Internship & Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN 3005 / 5 Credits)
This seminar is an eight-week course that offers students the opportunity to complete an internship with a Belgrade civil society organization, local community organization, or research organization. The aim of this internship is to enable students to gain valuable experience and enhance their skills in a career field and professional environment related to the topics studied at the program, including peace and conflict studies, transitional justice, human rights, and refugee studies.
SIT will use its extensive network in Serbia to facilitate internship placements for students. The organization and the student’s internship activities, including the Internship Learning Agreement, is set by the program, and 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 their time, the resources available at the organization and to be proactive in engaging with local experts to achieve internship objectives. More so, each student will be responsible to maintain ongoing communication with their mentor placed by the organization and the SIT internship coordinator. Students will attend weekly reflection sessions 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 organization, and apply what they are learning at the internship organization to the core themes of the program.