Stepping Stones International (SSI) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization registered as a 501(c)3 in Utah, but operates as a locally-based African operation in Gaborone Botswana. SSI provides an after school program to 200+ orphans and vulnerable adolescents (ages 12–18+) who have experienced abuse, inconsistent schooling, and/or have been infected or affected by HIV. An important aspect of SSI’s mission is to improve participating teens’ English literacy and thus improve their economic prospects. SSI is working to build and improve Botswana’s developing education system.


Internships are available in Botswana with SSI. The internship is designed to be flexible and involve students in components like research, literacy education, social work, law, business, psychology, and other social issues. Interns are able to tailor their internships to involve one or more of these components.

For interns pursuing a literacy-based internships, they will receive practical experience implementing a research-based reading intervention model (Next Steps or Higher Steps) in an international setting as well as teaching experience with
second language learners. All interns, whatever their focus may be, will be immersed into a different cultural and educational system.

This internship has been orchestrated in conjunction with the College of Education and the University of Utah Reading
Clinic (UURC).