THE FIRST GLOBAL INTERNSHIP & PERSONALIZED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

applications close nov 2. NYC PROGRAM BEGINS nov 11.

GUATEMALA TRIP JAN 3-13, 2019.


 

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ACCELERATE YOUR FUTURE:

An experiential, two-semester, global internship program providing you with the adaptive leadership, cross-cultural training, personal development and professional experience you need to thrive today and in your career

 

CAN'T JOIN US IN the fall?

CHECK OUT UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

career x spring 2019

Identical to our fall program, beginning February of 2019 in NYC. Guatemala trip over spring break.

  • Access to career mentors and leaders from the business and social sector

  • Recognition of completion of Columbia Business School "Venture for All" for a course in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development 

  • Travel to Guatemala and consult for organizations and entrepreneurs that are focused on the same issue area you are addressing in your venture

dates

NYC: Feb 10, 2019 – Apr 7, 2019
Guatemala: Mar 2019 spring break

Location

New York City
Guatemala

WHY GUATEMALA?

Our co-founder Greg Van Kirk and his team have been leading interns, volunteers and corporate partners in Guatemala since 2005. Starting as a Peace Corps volunteer, Greg and his team have created numerous successful enterprises and award-winning social innovations over the past 17 years. Greg is a two-time Ashoka Globalizer Fellow and World Economic Forum “Social Entrepreneur of the Year.” He is also the founder of the micro-consignment model - a transformational empowerment model for rural entrepreneurs that even has its own wikipedia page.

How it works

CREATE REAL SOLUTIONS FOR LOCAL & GLOBAL CHALLENGES YOU CARE ABOUT

 

phase 1: Learn & Engage

  • Start on your personalized CAREER X journey

  • Learn design thinking and get cracking on solving a "wicked problem" in NYC that matters to you

  • Engage with your small team and start to form deep relationships

  • Collaborate with young professionals and CEO’s from a variety of sectors

  • Get up to speed on what you'll need for Guatemala

 

phase 2: Consult & Do

  • You're off to Guatemala with your team and the group

  • Take what you’ve learned and consult for organizations and entrepreneurs that are focused on the same issue area you are addressing in your venture 

  • Live with a local home stayfamily and practice speaking Spanish

  • Climb an active volcano and zip line over a nature reserve with monkeys (with team building of course!)

 

phase 3: Combine & Create!

  • Return to NYC and reflect on your experiences from a personal, educational and professional perspective

  • Finish creating your social innovation and present your solution to your mentors and executives

  • Maybe get a little seed funding to help you get started

 

 
 

YOU CREATE CHANGE

YOU CAN SEE

 
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You create change you can see - among the students we work with and the people we’re trying to help impact, and change is a part of everything we do.
— Fariha, CAREER X Pilot Fellow
 

HOW IT'S DESIGNED

We get it. You're busy with school. No worries. We've designed this for you!

MONTHLY

WORKSHOPS

Everyone gets together one Sunday a month. You learn, engage and get inspired by  business and social sector leaders who know what it takes to succeed in work and life.


COLLABORATIVE

MICRO-EXPERIMENTS

During flexible times that your small team decides on, you focus on taking action first, seeing how the world responds, adjusting, and taking another small step.


IMMERSION

IN GUATEMALA

Nine day engagement with organizations and communities in Guatemala where you consult and test your venture in a challenging new environment with your team. All guided by social innovation professionals.


PEER & EXECUTIVE

MENTORSHIP

No one thrives after college without a community of support and guidance. We build that into all our programs - at a peer level and with dozens of CEO’s and mentors who want nothing more than to support you. Set up times to get together at your mutual convenience. 


DESIGN & CONSULTING EXPERIENCES

You’ll develop the design thinking skills and consulting expertise necessary to design and prototype solutions in NYC and Guatemala. You’ll come up with your own solutions and help others with theirs. This happens throughout the program.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (EMPATHY & RESILIENCE)

A constantly changing world necessitates a growth mindset, requires resilience, demands being fully present, and being accountable to yourself and others. We help people build these capabilities as a central component in all that we do.

 
 
 

LATIN AMERICAN FIELD INTERNSHIP

 

 
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For 9 days you’ll work side-by-side with local professionals and our leadership at non-profits and social enterprises serving marginalized communities.

You’ll learn how your defined problem for NYC (Poverty? Access to education? Cost of healthcare? Environmental challenges?) is being solved in a challenging developing country environment. You’ll learn by doing. You’ll consult for an organization tackling the same problem in a different context. This informs your own venture while helping others to create impact.

You’ll also learn from and live with homestay families.  This is what gaining global competence and learning how to be an adaptive leader and entrepreneur is all about.

This is all led by the award-winning team at Social Entrepreneur Corps. Check out what Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker has to say about the value of this below.

 

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

 

Neil Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker, on why the unique immersive experience of CAREER X (Social Entrepreneur Corps) is key to career success

 

OUR EXPERIENTIAL GATHERINGS ARE TAILORED AROUND THE SCHEDULE OF UNIVERSITY LIFE. 

NITTY-GRITTY DETAILS

PROGRAM COST:

$3,500 $1,850

After speaking to incredible applicants and getting some unique scholarship opportunities, we've decided to offer everyone the program at $1,850. We want everyone interested in this experience to have the opportunity to make an impact!

10 days all-inclusive in Guatemala, 2 all-day Sunday workshops, 2 additional Wednesday night workshops, mentor sessions and more in NYC

Flights not included. (Training to crowd-fund remaining program costs provided by team). Payment schedule is flexible.

PROGRAM DURATION:

November 11th to January 30th

KICK OFF: 

November 11th, 9:30am to 4:30pm in Manhattan

GUATEMALA FIELD INTERNSHIP:

Jan 3th to 13th. All costs covered except flights.

   Note: Spanish not required!

GRADUATION:

Warby Parker offices on January 30th

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Why we exist

We see a world changing faster than our university systems can adapt. We recognize the gap: the fundamental skills necessary to thrive in a world we can't even imagine yet - empathy, collaboration, joy & purpose, adaptive leadership and entrepreneurship, to name a few - are not front & center. As parents and educators, we wanted to build a program that ensures our children can flourish in the unpredictable.

See our core values


WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR WORK


 
 
Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership approaches their work with professionalism, broad-spectrum skill sets and a tenacious work ethic. Their grassroots knowledge coupled with their deep business background and willingness ‘to get their hands dirty’ is hard to come by.
— Neil Blumenthal, Co Founder - Warby Parker Partner Organization

 
 
Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership’s passion for impacting lives all across the world shines through. Thank you for inspiring people around you to learn more, give more and care more for others. It’s an honor to work together in the service of others.
— Kevin Bingham Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital People to People Skills Based Volunteering Sponsor Partner Organization

 
 
Our belief is that student transformation comes when they are fully immersed in an issue and community. The Social Entrepreneur Corps model achieves this as well as any program I know. Their programs have had a huge impact on our students and the communities they serve.
— Eric Mlyn, Ph. D. Executive Director, DukeEngage, Duke University Partner Institution

GET ANSWERS

We love questions and are always happy to provide the answers. Here are some common questions people have before signing up:

Is Guatemala safe?

Social Entrepreneur Corps has been leading programs in Guatemala for over 10 years and with over 1,000 student and corporate participants. To date we have not had any major health or security issues. Most violence you read about in Guatemala takes place in Guatemala City and the Peten. We do not work there. We work in small, indigenous communities in the Western Highlands where we have deep relationships. And we have health, safety and security policies that mimic the Peace Crops. Greg Van Kirk lived and worked in Guatemala for five years and we understand the environment and what to do and not to do very well. We have expat and local team members working there year round.

What’s covered in Guatemala?

In short, everything except for flights. Our team will meet you at the airport in Guatemala and take care of everything else along the way. Just bring you open mind, open heart, sense of adventure and passion.

Who are the mentors and executives?

Good question. Greg and Jeff have built up a broad network of friends, collaborators and partners over the past 15 years. We will leverage this network for your benefit. This includes folks from Warby Parker, Deloitte, IBM, VisionSpring, Ashoka, etc etc etc. You’ll engage with young professionals, leaders of large organizations and entrepreneurs who have started their own things. We want to give you broad spectrum exposure and help you think about your own journey by learning from theirs.

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