U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps internship, Guatemala

This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in international development to work directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses.

The opportunity is offered through the Universitas 21 network (U21), of which the University of Birmingham is a founding member. The Social Entrepreneur Corps opportunity is managed by the University of Connecticut (UConn), another member of the U21 network.

About the organisation

The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala programme builds on our Universitas 21 institutions’ expertise in social entrepreneurship, online and blended learning, international collaboration and service learning, as well as on our common commitment to global citizenship. Social entrepreneurship as a topic and Guatemala as a location are already part of individual U21 members’ study abroad programme offerings. The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps programme is a tailored approach to study abroad that combines global collaboration, new technologies and impact-oriented learning activities.

About the internship

Students interested in international development will work directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new, and to grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses. The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Guatemalan, including Mayan culture. The students will experience living with the local families and working intensively with community service organizations, and local social entrepreneurs. 

Our students will make a tangible difference in people’s lives, while also acquiring the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to become socially aware, active global citizens. The programme is designed as a short-term summer (June/July) opportunity for U21 students. U21 students are encouraged, but not required to take this programme for academic credit. This programme aims to complement the already existing U21 Summer School and Global Issues Programme.

Programme structure

Pre-arrival: late May – mid to late June, 2015

The students will join a U21 Virtual Global Classroom, where they will learn about Social Entrepreneurship and Guatemalan Politics and Culture. Participation in the pre-arrival phase is compulsory for the continuation of the programme.

In-country orientation and field work: late June – mid July, 2015

Upon arrival in the country, all students spend the first segment of their time in Xela (Quetzaltenango), participating in orientation sessions, living with local families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development discussions, visiting nearby development and relief organizations and participating in project content and technical training.

Field work

Students travel back to Antigua and visit different satellite work sites, staying with additional local families, in group living settings and/or in hotels. Students will work with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community service organizations, and local businesses.

Conclusion, delivery and presentation

All participants return to the Social Entrepreneur Corps headquarters site in Antigua for the final days of the programme. At this time the projects are completed and presented, Spanish evaluations are conducted and participants stay with the local families one last time.

Further details

All costs will be covered by Global Challenge. To apply for this opportunity you will need to complete and submit an application form; please ensure that you consult the application guidelines before doing so.

Please note that the person specification for this opportunity includes criteria defined by the University of Connecticut, which may not be required by other Global Challenge opportunities.

To request an application form for the U21 Guatemala Social Entrepreneurship opportunity, please contact Matt Clulee in the University of Birmingham’s International Office at m.clulee@bham.ac.uk