Who Volunteers/Interns with FSD?

Our international programs are open to citizens of all countries who are 18 years or older. Our applicants are:
  1. Who Volunteers.jpgUniversity Students
  2. "Gappers"
  3. Pre-Career Professionals
  4. Career Breakers
  5. Mid-Career Professionals
  6. Retirees


1. University Students

FSD intern abroad programs help undergraduate and graduate students fulfill academic requirements and gain the professional experience they need to begin a career in development, nonprofit, and/or international affairs. Many students receive fellowships and field research/independent study credits through their university. FSD is a direct provider of international internships at countless universities throughout the world, including Notre Dame, Princeton, and Northwestern.


2. Gap Year or "Gappers"

Many interns work with FSD to gain international development and cultural immersion experience before starting graduate school. Our program has helped countless students strengthen their graduate school applications and obtain fellowships. For example, in 2007, two alumni of our intern programs used their experience to obtain Rhodes Scholarships for graduate school.


3. Pre-Career Professionals

Similar to Gap Year applicants, many FSD interns recently completed their undergraduate or graduate education and wish to use our program as a way to gain experience, cultural immersion, and professional connections in the international community. Upon completion of their FSD internship, countless participants have been hired by local and international organizations. Regardless of their internship outcome, alumni of our intern programs gain a much stronger sense of what vocations they wish to pursue.


4. Career Breakers

A large portion of FSD volunteers and interns are those looking to change their career path toward international nonprofit work. Some wish to apply their professional skills in a more meaningful context, while others simply want to develop new skill sets that support a career change. The training and experience provided by FSD makes it the premier catalyst for opening new doors in professional development.


5. Mid-Career Professionals

Mid-career professionals often use the FSD ProCorps Volunteer program as an exciting and meaningful sabbatical from their job. Their professional skills provide highly valuable consulting and strategic development knowledge to our partner organizations. In return, our volunteers gain new perspectives and inspiration that can last a lifetime.


6. Retirees

The ProCorps Volunteer Program provides the structure and safety for retirees to share their knowledge, experience foreign cultures, and engage in deeply meaningful and exciting work. Working side by side with local community leaders, retirees bring tremendous technical capacity and professional experience to our partner organizations. Most ProCorps Volunteers are shocked to find out how large an impact their skills can have in the community.