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Career Experience Virtual Internships

Want a career that makes a positive impact? Unsure where to start? Join a GVI Career Experience Virtual Internship. 

Get the opportunity to explore a variety of impact-driven careers that interest you and learn which one is for you. See what a day in the life of a marine biologist, climate advocate or human rights specialist is really like. Learn what it takes to land your first job as a wildlife conservationist. 

Upon completion, you’ll have a comprehensive overview of the types of jobs available in conservation or international sustainable development. You’ll also have in-depth insight into a few of these roles, and you’ll know the necessary steps to take to have a successful career in this field.

But this is more than a career experience program, it’s an internship. By joining, you’ll be adding real value to your college applications, resume, job applications and interviews.

A meaningful career aligned to your values is possible. Get started. Apply to join a GVI Career Experience Virtual Internship.

After successful completion you’ll walk away with:

 

  • Insight into the day-to-day realities of your chosen career path
  • a concrete plan of how to achieve your career goals
  • 1:1 career mentorship including a personal reference
  • specialised knowledge and skills related to a specific career-path
  • access to more than 4000 international jobs in conservation and international sustainable development
  • an improved resume and interview techniques
  • a global network of peers and industry professionals
  • project-based work experience, demonstrating your ability to apply skills to real-world scenarios
  • a final project to add and discuss in college applications, resumes and job applications
  • certificates from the University of Richmond and GVI.

Career paths

There are two ways to explore a career path on a Career Experience Virtual Internship. If you know exactly what field of work you are interested in learning more about, you can choose one of the eight career paths listed below. However, if you’re not quite sure, choose one of our more general internships, which allow you to explore a range of career paths in either environmental impact and conservation or social impact.

1. Unsure where to start? Go broad.

It can be overwhelming when you’re first starting out, so we’ve designed a way for you to start exploring impact careers without having to know too much about them. All you need to know is what you’re passionate about.

Environmental Impact

Are you an animal or nature lover? Do you aspire to be an environmental advocate? Choosing the Environmental Impact option allows you to explore a wide range of career fields related to making a positive contribution to conservation and sustainability. These career fields include: 

  • marine conservation
  • wildlife conservation
  • climate crisis and clean energy 
  • environmental and corporate sustainability. 

Social Impact 

Are you passionate about public health? Or protecting the rights of vulnerable people? Choosing the Social Impact option allows you to explore a wide range of career fields related to making a positive contribution to global human empowerment. These career fields include: 

  • global public health
  • human rights and access to justice
  • education for development
  • social economic development. 

2. Have a chosen career path? Specialise.

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of becoming a marine biologist? Or maybe you’ve always known human rights or public health is for you? By choosing to specialise, you can gain specific in-depth insight into this career field during your Career Experience Virtual Internship. Below are all the career fields we offer:

  • marine conservation
  • wildlife conservation
  • climate crisis and clean energy 
  • environmental and corporate sustainability
  • global public health
  • human rights and access to justice
  • education for development
  • social economic development

EXAMPLE SCHEDULE

Most participants join us for the 2-week internship option, which is shown below. If you choose the 1-week option, your first four days will be spent on career experience and planning, and the final day will be dedicated to project work.  

Before

Included in your Career Experience Virtual Internship is 2 weeks of online learning, in partnership with the University of Richmond. 

During 

Week 1: Career Experience and Planning

Internship orientation and project briefing

This portion makes up around 4 hours of your week and is delivered via the learning management system and webinars.

  • Introduction to your internship 
  • Briefing on your goals for the week and overview of experience and planning process
  • Introduction to building a career for good 
  • Goal setting session

Guided and facilitated learning

This portion makes up about 10 hours of your week and comprises the taught content. The below is delivered via the learning management system, webinars, videos, workshops and live chat.

  • In-depth insight into career paths of industry professionals
  • Day in the life of professionals working in conservation or international development 
  • Challenges and issues faced in the industry 
  • Workshops and sessions to identify and build skills and experiences needed to tackle the necessary challenges 

Independent and group learning

This portion makes up around 22 hours of your week and involves in-depth career planning and resource development by applying the knowledge and skills you’ve gained from the taught content.

  • Study of resource materials related to the chosen professional field or specific career path 
  • Independent work on career planning and development 
  • Peer discussions and group activities 

Mentorship 

You will receive a minimum of 2 hours support from your mentor to assist you in your career planning journey. 

  • Career coaching session
  • Assistance with choosing subjects
  • Discussion of skills, work experience and knowledge needed and how to acquire these through volunteer and internship programs
  • Review of resume

Week 2: Project work

In the second week of your internship, you’ll be partnered with an organization to produce a meaningful project while applying the knowledge and skills you’ve gained from the first week.

Project briefing

This portion makes up around 4 hours of your week and is delivered via the learning management system and webinars.

  • Briefing on the project structure: including the overarching goal, how the project will add value to the partner organization and guidelines for getting started 

Guided and facilitated learning 

This portion makes up about 10 hours of your week and comprises the taught content. The below is delivered via the learning management system, webinars, videos, and live chat.

  • Insight and understanding of the local partner organization you’re paired with 
  • Lectures, videos and podcasts relating to industry and environment issues and context - delivered by local and global industry experts 
  • Cultural immersion activities 

Independent and group learning

This portion makes up around 22 hours of your week and involves applying the knowledge you’ve gained from the briefing, taught content and supplied study materials to your project work. 

  • Project research and studying of materials and resources
  • Peer discussions and group activities 
  • Independent work on project assigned

Mentorship

You will receive around two hours of dedicated support throughout the course of the week. 

  • Project check-ins, coaching and support
  • Project review

After

Optional final project

Choose to complete a final project after your internship. This project will allow you to apply everything you’ve learnt about environmental or social impact to a real local contextyour own. This will allow you to have a project to add to your college admission or resume. 

Example projects:

  • Identify an organisation in your local community and evaluate how they’re currently addressing local issues. 
  • Create a plan for setting up your own organisation to address an issue in your local community. 
Ongoing career development support 

This includes: One career coaching session, access to a unique sustainable development job portal, and unlimited access to career resources.

THREE ONLINE COURSES INCLUDED

Three of our online courses, run in partnership with the University of Richmond, are included in this internship. These online courses form our flagship online program, Foundations in Sustainable Development. 

The program includes two core courses and one choice of specialisation. We have seven other short online courses available, but the cost of these is not included in the fee of the Career Experience Virtual Internship. If you'd like to complete one of these other online courses, an additional fee of $1695 applies.

Required core courses

Elective courses

Additional courses

SUPPORT

How do GVI virtual experiences work? 

GVI virtual experiences are delivered through a combination of live interactions with professionals and academics from around the world and multimedia content. These include live and pre-recorded webinars, live video chat, video and audio content, academic papers and other articles. 

Your international support network

Join a global community of students, professionals and academics dedicated to making a positive impact. The community includes our staff, our partner organisations, our course instructors, established professionals and leading academics, as well as our alumni and current participants. 

You’ll be supported on your career development journey by your: 

  • mentor
  • course instructors 
  • support coordinator 
  • fellow participants.

Who is this for?

Anyone who wants an impact-driven career

This program is for anyone looking to explore the idea of pursuing a career that makes a positive impact. This includes people who already have a specific career path in mind that they’d like to explore and those who only have a vague sense of what impact-driven career opportunities are out there. Since the program is adapted to meet individual needs, it is available and suited to anyone 13 years of age and up.

This includes:

  • middle school students
  • high school students
  • gap year students
  • undergraduate students
  • graduate students
  • established professionals considering a career change.

Dates and costs

Starting from 15th June 2020.

Full time

  • Duration: 1 or 2 weeks
  • Hours per week: 40
  • Cost of 1 week: $1995
  • Cost of 2 weeks: $2545
  • Start dates: Every 2 weeks

Part-time

  • Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Cost of 2 weeks: $1995
  • Cost of 4 weeks: $2545
  • Start dates: Every 2 weeks

Requirements 

  • English language proficiency.

*The cost of each GVI Career Experience Virtual Internship includes two weeks of online learning that participants complete before the internship. Additionally, it includes the cost of an optional, post-internship final project.

*There is an opportunity for interns to complete a one-week virtual internship without any prior learning or post-internship project work. The cost of this is $1695.