When you join our community development internship programs, you align yourself to sustainable, inclusive and ethical initiatives that are led by local organisations on the ground.
We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap to ensure that we engage with local communities in a way that will lead to long-term social impact, giving you credible experience to help you build your career.
Volunteering and interning with communities abroad is a meaningful way to make a positive impact across the globe. But what exactly does community development mean? And, what work would you get involved in as a community development intern?
An internship in community development is all about making an impact while gaining real-life work experience that expands on your career development in a meaningful way. These opportunities include initiatives that build on achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Community development internships focus on sustainable development activities like:
Our internships offer you the opportunity to achieve your personal and professional goals, whether or not you’re planning to work in community development in the future. And, the added excitement of travelling abroad will grow your global and professional perspective in a big way too.
Imagine living in the tropical terrains of Costa Rica for a few weeks (or months), where you can support educational after-care programs at local schools and educational initiatives. Our programs are run in collaboration with non-profits and non-governmental organisations in Cartago.
Or, what about taking on a community development internship in Nepal, by immersing yourself in multi-cultural villages in the Himalayan mountains where you’ll connect with their women’s empowerment groups?
As a community development intern, you can travel to settings like these and so many more. You could choose from programs that you are passionate about on different continents and numerous countries across the globe.
Depending on your professional and personal goals, you can also choose between two different internship types: virtual or in-person.
Participating in a community development internship has many benefits that’ll stay with you into your future.
Many of our alumni say that doing an internship or volunteering was some of the best experiences of their lives – a time that has shaped them forever. Read through real stories and reviews from participants to get a feel for what it’s like to work as an intern on our people-focused programs.
Together, all these factors make for a world-class internship wherever you may travel to.
To ensure that the work we do abroad is ethical and safeguards the children we interact with, GVI has a Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy that is implemented on every one of our community development internships. As part of this policy, participants will be required to complete a DPS check, police clearance or a National Background Check where necessary.
We also don’t offer any internship opportunities with orphans – take a look at our position on orphanage volunteering to learn more about the risks and reasons.
If you’re keen to intentionally build your career in sustainability and social impact, our internship programs are a great fit for you. Although all our volunteer programs also offer great training and development opportunities, GVI internships are more focused on helping you learn new skills that will directly support your professional goals.
With GVI community development internships, you can choose between two internship types:
With an international internship abroad, travel to communities all over the world and contribute to sustainable community development projects, and gain much-needed work experience. This type of internship provides:
If travelling isn’t an option for you, we also offer a range of virtual internships. Working remotely, you can still gain practical work experience working on real-world projects. At the end of the internship, you’ll receive a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond and a professional recommendation from your mentor. This type of internship allows you to:
After you’ve got that figured out, you can take a step further to choose a specific conservation focus or subject area.
Your focus area will differ depending on whether you do an internship abroad or a virtual internship – take a look at the breakdowns on the next tabs to help you make your decision.
When you join our internship programs, you will get access to a number of resources, experiences, tools and benefits to boost your career.
Whether you join our core, career or research internships, this is what you’ll get access to: