Quick Info

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : 3 March 2018 - 10 March 2018
  • : $3750 (see scholarship information below)
  • : 20 October 2017
  • : 3.0 GPA


Students will earn three credits for the program through 'BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations'. The academic course will take place during the spring semester on Mondays and Wedesdays 2:00-3:15pm and will be taught by Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell, and students who are accepted to the program will be given a permission code in order to enroll in the course. Students will complete their project in Summer 2017 after returning from the in-country portion of the program.

For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement, a social sciences requirement, an elective towards the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the functional elective towards the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics.


This course explores service learning as a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. When service-learning is effectively implemented, students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership competence. There are several components of the service learning (SL) approach:

  • SL uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
  • Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, society, and the future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
  • SL identifies in advance and tracks specific learning objectives and goals.
  • Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to a community, organization or other stakeholder group.
  • SL enhances student learning by joining theory with experience and thought with action; it also helps students to see the relevance of academic subject to the real world.
  • SL also builds leadership competence through practice, reflection and active engagement.

Upon completion of the course, students will have accomplished the following:

  1. Developed an understanding of the concept of servant leadership and how it explains the inextricable link between ethics and effective leadership.
  2. Studied the key characteristics of servant leadership and how they related to and impact both personal and business success.
  3. Enhanced one's project management skills by working as part of a team on a servant leadership project.
  4. Develop critical leadership skills such as conflict resolution, negotiations and high impact communication.
  5. Applied course concepts to a relevant example in the service learning project, in which the teams work on a specific external project related to leadership, social responsibility, and ethics in business.
  6. Applied course concepts using a case analysis, business plan, and/or presentation to a client.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell will teach BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations, which will take place during the spring term.

A member of Pitt Business International Programs will act as the Program Assisant and will travel with the group to serve as additional support and to help facilitate logistics. 

Amizade, the program's in-country partner, employs a local Site Director who will act as the main contact throughout the program.


Students will stay in a hotel in San Jose, which is tentatively the Hotel San Jorge.

More information about housing in Catano is coming soon!


Pricing And Dates

Program Fee  
$3750 See scholarhship info below
Arrive in Puerto Rico Depart Puerto Rico
Sunday, March 4, 2018 Saturday, March 10, 2018

Scholarships are available for AKPsi members that are enrolled as Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students.  Members that are not Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students can participate in the program but are not eligible for the automatic scholarship.

  • AKPsi members active, as determined by AKPsi, for 1 semester (Fall 2017) will receive a $1000 scholarship, bringing the Program Fee to $2750
  • AKPsi members active, as determined by AKPsi, for 2 semesters or more (Spring 2017 or earlier) will receive a $1750 scholarship, bringing the Program Fee to $2000
  • All AKPsi members are also eligible for other scholarships listed on abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships

If one of the above three scholarship options is accepted the student will agree to maintain active membership status in AKPsi until graduation.

CPLE students participating in this program will be named Woodcock Global Corporate Social Responsibility Fellows and will recieve an additional $1000 scholarship, bringing the program fee to $1000.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition
  • Round-trip flights from Pittsburgh-Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico-Pittsburgh
  • Housing
  • Cultural and project-related site visits
  • Transportation to and from all cultural and project-related site visits
  • Most meals
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Some meals (~$100-$300)
  • Additional spending money

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

This program is only open to active members of AKPsi, a professional business fraternity. Please visit AKPsi's website to learn more.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.