Working and studying remotely has become a very convenient and effective option for many people over the last few years. By logging on virtually, you’re no longer required to commute to an office or campus, you have instant access to international opportunities and you save money in the process.
Joining a virtual internship is a practical way to get the work experience you need to boost your CV and land your dream job in community development.
What makes internships with GVI different, is that you’ll not just learn theory and do some admin. You’ll work on actual community development projects alongside award-winning organisations to solve real problems. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organisation and tasks that align with your personal goals.
During your virtual internship, you could be writing lesson plans on sanitation that local teachers can use to educate children, or help create health and safety policies for community initiatives. You could also set up a fundraising campaign to buy educational resources for schools, or analyse data on access to public health in remote villages.
One of the major benefits of doing a virtual internship with GVI is that it’s not a nine-to-five gig. Our programs are part-time and flexible – you can choose your own duration and pace to suit your personal schedule and goals.
We want to make sure that you work on projects that matter to you, and that will support your career journey. We’ve developed a targeted approach where you can choose a subject area as well as a project focus to ensure that your experience is relevant and valuable.
When you join our virtual internship program, you’ll first get the opportunity to choose a subject area in the community development subject that you are interested in most. These include:
After choosing your community development subject area, you’ll be offered a selection of practical project areas that you can work on during your virtual internship.
The focus areas that we offer would typically include:
Aside from developing new skills and getting valuable practical experience during your virtual internship, you’ll also get the fantastic opportunity to complete online courses – all included in your program fees.
GVI’s online courses are endorsed by the University of Richmond and once you complete them, you’ll walk away with a certificate that you can add to your CV and LinkedIn profile.
The selection of online courses include:
You have the freedom and flexibility to complete your virtual internship your way, at your own pace, from wherever.
To add structure to the program and keep you accountable, you’ll still have to attend meetings and coaching sessions at certain pre-organised times, but you can choose your duration and pace.
Virtual internship durations that you can choose from:
Virtual internship pace options that you can choose from:
If you’re interested in starting, or advancing, your career in the community development or sustainability sectors, our virtual internships will add great depth to your personal and professional development.
Whether you’re already working as a social impact professional, fundraiser, social worker, advocate or sustainability expert – or if you’ve just started out – you’ll benefit from our virtual internship program.
Virtual internship program will benefit:
If you can’t travel to one of our GVI hubs in-person at the moment, it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker. Virtual internships tick so many boxes, and have a lot of benefits in store that’ll help you get that purpose-driven job you’re dreaming of.
Here are some great reasons to join a virtual internship:
Our virtual internship programs are structured and organised, with a team of professionals guiding you along every step of the way.
Your virtual internship support includes:
During your virtual internship, GVI will connect you with one of our community development partners that run projects in different cities, towns and remote villages around the world. We always collaborate with locally-led partners in all our GVI hubs, and virtual internship follows the same approach to ensure sustainability.
Depending on your subject area and project focus, you’ll work closely with NGOs, governments, international organisations or schools that are active in your chosen field of interest.
Some of our community development partners that you could be doing your virtual internship with:
Get real experience and behind-the-scenes insights into the day-to-day responsibilities of organisations focused on increasing access to public healthcare in underserved communities. Work alongside public health professionals to research, analyse and implement projects to address critical health concerns in a sustainable way.
Calling all activists and change-makers! If you feel compelled to learn more about the development of global judicial systems, and creating a more fair society – sign up to join our human rights and access to justice virtual internship. Work with international organisations to address critical humanitarian challenges.
Join our virtual internship in social economic development to create a career path in the ever-growing field of socio-economic empowerment. Help to set up micro-enterprises and micro-financing schemes to empower emerging entrepreneurs to be self-sufficient, and create employment opportunities in communities where joblessness is a great challenge.
Partner with local governments, organisations and schools to support educational initiatives in vulnerable communities all over the world. Learn from experts and teachers, and see how education is the cornerstone to achieving several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Complete two online courses and earn a certificate from the University of Richmond.
Get a professional recommendation from your personal mentor that details your skills and accomplishments.
Attend an immersive masterclass lecture for each internship project, delivered by leading academics and local experts.
Complete a project that solves a problem for a real organisation and add it to your resume.
Receive support from your dedicated internship supervisor during weekly one-on-ones, and career coaching sessions from an external expert.
Learn new skills, relevant to an impact-focused profession, and apply them to real scenarios.
Book and pay for your virtual internship program, and receive a GBP 200 grant towards an internship in any of our locations around the world.
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