GiveLife, an online platform that directly connects donors to individuals in need of educational and medical assistance, recently formalized a partnership with the Manila program office of Worldwide Internships (WWI), that will be a game-changer in making international internships more accessible to college students.
Students can now course their WWI internship application through the GiveLife platform and apply for exemption from the $350 enrollment fee. They only need to log on to www.givelife.ph, then proceed to the Wish Catalog and click Internships, fill out the application form, and upload their curriculum vitae and transcript.
Students applying for a need-based exemption will also have to upload their parents’ income tax returns or a barangay-issued certificate of indigency. In the absence of any supporting proof of financial need, students can still apply for an enrollment-fee waiver through the “direct GiveLife donor match request” option in the application form.
While the application process remains a competitive one, the entry of GiveLife removes part of the financial barrier that sometimes precludes interested students from even commencing with the process.
Interested applicants will be able to choose from a wide range of paid and unpaid internships in startups, multinationals and five-star hotels located in more than 10 cities all over the world.
Julia Ongchoco, founder and president of GiveLife, is optimistic that GiveLife will be able to help WWI reach more students craving for international exposure.
“When I attended the Yale Young Global Scholars program two years ago, I got exposed to different perspectives that made me think more critically of issues here in our country, and this somehow planted the first seeds that eventually led me to establish GiveLife,” she says. “This partnership is my way of paying it forward and helping students expand their horizons.”