The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office of Ateneo de  Davao University (ADDU) has developed opportunities for International Remote Internships under its Global Experiential Learning Program.

This 4-week virtual internship program provides a skills-based professional learning experience to interns through online engagements with our network of partner industries and institutions. ADDU’s Remote Internship Program intends to provide student-interns with practical experience in industrial operations and professional work simulations that can augment their formal education, all the while maximizing online technologies that allow for a remote learning format.

For the September 2020 Cycle, a total of 64 students from various partner universities in Asia applied for the internship program. After an extensive screening and deliberation, two (2) students from St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies (Myanmar) were accepted as interns for the Internship Host – Project Dyesabel. Project DYESABEL (Davao Youth’s Environmentally Sustainable Advocacies Building and Empowering Lives) is a non-profit, youth-led organization that serves as a platform for young students from the Sama Dilaut indigenous peoples of Davao City, Philippines.

The interns, Mr. Moris Bo Bo and Ms. Cho Cho Win, were able to learn about Mindanao culture in the environmental context through a virtual interaction with the internship host. The interns also attended the AIM-organized series of webinars that will aid in their Professional Development particularly on the aspects of communication, remote work, and goal setting.

“I have improved in communicating with others,” Ms. Win said.

To conclude their internship, the interns co-organized the ECO (Environmental and Cultural Online) Dialogue 2020 on October 5-6, 2020.

It is a 2- day online dialogue between youths from Mindanao, Philippines and Myanmar that will converse on the Environmental Challenges and Youth Climate Actions encountered by them in their locality. This dialogue gathered 12 youths from Mindanao, Philippines and 12 youths from Myanmar as participants to have an online cultural dialogue on each environmental context and opening opportunities for collaboration and co-creation in caring for our common home.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to join this internship as I have learned a lot about the environment from Project Dyesabel. At the same time, we learned a lot from the webinars including the use of online platforms which is very useful during this time [of pandemic]”, Mr. Bo said.

For the next internship cycles, the advocacies of each internship host will revolve around the themes of Peacebuilding, Women and Children’s Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Sustainability and Preservation, and Social Entrepreneurship.

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