Invest in your future

Social Economic Development

Includes courses in partnership
with the University of Richmond


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 work

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.

Fundraiser and social media content development

Collaborate on developing a fundraising campaign while assisting in the creation of law and policy-focused social media content.

Create a pitch presentation

Prepare a pitch presentation to attract donors and investors for a social and economic development NGO. Craft a compelling narrative that highlights the organisation’s mission, impact and potential for positive change.

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What you get

Endorsed certificate

Endorsed certificate

Endorsed certificate

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

A professional recommendation

A professional recommendation

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

Masterclass lecture series

Masterclass lecture series

Attend an immersive masterclass lecture for each internship project, delivered by leading academics and local experts.

Real world projects

Real world projects

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

Personal mentorship

Personal mentorship

Receive support from your dedicated internship supervisor during weekly one-on-ones, and career coaching sessions from an external expert.

New, verifiable skills

New, verifiable skills

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

Up to
USD 295
Get a USD 295 grant towards
an in-country internship

Book and pay for your virtual internship program, and receive a USD 295 grant towards an internship in any of our locations around the world.


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.

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.

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.

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.

4 hours
2 online courses included

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

Course 1

Careers In Sustainable Development

Course 2

Specialisation course relevant to your VI subject area. Either Community Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing, Human Rights and Advocacy or Global Public Health

Optional extra specialisation courses*


Masterclass series

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

Raising leaders from the margins
By Tim Tucker

CEO, The Message Trust South Africa

Advocate for plastic-free oceans | Elite endurance athlete
By Sarah Ferguson

Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder

Career journey and social enterprises
By Emile Fourie

Co-founder, Ywaste


Select a duration
Study pace: 5 hours / week8 Weeks16 Weeks24 Weeks
Study pace: 10 hours / week4 Weeks8 Weeks12 Weeks
Priceusd 745usd 1195usd 1495

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