East Africa Field Based Program

East Africa Field Based Program
 
The Center for African Studies is relaunching its graduate internship program in Uganda and Western Kenya this summer.  The program will consist of a one week orientation program and an attachment to a non-governmental organization working in the areas of international development, health and education. The Orientation begins on May 11, 2022. The activity will be carried out with the cooperation of the ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  Internship assignments will include a research activity and work within an organization based in Kenya or Uganda.
 
The East Africa program is a multidisciplinary field based learning, research and internship program designed to allow students the chance to apply academic knowledge and theory to practice in real-world situations. By teaming up students with community organizations, students will develop intercultural and leadership skills while learning firsthand how local experts are addressing issues facing their communities with available resources. The program is open to graduate students in the professional schools who wish to enhance their cross-cultural experience and language competency as they also attain practical field experience, research and workplace skills. Students will be involved in experiential learning in a setting that directly supports segments of the community and opportunities for students to go into the field and try on a particular professional role in public or community service. There are also opportunities for research activities depending on student interests. 
 
This program supports our broader mission to advance the international and global experiences of our students and further their cultural capital, learning about places and cultures, and gaining intercultural skills in the process. It also fits within Pitt’s Global Plan that proposes a strategic approach to international partnerships, encourages concerted decision-making that leads to transformational action, and guides Pitt toward real-world impact. Students participating in the program will explore real world issues and contribute towards improving lives in the world’s local communities through their research, partnerships, community development projects and study of language and cultures preparing them to become global citizens. 
 
Here is a list of possible Internships for 2022. 
 
Email awk19@pitt.edu if interested.
 
Examples of topics that students can select to focus on include the following: 
Access to healthcare & Legal representation Advocacy and justice
Children and homelessness
Education and capacity development Gender violence
Hidden peoples
Human security and international development Legal Aid for Vulnerable Populations Micro-loans and rural development
Social entrepreneurialism and sustainability Special needs programs
Survivors of conflict and pandemic diseases Welfare and social services

To Apply:
East Africa Program Application
There is a $25 application fee that will be applied to the adminstrative fee. Please bring your payment to the African Studies Office before April 1st or upon application. 
 

More information:
East Africa Seminar Info Packet
Education Internship Info Packet
Example Syllabus: Summer 2018 
Invitation to East Africa Video
Uganda 2019 Video
Bright Kids Uganda

Bright Kids Uganda USA
ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples