Quebec-Labrador Foundation

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Quebec-Labrador Foundation


Ipswich, Massachussets

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided
Yes; housing cost: $387.50 CAD/month. Lodging is $775.00 a month, but QLF will also coer $387.50 a month.

Former Interns
Izzy Mangan '19, Emily Erdos '19, Aleksandra Cvetković '18

Organization Description
The Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) is a not-for-profit organization in the U.S. (incorporated in 1963) and a Registered Charity in Canada (incorporated in 1969).  Headquartered in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Montreal, Quebec, QLF has Field Offices in eastern Canada (the Quebec North Shore, Newfoundland and Labrador).  QLF has a staff of twenty to include Senior Program Consultants.  QLF has a Board of Directors in Canada and the United States, and a Council that serves as an Advisory Board.  

QLF’s Program Mission is defined in two parts: a regional component (New England and eastern Canada), and an international component, which ties our regional model to a global network.  The Mission Statement of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation follows: QLF exists to promote global leadership development, to support the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New England, and to create models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage that can be shared worldwide. QLF began as an organization providing community service programs for young people living in isolated fishing communities along the Quebec-Labrador coast.  For more than five decades, QLF has been a model of what cooperation can achieve: politically, between two countries; geographically, within a bioregion; and locally, among the mixture of religious denominations and ethnic identities, which make up the rural population of eastern Canada and New England. 

Over time, QLF realized its regional programs could be an effective conservation and stewardship model as countries overseas looked for ways to address environmental issues over an international border.  In 1981, QLF created International Programs to foster an exchange of experience and innovations among organizations and individuals in other parts of the world where communities and regions face similar challenges and opportunities.  QLF’s regional model of cross-border environmental and community-based conservation is shared in our home region with conservation leaders in Europe; Central and Southeast Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf States; and most recently, Southeast Asia. 

Princeton students we hired in the past have always been outstanding candidates. QLF President Emeritus, Larry Morris is a Princeton Alumnus and we always value the opportunity to work with current Princeton students. We would benefit from having an Intern from your university again this year because PICS has proven many times that the students they provide are a great match to QLF’s needs and mission.

Internship Description
The student we will hire will work out of our Montreal office on our Global Leadership Network (GLN). Our GLN is QLF’s Network of 5,000 Alumni (former Volunteers, Interns, and International Fellows), and Partner Organizations representing 75 countries. We are engaging our Network via online meetings and workshops, and through a virtual platform, the GLN Online, an interactive website designed to enhance collaboration between Alumni on a global level. The goal of the GLN is to mobilize the efforts of an extraordinary group of community and conservation leaders (Alumni) allowing them to share knowledge and conservation innovation; launch programs, program partnerships and teams of consultants with Alumni; share resources, knowledge and best practices; convene conservation and stewardship practitioners online; establish teams of GLN Consultants to catalyze action and address common challenges and opportunities in rural communities worldwide; and link to multiple conservation networks worldwide. This position requires communication skills. By being in touch with QLF's Network of Alumni, the Intern will make contact with conservation leaders from all over the world and will be added to our GLN Online platform. Our GLN Intern will interview Alumni and write bios and stories about QLF Alumni (in English).  These articles will be posted on QLF’s website and the GLN Online.  Our GLN Intern will also assist in managing data entry as Alumni sign onto the site; interview Alumni and feature their work and accomplishments each week; assist in directing webinars and online meetings; and assist in facilitating new partnerships and consulting teams among conservation leaders in communities worldwide. 

QLF is seeking a smart individual who is willing to work hard. Must be excellent writer and editor; and capable of implementing a program and its evaluation. We think a Princeton student would be an excellent asset for us in filling this position.

Internship Qualifications

  • Great team worker
  • Excellent writer, editor and researcher
  • Consensus builder
  • Interview skills
  • Interested in people
  • Great work ethics and sense of humor


  • Takes initiatives
  • Autonomy
  • Works well in an office environment

**Writing sample: Any report article or essay written by the candidate 

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
June, July, or August

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
**Writing sample required: Any report article or essay written by the candidate 

Much of the work of this Internship in Biodiversity Conservation is weather dependent. Working with the Program Supervisor, collectively Interns will prepare for environmental education programs and community events such as birdathons when the weather is inclement. Weather permitting, Interns and the Program Supervisor will travel by boat into the Hare Bay Islands Ecological Reserve to deliver nest boxes for the Common Eider and to monitor all nesting endangered and threatened seabirds.

Evaluation Excerpt

My internship exceeds all expectations on the educational and social changing front. I was able to have a hand in environmental education for young kids, and learned a lot about the environment and species at risk that I never knew before. I was surrounded by dedicated people and learned the value of hard work and passion as a means of action.
—Izzy Mangan '19

I absolutely loved the people I worked with. They were all similar in age to myself, which made for a positive and friendly work environment. I ended up forming strong friendships with all of my direct colleagues. I looked forward to going to work. I was definitely respected, even as an intern.
—Emily Erdos '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program