Economic empowerment is considered so important for achieving development goals, that the United Nations lists “no poverty” as the primary Sustainable Development Goal to be achieved by 2030. To start your career in the broad and diverse field of socio-economic empowerment, join the GVI Social Economic Development Virtual Internship. You can gain expert insight and practical experience in everything from setting up microenterprises and microfinancing schemes to impact investing and how to found a social enterprise.
Throughout your internship you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organisation solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organisation and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your internship.
Collaborate on developing a fundraising campaign while assisting in the creation of law and policy-focused social media content.
Prepare a pitch presentation to attract donors and investors for a social and economic development NGO. Craft a compelling narrative that highlights the organisation’s mission, impact and potential for positive change.
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.
Engage with academics, professionals and other interns by attending lectures and live chats where key topics and trends in your field of interest will be discussed.
Gain insight into culture through a range of interactions with community members. Learn about cultural or environmental topics by attending sessions led by local experts.
Solve a problem or challenge for a real organisation by learning about their challenges, carrying out research, finding a solution and proposing an implementation plan.
Speak to someone with your dream job and find out how they got there. Attend career development workshops. Receive career coaching and ongoing support from your mentor.
2 weeks before starting your virtual internship, you’ll work on our Foundations in Sustainable Development program. This includes two online courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond.
Careers In Sustainable Development
Specialisation course relevant to your VI subject area. Either Community Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing, Human Rights and Advocacy or Global Public Health
Attend an immersive series of lectures delivered by leading academics, professionals and local experts.
CEO, The Message Trust South Africa
Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder
|Study pace: 5 hours / week
|Study pace: 10 hours / week