Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps

The Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) is a unique study and internship program for undergraduate students to spend their summer in a Latin American country and observe, address, and implement sustainable business solutions to poverty. The program is 9 credits and open to undergraduates of any major.

Prior to departure, students participate in a spring course at UMD that introduces social entrepreneurship with accompanying lectures on consulting techniques, Latin American culture, and economic development. The course is taught by Dingman’s Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship, Sara Herald.

Students then spend two months immersed in program sites in Ecuador or Guatemala. They learn about social entrepreneurship through hands-on experience consulting with local businesses and implementing dynamic development projects with rural populations. Upon returning to campus, students complete a one-credit course to reflect on in-country experiences and incorporate the skills and lessons learned into future courses and careers.

The Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps is a partnership between the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Education Abroad.  The Dingman Center is pleased to offer $5,000 in scholarships to Smith majors and minors to participate in the program. To learn more about the program, visit the MSEC website.