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Social Economic Development

Africa | Asia | Europe | Latin America | Australasia | North America | Europe
Includes courses
In partnership with
Program Code: GVIA0719N

Overview

Economic empowerment is considered so important for achieving development goals, that the United Nations lists “no poverty” as the primary Sustainable Development Goal to be achieved by 2030. To start your career in the broad and diverse field of socio-economic empowerment, join the GVI Social Economic Development Virtual Internship. You can gain expert insight and practical experience in everything from setting up microenterprises and microfinancing schemes to impact investing and how to found a social enterprise.

Project Focus Areas

Choose to complete your project work in 1 of 6 focus areas.
Alternatively, choose not to focus and complete projects in a range of areas.

OPERATIONS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
DATA ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH
MARKETING, MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
Fundraising
Law Advocacy and Policy
Multi-focus

What you get

REAL-WORLD PROJECTS

Complete a project that solves a problem for a real organisation and add it to your resume.


A PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATION

Get a professional recommendation from your personal mentor that details your skills and accomplishments.


NEW, VERIFIABLE SKILLS

Learn new skills, relevant to an impact-focused profession, and apply them to real scenarios.


ENDORSED CERTIFICATE

Complete three online courses and earn a certificate from the University of Richmond.


PERSONAL MENTORSHIP

Receive support during weekly one-on-ones and career coaching sessions from your dedicated mentor.


MASTERCLASS LECTURE SERIES

Attend an immersive series of lectures delivered by leading academics, professionals and local experts.


Up To

$1000

Grants
$1000 GRANT TOWARDS A LONG-TERM, IN-COUNTRY INTERNSHIP

Book and pay your Virtual Internship Program, and receive a $1000 grant towards
an internship in any of our locations around the world.

COMPLETE REAL PROJECTS

Throughout your internship you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organisation solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organisation and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your internship.


HOMELESSNESS MONITORING

Help a local organisation learn how they can prevent and eliminate homelessness in their community. Conduct research into effective solutions and propose suggestions to the organisation for how they reduce homelessness.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING PLANS

Increasing vocational skills can help to improve access to income. Work with a local organisation to set up lesson plans for groups, such as youth, women or those with disabilities. Create lesson plans to support learning computer skills, English and other vocational skills.

BUSINESS RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Work with a local business incubator that specialises in working with aspiring entrepreneurs from low-income backgrounds. Work with one of the local entrepreneurs to create a business plan. You might also work with them to create funding proposals and marketing materials.

Example of a Typical Week

CAREER PATH INSIGHT

Engage with academics, professionals and other interns by attending lectures and live chats where key topics and trends in your field of interest will be discussed.


Total time
10 hours
LOCAL IMMERSION

Gain insight into culture through a range of interactions with community members. Learn about cultural or environmental topics by attending sessions led by local experts.


Total time
4 hours
PROJECT WORK

Solve a problem or challenge for a real organisation by learning about their challenges, carrying out research, finding a solution and proposing an implementation plan.


Total time
22 hours
CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Speak to someone with your dream job and find out how they got there. Attend career development workshops. Receive career coaching and ongoing support from your mentor.


Total time
4 hours

Masterclass Series

Raising Leaders from the Margins
By Tim Tucker

CEO The Message Trust South Africa


Career journey & social enterprises
By Emile Fourie

Co-founder Ywaste


Advocate for a plastic-free ocean & sustainable practices
By Sarah Ferguson

Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder


Meet your global team

David Everett

GVI Program Director of Latin America, Indian Ocean & Europe

David Everett is the founder of the School for Life Foundation, a non-profit that supports the education of Ugandan primary school students. He’s managed social impact investment for the Nadia and Taylor Foundation, a global non-profit supporting hundreds of charities, and has received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his work. As GVI’s regional director of Africa and Europe, David manages GVI’s community development projects in these regions.


3 ONLINE COURSES INCLUDED

2 weeks before starting your virtual internship, you’ll work on our Foundations in Sustainable Development program. The includes three online courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond.


COURSE 1

– Careers In Sustainable Development

COURSE 2

– Leading Teams For Emerging Leaders

COURSE 3: One of the following

– Introduction to Community Development
– Introduction to Scientific Conservation Research

OPTIONAL EXTRA

SPECIALISATION COURSES*


 

Prices

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Durations

40 Hours
80 Hours
120 Hours
Study pace :   20 hours per week
2 Weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
Study pace :   5 hours per week
8 Weeks
16 Weeks
24 Weeks
Price

$1545

$1995

$2445

What's Included?