HECUA: Study and Intern in Northern Ireland

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HECUA provides internships in Northern Ireland coupled with a full semester of study. Field seminars focus on human rights, equality, conflict transformation, and education for democracy, and help students see in action the tools used to transform conflict. This program incorporates significant travel by bus through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as a seven-week-long, 20-25 hour/week internship with a community partner in Derry/Londonderry. In the past internship sites have included LGBTQ organizing and advocacy group the Rainbow Project, creative media hub The Nerve Centre, and early childhood development organization Children in Crossfire. This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters and interested students are encouraged to visit the HECUA website for more details and the application procedure.

  • Intensive internships at local NGOs, community hubs, and arts organizations
  • Travel throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  • Emphasis on peace-building and conflict resolution

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Yes, I recommend this program

HECUA: Study/Internship in Northern Ireland.

The internship component of the HECUA program is one that is truly special. Unlike many other study abroad experiences, HECUA allows you to intern at a community peace-building organization. I got the unique opportunity to intern at a truth recovery/human rights legal NGO, which solidified my interest in human rights law for the future. Although I am not from Northern Ireland, I felt like I was able to connect with the community in a unique way through the internship. It made the city of Derry/Londoderry a bit smaller and a place that I will absolutely return to.

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Fall in love with Derry

When I applied for this program, I knew I would appreciate the academics and the opportunities provided, but I was surprised by how deeply I fell in love with the people of Northern Ireland. I was always welcomed with open arms in every situation I entered into, and made good friends that I still keep in touch with now that the program is over. Every Tuesday I would grab my bodhran (traditional Irish drum) and head down to a local pub to play in a trad session. Even though I was a beginner, I was always greeted heartily and never felt shy about playing along. The folks at my internship made me feel like I was part of the community, and I always had someone to grab a cup of tea with me. I've never met such thoughtful, warm, and caring people, and I know that when I go back, I'll be greeted as if I had never left.

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