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The Global Innovation Internship is a transformative 8-week internship program for purpose-driven undergraduate students that combines social impact projects with responsible leadership training — with the aim to develop the next generation of responsible and inclusive leaders. In teams, students will consult virtually for a social enterprise or NGO from Spain, South Africa or Peru and complement this with leadership training, coaching sessions and project mentoring.

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calling all undergraduate students

The program is available for undergraduate students. We also have program managers in each of the above mentioned places that will accompany the students throughout the program. 


  • This 8-week program is offered during the Fall and Spring terms, alongside students´ academic priorities, meaning they will also have their own university classes and work to attend to as it takes place.


Leadership development


The program includes leadership training to develop students´ responsible leadership skills and knowledge. You can expect sessions like: 

  • Emotional and cultural intelligence 

  • Strength-based teams 

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Intrapreneurship and Change agency

  • Impact Investing

  • Responsible Leadership

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Fundraising

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LIVE: Cultural Immersion


Even though this is a virtual program, we believe cross-cultural awareness and intelligence are an important part of the equation and thus dedicate a part of the program for students to understand their clients´ social and economic history. It is also a great time for networking and aids in team building. For this purpose, we offer activities like: 


  • Peru Context, Peruvian Affairs

  • Embodying diversity: Peruvian Dances

  • Food and Peruvian Society

South Africa

  • SA historical context: Apartheid 

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Zulu class


  • Spanish Context: Spain and the EU

  • Flamenco class

  • Spanish Lesson

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LEAD: Social Impact Project (50%)

The more experiential, practical side of the program involves challenging the students to apply what they learned in the leadership and professional development Emzingo|U workshops, by supporting a real client: a local NGO or social enterprise. In teams, they will undertake a social impact consulting project that directly makes an impact in their client´s community. This includes:

  • Consulting 101 

  • Coaching Sessions 

  • Project Clinics & Project Time 


We believe in the Human Centered Approach for tackling the project and thus we also provide sessions like: 

  • Insights for Innovation

  • Intro to Prototyping

  • Effective Presentation and storytelling 

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Emzingo|U has worked with over 50+ organizations globally over the last several years. We try to source projects with a large variety of organizations that are working to solve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Field Partners vary every year, but here are some of the ones we have worked with to serve as a reference.


ALUWANI South Africa 2022

Organisation´s description: Aluwani is a nonprofit working in collaboration with the community of Ga-Dikgale in rural South Africa. They focus on nurturing happy, healthy, secure children, and empowering rural villages in the Dikgale community to be self-sustaining.


The Project: A team of students that completed the Global Impact Fellowship helped design a fundraising strategy and to launch a crowdfunding campaign which raised nearly $2700 to help Aluwani build an early childhood development center.

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Organization´s description: Kantaya is a non-profit organisation that provides quality education to 300 children between 5-15yo through its after-school centers called “Casita Feliz” (Happy Little House). Working in Ventanilla, where 60% of households live in extreme poverty, they have had outstanding results: 67% of Kantaya alumni are attending university or college, compared to the national average for vulnerable communities of 5%.


The Project: Three Global Impact Fellowship students from IE Business School, Princeton, and Indiana created an online donor database for Kantaya with suggested individual, corporate, foundation, and academic donors as well as an individual and corporate donor toolkits and journeys, and marketing improvements.

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Organisation´s description: The Wellbeing Project is focused on catalyzing a culture of inner wellbeing for all change makers. We are inspired by love, care and compassion for all the people who work to build a better world, as well as to support the many causes and movements for which we all work. 


The Project: The main objective is to create a project to define and implement the best employee experience in TWP where it would be necessary to 

  • identify the best practices of employee experience, applied to the third sector

  • definition and design of specific actions for TWP

  • action plan, schedule, owners, etc


Our team works closely with all of our field partners to determine exactly what they need and where our Emzingo|U Fellows can truly add the most value. Over the years our fellows have leveraged their education and work experience to help organisations with the following themes and challenges:

  • Marketing, Strategy, Fundraising, New product or service, Business Modelling, Operations Management


*At the beginning of the program we present to students the field partners we will work with and allow them to share with us their preferences. We do the best we can to allocate them to the field partner of their choice.

what we expect from students

We want students to learn all they need to become a responsible and inclusive leader, to further enrich their graduate experience with real clients and projects, to inspire their career in social impact and, ultimately, to have fun and make friends for life. For this, we need students to:


  • Show up on time and attend all Emzingo|U sessions

  • Engage in all group learning experiences and reflection

  • Participate in all cultural immersion and social impact sessions

  • Complete the team consulting project with a social enterprise or NGO and give your 110% to it. The client is counting on the allocated team to help them build and grow!

  • Be open-minded: seize new opportunities for growth and reflect on the overall experience or any discomfort you may feel along the way. 

  • Be courteous and kind: respect and engage with peers, field partners and speakers. This is a chance to grow personally and professionally!

  • Have fun and be awesome!!!

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