International Business Internship Program

Transform The World At Any Age

How The Program Works

As long as you are a high school student, YOU are eligible to apply! The application process is simple and takes about forty five minutes.

Once you’ve been accepted, you can start transforming the world!

You will have the opportunity to form a team of 4-7 people. Each member of the team will have a specific role. The student that has been accepted into the program through the application process will be the Project Leader, and the remaining positions – Special Projects Chair, Fundraising Chair, Nigerian Communications Chair, College Assistance Chair, and Media Chair – will be split amongst the team.

Then, you will be able to choose from a list of businesses in Bauchi State, Nigeria, that you’d like to assist. There are a variety of businesses, including fish and poultry farmers, welders, auto mechanics, caterers, textile merchants, and many more. These small businesses all provide needed products and services to their communities.  By helping your business partner you will also be improving the quality of their communities.

You and your fellow teammates will collaborate with your Nigerian Business Partner via Skype. During these calls, you will not only be learning about your partners problems and thinking of ways to assist them, but you’ll also be making strong connections with people across the world. You will have the opportunity learn about life in Nigeria, the culture, and more. You will also be having weekly meetings with an IBIP coordinator who will ensure that every member is receiving all the materials and support that they need to make their team and business partner a success.

Once you’ve had your first Skype meeting with your business partner and translator, you will be introduced to a list of the business owner’s problems. Your team will consider a particular issue that the business is currently facing, research answers, develop a sustainable solution and assist in the implementation of the proposed solution. To help your team and business succeed, you will have access to experts such as Joann Marie, an experienced and talented graphic designer. While working hard to come up with solutions, you and your team will also work to fund another Nigeria based entrepreneur with training employees so that they can start their own business. You will not only be working with one business partner, but with two!

Along the way, your team will update your progress on a webpage (view a webpage presentation here). that will showcase the solutions and the progress that your team has made. Each web page will remain online for four years as a valuable resource for you to highlight the results and the impact of your collaboration as you pursue college admissions and scholarships. As well as updating progress online, with the help of Netflix editors, you will also make a video to showcase your teams accomplishments.

This program will not only give you a lot of experience, but there are also many college benefits that come with being an IBIP student. You will receive college search and application assistance, individualized letters of recommendation, one-on-one conferences with highly qualified mentors, free online SAT/ACT prep courses from TestRocker, scholarship application assistance, and other services. However, the greatest benefit that you will receive from IBIP is the satisfaction of knowing that you are positively impacting families around the world.

Previous Student Projects

Anna & Sani

Anna and her team partnered with Sani, the owner of the Birshi Fish Farming Group, to meet the challenge of providing affordable, nutritious food to his community. After learning about the major issues facing Sani’s business, the team researched solutions and helped Sani discover how to make feed in order to improve the fish’s nutrients, to reuse dead fish to feed crops and to better manage the financial aspect of his business. Learn more about how students are transforming Sani’s Fish Farming Project here.

Korben & Hamza

Korben and his team partnered with Hamza to grow his welding business and decrease unemployment levels in his local town, where poverty is high and the employment levels are low. The team helped Hamza learn new advertising skills to enlarge his customer base, build products to make his business more competitive and create additional financial management plans and skills training courses. Learn more about how students are transforming businesses here.

Carrie & Abdulhadi

Carrie and her team partnered with tailoring business owner Abdulhadi to expand his customer base so that he could pay his employees more and contribute to the growth of his community. The team helped tackle three major development issues by helping Abdulhadi create a new logo, develop an advertising plan and a rates guide to attract more customers, evaluate some unique designs for the outfits he makes and gain new accounting and financial skills. Learn more about how students are transforming Abdulhadi’s Tailoring business here.

Marshall J. Bailly II, Leadership Initiatives Executive Director

Marshall J. Bailly II is the founder of Leadership Initiatives, a non-profit organization based in the United States that approaches the problem of underdevelopment by empowering communities to address their own needs through education and local financing. Over the past decade, with Marshall as Executive Director, Leadership Initiatives has grown to help create and expand 54 independent businesses. Over the past 15 years, Marshall has raised over 2.8 million dollars for business creation in developing communities and has created hundreds of jobs—transforming lives across the globe.

Learn more about Marshall and the Leadership Initiatives Team Here.
Marshall and several development experts help students work through the challenges presented by their Nigerian business partners.

University Admissions Assistance

The International Business and Internship Program works with top college admissions officers and experts to teach program participants about the college admissions process. 

Leadership Initiatives is also bringing in officials to teach student leaders about the scholarship application process, SAT/ACT testing methods and will give each student a college acceptance evaluation so students can better understand their college admissions opportunities and find areas where improvement will have the most impact for their future.

As a reminder all students who participate in the program receive free online SAT or ACT prep courses from TestRocker, scholarship application assistance from Scholly and five college essays of 650 words each professionally edited by Leadership Initiatives writing partners at University Initiatives.

Work with Experts From Across The Globe

You and your peers will work with Leadership Initiatives Board, Advisory Board, mentoring team members and to help create solutions to your Nigerian business partner’s problems and for you to receive career advice. You may hear from expert mentors such as:

  • Chip Kunde, Vice President of Government Relations for Sysco
  • Wike Kaiser, Senior Vice President at Citigroup
  • Britt Lake, Chief Program Officer (acting) at GlobalGiving
  • Catherine Robinson, International Government Affairs at Pfizer
  • Bill Stefan, DoD Deputy for Enterprise Management
  • Penny Daniels, Strategist, Executive Communications Coach, Messaging, Speechwriting, Presentations for 3D Communications
  • Ahmed S. Mohammed, Director of Talent Acquisition, Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH
  • Steve Pressman, American Institute for Economic Research
  • Brian N Wenny SR. Scientist at NASA
  • Nicolas Benore, Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President at PNC Bank
  • Elizabeth Ghandakly, Senior Corporate Counsel at Oracle
  • Rick Kuehn, Commander at 452 Airlift Control Flight, USAFR
  • Katherine Kinzer, Director of Network Management at the International Youth Foundation
  • Lynsie Hall, President & CEO, OmniLearn, LLC
  • Sarah C. Stiles, Teaching Professor, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University
  • Antoine Eloi, Manager, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson
  • Simon Limage, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs at State Department
  • Whitney E.Derber, Kahn Zack Ehrlich and Lithwick LLP
  • Carmine C. Carullo, Planning & Performance Analysis Manager, ExxonMobil Medicine & Occupational Health (Retired)
  • Bryan Bernys, Leadership Institute Vice President of Campus Programs