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Counseling & Humanitarian Action Internship

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 internship.

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Jun 16 – Aug 4

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Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being


Why study abroad in Jordan?

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.


  • Gain valuable practical experience in humanitarian aid as an intern     
  • Learn and develop critical professional skills in a supportive environment
  • Weekly reflection and assessments with the academic director or internship coordinator
  • Weekend excursion to the treasures of Jordan: the Dead Sea, Petra, and Aqaba Testimonial (Optional)



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Southern Jordan

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 Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city and a top destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.

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.


Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Examine the psychological and mental health risks facing refugee populations including loss, separation, and trauma and their potential impact on wellbeing.   
  • Evaluate mental health provision and psychosocial interventions available to refugees in Jordan in relation to broadly accepted professional standards.  
  • Reflect on the ethical and cultural relevance of mental health interventions and psychosocial support.     
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and analytical skills relating to the tasks and activities performed at the internship organization. 
  • Appraise counseling and humanitarian action in Jordan in a critical research paper. 
  • Reflect on the ethics involved in doing an internship in the context of Jordan. 
  • Synthesize the internship learning experience in the form of an internship paper and oral presentation. 

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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.

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Key Topics

  • Counseling and humanitarian response in Jordan
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  • Emergency coordination between government, UN, and humanitarian agencies
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  • Tasks and responsibilities of counseling and humanitarian aid professionals
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  • Physical, mental, and social health risk factors for refugees in camps and host communities
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  • Challenges facing refugee host communities

Internship and Seminar

Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN3000 / 4 credits)

This seminar consists of a 5-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:

  • Providing relief to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians with the International Rescue Committee
  • Working with farmers, women, and refugees living in poverty with Care International
  • Assisting epidemiologists with the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network
  • Promoting health awareness with the Jordan Health Aid Society
  • Supporting the efforts of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development-Legal Aid to raise legal awareness among vulnerable populations, fight injustice, and promote equality
  • Assisting the International Committee of the Red Cross’s humanitarian responses to Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities
  • Monitoring and evaluating healthcare services provided to refugees by Jordan Health Aid Association
  • Designing and implementing art therapy and women’s empowerment projects at River Jordan Foundation’s Queen Rania Family and Child Center
  • Writing proposals for funding vulnerable communities’ economic empowerment projects at Durrat Al Manal

Contextual Studies in Counseling and Humanitarian Action

Contextual Studies in Counseling and Humanitarian Action – syllabus
(MDES3000 / 3 credits)

This seminar is focused on the study of humanitarian aid and counseling in Jordan. Over decades, Jordan has become home to millions of refugees and displaced populations from Palestine and more recently from Iraq and Syria. The seminar provides first-hand exposure to the humanitarian response of various UN agencies in Jordan, most notably the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), during the emergency, post-emergency, and resettlement phases, in collaboration with the host government. The seminar also addresses the common principles, rights, and duties governing humanitarian action as set out in the humanitarian charter, as well as the priority humanitarian interventions and minimum standards across the various sectors of humanitarian work, with special emphasis on the health sector.



You’ll live with a homestay family in Amman for five weeks. If the internship is located outside of Amman, housing will be arranged during the formal internship period. Your homestay is a unique opportunity to become a member of a local family, share meals with them and take part in special occasions. Jordan is known for its warm hospitality. You will learn about traditions, local perspectives on issues, and Arab culture while experiencing the country through your homestay family’s eyes.

Amman is an ancient city built around seven hills. The eastern part of the city is older and more traditional; here you will find historical sites dating back to ancient times. Heading west, the city becomes more modern, less conservative and instead of stone houses, you’ll find modern villas, cafes, and upscale hotels, which locals frequent for business meetings and to enjoy an afternoon coffee with friends.

Faculty & Staff

Jordan: Counseling & Humanitarian Action Internship

Ashraf Alqudah, PhD bio link
Ashraf Alqudah, PhD
Academic Director

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