The Fall Session of the Global Impact Virtual Internship is now open for registration. Global Leadership Adventures offers this 6-week virtual internship to student interns ages 14-19, where they will develop essential leadership skills and build toward career development goals. Taking place entirely online, this part-time virtual internship gives our young leaders a unique opportunity to work in partnership with GLA and active non-profit organizations across several countries. Student interns will collaborate on initiatives centered around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development worldwide.

Virtual Internship Overview
Fall 2020 Session

Be a part of the next generation of young leaders who will deliver the change needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

This fall, we are offering our part-time Global Impact Virtual Internship in a variety of focus areas to prospective student interns ages 14-19.

This is your opportunity to gain critical professional and leadership skills with a global impact, all from the comfort of home.

Each internship is deliberately experiential, and focuses on both career and leadership development. Dive into a specific focus area, and gain experience working remotely with an international non-profit host organization.

You and your fellow student interns will communicate with Global Leadership Adventures and our host organizations via various digital platforms including Zoom, 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 your internship.

Your virtual internship itself includes a combination of the following elements:

  • a Core Curriculum (career development and leadership-focused classes)
  • a Focus Area (professional learning classes).

Choose from one of these four focus areas to guide the specific content of your internship as it relates to each theme:

  • Public Health & Medicine
  • Animal Welfare (Veterinary)
  • Environmental Stewardship (Marine Biology & Ocean Stewardship)
  • Social Justice

Each focus area is designed for direct collaboration with a partner organization and corresponding region of impact:

  • MEDLIFE: Public Health & Medicine in Peru
    • Explore topics related to public health issues in Peru
  • VIDA: Animal Welfare (Veterinary) in Costa Rica
    • Explore topics related to the animal rescue and rehabilitation in Costa Rica
  • MARINE DYNAMICS & THE DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST: Environmental Stewardship (Marine Biology & Ocean Stewardship) in South Africa
    • Explore topics related to building the case for environmental protection & protecting our oceans
  • Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA): Social Justice in West Africa
    • Explore topics related to building the case for healthcare equity and leadership among disenfranchised groups in West Africa.

Tuition & Details

Duration: 6 weeks (part-time)
Tuition: $1,999
Deadline to Register: September 15
Deadline extended to: September 30

Session Dates - Option A

October 5 – November 11

for those selecting the Monday/Wednesday core curriculum sessions

  • MONDAYS | Core Curriculum Session
  • WEDNESDAYS | Office Hours (Optional)
  • WEDNESDAYS | Core Curriculum Session
  • SATURDAYS | Focus Area Session
  • WEEKLY | Self-Guided Work

there are two time slots available for the Monday/Wednesday sections

  • Time Slot 1  | 4:00-6:00pm ET | 1:00pm-3:00pm PT (OPEN)
  • Time Slot 2  | 7:00-9:00pm ET | 4:00pm-6:00pm PT (OPEN)

Session Dates - Option B

October 6 – November 12

for those selecting the Tuesday/Thursday core curriculum sessions

  • TUESDAYS | Core Curriculum Session
  • WEDNESDAYS | Office Hours (Optional)
  • THURSDAYS | Core Curriculum Session
  • SATURDAYS | Focus Area Session
  • WEEKLY | Self-Guided Work

there are two time slots available for the Tuesday/Thursday sections

  • Time Slot 1  | 4:00-6:00pm ET | 1:00pm-3:00pm PT (OPEN)
  • Time Slot 2  | 7:00-9:00pm ET | 4:00pm-6:00pm PT (FULL)

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is delivered through a series of leadership and 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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Public Health & Medicine
GIVI Icon Animal Welfare


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(Marine Biology)
(Ocean Stewardship)

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Public Health & Medicine 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, MEDLIFE empowers students and volunteers to become advocates for change, as well as hires and trains local staff to provide high quality 24/7/365 patient care.

Why Choose This Focus Area? 

Public health can be a challenge in many parts of Peru. Access to healthcare can vary widely between those in rural areas and cities, as well as those with financial means and families without.  Our internship partner organization – MEDLIFE – runs mobile clinics staffed by local physicians, as well as provides a comprehensive patient follow-up care program and educational workshops. By choosing the Public Health & Medicine focus area, you’ll begin to learn to identify the root causes of unequal healthcare access and resource distribution in Peru. Consider, how does improving access to primary healthcare facilities affect local communities ? How can we transform healthcare systems to be more inclusive and sustainable for low income societies?

Animal Welfare 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? 

This focus area 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 with of a dedicated team of veterinarians and volunteers who work at the clinic to make all this possible. Learn about their experiences working in Costa Rica and explore the various career paths available in this field.

Environmental Stewardship Virtual Internship
(Marine Biology & Ocean Stewardship)

Thematic Areas Covered: Ocean & Climate Stewardship
  • Topics related to building the case for environmental protection & protecting our oceans
United Nations Sustainable Development
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 the 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 team of Marine Dynamics and their non-profit, the Dyer Island 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? 

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 building the case for healthcare equity and leadership among disenfranchised groups in West Africa.
United Nations Sustainable Development
Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions 
Partner Organization: Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA)

HLA – the Healthcare Leadership Academy – is an institution committed to empowering current and future generations of healthcare professionals with the necessary tools, leadership skill sets and capabilities to address specific health system challenges endemic to Africa. The goal? To transform communities by increasing healthcare equity among disenfranchised groups through leadership training.

Why Choose This Focus Area? 

Social Justice challenges individuals and communities to deeply reflect on the institutional barriers that affect marginalized communities. On this internship, interns will examine the various challenges facing Social Development projects in Africa – Why sustainable progress is slow, and how a gap in leadership and governance can translate into unintended consequences for those from in marginalized communities. Discover the inner workings of an organization committed to social justice, and assist them with their organizational needs.

Internship Structure & Schedule

6-Week Internship Structure


  • 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

core curriculum sessionS


  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm Eastern Time (1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern Time (4:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific)

*Students may choose one of the above schedule options for their sessions.

virtual office hours


  • 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.



  • 11:00am – 1:00pm/1:30pm ET (8:00am – 10:00am/10:30am PT)
    for Social Justice focus area
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm/1:30pm ET (8:00am – 10:00am/10:30am PT)
    for Environmental Stewardship (Marine Biology & Ocean Stewardship) focus area
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm/4:30pm ET (11:00am – 1:00pm/1:30pm PT)
    for Public Health & Medicine focus area
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm/4:30pm ET (11:00am – 1:00pm/1:30pm PT)
    for Animal Welfare (Veterinary) focus area

*All Keynote Sessions will be recorded and shared to all enrolled students for remote access after the internship. Each core curriculum session is limited to 32 participants, and focus area offered is limited to 24 participants. Also, please note the virtual internship will end on Thursday, November 12th, so there will be five Saturday sessions in total during the course of your internship.






As part of your Global Impact Virtual Internship, you will take the Gallup Strengthsfinder assessment.

Discover the 5 primary strengths in your personal repertoire for how you can best reach your desired outcomes through relationship building, strategic thinking, execution of plans and social influences.

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 ‘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