From their homes, hundreds of students got connected, worked together and constructed bridges supported by multicultural work, adaptability and many others that define our main goals and beliefs.
Online programs allowed us to reach students from locations we have never been before, which means we were indeed going beyond. However, at some point, we asked ourselves how we could go even further, so we thought about giving opportunities for students that even on the online module were still not having access to our experiences of international education. That is how the idea of the Positive Impact Internship was born.
UFRN Student, Internship Project with SUBPAT
Positive Impact’s Last Day interaction
The program offered scholarships for underrepresented students from Brazil and abroad, to work with purpose-driven Brazilian organizations. For this program, we applied the iPBL methodology that was developed throughout over a year of hardwork and research. Each session had an intentionality connected to our five learning outcomes: intercultural communication, adaptability, global awareness, critical thinking and personal development. With this format, we brought more diversity among our participants through accessibility and the alignment of our essence as a certified B Corp to be a company better for the world. Students were divided in 7 different groups for 6 weeks, meeting twice a week: one meeting with the project host and the other for what we called Inspiration Mondays.
Every week they would participate in a session with a different subject and new guests. During their meetings with the project host, students work on real tasks and goals, brought by the organizations, with a dedicated supervisor, who supports the group’s development throughout the program.
In addition to the projects, students had mentoring sessions held by a Campus b academic coordinator, who helped them develop the project. As the projects are multidisciplinary, each student is able to contribute their best quality and at the same time learn new skills while working on the project as a group.
University of Maryland Student, Internship Project with SER
45 students and 7 project hosts completed the course with a high level of satisfaction, according to our feedback results.
All the groups presented ideas to their supervisors and overall, students said that they developed their learning outcomes by 89%. This way, it is possible to say that the positive impact generated in the students by this experience can go beyond the professional and academic aspects, as they can take advantage of the developed learning outcomes in their lives as a whole.
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