The world is full of opportunities for you to make a difference. Follow the links below to explore student organizations, internships, fellowships, training, and careers in international sustainable development.
Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, friendship and service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they provide service to their campus, to youth and the community, to the nation, and to members of the Fraternity.
Engineers Without Borders is an international philanthropy organization that is all about using a wide variety of skills to improve the lives of communities in need around the world. Michigan Tech's chapter is currently working on well projects in Guatemala and a water distribution project in Panama, with both teams planning on traveling in the next year. This opportunity is not just open to engineering majors, but all students interested in international philanthropy. If you would like more information, please email Michigan Tech chapter president (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join the MTU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to work with other students and local community members to construct a home for a family in need of adequate shelter.
If you want to serve others in the community, Husky Helpers may be the group for you. They are dedicated to helping those involved in doing community service activities on the Michigan Tech campus and throughout the Copper Country. Some of the activities they coordinate or help out with include Make a Difference Day, American Red Cross blood drives and Alternative Spring Break trips.
To defray the costs of international travel, the University and several external sources offer scholarships and fellowships. Review the study abroad financial resources for more information.
SYP is looking for outstanding individuals who bring amazing experiences and fresh perspectives to the table. Applicants should be positive, forward thinking, innovative, and career-minded. SYP offers a flexible schedule in a casual, fun work environment, and provides valuable professional development experiences. If you're interested in learning more about social issues and gaining a global perspective, we encourage you to apply.
Michigan Technological University's Mind Trekkers STEM Road Shows bring the WOW! of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the hands and minds of K-12 students under the inspirational guidance of the Mind Trekkers team consisting of undergrad and graduate students.
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Bioforce offers training in humanitarian administration, logistics, and water and sanitation. Programs are in French and are coupled with long-term field experience.
EWH's summer institutes in Tanzania and Costa Rica combine a month of technical and language training with a month-long hospital internship repairing medical equipment. Open to engineering, physics, and chemistry students (undergraduate and graduate). A year-long volunteer program is also open to American and Canadian citizens.
The Fulbright program provides full funding for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals to spend a year in one of 140 countries. Projects can focus on university coursework, research, or professional training.
The Center for International Health and Cooperation offers the IDHA yearly in New York and Geneva. The intensive, multi-disciplinary course lasts for one months and simulates a humanitarian crisis.
Earn a multi-disciplinary master's degree while attending several universities throughout Europe. Scholarships are available to students from outside of Europe.
If you're interested in working in emergencies, knowledge of radios is an asset. The Michigan Tech Ham Radio Club has a wide range of equipment, including HF and VHF radios.
The RedR offices around the world offer well-respected training on many topics, including security, shelter in emergencies, logistics, and water and sanitation.
ReliefWeb has an extensive calendar of training relating to all fields of international relief work. Look under the "Professional Resources" tab.
Rotary provides $23,000 for a year of study in one of over 70 countries.
WEDC has a reputation as a leader in engineering in low- and middle-income countries. Several types of master's programs and post-graduate certificates are offered.
Offers 6-month internships in many fields (e.g. water and sanitation, hygiene education, journalism) in Africa and Asia. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Offers several types of internships in economic development, health, education, and human rights at its offices in Bangladesh. Expenses are borne by the intern.
Through BUNAC, current students and recent graduates can obtain a work visa in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Most of the jobs that are found in this program are in restaurants, hotels, etc. These jobs can be used to fund a volunteer position at the head office of an NGO based overseas (e.g. Merlin, GOAL).
Offers 6-9 month internships at their offices around the world, working on a range of projects. Graduate students are eligible for the CARE-USA Fellowship Program, which provides year-long placements. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Offers 1-year internships at its offices around the world in a variety of programs. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Arranges internships of various lengths with NGOs in Latin America, Kenya, Uganda, and India, relating to many aspects of international development. Program fees are paid by interns.
Offers paid internships around the world for students in technical fields. Most assignments will not be very D80-like, but are an opportunity to gain international work experience.
One-semester internships are offered in field offices around the world. Interns must receive class credit for their participation. Areas of specialization include civil engineering, construction, and water and sanitation.
Offers internships and volunteer positions around the world.
Offers 1-2 year internships in their projects around the world, some of which are related to water and sanitation. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Offers internships at projects around the world. Housing, food, and occasionally travel provided.
Consider volunteering in the home office of an organization. Here are some of the big ones, but do not overlook local non-profits.
The classic. For U.S. citizens only.
Internships are available at United Nations offices around the world. Many are restricted to graduate students, but some are open to undergraduates as well. Expenses are borne by the intern.
Help organizations around the world without leaving home. Positions are available in many fields, including proposal writing, website design, translation, and fundraising.
Volunteer placement for 6 to 24 months in over 30 countries. Many skills are needed, including engineering. For volunteers with previous experience, travel, housing, and stipend provided. For those with less experience, fundraising is required.
Set up your own internship! If you can creatively fund yourself (think student loans), many organizations are happy to host a hard-working intern. The D80 Center at Michigan Tech has worked in over 30 countries. Chances are good that you know someone (who knows someone) who knows an NGO that specializes in your field of interest.