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post grad

A professional traineeship is a postgraduate experience where participants get real world work experience with supervision. Students who participated in the Fall or Spring study abroad program are eligible to complete a 9 month Traineeship. You will receive a stipend and your travel, room, and board.


This program will provide the trainee with a diverse set of skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. 

  • Leadership

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Organizational logistics 

  • Decision making and problem solving 

  • Working in a resource scarce environment and becoming resourceful

  • Managing relations across cultural, gender, and generational differences

  • Crisis management

  • Resiliency

  • Self-confidence

  • Public speaking

  • Team work 

Experience will vary depending on specific needs of our study abroad programs and nonprofit partners in Africa, but a sample experience will include:

  • 1 month Training and Preparation for Africa 

  • 3 months as staff on a funded project, such as an after-school program focused on social and emotional learning for girls 

  • 5 month role as Program Assistant in Ethiopia or Rwanda working with nonprofit partners 


Participants have a great amount of responsibility and independence. They supervise up to 100 students during the study abroad semester maintaining students' safety and well being. They work directly with the local staff, university professors, and the program director. In Africa they organize and supervise student groups, manage relations with local partners, and complete projects for nonprofits. Projects in the past have included:

  • Teaching ESL and Computer skills at local schools 

  • Developing and implementing a STEM Education Program at local schools 

  • Organizing a Girl’s Soccer Team and Develop a Female Empowerment Program 




Marjorie Woods  

2018 - 2019 Traineeship Participant

Lugano, Switzerland

Huye, Rwanda

 Adigrat, Ethiopia

"I thought I learned a lot when I studied abroad as a student, but nothing will compare to my Traineeship experience with Linking Lives..."


"Living across the world from family and friends, I became independent, resilient, and learned how to rely on myself. I got to see and experience parts of the world that I never could have imagined and fully immerse in another culture. The people I lived with in Ethiopia truly became my family and some of my best friends that I am still in contact with today. 


I learned how to stay calm under high pressure situations. After this experience, I know I can trust my judgment and decision making skills. This made me confident to enter the workforce and start a career because I knew I could handle whatever came my way. 


I don’t know of any other experience that can give recent grads the type of real world experience that I was able to gain during this Traineeship. It was the most meaningful and rewarding experience of my life and I am eternally grateful for the life changing opportunities that this program brought me."

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