- Habitat (WASH)
- Public health
- Youth programs
- Urban agriculture
- Requires Spanish-speaking ability
- Subject to approval for return to travel (mobility)
Global Development in Action
As COVID-19 continues, the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is offering a hybrid rendition of its programming in the summer of 2022. This is a unique hybrid opportunity to explore complex questions through coursework while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship—through a combination of in-person and online coursework and options for remote or in-person internship settings.
Earn Northwestern credits through INTL ST 393: Development in a Global Context. This field studies course will use a flipped classroom model to help students build the skills necessary to operate ethically and reflexively in complex transnational work environments. In conjunction with a virtual internship with nonprofits and NGOs around the world, you will engage in real-time reflection and critical analysis of concepts like "participation" and cultural humility in development work. This course invites you to examine deep complexities within global structures, the impact of good intentions, and your role in a rapidly changing world. You should check with your major/minor and academic advisors to see how these credits might count for you. One unit of INTL ST 393 may be applied towards the Weinberg College Distribution Requirements in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Area III).
The course will be co-taught by Dr. Diego Arispe-Bazán, Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Global Learning Office and Assistant Professor of Instruction, Anthropology.
The syllabus linked to below reflects the virtual GESI program during 2020-21. A syllabus for the hybrid iteration of GESI programming is still under development.
Diego researches Global North to Global South migration, internal migration in South America, and historical ideologies of Spanish colonization, from a linguistic and cultural anthropological framework. His work combines textual and ethnographic data and investigates the relationship between (post)colonialism, race, and identity.
You will be matched with a community-based nonprofit or NGO in one of following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Peru, Uganda, or Vietnam. As an intern, you will support your organization with various projects, using your academic background and skills to support your organization and the community's needs. Some locations are still being finalized. Please note that mobility or in-person options are subject to approval for return to travel (to be decided by March or April of 2022).
The unpaid internship will include 15-30 hours per week, depending on whether done remotely or in-person. Some internships will include teams of 2-5 Northwestern students, while others will entail individual work. Within this time commitment are opportunities for supplemental learning such as practical workshops, cultural context or language classes.
Being accepted to GESI and committing to participate in the program means agreeing to work with a host organization that is expecting you. Please plan your participation seriously, as placements will be considered with students and hosts in mind.
"GESI gave me the opportunity to connect the work I was doing hands-on with the theory and history behind development while deepening my understanding of cultural humility, ethical storytelling, and the complexities of NGOs."
"The GESI program has been incredibly insightful and eye-opening. I got to learn about the complex web of power structures in the international development world, and how that can manifest in unexpected places. The lectures have been interesting and engaging with in-class activities, discussions, and guest speakers. The internship was informative and meaningful. We get to see the inner-workings of a real-life, professional organization, and how our work can help support them in their endeavor."
"GESI is a great window into the global sphere of NGO's and a great way to learn about, through first-hand involvement, another nation from your own home."
All remote internships (virtual option) will require 15 hours per week. Each internship will vary in terms of the amount of live (synchronous) work time required (with Northwestern student teammates and/or host organization staff). Exact meeting times will be scheduled with site teams and host organizations once internship assignments are made. Most locations will require specific time availability to ensure synchronous meetings across time zone differences. Please be flexible in the process of determining common availability for internship meetings and workshops. Meeting times may occur at a time that is not usually convenient (early or late hours).
All in-person internships (mobility option) will require up to 30 hours per week in alignment with a regular work schedule in the local context. The option to study abroad is subject to approval for return to travel in certain locations, to be determined by March or April of 2022. If a location is not approved for travel, opportunities will exist to shift to a remote internship option in that location.
1. When are applications for the summer program due?
2. Who can take part in "hybrid GESI"?
3. What are the application requirements?
4. How can the credits for INTL ST 393 be articulated?
5. Is there a language requirement?
6. Is there anything else applicants should keep in mind about applying for this program?
7. Will financial aid apply to hybrid GESI?
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