23 year-old Alexander Stubbing is working as a projects assistant at the Secretariat. Throughout his 6-month internship, which was arranged through the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Circumpolar Young Leaders Program, he will be assisting with various Secretariat activities including the creation of the UArctic annual report. He will also be assisting the Membership and Nominations Committee with ongoing membership activities.
Stubbing says he is really excited for his internship experience.
"I want to learn how UArctic works and to get another view of the circumpolar world," he says.
Stubbing was born and raised in Iqaluit in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. He recently got his degree in political science at Queen's University (Kingston Ontario Canada), and spent some time in Quebec learning French. He has also travelled to several countries including Great Britain, France, Greenland, and several countries in the Carribean.
He says he is excited to explore another part of the world.
"I always wanted to go to Scandinavia and I thought this would be a good chance," he says.
Stubbing says after his internship he is planning to do his master's in northern resources. He is also considering teaching English in Greenland. He says his main goal is to continue living and working in the North.
"This job would definitely be a start to getting a job in the Circumpolar North," he says.
24 year-old Dominique Naud, from Quebec City, is at the Secretariat to work as a communications and projects assistant. Naud has a degree in journalism from Concordia University (Montreal Quebec), and a post graduate diploma in public relations from Université Laval (Quebec City, Quebec).
Naud says she is hoping to get a lot out of her internship, organized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) .
"I want to understand more how the academic environment works," she says.
Naud spent this past year as an intern for the public affairs department for the Canadian High Commission in Canberra, Australia. After her internship, she travelled all over Australia and New Zealand. She says her experience made her realize she wants to travel more and have a future career in public relations.
"I just want to get more experience in the area because I know that's where I want to be," says Naud who is fluent in English and French.