In partnership with active non-profit organizations in South Africa, GLA is offering a 6-week part-time virtual internship this summer 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 summer, 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 a host organization from the non-profit sector in South Africa.

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 in South Africa 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
  • Wildlife & Marine Conservation
  • Environmental Stewardship

Dates & Tuition

July 7 – August 13, 2020
Duration: 6 weeks (part-time)
Tuition: $1,999
Deadline to Register: June 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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Wildlife & Marine Conservation
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Environmental Stewardship

Community Development Virtual Internship

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

SAVE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization that works to enrich, educate and empower various township and settlement communities. Established in 2006, SAVE Foundation’s aim is to provide support for local communities by assisting with educational & public health programs, youth development, sports and skills development, which will enable them to rise above the vicious circle of poverty that these young people find themselves in. Their goal is to bring new skills to a community that otherwise would not have access to them and provide disadvantaged children with education & the skills and knowledge to create a future for themselves, their family and ultimately their community.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

Sub-Saharan Africa faces the biggest challenges in providing schools with basic resources. The situation is extreme at the primary school levels, where less than one half of schools in the region have access to drinking water, electricity, computers and the Internet. This internship explores the challenges and factors at play in Education & Community Development in Africa & challenges our students to think out the box to address the needs of schools in the communities our local partners in South Africa work in.

Public Health Virtual Internship

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

SAVE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization that works to enrich, educate and empower various township and settlement communities. Established in 2006, SAVE Foundation’s aim is to provide support for local communities by assisting with educational & public health programs, youth development, sports and skills development, which will enable them to rise above the vicious circle of poverty that these young people find themselves in. Their goal is to bring new skills to a community that otherwise would not have access to them and provide disadvantaged children with education & the skills and knowledge to create a future for themselves, their family and ultimately their community.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

Public health is an ongoing issue in South Africa: An access gap for health care facilities exist between upper and lower socio-economic households, with the gap becoming more prominent as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. Students will learn from those in the field – supporting a local clinic in theΒ  Cape Town community where primary health care options are currently non-existent, through advocacy & fundraising campaigns. Students will discover the unique challenges of providing adequate medical care in rural communities, while contributing to the cause through their internship projects. Comparing and contrasting healthcare practices of the western world with traditional medicine , students will be challenged to develop creative solutions for Health workers in developing countries.

Wildlife & Marine Conservation Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: Wildlife & Marine Conservation Management
  • Topics related to wildlife ecology & conservation of the Big 5 mammals (African Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Cape Buffalo), and the Marine Big 5 (African Penguin, Cape Fur Seal, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, Great White Shark)
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 15: Life on Land & Goal 14: Life Below Water
Partner Organization: Wild Connection (In conjunction with Wild Trust, Wild Lands & Wild Oceans)

Wild Trust is a South African Non-Profit, Non-Government, and Public Welfare Organization, established in 2004 through the merger of two regional Trusts. It pursues the realization of its vision of β€œA SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL” through two core programs: Wild Lands and Wild Oceans. The Wild Lands program focuses on terrestrial conservation and underwriting the sustainable development of the green economy, and the Wild Oceans program focuses on marine and coastal conservation and underwriting the sustainable development of the blue economy. The Wild Trust vision is achieved through working at the interface between environmental sustainability and human wellbeing to improve the livelihood of underprivileged communities and to restore the ecosystems that support them. The work of the Wild Trust encourages the employment and upskilling of young people and the empowerment of communities to deliver a sustained and improved environmental outcome and impact.

Why Choose This Focus Area?Β 

South Africa is a microcosm for the wonders of Africaβ€”from its rich cultures and dramatic landscapes to its legendary wildlife. On this internship, you’ll learn from experts in the field about the challenges facing the preservation of various species , including the critically endangered Black Rhino, and what it means to manage wildlife in Africa. Students will discover and learn about the incredible biodiversity within Somkhanda’s Big Five Game Reserve perimeters, and learn about the various conservation methods and tools used in the field to protect the animals.

Students will also dive straight into discovering the rich biodiversity of the Atlantic & Indian Oceans! Home to the Marine Big 5, South Africa serves as the perfect destination for marine conservation enthusiasts to learn more about the initiatives and projects in the region that support marine conservation. From Great White Sharks to African penguins, students will explore what it means to to be Marine Biologist in one of the worlds most unique marine environments.

Environmental Stewardship Virtual Internship

Thematic Areas Covered: Ocean & Climate Stewardship
  • Topics related to building the case for environmental stewardship & 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.

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:

  • 8:00am – 10:00am Eastern Time (5:00am – 7:00am Pacific)
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm ET (8:00am – 10:00am PT)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET (4:00pm – 6:00pm PT)
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 Stewardship 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