"...it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - former U.S. President Barack Obama
Global Development Internships
Intern abroad with a Isla's partner non-governmental organizations or social enterprises in East Africa, the Balkans of Europe, or India. Experience inclusive global sustainable development at the grassroots level.
Global health graduate students interviews a local health worker.
Isla recruits interns to assist our local partner organizations on a 9-26-week internship. Typically, interns will have the education, skills, and/or the work experience to meet the needs of the local organizations. For example:
Would you like to contribute your social entrepreneurship knowledge to help a small business develop and have a social impact?
Can you help an organization create and execute a communications plan to share their message with the community regarding advocacy for human rights, public health, women and youth empowerment, and other social issues?
Do you have the financial planning skills to help an agricultural coop get its house in order?
Does your experience working with youth inspire you to become an advocate for youth reproductive health and rights education?
What will I be doing from day to day? Our local partner organizations have identified specific needs and seek an intern with the right combination of interest and knowledge to work with them to address a specific organizational need. Your initial Scope of Work, which is created by your host organization, is the foundation of your internship experience. A work plan, developed by you and your supervisor, will guide you throughout your internship experience. One day you may be organizing or facilitating a training while another day you might be implementing a survey to local households. Each position is unique and tailored to match and grow your skills while you provide valuable support to your host organization.
Customized Internships Do you have a specific skill set, education, and/or work experience that is not indicated in our internship descriptions? Send us an email to enquire about opportunities associated with your particular skill set and interests at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll see what we can find especially for you!
Are you at mid- or post- career? Do you wish to reinvent your career path? Or maybe you are simply looking for an alternative, short-term meaningful vacation? Then look no further..
Lending agricultural expertise in the field.
We use the term "gap" internship not as an actual period of time, but as an opportunity for mid- and post-career professionals to fill a gap of time. We offer short-term experiences in global development for you to share your knowledge, possibly even gain new knowledge towards a new career, or simply to have a meaningful time off work for as little as 1-3 weeks and up to 9+ weeks. The Isla GAP Service program seeks working professionals with specific skills and experiences to work on targeted projects with our local partner organizations and social enterprises.
What specific skills might you have to offer? Many of our partners have specific organizational needs, such as business business and financial planning; resource mobilization, grant writing, and fundraising: marketing and social media marketing; communications and public relations; human resources; strategic planning; organizational development; entrepreneurship; and more.
Our partner organizations benefit from the expertise of GAP professionals with a background in education, health, environmental conservation, entrepreneurship and social enterprise development For more information, inquire at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Faculty-Led & Service-Learning Trips
There is strength in numbers! Are you a faculty member or group leader who would like to lead a group of students on an academic experience with field visits and a built-in internship for your students?
Travels to Bulgaria on a Kosovo faculty-led trip.
Isla arranges the in-country logistics for the group trip, including transportation and host family stays and places group participants in internships with Isla host organizations.. All it takes is a group of five or more students to make up an experience of a lifetime.
Would you like to integrate an internship experience as part of your curriculum? Isla internships provide students with excellent research opportunities as well as an ideal means to fulfill capstone project requirements.
We can also design custom service-learning programs related to the challenges faced by one or more of our local partner organizations. This is an opportunity to implement skills directly with a local partner organization for a short-term experience.