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Internship Program

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One of CAABWA’s greatest strengths is its internship program. CAABWA has a long successful history and experience with interns and managing international youth internships in developing countries.  Since the year 2000 – 2007 CAABWA has partnered with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association in the successful administration of 32 CIDA-sponsored internships and in 2008 with TFO Canada with 6 interns.  

The internships, both past and present, are focused on private sector development. They are designed to strengthen women’s trade support organizations and businesses.  The internship program promotes access to international markets, with the goal of improving the overall enabling environment for export in African nations.  As such, interns are tasked with roles focused on improving access to markets, networking opportunities and supporting specific initiatives to improve design, linkages and other capacities.    

To learn more about CAABWA's internship program, click here


Senegal, Mali

Ariane Ryan graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors in International Development. She completed short contracts in Bangladesh and Barbados before coming on as an intern with CAABWA in both Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali. She worked as a business development officer helping local artisan companies prepare for an export market and an international audience. She has since completed her MBA at the University of Ottawa and is working with MEDA, a Canadian NGO focused on economic development.

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Ghana - 2008

Host in country: Ghana Export Promotion Council (GEPC)

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Ghana - 2007

Host Organization in country: Ghana Export Promotion Council (GEPC) and Aid to Artisans Ghana (ATAG) Intern’s roll:  

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2008; South Africa (Design Africa)

What was your internship role? In South Africa, my role was to support the design process within a number of small and medium sized craft companies from all over Africa What was the greatest lesson that you learned while you were there?

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2008-2009; Ethiopia

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2007-2008; Tanzania (Tanzania Women Chambers of Commerce in collaboration with Small Industries Development Organization – Women Economic Development (SIDO - WED) and ACCESS! for African Business Women in International Trade)

What were your roles in your internships?

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2007-2008; South Africa (Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and Zambia (Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Association)

What was your role in your internship?  I helped with the development and management of the ACCESS! program in both countries. Specific tasks that I undertook included helping businesswomen research export/import regulations, prepared their company profiles, and coordinated training sessions for international consultants. I even created and taught a conversational Mandarin course to business professionals!

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2007-2008; Cameroon

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2006-2008; Ghana

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2006- Ethiopia

Taribba Hinkson is graduate of the University of Toronto where she attained her BA in English and International Development Studies and Humber College where she attained her post graduate diploma in International Project Management. As part of her Humber Degree requirements she volunteered at Save the Children Canada assisting in summarizing the findings of the International Child Labour in Cocoa farms conference.It was during her stint at Save that Children that she came to know CAABWA.

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2000-2001; Senegal

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