Many families in our partner communities live below the poverty line, with limited employment and income generation opportunities. Projects in this area could include:
Designing 'youth engagement' sessions that help youth develop themselves for further education or employability.
Developing marketing/business plans for local social enterprises/business owners.
Creating a program plan for building sustainable livelihoods in our communities.
Understanding the long-term implications of COVID-19 on economic development in our communities.
You can choose between a 3-week full time (14-16 hours per week) or a 5-week part time (8-10 hours per week) internship. Whether you're a high school or university student we will do our best to cater the internship schedule to your availability.
Your weekly activities will involve connecting with the in-country FutureSense team, meeting with local community members, attending professional development workshops, networking with fellow interns, independent project work and receiving one-on-one guidance and support from your own internship mentor.
At the end of your internship you will present your project to Challenges Abroad, FutureSense and the local community. Your mentor will provide you with feedback on your performance throughout the internship and you will receive a certificate of completion as well as a professional recommendation on LinkedIn.
As an intern, you will get to attend exclusive professional development workshops hosted by our panel of external industry professionals. These workshops are designed to complement your internship project, enhance your employability, provide a networking opportunity and increase your knowledge on relevant topics. Topics could include:
The Sustainable Development Goals
Tips for building your employability
Career pathways in the Not For Profit sector
International case studies relevant to your project area
How to be productive when working remotely
In a world where we are facing an economic recession and the job market is increasingly competitive with experience harder to come by, this internship will help you gain essential skills and improve your employability.
It provides an opportunity build your network, contribute to global social impact by helping marginalised communities, and explore what it is like to work in the international development sector.
This internship will help you build numerous skills including:
This internship has been designed to meet university requirements to receive academic credit across a variety of degrees. We recommend speaking to your course coordinator to see how this internship could fit in your study plan.
If you're able to receive academic credit, you might also be able to receive funding from your university! Speak to the global mobility/international office at your university to learn what funding might be available to you.
If the program dates listed below don't suit you, please get in touch with us so we can provide you with alternative dates that suit your goals and schedule!
Earlier this year, I had the fantastic opportunity to undertake a Virtual Social Enterprise Challenge in Thailand. This opportunity allowed me to gain cultural awareness as well as personal growth and development. This Internship was focused on helping the youth and the community in a hill tribe build on their knowledge around financial awareness and finance practices. Thank you for the opportunity.Curtin University - Commerce Student
It was an amazing experience, and I would recommend it to everyone. You gain invaluable skills as well as knowledge outside the scope of everyday life and I believe global citizenship is really important. Overall, I really enjoyed it and it was an amazing and memorable experience. Thank you for the opportunity and ongoing support!La Trobe University - Law Student