Summer 2009 Interns Participate in Orientation Week Events

June 15, 2009

InteRDom, the premier internship and academic study program in the Dominican Republic, and its sponsoring organizations Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), are proud to announce the start of InteRDom’s Summer 2009 Program.

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Monday, June 8, marked the official welcome for the interns, who arrived from the United States to carry out internships with corporations and organizations and realize academic studies in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

The InteRDom team planned a series of activities and events spread out over the course of a week to help the students to adapt to their new environments and to adjust to Dominican culture. 
The orientation week activities included: an opening presentation and tour of the Foundation’s facilities, a tutorial on business etiquette in the Dominican Republic, a tour of InteRDom’s partner university Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) and a tutorial and practicum on the use of public transportation in the country.

On Thursday, June 11 the students received a very “warm” welcome at the Barceló Capella Resort in Juan
Dolio, relaxing and spending time getting to know one another at the beach resort. 

The week concluded with the group’s first cultural excursion of the year to the Mirabal Sisters’ Museum in Salcedo and to the Centro León Cultural Center in Santiago.  The excursion allowed the interns to become more familiar with Dominican history and culture outside the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Since it’s
inception in 2005, over 50 students from international universities have participated in the InteRDom program. The students enrolled in the Summer 2009 Program represent various universities in the United States: Baylor University, George Washington University, Fordham University, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Cornell University and the State University of New York at University of Buffalo.

Among the organizations and businesses that will receive
international interns through InteRDom this summer are: Pan American Development Foundation (Organization of American States- OAS/PADF), Sur Futuro, Asociación Dominicana de las Naciones Unidas (ANU-RD), Acción para la Educación Básica (EDUCA), la Comisión Presidencial Sobre los Objetivos del Milenio y El Desarrollo Sostenible (COPDES), Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) and Banco Nacional de Fomento de la
Vivienda y la Producción (BNV).