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Toronto, Canada: Mastercard Foundation Youth Engagement Internship 2020

The Youth Engagement Intern will report to the Senior Program Manager, Youth Engagement and Networks who is responsible for the planning and implementation of youth engagement activities in the Program team area.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Eligible Countries: Any (Knowledge of and experience in Sub-Saharan Africa particularly desirable).

To be Taken at (Country): Toronto, Canada

About the Award: Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based in Toronto, Canada with several offices in Africa. Our programs promote financial inclusion and advance education and learning in Africa, primarily for young people, and in Canada for Indigenous youth. The Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. From inception, the Foundation was designed to be a separate entity and independent from Mastercard. Our policies, operations, and funding decisions are made by our President and Board of Directors.  

The Foundation believes that youth employment is key to unlocking prosperity, both for youth and their societies. Enabling young women and men from disadvantaged communities to secure dignified and fulfilling work will ensure inclusive development and economic growth in Africa.  

Values are timeless, they transcend and rise above all. They guide everything we do, as employees of the Foundation.  We share a common vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. We make mistakes, we reflect, and we grow so that we can impact our world – it’s why we are here. We are ambitious and driven. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.  

Type: Internship


  • Undergraduate degree in relevant subject matter. Graduate-level qualifications are welcome.
  • Minimum one (1) year of work experience in international development. Experience relating to youth, an asset.
  • Demonstration of the Foundation’s core values of listening, respect, courage, humility, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Sub-Saharan Africa particularly desirable.
  • Detail-oriented in research and analysis; able to create briefs and reports from multiple sources of information.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The role requires an individual who is flexible, organized, and able to manage a range of job duties.
  • Experience with social media platforms (video an asset).
  • Excellent prioritization, organization and time management skills. Ability to handle multiple tasks and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English required.

Number of Awards: 1

Value and Duration of Award: This position is a six-month paid contract.

Youth Engagement Support:

  • Providing administrative and logistical support for youth advisory groups across the Foundation.
  • Working with Senior Program Manager, Youth Engagement and Associate Program Manager, Youth Engagement to pilot cross-cutting Foundation alumni strategies.
  • Conducting desk research on youth profiles, policies and institutional frameworks for country teams.
  • Provide ongoing support to young people who we invite to attend and speak at events.
  • Managing and maintaining database of youth for Foundation and country programs.
  • Other duties as required.

Event Support:

  • Providing logistical and creative support for Foundation events as they arise.
  • Support and mentor young people who are selected to speak or participate in Foundation events.

General Support:

  • Provide administrative support for coordinating teleconferences and face-to-face meetings, writing minutes, etc.
  • Provide other logistical and project development/management support, as necessary.

How to Apply: Apply in Link below

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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