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LACS Ecuador Summer Internships

Ecuador Crossroads

Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

Undergraduate Internships or Senior Thesis Research in Ecuador

LACS will have many six- to eight-week internship options available in Ecuador during summer 2023. We are planning on these internships being in-person with some virtual engaged or research internship options also available. However, depending upon the public health situation in the world and when the decision needs to be made, these internships may need to be pivoted to virtual internships.

Eligibility

  • Must be a rising sophomore, a rising junior, or a rising senior at Cornell University
  • In good standing academically and have no unresolved disciplinary charges or sanctions
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of the internship
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Valid passport (check your passport expiration date)

Global Development, Summer Experience Grant (SEG) awardees are eligible and encouraged to apply for Summer Internships in Ecuador. Please note, any Global Development Fellows will need to do their internship for eight weeks in length. 

Requirements

  • Students must commit 6 weeks, 30–35 hours per week over the summer (6–7 hours per day, 5 days per week) or 8 weeks for some funders (6–7 hours per day, 5 days per week).
  • Completion of a mid-internship survey and a concluding reflection and evaluation survey.
  • Students participating in the summer internship program are not permitted to hold full-time jobs during the internship.
  • Applicants shortlisted for interviews will be asked about competing commitments over the summer.
  • For virtual internships: Students participating in the summer virtual internship program are not permitted to hold full-time jobs during the internship. Part-time jobs may be possible, but must be outside the 30-35 hours per week committed towards the internship. You will be expected to be sensitive to differences in time zones and be available for virtual meetings during office hours in the country of the internship.

Timeline

  • Application Priority Deadline: January 15th, 2023 (11:55pm)
  • Application Final Deadline: February 28th, 2023 (11:55pm)
  • Interviews of Applicants: March 1–25, 2023. For internships requiring Spanish, the interview will be conducted in Spanish.
  • Final Decisions Sent to Applicants by: March 14, 2023

Funding

Internship awards are dependent upon available funding. Funding is available from LACS and several other sources. If you have applied for a Cornell Summer Experience Grant (CSEG) and have a successful internship interview with one of our partners, we will work with you to provide CSEG with a letter of acceptance so that you can secure that funding.

You will have an internship total budget of $3,000. From that, you would pay all your costs including the cost of roundtrip airfare to Ecuador (on a US Carrier) as well as payment of your ground transportation and food and lodging costs. For airfare, you must follow federal guidelines that are compliant with the Fly America and Open Skies Acts (basically, and easy to do, you must purchase your airfare from either American Airways, Delta, JetBlue, or United, or any other US Carrier). The award will be paid to the student's bursar account and your airfare itinerary and receipts will need to be forwarded to LACS. If you purchase non-compliant airfares on non-US airlines you will be fully responsible for the airfare and that amount will be deducted from your bursar account LACS award.  Internships are six weeks in length, depending upon the student's interests, the partner, and the student's funding source (LACS, Laidlaw, Global Development Department, or the Cornell Summer Experience Grant open to CAS & CALS UGs, apply early).

Virtual internships, if paid by LACS, have the stipend amount of $1500. The filling of each internship opportunity is dependent on the availability of LACS funding (or funding available to LACS) and finding qualified applicants. Applicants are interviewed by the partners, LACS Ecuador Program, Internship Coordinator, and LACS Program Manager.

Fieldwork for Undergraduate Thesis

Last year, LACS funded students to study LBGTQ artists in Peru; the mating behavior of katydids (insects) in Panama (funded jointly with the Lab of Ornithology); and small-scale indigenous producers in Ecuador to learn about their products, methods, and cultural attitudes, in order to effectively help them market their products in the US.

If you are a junior (i.e., a rising senior in summer '23) interested in doing fieldwork in Latin America or the Caribbean for your undergraduate senior thesis and have discussed it with your advisor, set up a Zoom session with the program manager Bill Phelan (lacs@cornell.edu) to discuss options for funding. Suggestions for internships in Ecuador may be dependent upon your language ability and interests. 

Support

LACS internships are funded by an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Einaudi Center, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Einhorn Center, Jeffery & Martha Kohn International Study Fund, and other alumni donors.

If you are interested in helping us fund these undergraduate awards that change lives and perspectives, please contact the OVPIA/Einaudi Center Director for Development Christian Shaffmaster (chs86@cornell.edu) and mention LACS Senior Thesis Research in the subject line. Alternatively, make a donation directly. Under "Other Designation" or "Special Instructions" put "For LACS Senior Thesis Research."


Meet Sammi Lin '24, LACS Winter 2022 Virtual Intern


Internship Opportunities

There are 15 internships opportunities listed below. LACS will be funding ten in-person and one virtual internship for Summer 2023.

Participation in any April 2023 trainings or orientations are required in order to go on the internships.

1. K'allam'p Inc. - Regenerative Landscape Restoration (2 positions)

Women holding a plant

K’allam’p Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to regenerative agriculture, social ecology, and comprehensive resource management. The word "k'allam'p" has been used for thousands of years by the Kichwa peoples of the Andes to describe the relationship between social knowledge and the land. Our focus is to offer a suite of services to holistically improve farms, lands, and communities.

Focus: 

  • Regenerative Agriculture

  • Community Partnerships
  • Research & Development
  • Consultancy & Training
  • Regenerative Economics

Areas: 

  • Andean Carbon Farming Planning

  • Regenerative Andean Agroforestry Landscape Restoration

  • Andean Carbon Sequestration Credits

  • Indigenous Economics

Location:

  • Cotacachi

  • Imbabura

  • Ecuador

Internship Project: Regenerative Landscape Restoration

This opportunity is a new initiative that K'allam'p spearheads to respond to oppressing changes in Andes agroecosystems, agriculture methods, and land stewardship. The project offers 2 study topics focused on areas of interest for 2 students interested in natural resources management, landscape restoration, agroforestry, regenerative agriculture, ecology, environmental science, soil & plant science, carbon sequestration & credits, and social ecology, and e-commerce, circular (indigenous) economy, and green business.

Interns will assist in co-generating a comprehensive carbon farming plan mapping the various restoration areas that discusses the indigenous economic approach to land stewardship (carbon credits and marketplaces).

  • Contribute to co-document the social science research of health sovereignty drafting LID health practitioners' sociocultural history for social media publications and writing a book.
  • Interns will start the internship with a fundamental literature review of the topics. Then, they will present a summary and a database of their literature work. Next, students will prepare fieldwork methodologies and procedures to collaborate with participants, sample collection, sample processing, data gathering, analysis, interpretation, and digital maps using ArcGIS, QGIS, or Google Earth Pro to geolocate biodiversity hot spots for conversation efforts.

Each project and subsequent topics have different timelines and time commitments. Before the in-person internship starts, the students will participate in virtual meetings, literature reviews, and methodology development, committing about 5 hours per week. At the site, students spent about 5-8 hours in the field learning with the LID participants, collecting samples, and carrying out monitoring surveys. Students are expected to work on the internship tasks Monday to Friday. Also, students are encouraged to take Kichwa Language classes at the organization or other institution. The Kichwa class at K'allam'p has an affordable cost and focuses on Kichwa for science. This course is divided into three modules, and each class meeting has a 1.5-hour duration. The class runs Tuesday and Thursday weekly.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Intermediary to advance Spanish (speaking and listening fluency). All written materials will be done in English. Technical skills (i.e. Office Suite, Google Suite, Adobe Suite, Asana, Slack, Map making software, photography, data analysis, and interpretation) and transferable skills (i.e., personal, and interpersonal conflict resolution, attention to detail, adaptability, and others).

Students should demonstrate an interest in natural resources management, landscape restoration, agroforestry, regenerative agriculture, ecology, environmental science, soil & plant science, carbon sequestration & credits, social ecology, and e-commerce, circular (indigenous) economy, and/or green business.

2. K'allam'p Inc. - Health Sovereignty (2 positions)

Women holding a plant

K’allam’p Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to regenerative agriculture, social ecology, and comprehensive resource management. The word "k'allam'p" has been used for thousands of years by the Kichwa peoples of the Andes to describe the relationship between social knowledge and the land. Our focus is to offer a suite of services to holistically improve farms, lands, and communities.

Focus: 

  • Content Creation & Management
  • Grant Writing and Fundraising

Internship Project: Health Sovereignty 

This opportunity is a complementary and closing activity for our summer 2022 project in ethnobotany and ethnomedicine. The selected students will assist in the development of a new narrative on the Healthcare Sovereignty of northern Ecuadorian Andes. Interns will complement the work of past interns who collected ethnobotany and ethnomedicine data. The new narrative aims to empower traditional medicine practices by establishing the role of LID healthcare providers like midwives, sobadoras, and herbalists in the healthcare system and emphasize the socioeconomic importance of indigenous communities' experience pre-, during, and post-COVID-19 in local and regional hospitals.

  • Co-generate crucial digital graphics and content, research potential grants, and building of the physical and digital herbarium.
  • Assist in continuing the social science questionnaires and conducting literary reviews related to ethnomedicine, ethnobotany, midwives, and "weeders."
  • Contribute to the transcription of audio interview recordings that are essential to give voices to LID healthcare providers like midwives, sobadoras, and herbalists.
  • Support in the preparation of audiovisual material for educational and social communication purposes.

Biodiversity loss, according to participants, has eliminated areas of great cultural and ethnomedicinal value. The pandemic reinforced the importance of LID healthcare providers and their ethnomedicinal knowledge and showed the need to protect and promote these areas of biodiverse natural wealth.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Intermediary to advance Spanish (speaking and listening fluency). All written materials will be done in English. Technical skills (i.e., Office Suite, Google Suite, Adobe Suite, Asana, Slack, and photography). Transferable skills (i.e., strong written and oral communication, personal and interpersonal conflict resolution, attention to detail, adaptability, and others). Interest(s) in traditional medicines, anthropology, archeology, history of science, philosophy, sociology, environment research, community-participatory research, research in intellectual ownership, grant writing and fundraising, marketing (digital and otherwise), sustainable development (SDGs), and experience working with BIPOC or LID.

Students interested in anthropology, archeology, history of science, philosophy, sociology, and related field are encouraged to apply.

3 and 4. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador-Faculty of Law - Research Assistant (2 positions)

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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador is a private nonprofit higher education institution in Ecuador. The university participates in a variety of international exchange programs between students and academic staff. The main campus of the university is in Quito, but there are other campuses across Ecuador.

There are two Research Assistant positions available with Professor David Cordero-Heredia (Cornell Law School Alumus). 

Focus:

  • Our project studies how the shape of national racial policy; the existence of a strong/weak indigenous social movement; the characteristics of the legal system; and the opportunities for International Law to influence the domestic state of affairs have shaped the domestic implementation of indigenous peoples' rights. 

Research Assistantship 1:  Comparative regional analysis on indigenous social movements' influence in law-making and law implementation.

This regional comparative project studies how: (i) the shape of national racial policy; (ii) the existence of a strong/weak indigenous social movement; (iii) the characteristics of the legal system; and (iv) the opportunities for International Law to influence the domestic state of affairs have shaped the domestic implementation of indigenous peoples' rights. Last summer, Cornell students worked on reports on six countries using bibliography and archival regarding racial policies and social movements.

In this second part of the project:

  • Students will initiate communication with key stakeholders (indigenous leaders, activists, scholars, and public officials)
  • Assist in conducting in-depth interviews
  • Systematize contents and analyze findings

This project offers the opportunity to engage in qualitative inquiry in and multicultural setting. Research assistantships will take place in Ecuador (Quito) during the summer of 2023 (20 hours a week). Knowledge of Spanish will be helpful but not indispensable.


Research Assistantship 2: Ancestral knowledge contribution on Rights of Nature development in the Americas

The project aims to understand why in countries like Ecuador, Colombia, and the United States, the RON are being used by environmental activist while indigenous peoples are not participating in the jurisprudential conversation. In the first part, Cornell students worked on bibliographical research on cases worldwide that address RON. They read legal materials and helped to create a background of the cases.

In this second part of the project:

  • Students will write reports on selected cases and assist in conducting in-depth interviews, systematizing contents, and analyzing findings.

This project offers the opportunity to explore a new interdisciplinary area (rights of nature), to engage in qualitative inquiry, and multicultural setting. Research assistantships will take place in Ecuador (Quito with a short trip to the Amazon region) during the summer of 2023 (20 hours a week). Knowledge of Spanish will be helpful but not indispensable.

5. Futuro Foundation (FUFFID) - Research Assistant (2 positions)

FUFFID organization Logo

Fundación Futuro is a non-profit Foundation that specializes in the implementation of programs and projects that promotes the eradication of poverty among the vulnerable population in (Specify region/area). Our Focus Areas include Participatory community development; Popular and Solidarity Economy; Fair Trade; Caring for the environment and climate change; and Attention to the migrant population.

Focus:

  • Sustainable agro-productive alternatives for a progressive exit from the circle of poverty
  • Academic reinforcement in learning the English language aimed at adolescents and young community leaders
  • Building spaces of equality
  • Fair trade shops. Tips for popular and solidarity economy organizations to export to the United States

Internship: 

  • Induction for work in humanitarian contexts (facilitated by FUFFID)
  • Interviews with women beneficiaries of the project in Montúfar and Tulcán
  • Generation of a systematization report of the interviews with documentary support, photographs, and video recordings. These inputs will be important to structure an impact evaluation of the training process on women entrepreneurs while improving the intervention strategy with other groups.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of Spanish is useful but not mandatory; Proficiency in research and writing skills. Proactive and willing to work with vulnerable populations (migrant women/women victims of violence). Use of KOBO www.kobotoolbox.org/ for information collection. (If you do not know this application, FUFFID staff will conduct a training).

6. Futuro Foundation (FUFFID) - English language training for young leaders from the Cayambe Municipality

Woman receiving a certificate

This internship supports young people in the Municipality of Cayambe by teaching a complementary English course to complement the training that young students receive in high school.

Focus:

To support a supplemental English course for 20 high school students from rural communities. To expand young people's basic English skills by incorporating technical vocabulary and structures.

Location:

The context in which the internship will take place is in the Cayambe canton, a multiethnic and multicultural territory with an indigenous population.
 

The tasks the intern is expected to perform are: 

  • Create a structured schedule covering all internship time

  • Conduct an English level diagnostic test

  • Create a basic English language comprehension study plan

  • Create a final assessment test for students to demonstrate English language learning progress. This requires 5 hours of daily work; 4 hours to teach classes and 1 hour to plan.

The participating institutions (local government and Fundación Futuro, Familia, Inclusión y Desarrollo) will work together to reinforce our commitment to the delivery of information, documents, videos, and archives. The local government will ensure the permanent presence of the 20 young people selected for the education and internet access program. The products generated through the face-to-face internship help improve the skills of young people, who will have more and better knowledge of the English language.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Knowledge of the Spanish language (intermediate or high level) and a dynamic aptitude for teaching young people, including knowledge of teaching strategies and dealing with young people in the rural sector. Communication or related skills and good empathy to work with people from other cultures.

7. Futuro Foundation (FUFFID) - English Language training for young leaders from the Municipality of Montúfar

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This internship involves the need to support young people in the Municipality of Montúfar by teaching a complementary English course to complement the training that young students receive in secondary school. 

Focus:

To support a supplemental English course for 20 high school students from rural communities. The aim is to expand young people's basic English skills by incorporating technical vocabulary and structures.

Location:

The context in which the internship will take place is in the Montúfar canton, a territory where mestizo population and Colombian and Venezuelan migrants converge.

The tasks the intern is expected to perform are:

  • Create a structured schedule covering all internship time
  • Conduct English level diagnostic test
  • Create a basic English language comprehension study plan
  • Create a final assessment test for students to demonstrate English language learning progress. This requires 5 hours of daily work; 4 hours to teach classes and 1 hour to plan. 

The participating institutions (local government and Fundación Futuro, Familia, Inclusión y Desarrollo) will work together to reinforce our commitment to the delivery of information, documents, videos and archives. The local government will ensure the permanent presence of the 20 young people selected for the education and internet access program. The products generated through the face-to-face internship help improve the skills of young people, who will have more and better knowledge of the English language.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Knowledge of the Spanish language (intermediate or high level) and a dynamic aptitude for teaching young people, including knowledge of teaching strategies and dealing with young people in the rural sector. Communication or related skills and good empathy to work with people from other cultures.

8. Futuro Foundation (FUFFID) -  English Language training for young leaders from the municipality of Tulcán

tulcan logo

This internship involves the need to support young people in the Municipality of Tulcán by teaching a complementary English course to complement the training that young students receive in high school. 

Focus:

To support a supplemental English course for 20 high school students from rural communities. The aim is to expand young people's basic English skills by incorporating technical vocabulary and structures.

Location:

The context in which the internship will take place is in the Tulcán canton, a territory where mestizo population and Colombian and Venezuelan migrants converge. 

The tasks the intern is expected to perform are:

  • Create a structured schedule covering all internship time
  • Conduct English level diagnostic test
  • Create a basic English language comprehension study plan
  • Create a final assessment test for students to demonstrate English language learning progress. This requires 5 hours of daily work; 4 hours to teach classes and 1 hour to plan. 

The participating institutions (local government and Fundación Futuro, Familia, Inclusión y Desarrollo) will work together to reinforce our commitment to the delivery of information, documents, videos, and archives. The local government will ensure the permanent presence of the 20 young people selected for the education and internet access program. The products generated through the face-to-face internship help improve the skills of young people, who will have more and better knowledge of the English language.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Knowledge of the Spanish language (intermediate or high level) and a dynamic aptitude for teaching young people, including knowledge of teaching strategies and dealing with young people in the rural sector. Communication or related skills and good empathy to work with people from other cultures.

9. Futuro Foundation (FUFFID) - English Language training for young leaders from the provincial government of Sucumbíos

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This internship supports young people from the Provincial Government of Sucumbíos by teaching a complementary English course to complement the training that young students receive in secondary school.

Focus:

To support a supplemental English course for 20 high school students from rural communities. The aim is to expand young people's basic English skills by incorporating technical vocabulary and structures.

Location:

The context in which the internship will take place is in the province of Sucumbíos, a territory where the indigenous population converges.

The tasks the intern is expected to perform are:

  • Create a structured schedule covering all internship time
  • Provide an English level diagnostic test
  • Create a basic English language comprehension study plan
  • Create a final assessment test for students to demonstrate English language learning progress. This requires 5 hours of daily work; 4 hours to teach classes and 1 hour to plan. 

The participating institutions (local government and Fundación Futuro, Familia, Inclusión y Desarrollo) will work together to reinforce our commitment to the delivery of information, documents, videos and archives. The local government will ensure the permanent presence of the 20 young people selected for the education and internet access program. The products generated through the face-to-face internship help
improve the skills of young people, who will have more and better knowledge of the English language.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Knowledge of the Spanish language (intermediate or high level) and a dynamic aptitude for teaching young people, including knowledge of teaching strategies and dealing with young people in the rural sector. Communication or related skills and good empathy to work with people from other cultures.

10. Pa'Arriba Foundation - Communications Intern

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Pa’Arriba Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to identify and implement innovative prevention and treatment methodologies, community-based support interventions, and networked solutions that reduce violence in the home, school, and society at large that can be replicated at a large scale and across geographical boundaries.

Focus:

  • Neighborly Conversations- Basic Mental Health and Community Strengthening
  • Heysara (Oyesara)- Safe and Rapid Access to Information Regarding Support Resources for Victims of Violence
  • Sisters Helping Sisters (Lana Hermana)- Financial Empowerment, Art, and Sorority
  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly – Awakening to Transformation- Denormalization and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Internship: Communications Intern

The internship will focus on generating a communication plan and relevant content for the English-language social networks of Pa'Arriba Foundation to show its work in Ecuador on issues of gender-based violence and human rights.

  • Developing a medium-term communication plan and developing communication material as an implementation input for the plan.
  • The final product will be a dissemination and awareness campaign on the importance of community-based tools for stopping the pandemic of violence battering the country. It will support broader communication and fundraising campaigns to be implemented in Spanish by the foundation in the first half of the year.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

a) Graphic design, b) excellent communication skills in both oral and written English and Spanish, c) development of content and management of the digital marketing of the page, as well as the dissemination of said content in the allied groups of the page of the Pa'rriba foundation, and d) volunteer or work experience in awareness-raising and fundraising campaigns.

Interest and/or knowledge in human rights, cultural transformation, violence against women and other vulnerable groups.

11. The Yakum Foundation - Nutritional benefits of 237 species based on the previous research internship information

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Yakum is an Amazonian NGO working in 20 Cofan, Siekopai, Shuar and Kichwa communities across the Amazonian región of Ecuador. This unique region has an extremely high bio and cultural diversity. Our focus includes avoiding forest loss; restoring food sovereignty; regenerating lost forests; and strengthening Indigenous culture.

Focus:

  • Establishing species-rich "Food Forests," regenerating poor soils, monitoring, and food processing.
  • Forming and developing youth and women’s groups to empower them to achieve their dreams.
  • Developing Carbon offset work to benefit forest diversity and cultural integrity in the Amazon.


Internship Project 1: Nutritional benefits of 237 species based on 2021 research internship

Yakum is working with the community to re-introduce 150 species of native trees for fruit, walnuts, palm oil, palm fruit, and wood for construction, as well as trees and plants that provide natural medicines. Yakum works with Kichwa, Shuar, Siekopai, and Cofan on mapping the boundaries, ecological, and production zones of the community. Cornell students developed a monograph “The changing story of the Chakra Agroforestry System in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” They described 150 plant species: the height, elevation range, uses of the plant, nutritional value of food products, and benefits to wildlife.

Building on this foundation, the 2023 cohort will:

  • Use this information, continue the research, and add more species to the list.
  • Students will prepare educational material like infographics.

The Yakum Foundation has been working over the last four years to develop food security, regenerate soils, community monitoring of reforestation, and developing value added products to provide community income with Shuar, Kichwa, Cofan and Siekopai communities across the Ecuadorian Amazon. Yakum has also developed youth and supported women's groups on food forest and other related work. Yakum is now working on an innovative carbon-offset proposal with the Remolino Seikopai community. The forests in this region exhibit the highest terrestrial diversity in the world, and our species count reflects that. Yakum is planting and taking care of over 100,000 trees representing 237 useful food, nut, palm, wood, handcraft and medicinal species from the vast pool of rainforest species available.

Preferred interests and skills:

1)Methods and concepts of agroforestry, forestry, or ecology in general. 2)Ability to learn about the Amazon of Ecuador, and the nationalities where the Yakum Foundation works. 3) work with youth groups, and 4) Medium – high level of Spanish and motivation to learn more Spanish along the way.

We are interested in Cornell interns who have interest in food security, reforestation, mapping, and monitoring work. Specifically for the upcoming summer program, we would like two volunteers. We need two students who can work to research and prepare materials on the nutritional benefits of as many of the 237 species as they can during their internship time here in Ecuador. Students will be invited to participate in our reforestation work and possibly travel to the Siekopai community of Remolino.

12. The Yakum Foundation - Mapping Training with the Youth of the Ethnic Communities of the Kichwa, Shuar, Cofan, and Siekopai in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Portrait

Yakum is an Amazonian NGO working in 20 Cofan, Siekopai, Shuar and Kichwa communities across the Amazonian región of Ecuador. This unique region has an extremely high bio and cultural diversity. Our focus includes avoiding forest loss; restoring food sovereignty; regenerating lost forests; and strengthening Indigenous culture.

Focus:

  • Establishing species-rich "Food Forests," regenerating poor soils, monitoring, and food processing.
  • Forming and developing youth and women’s groups to empower them to achieve their dreams.
  • Developing Carbon offset work to benefit forest diversity and cultural integrity in the Amazon.


Internship Project: Mapping Training with the Youth of the Ethnic Communities of the Kichwa, Shuar, Cofan, and Siekopai in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

  • Review existing sets of maps and assist in improving the format of the maps, including standard legends, colors, orientation, and more.
  • Students will collaborate with Yakum's institutional development team to support and develop work in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • Review existing maps
  • Train a select group of Siekopai ethnic group youths who are helping with mapping the community’s territory.

The final products expected are a folder of mappings related to Yakum's work in the Amazon, prepared with Diana Quilombo during the internship.

The minimum tasks expected to be done by the intern are adjustments based on a group reflection on the way – mid-term evaluation, development, and collaboration in mapping production with Yakum. The final products expected are a folder of mappings related to Yakum's work in the Amazon, prepared with Diana Quilombo during the internship. We are training the Mapping Group Siekopai, posting on the website and various social media about the work results, and creating a transparent product file for Yakum, communities, and collaborators for them to use in the future.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

Knowledge of the use of GPS; experience with developing maps from GPS coordinates; skills in the use of mapping programs (ArcGIS, MapInfo Pro, or other GIS mapping software); interest and/or experience in training others in mapping techniques (ability to communicate knowledge to others); interest in international development career; Intermediate medium to high oral and written Spanish.

13. Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) - Curatorial assistant at the Terrestrial zoology lab (ZSFQ)

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The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private liberal arts university located in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to the main campus located in Cumbayá/Quito, USFQ has a satellite campus and research station in the Galapagos Islands and a biological field station, “Tiputini Biodiversity Station” in the Amazon basin. USFQ offers international students the opportunity to study in Ecuador for a semester, year, or summer. 

Internship: Curatorial assistant at the Terrestrial zoology lab (ZSFQ)

Our museum has dozens of ongoing projects in biodiversity, with new specimens being added frequently offering great opportunities for research. Students may be exposed to preserved fresh animal specimens.  Students must have a strong interest in the field of natural sciences

  • This position at the museum allows students to work hands-on with scientific specimens, helping the curators with organizing, identifying, and researching the animals in our collection.
  • Student will gain skills in research, museum management, and taxonomy.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

The right person for this job should be in the field of natural sciences or have a strong interest in the field. It should be someone who does not mind working with preserved or fresh animal specimens. You will gain skills in research, museum management, taxonomy, etc. The person in charge of this is Carolina Reyes

14. Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) - Camera Traps Proyect

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Internship: Camera Traps Project

This project aims to estimate the patterns and levels of activity of medium and large mammals in the eastern foothills of Ecuador. In this way, highlighting the importance of ecological interactions on a landscape scale and that in the future allow understanding prey-predator relationships. Learn more about the project.

15. Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) - Citizen science/connection with the community assistant

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Internship: Citizen Science/Connection with the Community Assistant

The institute for tropical biodiversity (iBIOTRP) at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) has several projects that aim to promote the link between the scientific community and the community at large. We promote citizen science activities by promoting the use of existing platforms such as iNaturalist or eBird in the community. We also divulge scientific information through our social network platforms and open houses.

  • In this position, students will work along with other members of our team in the development and management of events that help bridge the gap between science and the community.

Preferred Interests and Skills:

The right person for this position should have good communication skills. Should be able to work independently. Should be able to work with people of different backgrounds and ages. It would be preferable but not necessary to speak Spanish. The people in charge of this position will be Emilia Peñaherrera and Mateo Dávila.


Ecuador Partner Organizations

Fundación Futuro Familia Inclusión y Desarrollo (FUFFID)

FUFFID is a non-profit foundation created two years ago to work in favor of the vulnerable population with complete projects that support them in breaking the cycle of poverty and changing their vulnerability situation.

The mission of the organization: To be an organization with a high degree of trust from the most representative social actors of the vulnerable population and from national and international organizations and institutions with whom we share the commitment to work for the benefit of the most vulnerable population in the country.

The vision of the organization: To be an innovative organization specializing in implementing comprehensive programs and projects that contribute to the development of capacities and the inclusion of the population living in conditions of vulnerability, to improve the quality of life and the exercise of their rights.

Interest groups: Vulnerable population due to: Poverty situation, the situation of discrimination based on gender, race, nationality, disability.

Lines of action: Participatory community development, Popular and Solidarity Economy, Fair Trade, Caring for the environment and climate change, and attention to the migrant population.


Yakum Foundation

Yakum is an Amazonian NGO working in 20 Cofan, Siekopai, Shuar, and Kichwa communities across the Amazonian región of Ecuador. This is a unique region having extremely high bio and cultural diversity. Yakum establishes species-rich "Food Forests," regenerating poor soils, monitoring, and food processing. Yakum also is forming and developing youth and women’s groups to empower them to achieve their dreams. Finally, Yakum is developing Carbon offset work to benefit forest diversity and cultural integrity in the Amazon. We expect our work to positively impact community nutrition, income, cultural development, conservation, and education. 


Municipality of Joya de los Sachas

The Autonomous Municipal Decentralized Government of the Canton La Joya de Los Sachas is a non-profit, governmental institution. It is mainly in charge of guaranteeing access to essential services such as water, sewerage, and solid waste management. In addition, it regulates and controls the use and occupation of land in its territory, ensuring orderly growth and a vision of progress. Its territorial jurisdiction cares for cultures in danger of disappearance and vulnerable social groups such as children, adolescents, youth, the elderly, special abilities, and women. 


K’allam’p Inc.

K’allam’p Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to regenerative agriculture, social ecology, and comprehensive resource management. The word "k'allam'p" has been used for thousands of years by the Kichwa peoples of the Andes to describe the relationship between social knowledge and the land. Kállam'p INC offers a suite of services to holistically improve farms, lands and communities. Community partnerships, research & Development, and Consultancy & Training.

Core Values:

  • Acknowledging the indigenous, social, and natural histories of the Land.
  • Supporting collaborative educational development in indigenous communities.
  • Sharing knowledge within our local communities.
  • Respecting the human labor and physical costs of agriculture.
  • Being transparent in our approach, findings, and potential conflicts of interest.

Pa'Arriba Foundation

Pa'Arriba Foundation (U.S.) is the parent foundation of Fundación Pa'Arriba Ecuador, which operates locally in Ecuador to develop community-based prevention, support, and cultural transformation ecosystem designed to leverage the power of community to reduce violence in the country. The foundation has three main programs: Neighborly Conversations (Conversando con tu Veci(ndad)), a community-based psychosocial support program; OyeSARA (HeySARA), a currently in development digital platform designed to provide rapid access to support resources in cases of violence; and, LANA Hermana (Sisters Supporting Sisters), a virtual community using economic empowerment, art and sisterhood to help women gain independence with support from the International Coaching Federation's Ecuador Chapter.

Mission: To execute social projects and create spaces for healthy dialogue within Spanish-speaking communities to form resilient individuals with healthy communications who can then forge communities of peace.

Vision: To reduce the levels of violence in Spanish-speaking societies by creating public-private-community alliances to strengthen respect for human rights.


Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) 

USFQ is a Cornell Global Hub partner university.

Global Hubs are Cornell’s collaborative centers of engagement around the world. Hubs will give students exciting opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad, field experience, participation in faculty-led research, curricular pathways through majors, internships, and more.

USFQ is ranked as the top university in Ecuador and number 65 in Latin America by QS Latin America Rankings 2021. USFQ's education model is aimed at the formation of leading, innovative and entrepreneurial professionals, serving the community within the philosophy of Liberal Arts, and integrating every sector of local and regional society.

The USFQ was founded in 1988; it was officially recognized by Ecuador's Ministry of Education and Culture in October 1995.

USFQ seeks to train free-thinking, innovative, creative, entrepreneurial individuals within the framework of the Liberal Arts and under its founding principles. USFQ aims to be a university of excellence in all its activities and unique globally given its capabilities within the philosophy of Liberal Arts and its founding principles.

The USFQ is the University number 1 in Ecuador and 65 in Latin America by QS Latin America Rankings 2021. USFQ education model is aimed at forming leading, innovative, and entrepreneurial professionals, serving the community within the philosophy of Liberal Arts, and integrating everyone sector of local and regional society.

Science stations include the “Galapagos Science Center” in the Galápagos Islands and the "Tiputini Biosiversity Station" in the Amazon Rainforest.


Terra Genesis (TGI)

Terra Genesis International is a global organization with branches in New York, Massachusetts, Idaho, Ecuador, Thailand, Belgium, and Mexico. TGI team is made up of a core group of designers and consultants working with a global network of associates and contractors. Depending on the needs of the job, we hand-select the most appropriate team of professionals to go beyond the basic needs of the client. Let our teamwork with you to find solutions to your design challenges and bring ecologic and economic health to your organization. Terra Genesis International's main industries are Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Crops. The team comprises ecological designers, farmers, foresters, ecologists, educators, financial analysts and branding and marketing professionals. They focus on the existing supply chains, delivering their expansive knowledge of permaculture, holistic management, horticulture, and professional landscape design.


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

PUCE is a private nonprofit higher education institution in Ecuador. PUCE was founded in 1946. The main building of the university proudly stands in Quito inside an urban campus. Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador is average in size with a capacity of 20 thousand students. Foreign applicants are not excluded from the admission process. PUCE has around 1% of foreign students. The education is provided by more than 1500 teachers and professors. The university participates in a variety of international exchange programs between students and academic staff. University ranking. According to the international ratings Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador is the leading university of Ecuador and a desirable place to study for the majority of students. Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador is in the top 5% according to the international rankings.

Today, the main campus of the university is still in Quito, but there are other campuses across Ecuador, in Ambato (established in 1982), Esmeraldas (1981), Ibarra (1976), Santo Domingo de los Colorados (1996), and a regional campus in the province of Manabí (1993). The PUCE has 15 schools and faculties, including graduate programs in medicine, law and engineering.


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