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

A unique part of the Ambassador Corps program is the extensive professional training that the intern will take part in before leaving the country and upon returning from the internship. Pre-departure training will be comprised of a blend of in-person Middlebury training done by the CSE team and webinars hosted by CSIL team and other professionals from the field of social entrepreneurship. In addition the Schools Abroad directors in specially selected countries will host an orientation for students new to the country. Upon returning, interns will be part of a blended debrief which can include the following: skype session with CSIL staff, debriefing conversation with CSE staff, reflective paper, online platform for connecting to other Ambassador Corps interns, evaluation questionnaire, digital story-telling platform, etc.

CSIL, CSE and C.V. STARR Schools Abroad Collaboration

CSIL is part of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboration Committee with the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Schools Abroad to demonstrate how these three institutions can work together to manage joint programs. Ambassador Corps is the premier pilot program seen as a tripartite collaborative opportunity between CSIL, CSE, and CV-Starr Schools Abroad. These three entities are continually developing productive and lasting professional relationships with a growing network of social entrepreneurs, impact investors and other values-driven professionals that will serve as Ambassador Corps host organizations to create a unified network across geographical barriers. The collaborative learning model offered by CSE, Schools Abroad and CSIL through the Ambassador Corps program sets the stage for social entrepreneurship as the platform that demonstrates the complementarity of academic and experiential learning.

Historical Precedent of Ambassador Corps

The Ambassador Corps International Internship program was pioneered by the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, to provide unique hands-on experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with pre-eminent social entrepreneurship organizations in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. During its five year history, 55 student interns were dispatched to 24 countries worldwide for intensive three-month summer internships.

The program focus for the interns included a diverse portfolio of sector specialties: microfinance, sustainable agriculture, human trafficking, social justice, environmental conservation, sustainable education, eco-tourism, youth entrepreneurship, disaster relief/development, public health and disease eradication, women’s income generation projects, community-based engineering projects, and business planning for social enterprises and NGOs.

Returning “Ambassadors” described this crash Peace Corps experience as “life changing” and “transformative,” and often times convincingly influencing a future global career path (some being retained as full time paid employees of the host organization they were assigned to).

Contact Information

Are you ready to join the next Ambassador Corps cohort? We'd love to hear from you! Contact: Ambcorps@miis.edu