this position, as well as how this opportunity abroad will complement your field of study and advance your career goals.

      Suitability Letter:

      Please submit a one to two page letter indicating your suitability for the proposed internship to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 


      Please provide two letters of reference in support of your application: 1 academic (from an instructor who has taught you) and 1 professional (a current or past employer or possibly a relevant volunteer supervisor). References can be submitted electronically or as hard copies to the Study Abroad Office (MT 501) study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 

      Curriculum Vitae:

      Please email a copy of your brief (max. five page) CV to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 

      Selection Process:

      All applications will be reviewed by a Review Committee and a short-list of candidates will be sent to the Host Organizations. Suitable candidates may be invited for Skype interview with the Host Organization as well.

    Partner Organizations 

    Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Healthy Child Uganda) 
    Mbarara University of Science and Technology, is a public university accredited by the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda. It was established in 1989 to address the shortage of science-focused higher education programs in Uganda. MUST consists of three Faculties: Medicine, Science and Applied Science & Technologies as well as three Institutes: Computer Science, Tropical Forest Conservation and Interdisciplinary Training and Research. The University has two campuses, in the town of Mbarara as well as in the Kijumuro region, with a total student body of approximately 3500 students. The University is a leader in research initiatives within Uganda, with a multitude of research activities including dissemination conferences, innovation centers within each Faculty and various research projects conducted by Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctorate level students.

    Healthy Child Uganda, is a partnership between doctors at the University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, the Canadian Pediatric Society and Uganda’s Mbarara University of Science and Technology. A community-based health education program in rural southwest Uganda, Healthy Child Uganda has started to address that country’s challenges with child health care by training volunteers to prevent and identify illness. Since 2003, the organization has been operating a village health volunteer program in 175 rural villages. HCU is based adjacent to the MUST campus in Mbarara town, Uganda. It is active in southwestern districts including Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, and Rubirizi. It has also begun a partnership with the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences to increase efforts in two districts of Mwanza Region, Tanzania.

    The Mama na Mtoto Project is based in the Mwanza region of Tanzania and aims to reduce the number of maternal, child and newborn deaths in the Lake Zone of Tanzania, through strengthening systems for health service delivery and increasing demand for health services from community to regional levels. Mama na Mtoto is being implemented by a coalition led by the University of Calgary in collaboration with Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd., the Canadian Paediatric Society, Save the Mothers, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Science (Bugando) in partnership with Mwanza Regional and Misungwi and Kwimba Council Health Management Teams.

    Have questions?

    Study Abroad 101

    Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

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    Academic Advising

    Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

    After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

    Find your academic advisor

    Study Abroad Advising

    If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.

    1. Select “Book an Appointment”
    2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
    3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
    4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

    Book an appointment

    The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

    How to Apply

    Download the application guide

    This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

    Application guide

    Identify three programs of interest

    We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

    Check requirements and deadlines

    These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

    Start your application

    Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

    Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


    International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

    For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

    Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.