AFfiliate program OVERVIEW

The Hinckley Institute has partnered with the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in Manila, Philippines to offer a wide range of internships, housing, and support for the Bayanihan Internship Program. The Bayanihan Internship Program places interns with grassroots NGOs in the city of Manila.

A few of these host offices include:

Check My School **

 A project of the World Bank and the Open Society Institute, Check My School uses mobile and internet technology to help communities monitor school services such as classrooms, textbooks, and toilets to ensure government transparency in the allocated funding for such services.

Grameen Australia Inc. **

Grameen Australia leads the development of social businesses to provide employment for the poor and give them the skills and financial responsibility to escape poverty. The income of borrowers and beneficiaries increases dramatically when they are given the opportunity to receive comprehensive small business training. 

Save Freedom Island Movement **

Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM) is a gathering of 38 different organizations, groups and individual advocates with common aspirations for environmental conservation and protection. It was founded on September 11, 2011 by 6 organizations and launched the 1st Coastal Clean-up of the movement on the island. SFIM believes that protecting Freedom Island and other critical habitats from corporate exploitation and foreign interests is essential to our struggle for the country’s environmental wellness, people’s welfare and national patrimony.

Anak Mindanao (AMIN) **

AMIN is a political party working to advance reforms in the electoral and form of governance in Mindanao. It also aims to promote genuine peace and sustainable development in the country. 

Assistance and Cooperation for Community Resilience and Development, Inc. (ACCORD, Inc.) **

ACCORD is committed to strengthening local capacities for managing poverty reduction and human development programs that have lasting results. Working in partnership with poor communities, people’s organizations, local governments and non-government organizations. Some innovative projects include ecosystem-based and climate-smart disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and food security.

Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation **

The Mission of ERDA is to improve the quality of life of marginalized Filipino children and youth through the implementation of education and support programs in partnership with their families, schools and communities. For the Education Program, ERDA has been giving educational supplies (including school bag and uniform) because these has made the children happy and excited to go to school. But ERDA would make its Catch-up Program (enrichment sessions) more purposeful. The Catch-up activities will focus on improving the Reading and Math skills of the children. Based from a study, there is a need to improve these skills in Filipino children.

SPECS Foundation, Inc. **

SPECS mission and goal is to advocate children's rights and protection through programs and interventions that address spiritual, physical, education and social needs. 

**More information on all of these programs can be found in a document here. 


Interns will not only provide sustainable service to the partner’s organizations, but will also partake in Filipino language classes and engage in a range of cultural activities to expand their exposure to their host community. The program is named Bayanihan, as this Filipino word symbolizes the strength and unity of community. Through the Bayanihan Internship Program, interns will not only be able to make an impact in the community of Manila, but will be able to take these experiences back to strengthen their own communities.


There is no language requirement


Amenities provided by Bayanihan Internship include:

  • Housing and Utilities
  • Three meals daily
  • Transportation to and from work sights during the week
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Three cultural trips
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Filipino language classes
  • In-country student assistance
  • Travel insurance


  • Discounted Bayanihan Internship affiliate program fee (~$3,000)
  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Travel Expenses


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.