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For students who desire to personalize their experience with the topic of applied sustainable development, we offer multidisciplinary internships of between 4 weeks and a full semester in the form of a Community Field Experience at our program locations in Rwanda and Vietnam.
Such an internship enables you to live and work in a community setting while engaging in a concrete sustainable development project, hand-in-hand with a local peer as well as community partners. Depending on your study background and interests, your placement might be attached to a specific community partner such as a local school, hospital, NGO, or other civil society organization.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate a community-engaged sustainable development project.
- Work hand-in-hand with a local peer as well as community partners.
- Develop core competencies of global change leaders for sustainable development.
- Conduct an action-oriented field research project relating to a critical entry point for transformations towards sustainable development.
- Broaden your personal and professional network and build lasting international friendships.
Kenya | Rwanda | Vietnam
Select one of three fascinating destinations in Africa or Asia and embark on a transformative journey to develop your personal leadership story – and the core competencies that you’ll need as a future global change leader for sustainable development.
Acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding to address the planet’s most pressing challenges in a holistic way. And dive deep into the life and culture of a community in a very different part of the world.
Kenya | Rwanda | South Africa | Vietnam
This fast-paced introductory program of our Change Leadership for Sustainable Development series allows you to acquire basic applied skills, knowledge, and understanding about systemic transformations towards sustainable development. Possibly even more importantly, it lets you do so through the eyes of key local stakeholders at your chosen destination.
Our multi-disciplinary custom internships enable you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You are matched with a local host organization according to your level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Academic credits are available, and you will be expected to complete some key course requirements. 4 U.S. credits are available.
Our health electives offer preclinical, clinical, global health, and research opportunities at hospitals and host organizations in Rwanda and Vietnam. Placements are tailored to qualifications and interests. Clinical rotations are particularly available to final-year medical students who desire to meet their elective abroad requirements. Host sites include university teaching hospitals, other selected urban and rural hospitals and health centers, as well as public health-related NGOs.
Given our deep roots, networks, resources, and expertise with internships, we have added remote opportunities in Rwanda and Vietnam to our portfolio and developed a highly successful structure and support environment. Students are matched with a local host organization and typically carry out concrete project or research tasks. A variety of local and intercultural activities as well as engaging interdisciplinary modules enrich the experience.