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Welcome to the Ottawa International Centre for Learning (OIC).

The OIC is a not-for-profit organization that provides experiential learning opportunities in Canadian embassies abroad to Canada's emerging young leaders. Our principle mandate is to provide unique, meaningful internships opportunities to exceptional students from across Canada who are considering a career in international affairs. These internships place a very high emphasis on professional skills development and career growth and are targeted at students seeking to take their career to the next level. Typical internships are four months in duration but in the past, interns have come to their own agreements with embassies to continue working.

Established in 2011, the OIC has placed Canadian students in embassies around the world. As we strive to provide the highest possible mutual benefit for both interns and embassy stakeholders, our executive team benefits from the expert advice and experience of former Canadian ambassadors.


As of November 2013, the OIC has suspended its placement activities for an overall evaluation given the recent developments at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. As a result, we will update the website as we get new information. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Contact us if you have any questions.