Maria Fernanda Reyes (‘13, Costa Rica) is a student at EARTH University and recently returned for her fourth and final year at EARTH from what she describes as one of the best experiences of her life: traveling to Ethiopia and applying her knowledge about community development while working with a local company.
During the last trimester of 2012, Maria Fernanda and 102 of her classmates had the opportunity to do an internship as part of their EARTH education. They traveled to 30 countries and for 15 weeks worked for companies and organizations primarily in the fields of agricultural production, rural extension, and soil and water management. As part of the internship each student also developed a community development project.
The internship is a graduation requirement and a keystone component of EARTH’s educational model.
“Using the knowledge and skills acquired during their first three years at EARTH University, students get real life experience that serves as input for their fourth and last academic year,” says Nico Evers, Internship Professor and Director of the International Academic Relations Office.
Evers adds that EARTH interns return from this practical experience with a broader perspective and the confidence that they can make a difference in the world.
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