Are you interested in doing something extraordinary during your Summer break? Are you interested in gaining international hands-on experience in sustainable energy, clean water, and/or community development work?
blueEnergy's Summer Internship Program is a unique 1 to 12 week opportunity with flexible start dates for individuals who want to learn hands-on about community development, experience new cultures, work hard and have fun doing it! You have the opportunity to learn about and participate in solar panel installations, water filter installations, and community development initiatives that directly impact the lives of those less fortunate in rural Nicaragua. Have the experience of a lifetime during your Summer break while participating in blueEnergy's renewable energy, water, and community development work on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua!
blueEnergy is a non-profit organization that connects isolated communities to clean water, energy, and other basic services to give people the opportunity to improve their lives. We are currently focused on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, where over 75% of the population does not have access to electricity and clean water. Utilizing a community-based project design model, we work directly with our beneficiaries to create appropriate solutions. Intern with blueEnergy and experience this development model hands-on!
The Summer Internship Program is designed for individuals interested in gaining hands-on implementation experience in at least one of the following program areas: water, energy, and community development. Interns will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with international staff members and volunteers, local people and beneficiaries and witness how their work benefits those most in need in Nicaragua!
Examples of internship opportunities
- Rural Solar Panel Installations: blueEnergy's energy team is committed to bringing clean light and the opportunities that come with it to the people of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. From construction to installation, YOU will be involved in providing single-home lighting systems to beneficiaries.
- Water Filter Installations: blueEnergy's water team is committed to providing access to clean drinking water to the people of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. This is a region that lacks municipal water and sewage services. From training to building to installing, YOU will be involved in the process of ensuring access to clean water to those who need it most.
blueEnergy's Summer Internship Program is an eye-opening, real-world experience that aims to empower young people to take a leadership role in their home communities and in international development. It will set you apart from your peers and provide the necessary skills to accomplish your academic and career goals. You will gain leadership skills, learn how to work effectively in culturally diverse groups, and expand your knowledge of project development.
Potential highlights of blueEnergy's Service Learning Internship Program:
- A close-up look at international community development;
- Hands-on experience in renewable energy implementation;
- Hands-on experience in clean water initiatives;
- Language immersion, and
- Exposure to the rich culture and history of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast.
The Summer Internship Program runs for 1-12 with flexible start and end dates. Fees are 1,600 USD* for a one-week program, with 600 USD each additional week. This fee pays for a high quality experience and covers room, board, internet, laundry, emergency medical insurance, and project-based travel. In addition, a portion of your program fee supports the local projects you'll be working on. International airfare and domestic airfare are not covered and are the responsibility of the intern.
*Past interns have successfully secured foundation or university funding (e.g. research or travel grants) to cover fees or have successfully fundraised their program fees through personal outreach to friends and family. blueEnergy encourages students who are interested to seek out academic funding options and can provide materials and support in personal fundraising campaigns.
You can spend your Summer break lounging around OR you could spend it bringing renewable energy and clean water to those who need it most. Make a change this year and spend your Summer with blueEnergy!
This fee pays for a high quality experience and covers room, board, internet, laundry, emergency medical insurance, and project-based travel. In addition, a portion of your program fee supports the local projects you'll be working on. International airfare and domestic airfare are not covered and are the responsibility of the intern.
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blueEnergy improves lives in marginalized communities using a holistic approach to sustainable energy and related fundamental services. blueEnergy develops wind and solar energy solutions, solar lighting solutions, communications solutions and provides local capacity building support to communities on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. blueEnergy functions in challenging environments and succeeds because of our connection with the community, commitment to building local capacity, and with the hard work of our international volunteers.