Archive for the ‘Opportunity Spotlight’ Category
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Let your internship make a difference!!
Founded by young women entrepreneurs, Mercado Global is dedicated to promoting women as leaders in their work, communities, and family structures. This nonprofit organization has pioneered a means for connecting indigenous women artisan cooperatives in rural communities in Guatemala to sales opportunities with major U.S. retail chains and companies. Their programs help indigenous women artisans create fair trade products that are sold in the US through their corporate partners such as Levi Strauss, Bloomingdales, Crate & Barrel, and Nordstrom. These partnerships are expanding the market for fair trade goods and are showing major companies that they can successfully source products that empower rural women to lift their families out of poverty.
As part of its mission to foster a sense of global responsibility among the next generation of U.S. leaders and consumers, Mercado Global accepts a limited number of students as interns at their offices in New Haven, CT and Panajachel, Guatemala. The various positions available are:
Sales and Marketing Internship – Guatemala and New Haven Offices
Position Description: The Sales and Marketing Intern will work with Mercado Global’s Sales and Marketing Director on a variety of sales and market research projects. They will help with sales mailings, promotional materials, and line sheets. They will assist in determining methods to target fair trade products to additional retailers in order to expand the market for socially responsible products.
Requirements: Strong research and communication skills required. Experience and/or knowledge of fashion industry or marketing preferred. Graphic design and copy writing expertise preferred. Internship dates and hours are flexible, but a minimum commitment of two months is required.
Development Internship – Guatemala and New Haven Offices
Position Description: The Development intern will work with Mercado Global’s staff for a minimum of 2 months. The intern will assist in writing of grant proposals, including background research on funders and gathering of up-to-date statistical information to be incorporated into proposals. Other responsibilities will include assisting in organizing events, maintaining their donor database, and helping with donor appeals.
Requirements: Strong research and communication skills required. Experience and/or knowledge of fashion industry or marketing preferred. Graphic design and copy writing expertise preferred.
Operations Intern – Guatemala and New Haven Offices
Position Description: The Operations Intern will assist the Operations Associate in fulfillment and shipping of orders, including coordination of imports/exports and providing order and packaging instructions to their Guatemala production team. Other responsibilities will include assisting with sourcing of raw materials, supervising creation of technical specs for new products, and providing further assistance with various challenges and developments as they arise.
Requirements: Strong organizational skills required. Experience and/or knowledge of fashion industry or marketing preferred. Graphic design and copy writing expertise preferred. Internship dates are flexible, but a minimum commitment of two months is required.
Social Impact Assessment Fellow – Guatemala Office
Position Description: The Social Impact Assessment Program fellow oversees the implementation of the Annual Social Impact Assessment in the partner communities of Mercado Global. Duties include helping collect, compile and analyze data regarding their impact in their partner communities. Fellow reports directly to the Guatemala Operations Director and will supervise local women who assist in implementation of surveys in local languages.
Requirements: Candidate must speak fluent to proficient Spanish and must have a background in statistical analysis. Applicants must be willing to travel to outlying communities to assist in the collection of data.
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
(For Undergraduate Students enrolled in Undergraduate Business School)
Haselfrë Udyog is a social enterprise focused on providing skill development and employment to millions of Indians from the unorganized sector who lack reading and writing skills in a sustainable manner.
The objective of the Haselfre Udyog initiative is to:
- Ensure that the individuals identified in the target group are able to acquire skills that make them employable in ‘organized sector’ and get a minimum livelihood as prescribed by the States
- Ensure that persons so identified acquire positive attitudinal changes that enable them to become confident and effective.
- To keep the persons so identified and trained knitted through a group so that they continue to get counselling for further advancement in professional, educational and personal life.
The target group for this project consists of individuals:
- Who may not have any formal educational qualification; preference shall be given to school drop outs and migrant labor
- Who are in the age group 18 to 35 years – so that they are legally employable and in fit state of health
- Who have no regular means for sustenance
Their goal is to become “the number one social enterprise initiative for youth livelihoods in skill development & employment” in India and they need top talent from around the world to achieve this vision. Do you want to join them in this challenge?
You will be working with one of Haselfrë Udyog’s field units which are mobilizing the candidates from their rural villages and running the training courses and assisting the Corporate Development team in various Marketing and Research efforts. Summer associates will also get to interact with key senior level Government and Private Sector officials who are partner organizations.
You will gain a valuable experience of working together with world-class social entrepreneurs and officials and will be able to apply your academic knowledge and skills in real-world practice.
Field Research Associates
The Field Research Associates focus on gathering important data for management to understand how is Haselfrё’s work impact quality of life of citizens.
It is an intense field level program that gives the Haselfrё Udyog Interns an opportunity to work with multiple stakeholders ranging from Government Officials to Field Level Project Offices throughout the various business cycles.
Haselfrë Udyog Corporate Development Associate
The Haselfrё Udyog Corporate Development internship provides a hands-on experience in a social enterprise management and strategic development. Development interns will be matched with an executive team member of Haselfrё Udyog, and will work closely together to improve Haselfrё Udyog’s current services and structure.
- Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Mysore, Karnataka, India
Students should be currently enrolled in an Undergraduate Business School pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the following fields:
Marketing, Management, Business Administration, Supply Chain and Information.
Applicants must also fulfill the following requirements:
- Indian Citizenship
- US Citizenship students/ Permanent Residents
- Students in their Junior or Senior year of Bachelor’s Degree
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Interested in starting their career in a dynamic global setting in the fields of social change and sustainable development using Business Skills
- At least 1 prior summer internship or relevant experience preferred
All their positions are located in India only. Full time job offer depends on the performance of the candidate along with recommendations of their contribution from the Haselfrë Team.
Submit your applications to your local career services offices based on your school.
Application Deadline: 2012, February 15th for Summer Positions
Resume Screening: From 2012, February 16th
If you have any questions, please contact your Career Services office for further information. You can also find more information about Haselfrë Udyog at www.haselfreudyog.com .
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Long Way Home’s mission as a 501(c)(3) is to break the cycle of poverty among youth in developing communities by creating educational opportunities, cultivating civic interaction, and encouraging healthy lifestyles. We believe that every person has the responsibility to work towards eradicating poverty, that successful community-development is driven by hard work at the grassroots level, and that motivated individuals with appropriate training can learn to become leaders within their own communities. Long Way Home offers our volunteers the opportunity to see development work in action…both its challenges and its rewards.
Currently, Long Way Home is constructing a 17-building school complex, Técnico Maya, in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala using alternative green construction techniques. The current Técnico Maya operates in a substandard building that often lacks running water and electricity, and due to limited government funding teachers are not paid a regular salary. It is the only school in Comalapa that teaches in the indigenous Mayan dialect, Kaqchikel, and currently has a capacity of 31 students. When construction is complete in 2014, the new Técnico Maya will have a capacity for 400 students, and will offer courses in carpentry, masonry, mechanic, electrical, welding, horticulture, alternative construction, micro-business and environmental education, in addition to the current Técnico Maya curriculum.
The World Bank considers three quarters of Guatemala’s 13 million people to be living in poverty. Guatemala is roughly the size of the state of Indiana and is crisscrossed by mountains. Colorful busses constantly flirt with the edges of its deep ravines. This striking country and her beautiful people are also divided by ethnic discrimination, socio-economic disparity, and sharp inequities in access to health care and education.
The “Agreement on the Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples” recognizes that four peoples live side by side in Guatemala: the Mayas, the Ladinos, the Garífuna and the Xinca. The Xinca and Maya are both considered indigenous groups. The Garífuna has its origins in the Caribbean. Ladinos are the people of mixed racial ancestry; they constitute 59% of Guatemala’s population. The Maya are subdivided into 21 linguistic groups, each of which has its own language. Most published information relates to the K’iche’, Kaqchikel and Q’eqchi’.
San Juan Comalapa is a rural municipality of 41,000 located in the west central highlands of Guatemala at an elevation of 7,000 ft. The area is principally dedicated to agriculture, but is also known for producing fine art and artisan works. The main sources of income are cultivation of corn and beans and production of artisan goods for sale. The ethnic composition is 97% Kaqchiquel Maya and 3% Ladino. Kaqchikel people constitute 8.7% of Guatemala’s overall population.
Until about 20-25 years ago, it was uncommon in Guatemala to use the term “Maya” to designate the contemporary “Mayas”. In reaction to foreign labels, which had for centuries underlain the social, political and economic marginalization of the indigenous peoples in Guatemala, the various indigenous organizations have begun to create a new common basis of positive Mayan identity. This expression of a new collective ethnic identity – Mayan ethnicity – has arisen out of social processes and the struggle for political participation. Although clear differences can be found among the various Mayan peoples living in Guatemala in, for example, language, ways of expressing spirituality and cultural traditions, what unites all the Mayan peoples is their past and present experience of marginalization and the resistance that has been developed to combat it. Many values shared among Mayan groups are embodied in the mission of Long Way Home’s vocational school: the value placed on community spirit, the development of working skills, a sense of responsibility for the earth and respect for culture and customs.
Long Way Home runs a volunteer and internship program, with over 100 individuals from all over the world coming to work with us each year. Some opportunities include:
International Marketing Internship
LWH is currently in need of an intern in the International Marketing sector. This internship may be continued from your home university but requires some time at our site in Comalapa, Guatemala!
Although LWH is a locally integrated non-profit, it lacks international connections. As an International Marketing intern, you will publicize LWH’s mission to the international community attracting motivated and qualified interns, volunteers and volunteer work groups.
Responsibilities (this is not an exhaustive list)
•Create marketing plans for the volunteer, voluntourism and internship programs.
•Research compatible international internship programs.
•Establish relationships with internship programs from higher level educational institutions.
•Generate public relations materials to spread awareness about LWH’s mission and accomplishments, both in Guatemala and abroad.
•Education or experience in marketing, public relations, recruitment or other related area
•Excellent writing skills
•Ability to work independently
•Ability to read and write in Spanish a plus
Grant Writing Internship
This is an excellent opportunity to learn about grant writing for a nonprofit organization. Interns will research, prioritize and apply for grants from a variety of foundations and institutions. Our vision includes investing in future projects with the aim of continually improving the Comalapan standard of living. Our ability to undertake these ventures depends on the success of future grants.
Some examples of projects you could help achieve funding:
•Construction of primary classrooms, a library, an art lab or other planned buildings.
•Increasing local labor opportunities.
•School supplies and equipment.
•Wood burning stoves for families who cook over open fires.
•Water storage tanks for families with limited access to water.
Responsibilities (this is not an exhaustive list)
•Research sources of funding for projects that LWH is planning or implementing.
•Write proposals and grants that have a good chance of being funded.
•Make a minimum three month commitment.
•Initiate other fundraising ideas.
•Experience and/or education in communications, writing, journalism and/or research.
•Interest in collaborating with a nonprofit organization.
•First year college level Spanish or equivalent.
•Some experience in writing grants preferred.
Besides applying through Smeal Symplicity, you can complete Long Way Home’s online application here. For more information, we also have a volunteer manual located here. If you have any questions, email Long Way Home’s Volunteer Coordinator, Kristin Guité.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Financiers Without Borders is a recognized, U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on developing the next generation of altruistic, global minded business leaders. They aim to fulfill their mission by opening the doors to international volunteer opportunities in developing nations. Their innovative programs allow volunteers to spend several weeks or months at businesses and NGOs abroad, aiding them with financing, marketing, strategy and economic development. They are looking for interested students to join their volunteer class of 2011-2012! They are recruiting students for this upcoming summer (June-August 2011) as well as for winter break (December2011-January2012).
Volunteerships can vary between 2 weeks and 2 months. Some projects require a minimum stay. They look to have a minimum of 2 volunteers per trip with up to as many as 6. Trips with over 4 volunteers will have a project leader for part or the entire trip. Some projects require certain qualifications, such as an MBA or specific previous professional experience.
Applicants must have an interest in business. Volunteerships will be matched with your professional and academic experience. Please do not apply if you cannot fully commit at least 2 weeks to volunteer during the summer or winter break.
There are no fees associated with Financiers Without Borders, however volunteers are responsible for their own expenses. Financiers Without Borders provide various tools to help volunteers fundraise for themselves. All (100%) fund raised by the volunteer will go directly to finance their trip. As a recipient of the Google Grant, Financiers Without Borders does not have any financial or transactions fees associated with donations. All contributions are 100% tax-deductable under IRS code 501(c)(3).
Default Email For Resumes
Mr. David J. Gall
Cover letter MUST include your top TWO choices from the projects below. If you are interested in volunteering in a country where they are still building partnerships, please note that in your cover letter. Applications received without placement preference will not be considered.
Locations: Mumbai – India, Johannesburg – South Africa, Bangkok – Thailand, Sao Paulo – Brazil
Please take a look at their current project offerings below:
Shanghai, China (4 week minimum commitment)
Roots & Shoots is a global, youth-based environmental and humanitarian program of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Shanghai Roots & Shoots is a legally-registered, foreign-affiliated environmental and humanitarian non-profit organization in China. Their mission is to inspire passion for the environment and humanity in the children and future leaders of China through sustainable educational programs and hands-on community service projects. All of their programs are sustainably managed— from concept to resource capital procurement to implementation—through use of successful management techniques to ensure that the objectives of each program are effectively executed. Adopting the grassroots spirit, Shanghai Roots & Shoots programs operate at the local level and work with schools, corporations, government, and Shanghai’s citizens to effect progressive changes within their communities.
Shanghai Roots & Shoots is seeking volunteers for the analysis and evaluation of their programming and social impact measurement, for which the approach will be based on the Impact Value Chain.
An organization’s social impact assessment goal should also include the development a tool that could look holistically across the organization, build measures, and identify the gaps between the organization’s mission/values and its operational plan. The goal of an organizational analysis and development process is to define organizational alignment, make deliberate decisions, and design the organization, agency, or program to achieve strategically optimal outcomes.
Avesthagen is a leading life science company pioneering the convergence between Food, Pharmaceutical and Population Genetics leading to Predictive Preventive Personalized Healthcare. The business model of Avesthagen is to combine intellectual property & product development through in-house research and collaborations. Avesthagen has built and continues to build an integrated, systems biology approach of capabilities, products, infrastructure and technology that allows for and facilitates cross talk between numerous disciplines, leading to unique and innovative solutions. Avesthagen employs 450 people worldwide and is headquartered in Bangalore, India.
The mission of Change Fusion Institute (CF) is to foster innovative solutions to increasingly complex social and environmental challenges through the creative use of new technologies, emerging perspectives and innovation networks. CF executes its mission by providing social innovation design and investment services with a specific focus on catalyzing high-impact, scalable and sustainable social innovations and social enterprises. CF provides its services to non-profit organizations, corporations, governments, international development organizations and philanthropists.
Change Fusion is seeking volunteers to assist them in Finance and Incubation. First, volunteers will design appropriate financial instrument to finance such initiative such as through grant, loan, equity or their combination for Social Enterprises which are ready for real implementation and scaling up. Then, as the social innovation initiative is financed, volunteers will aid in designing appropriate monitoring, reporting and evaluation mechanism as well as providing mentorship and oversight support with specific focus on sustainability and growth both for the innovation project or social enterprise.
Yunus Center at AIT is a collaboration between Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. The Center provides an independent and open platform for addressing development challenges faced by poor people in Asia. It provides as a forum for discussion between people from the public, private, academic and grass roots sectors to exchange ideas on poverty alleviation and social business. The Center aims to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development by promoting, developing and implementing social business ideas and projects.
The Center is seeking volunteers to aid Thai Social Entrepreneurs as they work alongside academics in Southern Thailand focusing on energy projects while also looking to partner with other social enterprise organizations.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (10 week minimum commitment in summer, 4 week in winter)
Leopard Capital manages investment funds in frontier economies. Leopard hunts ahead of the herd, tracking down undiscovered opportunities in Virgin Markets, their term for fast-growth low-income countries shunned by mainstream investors.
In 2008 Leopard launched Cambodia’s first private equity fund, targeting market leaders in basic industries propelled by the country’s rapid development. Leopard Cambodia Fund has since made nine investments (with one full and one partial exit) in Cambodia and Laos, spanning the following sectors: mobile telecoms, renewable energy, power transmission, banking, microfinance, beer brewing, seafood processing, rice production, and housing.
We are looking to place volunteers in one of Leopard’s portfolio companies, Kingdom Brewery. Kingdom’s state-of-the-art brewing facilities reside on the banks of Phnom Penh’s Tonle Sap River. Here, the marriage of craft and passion weaves the exotic flavors and aromas of our remarkably tasty, premium beers.
Kingdom is seeking volunteers to explore marketing techniques and strategy for expanding distribution into hundreds of outlets (pubs, restaurants, hotels, stores) and to launch a draft beer and additional bottled beers.
Johannesburg, South Africa (4 week minimum commitment)
Genesis Analytics turns economics into advice. Rather than an academic think tank, Genesis is a client-focused strategic and research resource. Working with clients, its purpose is to improve lives, businesses and economies through the application of economic logic and experience.
Cape Town, South Africa (4 week minimum commitment)
Airborne Consulting offers an extensive consulting service aimed at improving companies’ business performance. Their expertise lies in the ICT and Financial sectors, although sound business principles cover all industries and domains.
Airborne is currently seeking volunteers to use their skills in research and financial modeling to help value their envisaged new products and to assist them in understanding global pricing and potential business models for their products and consulting offerings.
We are also in the process of building partnerships and volunteer opportunities in the following countries: Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Argentina and Brazil.
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Choose an international internship with a service aspect to receive funding!!
The Target Community Engagement & Development Program (CEDP) is designed to provide opportunities for Smeal students to gain valuable professional skills while giving back to their community. Administered through the Smeal Career and Corporate Connections office, the CEDP awards students who give their time in volunteer service and effectively show reflection on professional skills gained. Students can complete their volunteer service in a local, regional, or international organization pending approval by the Smeal Career and Corporate Connections Office.
Students will be selected to receive the grant based on the following criteria:
- Submission of a resume and a 2 page paper detailing the internship position and organization, why the student is passionate about the mission and opportunity, and what professional development goals the student is hoping to obtain
- Approval by the Career and Corporate Connections office of chosen volunteer site/organization
- Students should send resume and 2 page paper to email@example.com
Students who are approved for the grant will be rewarded the funding based on completing the following:
- Submission of a weekly reflection during the experience, that addresses career development and growth, meeting professional goals outlined in the initial application paper, learning experiences, and other aspects of the internship
- Work 50 hours at an approved site by the Career and Corporate Connections Office
- Write a final reflective paper that includes:
- 3 Key learning experiences that have noticeably impacted your professional development skills
- Identify the areas of strength and refinement in these three skills sets and action steps to continue building skills
- Completion of the Supervisor evaluation form should be completed found at: http://ugstudents.smeal.psu.edu/careers/internships-co-ops/forms
- Students will receive funding after the internship is complete pending review of the reflection, final paper, and supervisor evaluation
*Students may be asked to attend an event during the fall semester to formally be recognized and accept the grant.
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
AGECO/CED 499A Issues in Economic, Community and Agricultural Development in Kenya
This course is part of an initiative to develop viable economic and youth development options for a program for street children in Kenya. Students will learn about cultural, economic and social conditions in Kenya, then various student teams will build on this knowledge to identify and develop options for youth development and enterprise development (including agricultural production and value addition), culminating with on-site assessment and implementation in Kenya. Students in the course will spend roughly three weeks in Kenya, from late May through early June. The cost is estimated to be $2,500, and financial aid is expected to be available.
Specific Student Learning Objectives:
Students in the course will be expected to meet the following objectives:
- To gain an understanding to the agro-ecological, economic and cultural environment in Kenya, specifically in the Central Province and Rift Valley;
- To gain an understanding of the factors that have led to the phenomenon of street-dwelling children and youth;
- To investigate the role of micro-enterprise development in income-generation and economic growth in the African context;
- To identify and develop production and business plans for possible enterprises;
- To develop a community assessment tool to ascertain the community’s assessment of the 2010 initiative in Lamuria. While in country, students will participate in this assessment.
- To develop an assessment tool to evaluate the efficacy of the 2010 activities at the Children & Youth Empowerment Centre. While in country, students will participate in this assessment.
- To gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for Kenyan culture and history.
For more information please contact Janelle Larson (JBL6@psu.edu), Sjoerd Duiker (firstname.lastname@example.org), Leland Glenna (LLG13@psu.edu) or Ed Babcock, (email@example.com)
Monday, February 21st, 2011
USAID Africa – Summer Internships 2011
USAID is an independent federal government agency created by executive order in 1961, when the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law. It provides assistance to overseas people who are struggling to make a better life, recover from disasters or striving to live in a free and democratic country.
USAID’s Africa Bureau has a limited number of summer 2011 internships for missions in sub-Saharan Africa and in Washington DC. Details of the African mission can be found at http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/
The application needs to be completed online by March 15, 2011 at https://communities.usaidallnet.gov/afrintern/
Normally, the internship period is June 15- August 15, although this is negotiable. The internships are for American citizens only. Detailed information on other selection criteria, application requirements and language requirements are available at http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/internships.html
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Samsung Electronics is one of the world’s premier Consumer Electronics/IT Companies, currently operating in 124 different countries around the globe. With total sales in 2010 reaching nearly US$137 billion, Samsung Electronics is the #1 IT company in terms of revenue and one of the fastest growing global brands (#19 according to Interbrand, a market research company). They produce a wide range of products that include cellular phones, 3D LED TVs and monitors, digital household appliances, digital cameras, computers, and network devices as well as components like semiconductors and flat panel LCDs.
Their goal is to become the “most innovative company” and they need top talent from around the world to achieve this vision. Do you want to join them in this challenge?
You will be working with one of Samsung Electronics’ R&D/Marketing teams participating in various projects for product and/or technology development. In Samsung Electronics, there are many different fields of research and development that will sufficiently match your interests and passion. You will gain a valuable experience of working together with world-class engineers and will be able to apply your academic knowledge and skills in real-world practice.
- Internship Positions:
They are looking for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the following fields:
Business, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, and Mathematics
Applicants must also fulfill the following requirements:
- U.S. Citizenship / Permanent Resident
- Students in their Junior or Senior year of Bachelor’s Degree
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Interested in starting their career in a dynamic global setting
- 1-2 years of classroom project work related to hardware/software development preferred
All their positions are located in South Korea only. Upon successful evaluation to the internship, candidates will receive a full-time job offer.
If you are interested in applying to the opportunities, please apply on www.samsungcareers.com
(Notice: The use of Internet Explorer is highly recommended to navigate on these websites).
Application Deadline: 2011, February 25th
Resume Screening: From 2011, February 25th
If you have any questions, please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Notice: Any application through resume drop on this email address will not be considered).
Friday, January 28th, 2011
Udzungwa Mountains National Park: Mang’ula, Tanzania May 16-June 25, 2011
Would you enjoy going on an African safari while learning about the business aspects of bio-diversity conservation? If yes, then this summer program is for you.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park lies in south-central Tanzania, about 200 miles west of the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Containing some of the highest biological diversity in Africa, it also borders human settlement where villagers struggle every day to meet their basic needs for food, fuel and clean water. One of the greatest challenges faced by the park is conserving nature while accommodating local human populations as well. The summer program has three integrated courses designed to create a thorough appreciation of the challenge of designing communities that meet their own demands without compromising the national park and its many natural resources.
This summer 2011 program will accept rolling applications up to February 1, 2011 deadline. Information is available via: http://www.global.psu.edu/ea. Notice of acceptance will be no later than March 1, 2011.
To give you a better understanding of the benefits of this program, we spoke to Rachel Tsupros, student of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. To her credit, Rachel not only completed this program but also secured an internship-like experience by working independently on a marketing thesis.
Given below is what she had to say about this opportunity:
1. What motivated you to choose this program? Would you recommend this program to others in the Smeal community and why?
I chose this program because I wanted to explore a part of the world that would be difficult to travel to on my own. I wanted a totally new, eye opening experience to round out my education. I feel that Smeal students would greatly benefit from this program because our curriculum rarely explores developing countries, although much of our global business and outsourcing is performed in these countries. This trip made me a more aware and informed business student.
2. How were you able to secure an internship like experience during this study abroad?
I applied for the position and was lucky enough to be accepted! I had to work independently to make this study abroad relevant to my major and my thesis, marketing. However, it is a very broad trip in terms of subject matter, and the possibilities are endless.
3. Can you provide some details in order for prospective students to understand the nature of your assignment?
As a marketing major, I worked with the tourism office of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. My thesis was an extensive marketing plan to bring eco-tourists to this park. I also developed a new, more credible website design as part of my thesis.
4. What advice do you have for students who would like to study abroad and find a quality internship during that experience? What should they look for?
Be willing to customize a program to fit your interests. I went on a primarily landscape architecture trip but could not have had a more successful marketing experience. Now, this program is reaching out to all disciplines because of the success we had the first year. I would suggest choosing a program that will stretch you as an individual and as a business student. Step outside of your comfort zone. Then, apply your skills, because Smeal has taught you more applicable skills than you may realize, to the situation at hand. There is always a need for a business savvy student.
5. How did an internship for a non-profit help build your professional and business skills?
It has made me so much more aware of this extremely large sector of the business world. I had little to no exposure to developing countries and to non-profits before this study abroad, and now, I feel that I can enter the business world as a much more responsible leader in the business world. I feel that all Smeal students should have this exposure to better understand the impact of their business decisions.
Friday, October 29th, 2010
Dream Careers History & Overview
Dream Careers has been providing internship programs around the world for over 10 years. Over 10,000 students have participated, and each program provides internship coaching and personalized internship placement in 26 industries, group housing, a meal plan, weekend trips (varies by city), weekly careers seminars (CEO’s, industry experts, etc), transportation to and from work, and more. Each program is customized to make sure you have a safe and fun experience in the city, as well as an in-depth outlook into your industry through your internship.
Domestic Cities International Cities
New York London
Los Angeles Barcelona
Chicago Hong Kong
San Francisco Sydney
We offer access to over 5,000 internship opportunities, ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to innovative start-up companies. Each experience has been screened to ensure that it provides a valuable learning experience. To learn more, contact a program advisor at 800-251-2933 to discuss specific internships, or visit our Facebook Page to talk with our alumni about their experience.
Other Services Provided
The program includes:
• Group Housing, a meal plan, transportation to and from work, on-site staff
• Weekly Career Seminars
• Internship Placement, resume revision, internship coaching, interview preparation
• Planned Weekend Excursions (sporting events, cultural activities, overnight trips, celebratory events, varies by city)
Penn State University
Senior, Nicole Kristel
2010 London Program Participant
“Spending a summer interning in London was an amazing and life-changing experience. Not only was I able to apply what I had learned in class in another country, but I made life-long friendships. Dream Careers was very professional, and made this opportunity possible, as my transition abroad was seamless.”