Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Center for Social Impact Learning.

Ambassador Corps

A Transformative, Hands-on Experience That Sets the Stage for a Purpose-Driven, International Career.

“This experience has impacted my vision of what I want to do with in my life, especially why, where and for whom I want to work in the future."

Ambassador Corps is the top social enterprise internship program for undergraduate students

Are you ready to work for a social enterprise abroad this summer? Join the Ambassador Corps!

The Ambassador Corps program is the leading social enterprise internship program. A select group of the top undergraduate university students from across the US are chosen to do an 8 to 10 week international summer internships with a social enterprise. The program is an entry point to a purpose-driven international career where participants receive tangible work experience with a social enterprise.

The Ambassador Corps flips the traditional internship experience and works closely with both the host organization and the student intern to ensure that the match is mutually beneficial. Host organizations are in turn asked to define a job description that includes specific assignments, projects, and deliverables. This ensures a comprehensive experience for both the host and the student. Before the pairing is finalized, the host organization and the student hold a skype interview to be sure it is a beneficial fit for each. The internship offers students a hands-on experience to work with a world renowned social entrepreneurship organization and gain the front line know-how necessary to thrive in this type of work environment and potentially a future career path.

What makes Ambassador Corps unique?

  • Extensive vetting of prospective host organizations strongly rooted in social entrepreneurship
  • A comprehensive job description designed by host organization
  • Hands-on training sessions to prepare students for their internship
  • Mentoring throughout the internship
  • Profound personal engagement within the local community and culture
  • Skin in the game in-kind support from the host organization for lodging and meals
  • World class experiential learning opportunity to prepare students to become purposeful global leaders in the social entrepreneurship field

“The difference between the Ambassador Corps experience and another undergraduate internship is that I wasn’t just an intern for the organization, I was a part of the Global Compact team and I had important responsibilities."

Training

The Ambassador Corps cohort will meet for a week in Washington DC for a pre-departure training session at the Middlebury Office. Throughout the training we will cover topics such as: social impact investing landscape; social impact-learning pillars; digital narrative; survey methodology; entrepreneurial leadership and innovation; social impact financial analysis; and effective communication working in emerging market countries. Along with MIIS and Middlebury faculty and staff, guest speakers and lectures from leading social enterprises and social impact investing firms will provide additional insights and methodologies. 

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