Hello Honors students! An exciting opportunity has presented itself and we wanted to pass the word onto all of you! Anna Ebers, a Ph.D. candidate at SUNY ESF and Fulbright Fellow, is looking for an E-Commerce and Marketing Intern, a Marketing Intern, and a Grant-Writing Intern to work on a really great project. If there are students who may currently be in the Syracuse area, she is hoping you decide to read a bit more and look into volunteering some of your time! (Additionally, she would love to have the same interns working on the project throughout the school year so there’s a longer possibility as well.) As this is an unpaid internship it would be a great way to earn civic engagement hours for your Honors requirements and a great resume booster!

Anna explains, “Solar Solutions for Mexico project brings affordable solar technology to villages in rural Jalisco, Mexico, one village at a time. We electrify homes with stand-alone solar systems that come with 2 LED lights and a UV filter to purify water. These systems are produced in Mexico, and a partner NGO takes care of their installation and maintenance. Children can finally study in the evenings, not impaired by smoke from burning candles and kerosene lamps. Schools, medical centers and community spaces also benefit from our initiative. To meet their needs, larger more powerful solar panels are donated from Germany, where we formed a strategic partnership with another NGO. Solar electricity brings clean light to schools and connects both teachers and students to the outside world via solar PCs. With solar electricity, hospitals can store life-saving medicines in solar fridges.  Light in community centers allows grown-ups to use their evenings productively: charge their radios and cell phones or take evening literacy classes. Access to clean light empowers the community, especially women, who can work on their handicrafts in the evening as a source of income.  To help families pay for solar products, we purchase handicrafts fair trade from local women and merchandize them through our NGO in the US. We cut out the middle man and all proceeds go back to benefit the community in Mexico. We bring economic, social, and environmental benefits to the community through solar technology”.

So, if you’re interested, click on the images below and read up on what she is looking for in an intern!

For more information do not hesitate to reach out to Anna Ebers, the project director, at aebers@syr.edu or Rev. Gail Riina, director of the Step Center, at lutheran@syr.edu.

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