I highly recommend this program to any university student or recent grad. The program itself was excellent. I worked on Business Innovation, which, first of all, was a great opportunity overall. You are not entrusted with this kind of privilege or responsibility in many other organizations. I cannot believe that I got to work on starting a new business that the local people here could one day pick up and launch for themselves. I was constantly encouraged, heard, and given opportunities for extra work if and when I wanted it. The staff was diverse and so talented. And there was such a great balance between work and fun, and some of my greatest times were our group excursions with the other interns and the staff. For anyone who loves Spanish, great company, beautiful scenery, delicious food, feeling welcomed into a community, and inspirational learning opportunities, you don’t want to miss HC’s internship programs. I learned so much about myself and my life/career goals, and it will go with me for my lifetime.
The winter externship is an experience I will never forget. I could easily say that the welcoming people of Bucerias, the amazing Mexican food, the opportunity to explore the area and interact on a more intimate level with locals, and the warm-hearted staff made this experience the best part of my junior year in college!
A one-of-a-kind experience for sure! I was amazed by how much I had learned at the end of my two weeks with Human Connections, both professionally and personally. The itinerary was a perfect balance which made sure that I was being productive while working and got to enjoy the culture in Bucerias & Puerto Vallarta. I recommend this to anyone who is even slightly interested in the social sector.
My experience with Human Connections was not only extremely rewarding but also allowed me to gain new insights about myself and my future career path. I felt as though the work I was doing truly made a difference in the lives of others and I left Bucerias with a sense of accomplishment. Human Connections challenged me to think differently about the social space and how businesses operate in general. The Human Connections staff is composed of extremely inspirational and driven individuals who have a level of energy and optimism which is absolutely contagious. Overall, my experience with Human Connections was truly life changing and I could not have been more happy with my decision to spend of my summer working with them.
I felt that my Human Connections internship this summer was designed specially for me. This experience has transformed me as a person. I was not only able to meet fascinating artisans and help them improve their businesses, but I was also able to have fun working with a team.
As an intern with Human Connections, I was able to have a hands on experience consulting with small business owners on ways to improve their business through techniques like marketing, price point analysis, and product development. Every day I had the opportunity to interact with local citizens to obtain a deeper understanding for not only their culture, but for what it means to be a business owner in Bucerias. This opportunity not only opened my eyes to the world around me, but it also allowed me to see the potential behind every business, no matter what the size.
Being a freshman I think I looked at the internship as a way to prove myself. I think it made me push myself but I also felt like I had a lot to contribute and I always tried to bring something fresh and creative to the table. I appreciated that Elly and the other staff never made me feel like a freshman. I always felt like I was a part of the team and my work was appreciated. Being in Mexico over the last 6 weeks has made me really want to be a part of making a non-profit marketable in the future. This internship was the best way to spend a summer.
The six weeks I spent here in Bucerias with Human Connections went by way too fast! I didn’t know what to expect when I applied to this internship program but after reflecting on my time here I couldn’t have imaged spending the majority of my summer back in Philadelphia. The people I met (the seven other interns, Elly, Teresa, Flor, and of course the amazing people living in Bucerias and the surrounding communities) were all so kind and welcomed me without any hesitation. I’m so honored to be a part of the founding team of Human Connections and excited to hear about (and hopefully be a part of) their future successes!