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  

GHS student during her 2019 SVYM internship in India

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.

Course expectations (updated for virtual internships)
Course expectations
Summer 2021 GHS SVYM intern blog 

Course Resources
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 

GHS student presenting on her summer SVYM internship

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.

Course expectations (updated for virtual internships)
Instructions for report and presentation