Assist microfinance organizations that give vital support to small businesses by providing affordable loans and business advice. Interns collaborate with business owners, helping with lending, budgeting and growth strategies, and teaching financial literacy.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Many small entrepreneurs in Guatemala aren’t able to receive loans from banks and can resort to loan sharks, who charge exorbitant amounts of interest. However, microfinance organizations help these small entrepreneurs with reasonable lending options, and provide financial training and education to help them manage their loans.
Microfinance interns can both assist these organizations themselves, or help to provide services to business owners in the community. Placements are available in organizations with offices around Guatemala, including in Tecpán, Chimaltenango, Quiche, Patzún, and Chichicastenango.
When assisting microfinance organizations, interns may be able to improve IT systems, conducting case studies on small to medium businesses, following up on loaner business progress or assisting with general administration of the business and its loans.
When assisting entrepreneurs, interns may be able to plan and run financial literacy workshops on a range of subjects, or help business owners to develop or implement budgets or business strategies.
This is a highly customizable internship, so the nature of your internship placement and duties will depend on your skills, internship duration, experience, level of Spanish language proficiency and interests.
Microfinance interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Assisting small businesses with budgeting
- Helping microfinance companies to issue loans to businesses
- Conduct financial case studies
- Teach business owners financial literacy
- Help entrepreneurs with business strategies
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn proven strategies to help start ups develop
- Help with real world small businesses strategy
- Gain experience in financial education
- Hone your Spanish language skills
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence
- Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
- Intern alongside experienced business developers
- Help business owners directly with financing and business strategy
- Experience real life lending situations
Types of host organizations:
- Microfinance organizations
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|4 weeks||$1,519Equivalent to $54/day|
|5 weeks||$1,637Equivalent to $46/day|
|6 weeks||$1,756Equivalent to $41/day|
|8 weeks||$1,992Equivalent to $35/day|
|10 weeks||$2,213Equivalent to $31/day|
|12 weeks||$2,386Equivalent to $28/day|
|16 weeks||$2,779Equivalent to $24/day|
|20 weeks||$3,139Equivalent to $22/day|
|24 weeks||$3,467Equivalent to $20/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.