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BUSINESS INTERNSHIPS

"Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced."

–John Keats

  • Our online business research internships provide students with the unique opportunity to work jointly with world-leading experts across the fields of economics, finance, investing, and marketing. On your internship you will advance the boundaries of knowledge in your subject, and coauthor an original research paper in collaboration with other student colleagues and under the guidance of your expert academic mentor. 

  • Deepen your understanding of business while acquiring practical research skills and hands-on experience into what it is like to undertake advanced study in the discipline. Become a published author when you submit your completed research paper to our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly publication.

  • World Scholars Academy business internship programs are an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate your unique talents, substantiate your commitment to excellence, and individuate yourself from peers so you can stand out when applying to top universities.

WORLD BUSINESS

INTERNSHIPS

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World Scholars Academy business internships for ages 15-18 investigate current issues in various fields of commerce including; finance & investment, economics, entrepreneurship, and marketing. On the internship you will work with fellow World Scholars to research and coauthor a pioneering academic paper on your topic with the close support of your mentor, a world-leading expert in the field. 

 

During your internship you will learn specialist research techniques, survey the extant literature of the discipline, and conduct original research on your topic. You will contribute your own ideas to the project's successful completion, and will develop technical skills and practical know-how to excel in the discipline. Your final paper will be reviewed by your mentor and submitted to either our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly business publication.

Internships take place on either Saturday or Sunday over four weeks, allowing you to participate in an internship during your normal school year or simultaneously with a World Scholars Academy academic summer course. Interns should expect to spend a minimum of three hours outside of their live contact time each week to complete their research project. World Scholars Academy business internships include:

  • Maximum class size six (6) students

  • Individualized feedback and academic guidance

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Co-authored research paper submitted for publication

  • Entry into the WSR Best Review Award competition

Please note that places on World Scholars Academy business internship programs are extremely limited and currently listed research topics may not recur. Upcoming business internship opportunities are listed below.

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Ecosystem services such as pollination, pest control, nutrient cycling, water purification, food provision, and flood control are essential for sustaining human existence and well-being. However, many of these services are not commonly provided by the private market as a result of intrinsic challenges to market efficiency such as strategic free-riding, lack of information, and high transaction costs. As a result, the natural environment is not properly  maintained or funded, and where ecosystem service provision is remunerated, it is almost exclusively via external sources such as government grants or charitable donation.

Nevertheless, the emerging field of private provision of ecosystem services represents an opportunity to tap new funding sources for improved environmental conservation. This internship will examine the theory of the private provision of public goods and research existing empirical studies of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). This research will determine the practical feasibility of achieving fully private PES, and which forms of intervention can maximize conservation outcomes.

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on the private provision of ecosystem services. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will learn how the application of economic principles can provide novel solutions to environmental problems, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of economics or environmental science is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 11am-2pm PT | 2pm-5pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: December 16th, December 23rd, December 30th, January 6th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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Economic welfare is defined as the net benefits to all consumers and producers created through market exchange. However, economists now proxy economic welfare with measures of total spending such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP), which are conceptually and compositionally distinct constructs. In fact the ‘Father’ of GDP accounting, Simon Kuznets who devised it’s formulation in the 1930s is quoted as stating that, “The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measure of [GDP]." Yet paradoxically, this is exactly the way in which GDP is used today across popular and academic circles alike.

Can controversies over the use of ‘Keynesian’ government spending programs to smooth the business cycle be resolved with a more holistic understanding of what GDP in fact ‘is’. Is it the case, as economist Charles Goodhart famously stated that, “Any measure [like GDP] which becomes a target, loses it’s usefulness as a measure”? Under what circumstances is GDP actually an appropriate measure of economic phenomena, where does it in fact break down in its present use, and finally, how could we in practice construct a superior measure of economic welfare to benchmark performance?

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on the formulation and measurement of economic welfare as proxied by GDP. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will investigate and more deeply understand this fundamental economic concept, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of economics or statistics is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 4pm-7pm PT | 7pm-10pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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As businesses increasingly operate on a global scale, negotiations between firms from different cultural backgrounds have become commonplace. Cultural variations in communication styles, decision-making processes, and expectations can significantly impact the success or failure of negotiations. Recognizing and navigating cultural nuances in negotiations is pivotal for building trust, establishing effective communication, and ultimately, reaching mutually beneficial agreements. A nuanced understanding of these differences enables businesses to adapt their strategies, demonstrate cultural sensitivity, and enhance relationship-building, thereby contributing to more successful multi-national partnerships and the promotion of a more prosperous national economy.

During this month-long Internship you will study negotiation theory and research how cross-cultural differences can affect the outcome of negotiations. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will research the complexities of cross-cultural negotiations, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper for publication. On completion of the internship you will have gained valuable insights on how to effectively broker any deal - from Tokyo to Timbuktu. No previous knowledge of negotiation theory or business is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 10am-1pm PT | 1pm-4pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, April 27th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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