Host Sites

There will be four undergraduate MSIC interns and two MIIS graduate MSIC scholars at each partner host site to engage in meaningful and impactful work.

The Cape Eleuthera Institute: The Island School

  • Develop a sense of place in students through immersion experiences in the natural and cultural environment; 
  • Model sustainability of individual lifestyles, larger communities, and the systems that support them; 
  • Create an intentional community in which members are cognizant of their abilities, limitations, and effect on others.

Our green campus allows students, educators, and scientists to live what we teach. The buildings and grounds at the Cape Eleuthera Island School (CEIS) incorporate systems and design principles that minimize our ecological footprint through the conservation of collected resources like energy and water. Our campus’s Center for Sustainable Development is constantly innovating to improve our sustainable systems on the cape. 

CEIS is the first institution in the Bahamas to employ such comprehensive, ecologically sound systems. There is great promise that the school’s efforts will help change the way the Bahamas and other island nations manage waste and produce energy. CEIS semester students work to maintain and manage these systems, learning firsthand the benefits of engineering that reflects a deep-rooted respect for the environment.

CEIS internships offer the chance to gain hands-on experience in research related to marine island ecosystems and their conservation, and an environmental education in an amazing location.

The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development

The Andean Alliance (AASD) exists to raise the standard of living for indigenous Peruvians in high-altitude communities. All projects—including our flagship greenhouse program—address a specific community need and are designed to be educational, collaborative, and participatory.

The fundamental difference between the AASD and other NGOs is that we use the collective intelligence of stakeholders and scholars to address the unique needs of each community. Many other NGOs rely on a “one-size-fits-all” approach, which could, in turn, lead to unsuccessful projects. AASD defines success through impact, and our projects are both successful and sustainable because we remain accountable to the unique needs of each community.

The AASD uses innovative solutions to alleviate the effects of poverty, marginalization, and social injustices that hinder community development and well-being. We connect motivated change agents and resources to design informed solutions to address the local problems in the highlands of Peru. We engage other social change organizations to build capacity and foster collaboration. We also partner with graduate institutions to maintain an innovative approach. Most importantly, the AASD works alongside indigenous communities to facilitate the realization of a healthy and prosperous future.

Impact Monterey County

Impact Monterey County (IMC) is a collaborative effort of nonprofits, businesses, public agencies and the community working together to identify the most effective ways to improve life in our county. IMC employs multiple outreach and engagement strategies to shine a light on our community aspirations related to education, income (economic self-sufficiency) and health. The IMC Network started as a countywide assessment to find out how residents felt about their lives today and what they want for tomorrow.  The result of that assessment was the overarching vision:

Together, a healthy, safe, and thriving Monterey County.

The main concerns and aspirations expressed by residents were summarized into the four priority areas of: education, safety, economic self sufficiency and health.  Residents also identified values for our communities including:

  • Relationships are based on respect, caring, cultural sensitivity and fairness
  • Everyone works together to foster a connected and engaged community
  • Community voices drive the design and implementation of services and policies

The goals of IMC are to:

  • Assess:  To assess and measure important community needs
  • Collaborate:  To identify other community assessments and use existing data to ensure efficiencies and to streamline IMC
  • Align:  To align stakeholders toward common goals and measurements that improve conditions for all
  • Implement/Take Action:  To establish a common agenda for addressing specific issues impacting communities throughout Monterey County and to take actionable steps toward accomplishing said agenda
  • Measure/Sustain:  To establish a plan to measure progress made toward common agenda and to continue the assessment process at regular intervals going forward

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