Industry: International
Type of Internship: Development/Fundraising, Organizing/Outreach, Program/Project Management
Student Name: Anonymous
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: International Relations, Peace and Justice Studies
Minor: None
Position Title: Project Supervisor
Hours: 60 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid but receiving Career Center grant, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

Project Supervisors are in charge of a group of 6-10 high schoolers who are staying in communities in Latin America for a summer exchange programs. We are in charge of setting things up for participants and supporting them throughout the experience by visiting one community each night of the week (usually 3-4 communities). We talk a lot with community members and help with planning a community project. We also plan training and educational activities for the participants.

How did you find this internship?

I found out about this internship by participating in AMIGOS programs as part of the Tufts 1+4 program. At the end of the year they recommended me to apply for the position of project supervisor in the next summer. I looked for more information online.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love getting to know people of different countries and cultures, and this is the perfect job for that. You really get to meet tons of different people and it is really fast paced which I like. It is very adventurous. I also enjoy spending time with high schoolers and learning how to be a better mentor and have confidence in myself as a leader.

What do you find challenging?

I think that it has been most challenging being responsible for so many people and having to respond to problems quickly and confidently. It has also been challenging to manage my time, as the job is pretty intense and practically 24/7. Sometimes it's hard to know when to take a break. It has also been difficult to act as a mediator between participants or participants and community members.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Just go for it! This job definitely requires a positive attitude and high energy. It is definitely a time to work on being a leader at the same time as helping shape others into leaders. You should definitely be ready to learn a lot. And you need to have good Spanish! Normally applications are due in about January or February for the Project Supervisor position, and they are online.

About the Organization

Amigos de las Américas
Chitré, Panamá

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide immersive volunteer opportunities during which youth design and lead collaborative service projects. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic and impactful engagements in communities across the region.