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Jul 6 – Aug 15
Critical Global Issue of Study
Global Health & Well-being
Learn the principles of humanitarian action in crisis situations in Jordan, home to millions of displaced persons and refugees. Observe the workings of UN agencies during a five-week program including a four-week intensive internship.
Hospitality is an important part of the nomadic heritage of Jordan, evident from the Kingdom’s providing shelter to those who have fled conflict in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and as far away as Bosnia. By interning in Jordan at an organization like the International Rescue Committee, Care International, or Jordan Health Aid Society, you will assist local and international relief efforts supporting millions of Syrian refugees. You’ll learn about the objectives, priorities, standards, and procedures of humanitarian health response during emergency and post-emergency phases of refugee crises.
The internship will help you understand the priorities of a refugee relief program including consideration for water supply, sanitation and hygiene; food security, nutrition and food aid; shelter, settlement and health services. In addition, you’ll learn about conflict-related traumas and psychosocial challenges of assimilation. During your internship, you will be introduced to the guidelines for counseling, mental health, and psychological support in emergencies.
The program will begin with one week of online courses. During this week you will begin online orientation sessions to prepare you for your internship and thematic seminar courses. For week two, you will travel to Jordan for the in-country portion of the program where you will complete the thematic seminar courses and then begin your internship. At the end of the program the group will come together for final presentations and to reflect on the experience.
You’ll spend three days exploring southern Jordan. You’ll visit NGOs providing services to vulnerable local populations and refugees. You’ll also enjoy the splendors of the ancient city of Petra, the world- famous archeological site featured in Indiana Jones “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Heading further south, you behold the vast desert of Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon), the location for much of “Lawrence of Arabia” and many other films, and the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on earth.
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
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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Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN3000 / 3 credits)
This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community organization, health institution, or international NGO. The internship enables students to gain valuable internship experience and enhance their skills in a professional, international environment. SIT internships are hands-on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, students will submit a paper processing their learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization they interned with, and/or they will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.
Sample internships include:
Contextual Studies in Counseling and Humanitarian Action – syllabus
(MDES3000 / 3 credits)
Students gain practical professional experience in a work environment and enhance their skillset and knowledge in an international setting under both academic and professional guidance and supervision. Students submit a final report in which they process their learning experience on the job and design a socially responsible solution proposal for an issue they have observed and analyzed during their Internship. The report should also document a comprehensive schedule and the specific skills and knowledge acquired through the experience. The ultimate aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience within the work environment of an area of their interest. The program concludes with a final presentation in English that ties internship experience with critical global issue themes and core learning objectives.
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.See Full Breakdown