Thanks to the LACC/USAID Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Partnership Initiative, exchange between FIU and USAID is expanding exponentially and reaching new heights that benefit the entire FIU community.
LACC and USAID, through its Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), signed a historic agreement that builds upon respective strengths, experiences, technologies, methodologies, investments, and resources (human, in-kind, and financial) to increase collaboration in areas of international development.
Housed at LACC and led by LACC, the USAID MSI Partnership Initiative provides student internships and applied training; enhances staff, student, and faculty global competency through tailored professional development, advances positive and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean through the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise, and cultivates research opportunities and supports career preparation and placement for minorities and other under-represented groups in fields related to international development.
Features of the LACC/USAID MSI Partnership Initiative:
LACC/USAID Student Success Program
- Annual USAID presentations to incoming freshmen and underclassmen to ensure MSI students' awareness of opportunities in international development early on in their post-secondary training.
- Access to a pool of USAID volunteer mentors to guide FIU students interested in careers in international development, foreign service or foreign affairs throughout their college experience.
- Create and promote internship and job opportunities at USAID and USAID partner organizations to help ensure a future pipeline of diverse professionals in fields related to international development.