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Gain professional, intercultural experiences interning at a Panamanian sustainable community development organization or NGO seeking to create positive change.
This virtual internship and seminar will focus on the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in sustainable community development.?Panama is known as the gateway to the Americas and Panama City is a regional base for international NGOs, offering a variety of internship possibilities.
Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Panama, workplace norms, and the ethics of interning in another country in an online context. Then, you will complete an online internship in community development, education, indigenous rights, agritourism, or another field related to your interests and career goals.
You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program, including?10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations.?
- Engage in discussions about socioeconomic, political, and cultural concepts of community well-being.
- Complete an internship with a local community organization or NGO.
- Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
- Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments led by your academic director.
- Build your résumé and professional experience in an internship related to your interests.
Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
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