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Apply Now for the U21 Sustainable Micro-internship!

Apply Now for the U21 Sustainable Micro-internship!


**Global Learning Initiatives is not running the U21 Sustainable Micro-internship in the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2023. GLI will relaunch the U21 Sustainable Micro-internship in the Winter of 2023.**


Universitas 21 (U21) is offering a free online, international internship opportunity for students around the world in April and March 2022.

U21 Sustainable Micro-internships allow you to work with your fellow students from across the globe, sharing knowledge and expertise while immersing yourself in a commercial organisation. Not only will you form quick partnerships with sustainability-minded students around the world, but you’ll also challenge your abilities, while developing key skills enabling you to thrive in the modern workplace.

This exclusive opportunity is only available to students at U21 member universities and is open to students of all disciplines. APPLY NOW to be considered as a UMD participant. 

Throughout the program, participants will engage with and learn from students across the globe spanning 18 countries and 19 time zones.

Find out more about the U21 Sustainable Micro-internships Program

Over the two-week program you will be presented with an ongoing sustainability challenge from your host employer and work in groups to innovate a solution and how to communicate this with senior stakeholders. The internships involve two 2.5 hour live online sessions at the start and end of the two-week program, with the rest of the project work undertaken flexibly, online around your other commitments.

As a result of the program, you will develop: 

  • Agility – your ability to adapt to new environments, to grasp topics outside of your academic specialism and work with difference. 

  • International Collaboration – first-hand experience of working across different time zones, languages and cultures,  bringing together global knowledge to deliver results for an employer. 

  • Influence – your ability to build trust and solve complex problems quickly.

  • Presentation Skills - your ability to clearly convey complex information to your stakeholders. 

  • Teamwork – your ability to work with a new and globally diverse team to deliver a solution. 

Successful completion of the program and all activities will earn you the Leading Change micro-credential which you can display on your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating that you have developed the skills to tackle complex global issues and stand up as a leader.

We hope that you will want to join us for this free program. Please note that there is a limited number of spaces per member university and U21 will operate a waiting list once all allocated speaces are filled. Applications close on March 6, 11:59 p.m. (ET).