Founded in 2010, U.S. College Students for Ethiopia’s provides college students from the United States unmatched internships with Ethiopian-led organizations headquartered in Ethiopia. The program also engages U.S. college students in a service project designed to involve local high school and college students in civic engagement and empowering themselves.
I realized how important it is to bridge Ethiopians abroad and those in the country…It has been a summer of growth and one I will not soon forget.
-USCSE 2011 Participant
USCSE aims to:
- Tackle the shortage of a skilled and educated workforce in Ethiopia by bridging the communication and access gap between U.S. college students and organizations based in Ethiopia
- Create a thriving environment for volunteerism and local civic engagement in Ethiopia
- Raise consciousness of service to Ethiopia among U.S. college students, with a specific target of students of Ethiopian descent
USCSE is a unique catalyst to address the many causes and symptoms of Ethiopia’s brain drain and to revolutionize the way that students in the United States see Ethiopia. In the long-term, USCSE aims to create a study abroad component of its programming working in partnership with emerging universities in Ethiopia and universities in the United States.
USCSE will become the premier program that sends college students from the United States to African countries for various programs offering unmatched internships, study abroad and service opportunities designed to rebrand Africa as a place of opportunities, education and employment.
In the long-term, USCSE aims to create a study abroad component of its programming, working with emerging universities in Ethiopia and established universities in the United States to form robust partnerships. By 2017, EGI expects to expand USCSE’s programs into at least two other African countries that have been identified as places of opportunity and of emerging economies.