International Entrepreneurship & Development

This minor program allows students to work abroad to develop technical solutions for complex challenges that will contribute to socioeconomic development.

During the minor you will work in multi-disciplinary teams to solve a challenge that has been assigned to you by a project provider. The majority of these challenges are located within developing and emerging markets and focus on pro-poor growth.

Together with your team you will learn how to manage and work in a technology related project in a different cultural and institutional setting and learn.

Structure

The minor program is structured as follows:

In the first 2 months, students will complete a set of four courses to help prepare them for their time abroad. These courses will help students adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to work effectively in different cultural contexts. Students will also learn how to conduct research and learn about the local ecosystem and stakeholders of their challenge. Finally, they will prepare a project plan for their time abroad.

In the second phase of the minor, students will travel abroad. During their time abroad, students are required to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as they research, develop and execute a solution to a challenge. Challenges providers include non-governmental organization, (social) enterprise, universities or governmental organizations.

At the end of the minor, student will assess the impact and feasibility of their solutions and reflect on the competencies they have developed as a team and as individuals.

Course list

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (4 EC)
  • Preparation Intercultural Internship (4 EC)
  • Development, Sustainability and Impact (4 EC)
  • Project Research and Design (3 EC)
  • Intercultural Internship (15 EC)

Apply from 1 to 15 April! Apply via MyTUDelft

More information

Titus van der Spek

Minor code: WM-MI-101
Language: English
Access: All
Maximum number of participants: 60
Teaching methods: Teamwork, internship

Development projects do not always bring lasting opportunities. But if you can help people set up an independent business elsewhere, a real change has been made.

Please note:

This program is highly demanding. You will not have time to do any resits of other courses. Also, it requires a strong ability to adapt to a different cultural setting in which you will work and live intensively together with your team during the internship abroad.

Above all, this program is prone to the ever-changing environment. Especially with circumstances such as coronavirus we need to prioritize health and safety issues which might mean that you cannot travel to the country of your destiny. Instead, we will then adapt by offering an internship based in the Netherlands possibly combined with online interactions with people in the Global South. Such internships may be organized in cooperation with partners that are eligible to have students meet the learning goals of the intercultural internship. Furthermore, it may be possible to postpone the internship to the summer of 2021. Various options are currently being explored.


Entry requirements

  • Have fulltime availability for the program (so NO re-sits planned for semester 1)
  • Being selected for the minor
  • This minor is open for English speaking students
  • This minor should be your first choice

Application procedure

  • The deadline for applying for this minor is 15th April 2021. 
  • Make sure you have signed up for the Minor on Osiris
  • Prepare a motivational video of max. 2 minutes in which you convince us why we should select you. You will be able to submit a URL of the video in the application form below. In this video tell us:
    - Why you want to participate (how will this contribute to you as an individual and your future career?).
    - What experience you have (e.g. through extra-curricular activities). 
    - You may also want to highlight any culturally diverse or team-work experiences. 
    - Remember to illustrate your experiences concretely with examples. 
  • Complete the application form using this link no later than April 15th 2021 latest: https://forms.gle/CdMDaR36nsZScGtD8
  • For any question regarding the application procedure you can contact Titus van der Spek t.c.vanderspek@tudelft.nl 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Given the crisis situation due to coronavirus, will this minor still continue as planned?

Currently we are exploring various solutions to keep the program going. Ideally, we run the program as planned. But suppose that negative travel advice still applies in fall, then we will have to adjust to that and, for example, enable intercultural interaction and collaboration via digital means. Another option is to postpone the internship until the summer of 2021. In addition to the internship projects abroad, we are also looking into the possibility of setting up a similar internship with an intercultural organization in the Netherlands.

2. Am I at risk of not being able to complete the minor because I may not be able to travel due to the coronavirus?

If you are not allowed to travel due to unforeseen circumstances such as the coronavirus then we will come to a solution together that will enable you to complete the minor program nevertheless. Various alternatives are outlined in the answer to question 1.  

3. How do I arrange an internship project for this minor program?

There is no need for you to arrange your own internship project. The organisation team of the minor will do that for you. Each year we provide a list with 20 special projects for which you can indicate your top 5 preference. In case you have a suggestion for a new internship project you can discuss this with the minor coordinator.   

4. Where are the internship projects located?

The project destinations can vary each year so it is impossible to pin down where the projects will exactly take place. In general, most projects are located in Sub-Saharan African countries and a few in Asian countries such as India, Nepal. Also we have less than a handful of projects going on in Colombia, Surinam and Ecuador.

5. What kind of internship projects are part of the minor program?

For each of the projects, entrepreneurship and development are key. Some projects focus on technology-based entrepreneurship hence require some technological fieldwork. To get an impression of what has been done last year you can ask the minor coordinator for an overview.

6. How will I be assigned to one of the internship projects?

Once you are selected to participate in this minor program, in May you will be informed about all the projects that are offered. From the list of 20 projects you are then asked to select your top 5 priority. On the base of your preferences (and that of the internship provider) the minor coordinator composes teams of 3 students each and assigns these to the various projects. 

7. How about the costs involved with the internship in a foreign country?

In principle the student is responsible to cover the expenses. You are in charge of the costs for the international travel, accommodation, and food. For these ‘personal costs’ and the project-related costs like technical equipment for building a prototype, you will make a financial plan together with your team. In some cases, a fundraising campaign is part of the preparation phase in September and October. Some students get a subsidy for the international travel costs from the faculty. TU Delft covers the travel insurance to make sure you are well covered when doing the field work abroad.

8. How about the safety when doing an internship abroad?

To manage travel related risk, our response organization Assistance proactively monitors, conducts analysis for, anticipates, and provides assistance for global situations that may cause risk to TU Delft travellers that execute educational and research activities abroad. During the preparation phase (September-October) the students participate in a 1-day workshop on safety and security and make a contextualized and comprehensive safety and security plan for their internship which needs to be approved by the TU Delft safety department before departure.