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  • Locations: (Various), Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Seeds for Progress
 
Seeds for Progress LogoThe Internship: This internship is ideal for students wishing to expand on their skills and interest in marketing and education.

Number of Spots Available: 2

Duration: 10 weeks

Start Date: June 2018

The Organization: The Seeds for Progress Foundation improves access to high-quality education in the rural communities of Nicaragua's coffee-growing regions.  High-quality education is a basic human right that contributes to social development and sustainable economic growth by creating opportunities to advance the quality of life for students, teachers, and their families.

The Location: Also known as "La Perla del Septentrión," this municipality has diverse urban and natural attractions within its territory and cold mountain climate.  The lively urban center has many hotels, restaurants, two museums, and several cultural centers.  The Cerro Apanante Natural Reserve is located near the city, as well as the waterfalls of the Santa Emilia River, various mountains with pine forests, coffee farms, and picturesque rural villages.
 

Internship Details

There are two types of internships available at Seeds for Progress.

1. Marketing Intern
  • Location: The intern will work at the main work site of the Seeds for Progress Foundation, but also in schools located 2-3 hours from the main work site in Matagalpa.  The intern may also be asked to go to the foundation's center in Managua or assist during volunteer trips.
  • Number of Spots Available: 1
  • Work Hours: The intern can expect to work from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour daily lunch break.  
  • The intern will:
    • Prepare reports used for internal and external publications on: the general program; schools, teachers, students, and the community; ongoing projects; volunteer activities
    • Conduct interviews with teachers, students, and community members
    • Write press releases for media agencies
    • Translate notes when necessary
    • Generate content for the blog
    • Review social media and website content
    • Integrate and design content for the monthly newsletter
2. Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
  • Location: The intern will work at the main work site of the Seeds for Progress Foundation, but also in schools located 2-3 hours from the main work site in Matagalpa.  The intern may also be asked to go to the foundation's center in Managua or assist during volunteer trips.
  • Number of Spots Available: 1
  • Work Hours: The intern can expect to work from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour daily lunch break.  
  • The intern will:
    • Help strengthen the English curriculum of primary education in public schools in coffee communities (support the teacher in the integration of didactic resources relevant to the English subject by each grade in primary school, and structure a short course that motivates English learning as a second language)
    • Support the teacher training processes aimed at technological diversification
    • Design a training module in technology for teachers, taking up the content from an existing training plan
    • Support activities in the Matagalpa office
    • Help in the documentation of stories from students, teachers, and community members at the schools

Eligibility

All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internships at Seeds for Progress also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Proficiency in both English and Spanish
  • Good written communication skills
  • Qualitative analysis skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Basic web-design skills

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.

Accommodation

Matagalpa, NicaraguaStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  Seeds for Progress will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.


 
 

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Scholarship.  GIP scholarship amounts vary by student, and award amounts are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP scholarship application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
 
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,000 Estimated cost PHL - MGA
Accommodation $1,250 Estimated cost 10 weeks 
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 US Citizens do not need visa up to 90 days
Local Transport $100 Public Transport, taxis
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,350  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
 
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Scholarship award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
 
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
 

Resources

Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:
 



This program is currently not accepting applications.