East Africa Field Based Research & Internship Program

Open to graduate students from any disicpline and undergradaute student by permission. This course will be offered again in May 2019. If interested, please contact Dr. Lou Picard (picard@pitt.edu) or apply here East Africa Program Application.


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This program includes a series of phases. Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students will participate in a field based learning research seminar, complete an internship, and then enroll in an Independent study to receive academic credit fall term.

Students will choose a theme and an organization in East Africa, familiarize themselves with relevant literature, design a project, carry out an internship in relation to the proposed project, and finally compile a report on the project as part of a post-travel independent study.

Phase 1: April. Pittsburgh Orientation-engage in information rich seminar and develop short proposal

Phase 2: May. Students submit research proposal

Phase 3: May. In country 8 day orientation/seminar

Phase 4: July or August. Completion of internship--students can decide how long their internship needs to be

Phase 5: Fall or spring. Complete Independent study in PIA 2097 or ADMPS 2098, or department independent study of your choice.


Students can pick from several themes & Organizations


  • Social Entrepreneurialism

  • Human Security and Development

  • Education & Special Education

  • Social Development     

  • Health & Rural Income

  • Hidden Peoples

  • Micro-Credit and Sustainability

  • Gender Violence    

  • Homeless Children

  • Agriculture and Food


Organizations (The list continues to grow with more partners every year)

  • ABC Divine Foundation Primary School, Kampala, Uganda

  • Barlonyo Adopt a Village, Lira, Uganda

  • Bright Kids Uganda Group Home, Kisubi, Uganda

  • BKU Enterprises Micro-Loans, Entebbe, Uganda
    Blessed Survivors Micro-Loan Group, Kisubi, Uganda

  • Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns (CERESAV), Kampala, Uganda

  • Great Kings and Queens Primary School and Children ‘s Home- Katwe, Uganda

  • Hekima Place, Nairobi, Kenya
    Noah’s Ark Hands On Training Center, Entebbe, Uganda

  • Majengo Children’s Home, Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania

  • Silver Oonyu Memorial Inclusive Learning Center, Soroti, Uganda


More information:


East Africa Seminar Info Packet

Education Internship Info Packet

Summer 2018 Syllabus


To Apply:


East Africa Program Application