Jordan

Virtual Internship in Community Empowerment & Sustainable Environments

Gain professional experience with an NGO, UN agency, or government agency working with youth and vulnerable groups on community empowerment and environmental sustainability.

At a Glance

Credits

4

Prerequisites

None

Dates

Aug 31 ‎– Nov 20

Program Base

Online

Overview

Through this remote online internship, students will learn about existing development and environmental challenges and contribute to the design of projects for community empowerment and sustainability. Jordan has made great strides in health care, literacy, and democratic and economic reform and has been developing innovative approaches to water shortages, storage and supply: organic farming; food security; and sustainable energy production. Despite these developments, the country still faces a lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, increased water needs due to climate change, and a growing population, including refugees. 

At the beginning of your program, you’ll get an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Jordan and to workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. After orientation you will complete a 12-week online internship focused on issues of community empowerment, refugees, climate change, environment and sustainability, women’s empowerment, water scarcity, water transboundary and security, community development, agriculture and food security, poverty alleviation, economy and geopolitics, education, ecotourism, renewable energy, climate change, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous as you participate in weekly discussions, attend curated readings, keep a journal, and write a paper reflecting on your experience.  

You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program, 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.  

Highlights

  • Complete an internship with a community-based organization, NGO, UN agency, or governmental agency. 
  • Gain valuable experience in community development, environment, and sustainability.  
  • Learn and develop critical professional skills in a supportive environment. 
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director. 
  • Customize the program by focusing on the field you’re most interested in.  

Prerequisites

None.

Academics

Coursework

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.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • Design projects for community empowerment and sustainability
  • Develop real-world skills and international contacts
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments led by the academic director
  • Analyze and explain your internship experience in a final paper and oral presentation

Internship & Seminar

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

Career Paths

  • USDA-USFS, Field officer MENA region

  • Research assistant in the field of environment, sustainability, development

  • Position with political, economic, or development organization in Jordan or elsewhere in the Middle East

  • Volunteer with Peace Corps

Faculty & Staff

Jordan: Virtual Internship in Community Empowerment & Sustainable Environments

Raed Al-Tabini, PhD

Discover the Possibilities

  • COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

    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.