ABOUT OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
Our internships are led by the Director of Human Connections, Elly Rohrer, along with the collaboration of HC’s staff and guest speakers. Interns will learn how a social enterprise operates, examine the impact on the surrounding community, and gain a unique cultural experience. We host a 3-week program in January and a 6-week or 8-week program in the summer. This past winter break, our internship focused on Social Enterprise and Micro-Entrepreneurship, and this coming summer, the focus is on Entrepreneurship and Development.
We have conducted more than 10 internship programs in Bucerias involving students from a diverse set of schools throughout North America. Our program is usually capped at twelve participants, and given the intimate nature of our program and housing, participants tend to become close friends and often stay in contact after completing their internship.
Why intern with Human Connections?
Our interns do not get us coffee or sit in an office doing busy work; they play a key role in decisions and contributions that influence the progress and growth of our organization. Not only does our internship program offer students the opportunity to work one-on-one with our clients in the community, but also teaches interns how to work productively and professionally in small groups, while also managing individual assignments. Interns are encouraged to practice Spanish, gain a sense of cultural awareness, and have the opportunity to assist in teaching public community classes on topics such as English, financial literacy, and business development.
The experience gained during this program enables students to think critically about community and economic development and to act responsibly on a global scale. Previous interns attest to the impact that the internship had on their professional goals and personal development. They also rave about the fun they had on our intern excursions and during their free time as they explored beaches, mountains, small towns, taco stands, and artisan markets.
What are we looking for in our interns?
Above all, we are looking for enthusiastic, curious, and dedicated students who have a desire to understand and confront problems in their communities and/or globally. Rather than looking for students with specific major, we seek a diverse team who come from a variety of backgrounds, and who possess a range of skill sets. In our experience, this best enables intern teams to support our clients, as well as to learn positively from one another. Ideal candidates have an expressed interest in the social sector, and are eager to experience and understand a new culture. While there is a priority for students who possess proficiency in Spanish, it is not a requirement.