Miranda is studying Architecture with a minor in African Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She joined to VACorps Program in June 2020 and participated in a remote internship at a design company that specializes in social impact work.

“Since my original plan to intern in person with a separate organization in South Africa was interrupted, I was very grateful for the opportunity to intern remotely. Although I was mainly interested in studying South Africa to understand the history of Apartheid and compare it with that of segregation in America, the cultural workshops throughout this summer have opened my eyes to everything else it has to offer. After learning a bit about the different cultural traditions, foods, music, and natural attractions, I am even more eager to visit and hope I will be able to next summer.

I also learned many valuable professional skills throughout this internship. The biggest challenge was communicating virtually across a large time zone. Although it took some adjusting, I became much better at managing my time and became much more comfortable and confident in my communication abilities.

Overall, this virtual internship was a very beneficial experience, and I hope I will be able to apply the lessons I learned in person in the future.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Sofia Cagliero, Milan, Italy (2021)

Sofia (pictured far right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 and participated in a business start-up internship as part of her gap year.  She will begin her studies at Harvard in September 2021.  [...]

Luke B, New York, USA (2021)

Luke (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program as part of his GAP year where he participated in an internship at a small tourism company in Cape Town. Luke will begin his studies [...]

Atabong Wilfred, Cameroon (2021)

Atabong has completed his LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt. He joined the VACorps program in February 2021 and participated in a human rights law internship [...]

Jared Casper, New York, USA (2021)

Jared (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in an internship at an NGO that provides support, education, and integration services to [...]

Isabel Sweeney, Connecticut, USA (2021)

Isabel joined the VACorps program in January 2021 as part of her gap year, and participated in a film and media internship at a community television station in Cape Town.  She will begin her [...]

Julianna Berman, New Jersey, USA (2021)

Julianna (pictured second from the right) joined the VACorps program as part of her GAP year in January 2021.  She did her internship at an NGO that promotes human rights and youth empowerment.  Julianna [...]

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