U.S.-Panama Innovation & Competitiveness Initiative

U.S.-Panama Innovation & Competitiveness Initiative

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Sponsored by the Panamanian National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), this program is designed to empower Panamanian university students of science, technology and innovation to become future leaders who will go back to their communities and contribute to their country’s development. Recognizing current needs and a skills gap in the world labor force, this program is a cutting-edge experience that will give participants the skills, experience and expertise needed to successfully develop Panama in a competitive international labor market.


Highly eligible Panamanian university students will participate in The Washington Center’s 15-week Academic Internship Program, including an internship, academic course and all-day leadership and professional development colloquium, in Washington, D.C. during the Fall 2017 semester. Through exposure to a variety of high-level professionals from the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, as well as public, private, multi-party, foreign and non-governmental organizations, participants will be able to raise their level of knowledge and experience to benefit their futures and the future of Panama.


Participants will receive academic credit through their universities, as well as a scholarship that covers the application fee, program fee, housing fee, J-1 Visa SEVIS fee, health insurance, airfare travel costs (up to $700) and a stipend for use during their stay in the U.S.


Program dates: August 23 – December 9, 2017

Pre-qualification form submission deadline: July 13, 2017


Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Panamanian citizen and hold a valid passport
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in or recently graduated (within 18 months) from an accredited Panamanian university
  • Have completed the minimum degree requirements and have a a grade point average of at least 80/100
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English (such as TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher)

The internship program will cover the following thematic areas: education, urban planning, water issues, renewable energy, biodiversity, climate change, agroindustry and food safety. Therefore, the student’s major should be related, but not limited to, the following academic areas: engineering, science, technology and innovation.


Contact us at InternationalInfo@twc.edu for more information.
SENACYT – Ms. Maria Virginia Carcamo at mvcarcamo@senacyt.gob.pa


How to Apply

To be considered, students must first fill out the pre-qualification form by July 13, 2017. Candidates will be notified if they have been selected as a finalist by July 28, 2017, and will be contacted to schedule a Skype interview.


Pre-qualification Form

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