Why intern at an NGO in Panama?
Panama is known as the gateway to the Americas and Panama City is a leading base for international NGOs and the United Nations, so Panama offers a variety of internship possibilities. You will get a taste of daily life by living with local families; visit a community living inside a dormant volcanic crater; and experience Panamanian dance, music, and art.
At the beginning of your program, you’ll get an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Panama and to workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. Then, you will complete a four-week internship in indigenous rights, environmental conservation, education, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous, and you will participate in weekly discussions, attend curated readings, keep a journal, and write a paper reflecting on your experience.
You will also earn three credits of Spanish with an intensive language course and expand your professional language skills through your internship.
ONLINE AND IN PERSON
The program will begin with one week of online courses starting July 6. During this week, you will begin online orientation sessions to prepare you for your internship and Spanish language courses. For week two, you will travel to Panama for the in-country portion of the program where you will complete the language courses and begin your internship. At the end of the program, the group will gather together for final presentations and to reflect on the experience.
- Complete an internship with a local community organization, NGO, or business.
- Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
- Experience Panamanian culture through a homestay, travel, and activities.
- Customize the program by focusing on the field you're most interested in.
Two semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent