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  • Locations: Kisumu, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: NIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 06/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 07/06/2020 08/08/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Black Studies, Community Leadership & Civic Engagement, English, Internships, Language Arts, Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Administration, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health & Health Education, Sociology Program Type: Cosponsored, Internship Abroad, Virtual Experience
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: SIT Program Advisor: Jill Vodden
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Online Internship in Public Health in the Tropics (Summer Online)

Gain professional experience working remotely with a research organization, hospital, or nonprofit organization and learn about the dynamics of public health in western Kenya.

Your program will begin with a preparation session before you start a five-week virtual internship with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or another organization working on public health issues in Kisumu. You will expand your knowledge of public health promotion and management in the tropics, complemented by immersive experiential learning, with guided weekly discussions, assignments, and reflection. You will gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity as you develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education. In addition, the internship will enable you to gain valuable work experience and enhance your skills in an international work environment. As part of the program, you will complete a paper in which you process your learning experience and the theory and practice of public health in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly. The paper will also document a comprehensive schedule and the specific skills and knowledge you acquired through the experience. You will also focus on linking your internship learning with the key critical issues related to public health promotion and practice. You will attend weekly online assessment meetings with your academic director or internship coordinator and keep a work journal to reflect on your experiences, challenges, and professional achievements.
 
Program Highlights
  • Deepen knowledge of public health promotion and management in the tropics, complemented by immersive experiential learning.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education.
  • Acquire valuable work experience and enhance skills in an international work environment.

Program Components

  • Demonstrate awareness of the ethics of internship in the context of Kenya.
  • Show understanding of the complexities of public health and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly.
  • Describe, analyze, and synthesize the learning experience of the internship in a paper.
  • Articulate the output of the internship experience in the form of an oral presentation.

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