In partnership with active non-profit organizations across several countries, GLA is offering a 6-week part-time virtual internship this fall where students ages 14-19 will develop essential skills while working on initiatives centered around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development worldwide.

Virtual Internship Overview

Global Leadership Adventures is committed to creating the next generation of young leaders who will lead the change needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

This fall, we are offering a part-time virtual Global Impact Internship in a variety of focus areas to provide students ages 14-19 the opportunity to gain critical professional skills – from home!

Each experiential career development internship will dive into a specific focus area, where students can gain experience working remotely with an international host organization from the non-profit sector.

Students will communicate with GLA & host organizations via various digital platforms including; Zoom, Skype, instant messaging, phone calls, webinars, project management tools, etc.

GLA will serve as the management, support and resource provider of the internship. Local Organizations across several countries will serve as the ‘host sites’ (virtually) for the thematic content of the internships.

The virtual internship itself will exist as a combination of a Core Curriculum (career development-focused classes) + a Focus Area (professional learning classes).

Students will choose from one of the four focus areas below, which will guide the specific content of their internship as it relates to each theme:

  • Community Development
  • Public Health
  • Animal Welfare (Veterinary)
  • Marine & Environmental Stewardship
  • Social Justice

Dates & Tuition

October 6 – November 14
Duration: 6 weeks (part-time)
Tuition: $1,999
Deadline to Register: September 15

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is delivered through a series of career development workshops, with the goal of ensuring that all students come away with hard skills and verifiable technical competencies in a variety of areas. In addition, the Core Curriculum strives to help students hone and develop essential soft skills that can be applied in their future endeavors, whether academic or professional.

Hard Skills
  • Brand Identity
  • Project Management
  • Investigation & Research
  • Technology & Design
  • Content Creation & Production
  • Virtual Presentation Skills

 

 

Soft Skills
  • Adaptability & Flexibility
  • Communication
  • Growth Mindset
  • Initiative & Self Drive
  • Teamwork & Conflict Resolution
  • Decision Making
  • Innovation
  • Cross-Cultural Competence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reliability & Accountability

Internship Focus Areas

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Community Development
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Public Health
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Animal Welfare (Veterinary)
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Marine & Environmental Stewardship
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Social Justice

Community Development Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: TBD
  • Topics related to non-profit initiatives for education & community development in Peru
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 4: Quality Education
Partner Organization: MedLife

MEDLIFE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with low-income communities in Latin America and Africa to improve their access to medicine, education, and community development projects. In order to achieve the ultimate goal of a world free from the constraints of poverty, we empower students and volunteers to become advocates for change by creating on-campus Chapters, volunteering in Service Learning Trips, and supporting the Moving Mountains giving program.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

TBD

Public Health Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: Global Health & Advocacy
  • Topics related to public health issues in Peru
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing
Partner Organization: MedLife

MEDLIFE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with low-income communities in Latin America and Africa to improve their access to medicine, education, and community development projects. In order to achieve the ultimate goal of a world free from the constraints of poverty, we empower students and volunteers to become advocates for change by creating on-campus Chapters, volunteering in Service Learning Trips, and supporting the Moving Mountains giving program.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

TBD

Animal Welfare (Veterinary) Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: Animal Welfare
  • Topics related to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals in Costa Rica, a natural haven for both domestic and wild creatures.
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 15: Life on Land
Partner Organization: Vida

Founded in 2006, Vida is a non profit organization striving to empower communities and promote human and animal health through high-quality Service-Learning experiences in Central America. Their goal is to improve the quality of life in underserved communities while offering students from around the world a hands-on, eye-opening, mind-enriching experience.Vida has worked with over 10,000 students and their support and hard work has enabled us to assist over 200,000 patients and 80,000 animals since 2008.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

This focus are will give students a first hand view of how a veterinary clinic works in a developing country. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges of animal overpopulation and its impact on human health, while working withΒ of a dedicated team of veterinarians and volunteers who work at the clinic to make all this possible and learn about their experiences working in Costa Rica. Create a fundraising campaign to support the clinic ́s operation. Advocate on behalf of stray dogs and cats. Get a closer look at surgical techniques and clinic protocols.

Marine & Environmental Stewardship Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: Ocean & Climate Stewardship
  • Topics related to building the case for environmental protection & protecting our oceans
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water
Partner Organizations: Marine Dynamics (in conjunction with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust)

Based in Gansbaai, South Africa (the home of The Marine Big 5 and great white shark capital of the world) Marine Dynamics is a family of organizations dedicated to the marine environment. They embody the mantra ‘Discover & Protect’ through ecotourism, research, conservation and outreach projects. Students on this internship will be working alongside the Dyer Conservation Trust, which delivers conservation and research programs to protect the biodiversity of the marine eco-system surrounding Dyer Island.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

This environment and ocean stewardship program aims to take students to the next level by exposing them to offshore marine & climate research which will help build the case for protecting coastlines in Africa (and around the world!). Become part of a community of ocean advocates through supporting various marine conservation projects while learning more about the effects of climate change on this unique and delicate environment.

Social Justice Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: Civil Rights & Social Justice
  • Topics related to TBD
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong InstitutionsΒ 
Partner Organization: TBD

 

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

TBD

Internship Structure & Schedule

Six-Week Internship Structure
66 Total Impact Hours (Roughly 10 Hours per week):
  • 36 total hours of virtual sessions (10 hours with host organization engagement, 24 hours of skill development, 2 hours final project presentation)
  • 30 total hours of self-guided project work
Weekly Schedule Overview
Tuesday/Thursday – Core Curriculum Sessions

Students will choose one of the following time slots for their Tuesday/Thursday sessions:

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm Eastern Time (1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern Time (4:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific)
Wednesday – Virtual Office Hours (Optional)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET (4:00pm – 6:00pm PT)

*Wednesday office hours are completely optional and are designed for students who wish to check in with their Internship Supervisor, ask questions, discuss course projects, etc.

Saturday – Focus Area Sessions + Keynote Speakers
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm ET (8:00am – 10:00am PT) for Public Health focus area
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm ET (8:00am – 10:00am PT) for Wildlife & Marine Conservation focus area
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm ET (11:00am – 1:00pm PT) for Community Development focus area
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm ET (11:00am – 1:00pm PT) for Environmental Protection focus area

*All Keynote Sessions will be recorded and shared to all enrolled students for remote access after the internship. Each focus area offered is limited to 24 participants.

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Key Benefits & Takeaways

1. Engage in authentic, hands-on tasks related to your theme of interest.

2. Discover the various pathways and requirements needed to obtain employment in this theme – by learning from those working in the field.

3. Receive mentorship & guidance from industry experts and professionals.

4. Determine whether this thematic area is a good fit for your future education or career path.

5. Create a portfolio of evidence from completed project work to enhance your college application or resume.

6. Intentionally designed with teens ages 14-19 in-mind. Focus area cohorts are also limited to 24 participants for ideal group dynamics.

7. Students are eligible to receive a Service Certificate for completion of community service hours as part of their internship. Interns may complete between 10-20 service hours, based on their specific project and partner NPO.

8. At the end of your Virtual Internship, you will also receive a Certificate of Completion, alongside a professional Letter of Recommendation signed by your Internship Supervisor.

9. GLA can also provide any supporting documentation and serve as an β€˜organization of record’ should you want to earn college credits for the internship.

Virtual Internship Eligibility Requirements

1. Access to a desktop computer or laptop with reliable internet

2. Working web camera and microphone for virtual course participation

3. Active email address to communicate with your Internship Supervisor

4. Ability to commit to the 6-week virtual course schedule

5. English language proficiency

Partner Organizations