All U.S. students and students from other English speaking countries who are enrolled in the Global Development and Peace Program are required to complete a two month internship overseas in a country in which the foreign language that have studied is spoken. Other international students have the option of doing their internship either in the United States or overseas. Students must have completed at least 18 credits in the program to commence their internships.
The internship is designed to provide students with an immersion in the language and culture that they are studying. It should also allow them to experience the work of Intergovernmental, non-governmental or governmental organization in that setting.
Education becomes a pragmatic and very powerful tool when it goes hand in hand with real work life experience. Based on this personal career philosophy, I decided to get involved with as many projects, consulting work and internships while I was studying my Master Degree in the College of Public and International Affairs at the University of Bridgeport.
Teaching in Costa Rica was an amazing experience. I felt that I came to appreciate the Costa Rican way of life. I learned a lot about their education systems, the people of Costa Rica, and what life looked like on a day-to-day basis.
I had the opportunity to perform an internship at the Grounded and Holistic Approach to People’s Empowerment (GHAPE), a social model microfinance organization located in the North West Region of Cameroon.
I was given the opportunity to participate as a volunteer Peacekeeper in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti during May-June, 2010 assisting the victims of the disastrous earthquake which devastated that country in January 2010.
As a GLDP student I had great internship experiences in the United States. I did my first internship at the United Nations Youth Assembly, which draws together 700 College-age young people from all over the world to discuss global issues. It was really a fabulous experience.