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Mentor-Intern Program

A unique, carefully-curated, and rigorous global internship program infused with social-emotional learning (SEL) and personalized growth enhancement roadmap.

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Mentor-Intern Program

The Mentor-Intern Program offered by the Global Citizenship Foundation is a unique internship opportunity for high-potential young individuals to gain professional experience and develop critical leadership competencies at a global workplace. This carefully-curated and rigorously-enhanced program offers an immersive and impactful experience, aimed at fostering the holistic growth and development of its participants.

Designed with a strong emphasis on reflective practices and leadership development, the Mentor-Intern Program rigorously matches the Foundation's value-driven Culture of Practice, fostering a sense of global citizenship and social responsibility among its participants. Through a series of daily debriefs, reflections, capacity-building sessions, and skill-enhancement activities, participants will gain valuable insights and practical skills essential for success in their future careers. With a focus on mutual mentorship, the program creates a unique relationship between the participant and an experienced team member, providing an intimate and supportive learning environment.

Although the program is now offered online, graduates of the Mentor-Intern Program have consistently rated it as more personal and profound than traditional physical internships. As a participating candidate in the Mentor-Intern Program, you will be joining a vibrant community of diverse individuals from around the world who are contributing to our mission of co-creating the many futures of education for human and planetary flourishing.

Here's What MIP Graduates Say

Mentor-Intern program has a unique way of providing development for interns. The program ensures that everyone contributes and freely expresses their ideas. As an Intern, I can say the program definitely satisfied my expectations. I was assigned to a project in which I was interested, and I had an opportunity to follow & contribute to designing a project from a close angle. It is a great way to learn professional work ethics, the art of communication, and presentation skills. The warm atmosphere & sincerity make things much easier for us.

Ahmet Efekan Bas

Project Design & Management Specialization

Being a part of the mentor-intern program at Global Citizenship Foundation has been my most enriching experience. It has pushed me to do better each day and come out of the bubble I used to be in. The culture is so warm that I’ve felt welcomed and valued since Day one. Every day there is something new to look forward to, which makes the experience more wholesome. As an Enhanced Leadership Track intern, I worked closely with the leadership and gained insights into various aspects.

Rijya Singhal

Project Design & Management Specialization

At the Global Citizenship Foundation, I have had a great opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn things that have benefitted my personal and professional development. It’s not just about the work that is done, but the friendships and improvement one derives from the interactions with everyone at Global Citizenship Foundation. I am glad to have experienced this.

Waridah Makena

Project Design & Management Specialization

Indeed the journey I am taking right now at Global Citizenship Foundation (GCF) has been out of the ordinary. Looking back, it took me many times to whether to continue with the selection process, and I began this internship with several ambiguities. As I went through this internship, I realized that I made such a huge decision that brought colossal improvement in my professional and personal skills. One of the many learnings you will acquire is the concept of taking ownership — the kind of confidence people will have that will make them believe in themselves even more, especially at times when doubts promptly undermine their minds. The uniqueness of GCF's Culture of Practice helps hone their mentor-interns to be globally active citizens.

Jessa Mae Adriatico

Action Research Specialization

At GCF, I was continuously improving. I got a chance to work on real-life projects focusing on human flourishing. My voice was always heard & everyone was receptive to new ideas & changes. The diverse environment of the team members in terms of their skills, experience, & cultural backgrounds made it easy to learn new things each day. This internship allowed me to see the world from a different perspective and reminded me to constantly demand greatness in everything I do in my life.

John Shayo

Personnel Growth & Development Specialization

I am an educator; I took up this internship with the motto of learning about global work culture. My experience at GCF was enriching & beyond my imagination. It was indeed a great experience working with folks from different countries. GCF’s ideologies in transforming education for human flourishing help the mentor-interns to work in an inclusive & diverse environment. GCF is a lovely place to learn & thrive; here, I discovered how essential it is to be enthusiastic and open to learning new skills and being curious to learn. I am grateful to GCF for the opportunity and have received so much value from what I learned.

Sapna Iyer

Action Research Specialization

The internship program is structured to ensure that all interns can learn and develop new skills while working on the various projects they have been assigned. As an intern, I have found myself surrounded by mentors who guide me and provide the needed support to ensure I obtain maximum value from my internship. On multiple occasions, I have been assigned various tasks that challenged me to leave my comfort zone and learn new things; I have also learned about different cultures, which has broadened my perspective of the world. In summary, I would say that interning at GCF is an amazing experience.

Kosisochukwu Mokwe

Project Design & Management Specialization

During my time as a Personnel & Growth Management Mentor-Intern at the Global Citizenship Foundation, I have learned so much in just three months. This is because the organization enabled us to enhance our soft and hard skills for our development and work towards similar goals in a diverse workplace. Ultimately the Mentor-Intern Program was a fulfilling experience that allowed me to become a better person for myself and others through its culture of practice. As mentioned, the MIP is “more than just an internship".

Leandro Emanuele P. Lira

Personnel & Growth Management Specialization

Key Information


The Mentor-Intern Spark Program

Full-Time: A three-month program with a time commitment of 30 hours per week.

Part-Time: A five-month program with a time commitment of 20 hours per week.

The Mentor-Intern Leap Program

Full-Time: A six-month program with a time commitment of 30 hours per week.

Part-Time: A nine-month program with a time commitment of 20 hours per week.

Language Proficiency

At least B2 Language Level in English (as per the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR])


Online via our Virtual e-Secretariat + Professional Development Center.

Please note, we have discontinued on-site Internships post 2020.

Work Hours

The internship offers a balanced combination of autonomy and collaboration, allowing for both flexible work hours and focused team engagement. 

Our e-Secretariat is available from Monday to Friday. During the week, there are mandatory learning and team engagement sessions at scheduled hours, taking place on Mondays and Tuesdays between 14.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs UTC and on Wednesdays and Fridays between 14.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs UTC.

Fees & Stipend

The Global Citizenship Foundation does not charge or demand a fee for participation in the program. Also, the program does not offer a stipend.

The valuable experience and skills gained through the program are designed to enrich the participant's personal and professional growth, making the program a worthwhile investment in their future.

Application Status

Applications are now open for Cohort-17 of the Mentor-Intern Program.

Application Deadline

Applications for Cohort-17 closes on April 08, 2024, 23.59 hrs UTC.
Cohort-18 applications to launch in June


The Mentor-Intern Program is a unique and transformative experience that provides participants with the tools and support they need to achieve personal and professional growth. With a rigorous and well-structured methodology, the program is designed to engage and challenge participants, while also providing them with meaningful experiences and hands-on learning opportunities.

The program is cohort-based and delivered entirely in a remote environment, with participants from universities around the world. With a time commitment of 20-30 hours per week, the program can be demanding but is overall a rewarding journey of personal discovery, growth, and development.

The program has two core modules — Personal Development and Professional Development. As part of the professional module, participants engage in one area of specialization and two transversal skills electives. Based on performance, candidates are promoted to the Enhanced Leadership Track at the end of 3 months.

In 2023, we have introduced a unified Learning and Impact Management Platform to enhance the participant's experience, offering a guided space for structured learning and impact. The platform is supported by our e-Secretariat, which acts as a virtual workspace and connects participants from all over the world.

The program offers two in-take options, Spark and Leap, allowing participants to choose the option that best fits their personal and professional goals. Both tracks are equally rigorous and well-structured, providing participants with the tools and support they need to achieve their full potential. Whether you choose Spark or Leap, you can expect a comprehensive and meaningful experience that will leave a lasting impact on your life and career.

Program Structure

The Mentor-Intern Program is designed to be a holistic learning experience that focuses on both personal and professional development.

The program is structured around two main modules, which are designed to provide a well-rounded and meaningful experience for Mentor-Interns.

Module 1: Personal Development

The Personal Development module of the program is a transformative experience and a valuable toolkit designed to foster personal growth and development, essential for effective personal and orgnizational leadership.

Through reflective exercises and interactive activities, candidates will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and develop a heightened sense of self-awareness and emotional intelligence, a crucial component to navigate through personal and professional relationships with greater empathy, understanding, and effectiveness.
Intercultural Exchanges
Book Reviews
Self-Directed Learning
1-on-1 Mentoring
Skill Building Sessions

Module 2: Professional Development

The Professional Development module provides a comprehensive approach to professional learning, impact, and growth by focussing on the development of transferrable skills through the diverse elements of the module that include a Specialization and Core Transversal Skills Electives.

The module provides structured, hands-on, and guided pathway to equip candidates with the essential competencies and knowledge — positioning candidates for long-term success and professional leadership.
Eureka Report
Transversal Skills Elective
Buddy Connect
Collaborative Sessions
Documentation Skills
Professional Skills Sessions

Module 3: Enhanced Leadership

The Enhanced Leadership Track is a challenging and rewarding experience that provides candidates with advanced leadership skills and providing hands-on experience in management and leadership roles.

(This module is only applicable to Enhanced Leadership Track candidates and replaces Module 2 for candidates promoted to the Enhanced Leadership Track)

Leadership Eureka Report
Organizational Leadership
Mentoring Sessions
Collaborative Sessions
Documentation Skills
Professional Skills Sessions

Specializations and Electives

As part of the program, participating candidates pursue one specialization and up to two electives.


The Mentor-Intern Program offers five specializations, each of which requires candidates to work independently, handle multiple projects, and be flexible and adaptable in their approach.

The program fosters a team-oriented environment where candidates are expected to take on a variety of tasks around the specialization and support their colleagues as needed.
Digital Publications (Editorial and Content)
Education Policy
Human Resource and Capital Management
Learning Design
Online Events
Project Design and Management


Electives at the Mentor-Intern Program provide an opportunity for candidates to expand their knowledge and skill-set beyond their chosen specialization. There are several elective options available, including External Communication and Database Management, Marketing (Social Media and Marketing), Visual and Graphic Design, SDG 4.7 Resource Curation, and Personnel Learning and Development.

These electives offer hands-on experience in a variety of functional areas and allow candidates to explore areas of personal interest and professional development.
External Communication & Database Management
Marketing (Social Media and Marketing)
Visual and Graphic Design
SDG 4.7 Resource Curation
Personnel Learning and Development

Eligibility Criteria

The Global Citizenship Foundation is a people-first, learning organization, dedicated to creating a dynamic, diverse, collaborative, and inclusive global workplace.

We are committed to providing quality learning and development opportunities for individuals who are passionate about making a meaningful impact and furthering their personal and professional growth. In order to be eligible for the Mentor-Intern Program, interested candidates must meet the following criteria:

Minimum Age
Academic/Professional Background
Language Requirements
Application Limit
What we look for?

Mutual Mentorship

Mentor-Intern Program emphasizes the importance of mutual mentorship as a way to create powerful learning relationships. Both the mentor-associates and the mentor-interns are viewed as mutual mentors, working together to achieve individual and collective goals.

Why Mutual Mentorship?
Who are the Mentors?
What role do mutual mentors play?

Application Process - Visual Timeline

Here’s a brief timeline of the different steps of your internship selection and induction process for Cohort-16.

March 05, 2024

Applications Open

Applications are now open for the Cohort-17 of the Mentor-Intern Program.

Only duly filled applications shall be considered. Please note, an applicant can only apply for one mentor-intern specialization. Multiple applications from the same individual will not be considered

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April 08, 2024

Applications Closed

Applications are now closed for the Cohort-17 of the Mentor-Intern Program.

Last date to apply for Mentor-Intern Program Cohort-16. Only applications received before April 08, 2024 23.59 hrs UTC will be considered.

April 10, 2024

Deadline: English Language Proficiency Test

Last date to complete the English Language Proficiency Test for Round 1 of the selection process.

Please note: Applicants who do not complete this activity within the stipulated deadline will be disqualified from Round 1 Selection.

April 15, 2024

Deadline: Task Submission for Round 2

Last date to complete the Task Submissions for Round 2 of the selection process.

Please note: Applicants who do not the tasks within the stipulated deadline will be disqualified from Round 2 Selection.

April 22, 2024

Deadline: Complete the Introductory Course

Candidates who have accomplished Task Submissions will be added to undertake a brief Introductory Course via the Global Citizenship Foundation’s Team Learning Academy.

Please note: The completion of this course will be one of the requirements towards your selection post the interview. Candidates are required to complete the course by April 22, 2024, 23.59 hrs UTC/GMT

April 24 - 26, 2024

Group Discussion

The Group Discussion is conducted  to know the applicants better and to help clarify any doubts. Selected candidates will be invited to interact with the Discussion Panel via Video-Conferencing.

Please note: Allotment of interview slots is on first come, first-served basis.

May 02, 2024

Deadline: Submission of Undertaking

Selected Candidates are required to file copies of required documents and complete the documentation by signing the Letter of Undertaking.

Please note: Submissions of offer of acceptance and undertaking closed and are open for verification.

May 02, 2024

Deadline: Pre-Orientation Courses

Completion of pre-orientation courses (Mentor-Intern Program Introductory Course and Workplace Policies Course at our Team Learning Academy.

May 01 - 02, 2024

Orientation and Induction Program

Selected candidates attend the two-day orientation between 12.00 hrs UTC to 14.00 hrs UTC on each of the two days.

Please note: Orientation and Induction is part of the selection process.

May 06, 2024

Internship Start Date

The internship for Cohort 17 begins on May 06, 2024

Come as you are!

The Global Citizenship Foundation is a progressive and open-minded space. As an equal opportunity employer and workplace, the Global Citizenship Foundation is committed to achieving a diverse workforce by applying affirmative action, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination policy in all aspects of employment and internships, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, benefits, and training.

We consciously embrace diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, caste, creed, sex, gender, identity, religion, marital status, veteran status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

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