If you can build professional connections over a single cup of coffee, imagine what you can do with an entire coffee company. Partnering with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses & Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), a Ugandan coffee company, has allowed Carly Stingl, advisor and program coordinator for UW–Madison’s International Internship Program (IIP), to forge new connections and offer professional opportunities for undergraduates.
International internships are often developed through UW connections all over the world, and the same is true for this opportunity with NUCAFE. Stingl met Rashida Nakabuga, Membership and Advocacy Coordinator at NUCAFE, in 2016 when Nakabuga was on campus as a Mandela Washington Fellow. Through several meetings, Stingl and Nakabuga developed an internship opportunity for UW–Madison students that offers an overall look at how a coffee company works in Uganda. The intern begins the summer by spending a short amount of time in various departments such as operations, sales, and marketing to understand how the company works followed by engaging in projects based on their own strengths and interests.