Virtual Internship in Community Health & Empowerment

Gain professional, intercultural experience interning with a Bolivian NGO focused on community health, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture, labor rights, or youth advocacy.

At a Glance




2 semesters Spanish


Sep 14 ‎– Dec 4

Program Base


Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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Development & Inequality

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This virtual internship and online seminar will focus on ways that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are supporting social and environment health and well-being in urban and rural Bolivian communities. You will examine issues including global health and education, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, labor rights, and child/youth advocacy.  

Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Bolivia, workplace norms, and the ethics of interning in another country. Then, you will complete an online internship focused on global health, health and education infrastructure, the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, child and youth advocacy, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, labor rights, or another field related to your interests and career goals.  

You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program over the course of the semester, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations. 


  • Engage in discussions about socioeconomic, political, and cultural concepts of community wellbeing.
  • Complete an internship with a Bolivian community organization or NGO.
  • Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director.
  • Build your résumé and professional experience in an internship related to your interests.


Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. 



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. 

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Program Components

  • Consider the ethical implications and consequences of interning in another culture.
  • Describe, analyze, and synthesize the internship experience in a paper and oral presentation.
  • Spend 10-12 hours a week “on” the internship site over the 12 weeks.
  • Engage in synchronous reflections and discussions with your cohort led by the academic director.

Internship & Seminar

Internship & Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN 3000 / 4 credits)

Career Paths

  • Immigrant labor rights attorney

  • Director of an NGO promoting food sovereignty

  • Social worker advocating for foster children with HIV/AIDS

  • Medical doctor

Faculty & Staff

Bolivia: Virtual Internship in Community Health & Empowerment

Heidi Baer-Postigo, MS

Discover the Possibilities


    The tuition for this online internship program is $1,950. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.