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
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.
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 Summer Communications Internship
For Summer 2022, the Global Health Studies Program is pleased to be able to offer financial support for students to complete a communications internship. Students selected for this internship work with Global Health Studies Program staff and alumni on a variety of projects related to global health studies promotion and outreach while developing communication and technology skills crucial for life and careers in the 21st century. Follow the work of the Summer 2022 GHS Communications Interns here.