The University of Utah has partnered with the De la Salle College-Benilde and their Center for Social Action in Manila, Philippines to place interns with a number of local non-governmental organizations and government offices.  These organizations work on various public health, government transparency, microfinance, social, educational and environmental initiatives. A local staff member at the De La Salle College will act as an internship coordinator to provide logistical support and help supervise these experiences. 

A few of these host offices include:

Grameen Australia Inc. 

The Grameen Bank is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning microfinance organization and community development bank founded in Bangladesh. It makes small loans to the impoverished without requiring collateral.

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.

Life Project for Youth

Life Project 4 Youth's (LP4Y) mission is to assist in the social and professional integration of Young Adults aged 17 to 24 living in extreme poverty and victims of exclusion: ex-prisoners, abuse sufferers, disabled, and street youth. Life Project for Youth has also spearheaded a Solar Panel Project among various communities throughout the Philippines to promote sustainability.

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.

For information about additional internship host offices in the Philippines, please contact the Global Program Manager.



Based on the host office in which they are placed, students will work on tasks such as field research, marketing research, teaching workshops, fundraising, sustainability and resource mobilization, social business incubation and development, office administration, environmental sustainability projects, and community development.


There is no language requirement. 


Secure housing will be provided for interns in apartments next to the De la Salle College. Interns will maintain a close association with University administration, students and other foreign interns through participation in various activities and events. 


Costs Include:

  • Program Fee : $2,999 for 12 weeks: (includes housing and utilities, 3 meals every day, transportation to work sights during the week, transportation to and from the airport, three cultural trips planned with fees and transportation included, phones and phone credit, travel insurance, pre-departure orientation, Filipino language classes, in-country coordinator to assist students)
  • Living Expenses
  • Academic Fees
  • Tuition
  • Airfare


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 Courtney McBeth to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.