In addition to taking the above courses, students will also need to enroll in one of the following two courses:
Internship & Seminar
(ITRN 3000 / 4 credits)
This seminar consists of a five-week internship with health clinics, clinical psychology clinics, counseling centers, health and psychiatric hospitals and centers, and health, psychiatric, and psychology clinics of non-governmental organizations. These organizations may include, but are not limited to, health, psychological, and psychiatric clinics at Doctors without Borders, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, Care International, Jordan Health Aid Society international, Jordan Red Crescent, Jordan Red Cross, Syrian American Medical Society, The Center for Victims of Torture, Collateral Repair Project, and Blumont (formerly International Relief and Development). The aim of an internship is to enable students to gain valuable experience and enhance their skills in a career field/professional environment related to the core program themes.
SIT will use its extensive network to facilitate an internship placement for students where interviews may be required. The organization and the student’s internship activities, including the Internship Learning Agreement, must be approved by SIT’s Academic Director. SIT will maintain oversight over internship placements in line with SIT academic policies and student health and security guidelines. Ultimately, each student will need to take responsibility for making optimal use of resources available at the placement site and to be proactive in engaging with local experts to achieve internship objectives. Weekly two-hour reflection and assessment meetings are held with the Academic Director or internship coordinator to review the progress of the internship, learning associated with the internship experience, and to draw out broader issues related to program themes, positionality, culture and ethics in the context of the internship.
Each student will be required to submit a final paper in which they process their learning experience on the internship, analyze an issue important to the placement site, and apply what they are learning at the internship site to the core themes of the program. Approved in advance by the Academic Director, SIT’s Local Review Board (for ethical clearance purposes), and the internship supervisor, the internship paper may involve interviews and other data collection methods relevant to achieving internship learning goals. Students will also do a final presentation to demonstrate how the internship experience enhanced their understanding of the SIT program themes and its Critical Global Issue focus. The paper should also briefly document a comprehensive schedule and the specific skills and knowledge acquired through the experience. Rubrics for the focus project paper and presentation will be shared with students in country.
Independent Study Project
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits)
The Independent Study Project (ISP) is a five-week long self-designed research project offering students the opportunity to undertake a personally significant and independent investigation, which highlights the regional and cultural reality that can only be encountered during a study abroad experience. The ISP is the academic component in which the student most directly applies the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques of experience-based learning articulated through the Research Methods and Ethics course and the thematic courses, while enabling students to further integrate their language skills and the contacts they have developed in the homestay and in the broader community. Each student will plan, develop, and independently undertake a research project, with the advice and guidance of the academic director and an ISP Advisor—a local academic and/or psychology, mental health, or counseling professional. The topic of study may be anything of interest to the student, within the scope of the program and the immediate region, and is usually developed out of lectures, discussions, field visits, and educational excursions. The final project should provide material evidence of student capability in utilizing appropriate methodologies, ethical standards, and in synthesizing experiences in the host culture. Students are expected to complete 180 hours of field-based (non-archival, non-library) research on their topic, submit a substantial written paper, and deliver an accompanying oral presentation. It is not uncommon for ISPs to strongly contribute to the student’s choice of subject for graduate studies or professional career.