This virtual internship and seminar will focus on the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in sustainable community development. Panama is known as the gateway to the Americas and Panama City is a regional base for international NGOs, offering a variety of internship possibilities.
Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Panama, workplace norms, and the ethics of interning in another country in an online context. Then, you will complete an online internship in community development, education, indigenous rights, agritourism, or another field related to your interests and career goals.
You will be expected to devote approximately 12-15 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.
Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your Academic Director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.
- Engage in discussions about socioeconomic, political, and cultural concepts of community well-being.
- Complete an internship with a local community organization or NGO.
- Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
- Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments led by your academic director.
- Build your résumé and professional experience in an internship related to your interests.
Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. Online seminar will take place in English. Virtual internship placement will be according to student Spanish language level.