Lynn University has partnered with the Ambassador Corps Program to send four recipients of the Ambassador Corps Scholarship on a global internship opportunity to promote social impact throughout the world.
Of the 21 applicants from Lynn, three students and one faculty member were chosen to participate. The students chosen are Rigoberto Beltran, Laura Garrido and April Ferguson, who will be accompanied by Professor and selected faculty honoree, Antonella Regueiro.
“We are deeply grateful to Lynn for providing the scholarships that enable these outstanding students to share in the Ambassador Corps front-line experience in international development,” said Jerry Hillenbrand, director of the Center for Social Impact Learning.
The Ambassador Corps Program prides itself on its ability to connect interns and social impact opportunities through non-governmental organizations. Throughout this eight to 12 week internship, students will explore their expertise in one of five tracks that specialize in International development, sports, micro-finance, environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture, education and women and girls leadership.
Before their time abroad, Regueiro and the selected students will attend a week-long pre-departure training camp at the Middlebury Facility in Washington D.C. Training will include workshops with social entrepreneurs and professionals from AshokaU, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and the Cordes Foundation, among others.
“The Ambassador Corps program is dedicated to social entrepreneurship, which means that they deal with organizations that are focused on having some sort of positive social impact,” said Regueiro. “This means that all of us involved in the program will be engaged in work that will have a lasting impact in the communities that we will temporarily call home.”
Although the interns are unaware of where they will be living and working this summer, they are sure of the fact that they will take away lifelong memories and experiences in this field.
“I see this experience as a platform that will grant me the opportunity to become a purposeful global leader in the social entrepreneurship field,” said Garrido, senior. “This internship will give me the necessary tools and knowledge to pursue a purpose-driven career.”
Interns will leave to their respective destinations directly after the pre-departure camp and will work and contribute directly for the needs of their host organization. As a global necessity in developing countries, social entrepreneurship is a prime focus for the Ambassador Corps Program, which strives to provide members of the community the opportunity to leave a mark on a global level.
For more information about the Ambassador Corps Program, visit mcse.middlebury.edu/programs/ambassador-corps.