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:

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.


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.