Alberta-Saxony Intercultural Internship Alliance

The ASiiA program supports the interests of Alberta (Canada) and Saxony (Germany) by enabling young leaders involved in research, technology and business to carry out practical training in their respective partner regions. Internship opportunities can be found in the fields of health, energy, environment, economic development, culture, social sciences and engineering. Placements are with corporations, non-profit agencies, universities, and small businesses.

The program began in January 2010 as a three-year pilot-project to develop and manage undergraduate and graduate internship placements. During this phase, 108 students completed an ASiiA internship, with 48 placements in Alberta and 60 placements in Saxony. In January 2013, the program was extended.

The ASiiA program is funded by the following organizations:

  • Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education
  • Sächsische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • University of Alberta

 Benefits for the Host Organizations

  • Make use of the knowledge and skills of the trainee in order to carry out projects or research-related tasks.
  • Find new business opportunities abroad through the networks of the trainee and the project partners.
  • Further develop intercultural skills through cooperative work with the trainee and network partners.

 Benefits for Students and Graduates

  • Obtain professionally valuable work experience in the host region to acquire or further develop key qualifications.
  • Improve professional, intercultural and language skills.
  • Gain access to cutting-edge technologies, innovative projects and new work methods.

If you are interested in hiring an intern through the Alberta-Saxony Intercultural Internship Alliance, we would be happy to refer you to the appropriate offices:

In Alberta:
Ashley Laracy
University of Alberta International

Office: (780) 248-1352

In Saxony:
Maria Grinevich
Dina Drechsel
Leonardo Office, Technical University of Dresden

Office: 49 (0) 351 463-37688