Education is essential for global development and an important resource for improving the quality of life of individuals and societies alike. However, factors such as socioeconomic inequalities largely influence people’s access to quality education. If you’re passionate about a career contributing toward local and international development goals in education but aren’t sure about which specialization you should pursue—joining a UNC Charlotte Virtual Career Accelerator will give you the practical experience and insight you need. You’ll work alongside experts in the field on real-world projects in different cultural contexts around the world.
COMPLETE REAL PROJECTS
Throughout your experience you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organization solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organization and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your experience.
Teachers often need help creating new lessons for students to keep them engaged. You’ll work with a local teacher to identify a lesson topic, then conduct research into the lesson topic and how to create a lesson. Finally, you’ll set up a lesson plan with additional resources.
Educational programs require funds to set up educational resources for students, whether it’s sports equipment for a high school or computers for adult education classes. You’ll work with a local organisation to set up proposals for funding an educational resource they need.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Safety is an important part of educational programs. Work with a local organisation to identify their safety requirements and help them set up safety policies and implementation guidelines. This might include developing risk assessments, emergency plans and first aid kits.
Example of a Typical Week
Career path Insight
Gain insight into your chosen career path and engage in discussions with leading academics, professionals, local experts and your fellow participants, when you take part in live chats and lectures on a range of topics.
Explore the customs, languages and cuisine of another culture in order to reach a deeper understanding of the country by attending lectures about a local cultural context or environment, led by community members or an area expert.
Find solutions to some of the challenges faced by real organisations such as local NGOs and social enterprises. You’ll do this by conducting research, engaging in discussions and proposing a potential solution.
Learn about your potential career journey ahead from a professional in your field of interest. Take part in workshops that will assist in career development, and receive coaching from your dedicated internship supervisor.
Dates & Costs
*The cost of each UNC Charlotte Virtual Career Accelerator includes two weeks of introductory online learning material which students complete before the experience. Additionally, it includes the cost of an optional, post-experience peer-reviewed final project. *There is an opportunity for students to join UNC Charlotte and complete a one-week virtual career accelerator without any pre- or post-learning. The cost of this is $1695.
3 Online Courses Included
UNC Charlotte participants will also complete our successful flagship online program; the Foundations in Sustainable Development program, which includes three online courses.
– Careers in Sustainable Development
– Leading Teams for Emerging Leaders
– Introduction to Community Development
– Introduction to Scientific Conservation Research