12 months of hard work, sharing and dedication – classes of 2020 and 2021
After many discussions and a lot of teamwork, we adapted our Summer Internship Program to a virtual format, as a way of fulfilling our purpose to go beyond and rethinking the ways in which students can have international experiences, which we believe go beyond physically crossing borders. In partnership with the Brazilian university Insper, we began to offer a 9-week virtual internship program, where interns have the opportunity to work in multicultural groups, alongside Brazilian students and experienced professionals in renowned organizations.
Summer 2020, Internship Project with LACE Engenharia
Interns have the opportunity to engage in real projects with these organizations, working under a dedicated supervisor who supports the group’s development throughout the program. Given that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with different majors and experiences, organizations are able to present multidisciplinary projects, which not only allow students to further develop their area of expertise, but also challenge them to learn about fields that they are less familiar with. In addition to having the opportunity to directly work with their ‘clients, students also are able to participate in mentoring sessions hosted by a Campus b academic coordinator, who supports them in developing their projects with supplemental project management tools and theoretical insight.
Portuguese class, Summer 2020
Furthermore, in order to foster greater cultural awareness and competency, students partake in sessions that contextualize the economic market in Brazil and Brazilian culture in general, where they can learn about topics ranging from the Portuguese language to the many biomes characterizing Brazil’s massive and diverse terrain. These sessions, in particular, allow students to engage in meaningful, healthy, and productive discussions. These cultural sessions were developed in order to help break down the ‘virtual barrier’ and promote the integration of students. While they are learning about Brazil, it is also an opportunity to meet and share knowledge about their own customs and help them grow into global citizens.
Although successfully translating these international experiences into the virtual realm has been immensely exciting for us, perhaps the most incredible part of this new normal has been the way in which the lack of physical limitations has allowed us to expand our borders and go beyond. As a result, we have been able to offer scholarships to local students from all regions of Brazil, providing them the opportunity to have an international experience – just as engaging and enriching as traditional programs – without ever leaving their home. We believe that the cornerstone to building quality educational programs is ensuring that all students have the opportunity and ability to participate.
Fall Virtual Internship Program, 2020
In the past 12 months, we have received 133 students, of 22 nationalities, from different parts of the world, starting in Brazil, passing through the United States, Spain and all the way to China.
In June 2020, we received the first group of students and, despite the difficulties and challenges of entering into this uncharted territory, we were surprised with the participation, engagement, and dedication of the students. The final results could not have been better, as students exceeded expectations with the deliverables that they produced! Some students were even invited by the organizations to extend their internship beyond the 9 weeks of the program.
Spring Internship 2021
Fall 2020, Internship Project with Azul Linhas Aéreas
One of the projects was done in partnership with Litro de Luz, a non-profit organization that aims to provide a source of light for regions in Brazil without access to electricity. The team was tasked with creating a fundraising campaign that would allow the organization to further extend its reach and continue fulfilling its mission to break down socioeconomic and geographic barriers to electricity. Projects such as these allow students to see how the business and organizational principles they learn in school can be used to do good in the world.
Summer Virtual Internship Program, 2021
Between June and August 2021, we welcomed a new group of students, this time for the second edition of the Summer Virtual Internship Program.
This time around, it was our biggest and most diverse edition yet, with 38 students from 20 universities, 7 nationalities, working on 8 different projects.
Summer 2021, Internship Project with Americanas S.A.
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