Brittney Potvin graduated from the MAIS program in 2015. After completing the program, Brittney returned home to Ottawa, where she interned with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) International Operations department. Motivated by her strong interest in Latin America, Brittney applied to the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) in Nicaragua and was selected for a position with Cuso International. For 6 months she lived and worked in Managua, supporting the marketing department of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua, advancing her Spanish skills, and gaining experience working in global development. Upon her return to Canada, Brittney worked as Communications Coordinator for the Inter-Council Network, supporting a national conference on public engagement for professionals working in global development, provided volunteer communications support to the UN Association in Vancouver and completed a digital marketing certificate with Brain Station.
Brittney is currently the Senior Policy Analyst on Women, Peace & Security (WPS) for Global Affairs Canada in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is responsible for recruiting youth from the North to participate in the Global Affairs funded International Aboriginal Youth Internship initiative (IAYI), which will provide 100 Indigenous youth with opportunities to live and work overseas with non-profit organizations working on a diversity of global and local issues. Brittney looks forward to working closely with Indigenous communities in Canada and partner organizations overseas.
Brittney credits the skills she gained as an MAIS student for her career achievements to date and would highly recommend the program to others keen to engage in deep (and fun!) interdisciplinary conversations about global issues.