Alternative Energy Markets in the Dominican Republic and Panama: A Study Abroad Internship


The Global Energy Security Forum within the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Florida International University is offering six-week internships in the Dominican Republic and Panama in late-Spring 2010. Students will contribute to a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project researching the potential for small businesses in Florida to export alternative energy products and services in these host countries. Students will acquire global export business experience in the alternative energy industry, including local knowledge about how business is conducted in the host countries. Additionally, students will enhance their Spanish speaking skills and learn about foreign cultures.


May 17, 2010 – June 25, 2010


Each intern will be awarded a $3,825 scholarship to cover travel, housing (via homestays), food and other expenses for a six-week in-country stay. In addition, USF Study Abroad will provide all interns with 2 months of health insurance coverage, 24 hour/7 day a week emergency contact service, and a pre-trip orientation. In exchange, students will complete a set of assigned readings and attend a virtual orientation prior to the start of the internship. Students will also submit a final report and attend a one-hour debriefing upon their return to the U.S.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. passport.
  • Must be proficient in both English and Spanish (one measure is grade of “A” in SPN 2201).
  • Must major in a field related to Business Administration, Engineering, Environmental Science or Agriculture.
  • Junior standing (minimum), Senior standing (preferred, with a graduating date no sooner than December 2010).
  • GPA of 3.2 or greater.

To Apply

Click here to learn more and apply for this internship. Application deadline is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by March 5, 2010.


Credit may be available for this internship. Please check with your individual institution for more information.

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