Dominican Republic

Program Highlights

Students selected for this new program undertake an 8-week combined service and internship experience in Las Terrenas, a seaside city on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Program participants will spend mornings working with youth in a variety of projects administered by the Fundación Mahatma Gandhi (FMG) that may include:

  • Conducting enrichment programs including arts & crafts, athletics, and summer camps
  • Teaching or assisting classes in a variety of areas to to a range of ages such as ESL, health and nutrition for expectant families, and composting and gardening
  • Conducting research on a variety of topics and areas from adolescent pregnancy to illiteracy to public health and more
  • Managing specific community services such as library service and select seminars and workshops such as FMG's Project Butterfly for young girls

Participants will spend the remainder of the day at their internship organization or working on a research project. Internships are available in a wide variety of fields and organizations including, but not limited to: public health; social entrepreneurship; hotel and hospitality industries; civic engagement; poverty alleviation; environmental research and conservation; business and marketing; education/teaching; and sports management. Potential internship host organizations include businesses, NGOs and governmental departments and agencies.

The local program coordinator is the Fundació Mahatma Gandhi. The director of the foundation, Jose Bourget, has close ties with CSB/SJU as former Director of the Intercultural and International Student Services Office. Jose is a native of Las Terrenas and has welcomed a number of CSB/SJU students and faculty to the Dominican Republic through the Alternative Break Experience (ABE) Program and is also on the distance-learning faculty of the University of Maryland.

Orientation

Jose Bourget and other staff and volunteers of the FMG will coordinate a 5-day orientation at the beginning of the program. The Foundation's staff work with program participants each morning and provide assistance and support throughout the program.

Accommodations

Include 2 meals daily and lodging at the Foundation's Casa House or in nearby apartments and houses.

Academic Credit

Participants are encouraged to use their internship to fulfill the experiential learning requirement of the core curriculum, or to earn independent learning program credit. Check with your major department and/or the Internship Office. To determine eligibility and obtain registration information. Please check with student accounts for information on the cost of summer internship credits.

Program Eligibility

The 2015 Summer Global Internship Program in the Dominican Republic is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing. Preference will be given to those who will be returning to campus as full-time students in Fall 2015. Successful candidates will demonstrate at minimum a basis knowledge of the county's history and socio-economic environment. Note on Language: There is no language requirement for this program, but language proficiency will be considered in the application process.

Financial Considerations

The estimated basic cost for participation in the 8-week internship program is $2000-2500 (not including airfare). Airfare to the Dominican Republic is esimated at $500-600. Living expenses in various locales may vary. Additional costs such as tuition credit, health insurance (required), phone costs, discretionary costs and optional travel within the country and region (historically very reasonable) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Application & Selection

The application deadline is Sunday, January 12, 2015, 11:59pm. All application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered complete and on time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact/request their references as soon as possible to avoid delayed submission.

Application Form

Requirements for Candidates Selected for Program Participation

  • Terms and Conditions Document (signed)
  • Health and Emergency Contact Form (completed)
  • Short Term, Off-Campus Program Waiver and Release Form (signed)
  • ISIC insurance card through the Office of Education Abroad ($25 for basic coverage)
  • Participation in pre/post-program orientation and workshop sessions
  • Submission of reports and a visual project

Program Timeline

  • January 12: Applications Due
  • March 17-21: Interviews
  • March 28: Acceptance Notification
  • April-May: Predeparture Orientation Sessions
  • Late May: Program Begins

Further Resources

Video Tour of Las Terrenas

FMG Video

Las Terrenas from the Air

Dear Dominican Blog