Virtual Internship in Development & Gender

Gain professional skills and cross-cultural experience by interning with a community organization, NGO, or business focused on sustainable development and gender in Vietnam.

At a Glance






Feb 6 – Apr 28

Program Countries


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Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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Development & Inequality

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This virtual internship and seminar will focus on the role local community-based and international development organizations play in addressing issues related to urbanization, migration, housing, and environment, with a critical analysis on gender, amid fast-paced development in Vietnam.

You have the opportunity to intern with an organization based in one of three major Vietnamese cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, or the capital, Ha Noi. Through this program, you will develop a well-rounded understanding of development inequalities, the challenges of sustainability, and global and local women’s issues.

Before you begin your internship, you will receive an introduction to the cultural, social, and political context of Vietnam, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in Vietnam.

You will be expected to devote approximately 12-15 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your Academic Director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Complete an internship with a local community organization, NGO, or business.
  • Develop your professional, intercultural communication skills.
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director.
  • Customize the program by focusing on the field which interests you the most.




Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Apply professional ethics in doing an internship in the context of Vietnam. 
  • Synthesize the internship learning experience in the form of an internship paper and oral presentation. 
  • Summarize current analysis and debates on multi-dimensional development projects and gender norms in Vietnam. 
  • Assess the challenges of current development projects working towards sustainability, gender awareness in workplaces, and the dynamics of cross-generational social change.

Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.


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.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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Program Components

  • Orientation to Vietnam, workplace norms, and internship ethics
  • Internship with a community organization, NGO, or business focused on sustainable development and gender
  • Weekly seminar discussions with your cohort and Academic Director and meetings with your internship supervisor
  • A final paper and presentation describing analyzing, and synthesizing your internship experience

Virtual Internship & Seminar

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

Career Paths

  • Working in NGOs in Washington, DC; New York City; Los Angeles; and elsewhere

  • Studying in graduate programs in law, medicine, business, and other fields

  • Volunteering with the Peace Corps, Princeton’s Volunteers in Asia, and other international organizations

  • Returning to Vietnam to start up new businesses with local entrepreneurs

  • Conducting research on Fulbright scholarships in Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Sweden and Vietnam

Faculty & Staff

Vietnam: Virtual Internship in Development & Gender

Duong Van Thanh, EdD
Academic Director

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $2,340. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.