The Global Health Studies Program collaborates with the University of Iowa South Asian Studies Program to provide preparation and financial support for students completing virtual and on-site summer internships with the renowned international NGO, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (Mysuru, India). Students work on a variety of social justice projects and develop global perspectives crucial for life and careers in the 21st century.
Two Global Health Studies courses, GHS:3600 - Development in a Global Context I and GHS:3700 - Development in a Global Context II, are designed to help students academically prepare for their internship, and then (upon the student’s return to campus) to reflect upon and analyze their experience.
GHS:3600 - Development in a Global Context I
Students work with a UI faculty mentor to formulate an international development project and apply to an international development organization for an internship. Once students are matched to a project they begin preparation for their internship by communicating with their on-site mentor/supervisor.
Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) - exploring the vibrancy of Indian culture and life through Human and Social Development
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) - grassroots advocacy for health, education and socio-economic empowerment
Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) - prioritizing public policy research
Examples of past student projects
Bibliography: International Development
Bibliography: South Asian Studies
Zero Credit Hour Course and Transcript Notation Internship
Students refer to the Pomerantz Career Center's website which contains instructions and deadlines for enrolling in CCP:1005 - Internship as a Zero Credit Hour Course and Transcript Notation Internship (for the session in which the internship will be completed).
GHS:3700 - Development in a Global Context II
Under the guidance of a UI faculty mentor, students contextualize their internship experience by researching and writing a 12-15 page paper in which they analyze international development, including both challenges and solutions. Students are also required to present to the UI South Asian Studies Program.