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How SEED Works

Internships are offered in Ghana (English speaking), The Philippines (English speaking), The Dominican Republic (Spanish speaking),  Peru (Spanish speaking), and Guatemala (Spanish speaking). Interns work with a local company or program official in those countries to find potential entrepreneurs who have business opportunities. Interns will teach business development courses, mentor and coach and help existing businesses funded by SEED partners.

  • Minimum of four interns in each country
  • Internship lasts 12 weeks during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters
  • Can receive up to 9 credits

Your Map to Seed

The map to apply and be accepted into the SEED Program is outlined below.

  • Start by learning about the SEED Program
  • Apply by the appropriate semester application deadline
  • Find out if you are accepted, if you are register for 1 credit prep fall course and start saving money.
  • Go on your SEED Program Internship and become a life long representative of the SEED Program.
  • If you are not accepted don't give up, apply again the following semester.

See What Course Credit You Can Receive

Course credit that interns can receive is dependent on declared major.  Please check with your academic advisor for other opportunities not listed below.

(Any internship credits or course work that students are able to complete while abroad has to be determined before leaving on the internship.  College credits are not given for participating in the SEED program unless a student first talks to an advisor and then registers for the classes or internship credits that he/she wishes to complete while abroad) 

Business major – Set up an appointment with your academic advisor
Non-business major – Set up an appointment with Ruth Harrison for business related internship credits.  This internship also fulfills other requirements for non-business majors.  Check with your academic advisor to see if this meets any requirements related to your course work and major.   

  • The Entrepreneurship Minor is available online and can be completed while abroad. 
  • MSLE 4250 (1-3 cr): Marketing and Strategy Internship
  • MGT 4250 (1-3 cr): Management Internship
  • ACCT 4250 (1-3 cr): Accounting Internship
  • ECN 4250 (1-9 cr): Economics Internship
  • FIN 4250 (1-9 cr): Finance Internship
  • IS 4250 (3 cr): Management Information Systems Internship

Students that are selected for internships are required to complete a 1-credit business consulting course (MSLE 3590) prior to leaving for their destination country. In this course they review:

  • Internship Expectations
  • Curriculum they will teach
  • Country information and culture
  • Travel and insurance
  • Passport and Visa requirements
  • How to stay healthy and safe
  • Logistics and other questions

Once in the country, students will participate in teaching curriculum, writing simple business plans and financial statements, funding and securing assets and keeping funded businesses motivated and on track.