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Gain professional, intercultural experience interning with a Cameroonian NGO working to support women affected by the current political crisis.
Through this virtual program you will examine issues at the intersection of peace, security, human rights, and gender studies and explore the gender dimension of conflict by state and non-state actors. As a result of the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, increasing numbers of English-speaking Cameroonians are seeking sovereignty amidst a mostly French-speaking population, and more than 700,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and live in dire conditions. The COVID-19 crisis has added another layer of difficulty to the situation and efforts to provide food, medicine, and support to affected women are complicated by the need for protective masks, gloves, and medical assistance. Your program will allow you to contribute to efforts to resolve the crisis as by interning with an organization working in conflict areas, which may include providing primary emergency care to the affected communities or supporting internally displaced women in urban centers.
Before your internship, you will receive an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Cameroon, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program over the course of the semester, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations.
Complete an internship with a team of innovative and engaged civil society staff.
Participate in weekly group discussions and reflections on a critical issue affecting Anglophone women.
Gain valuable professional and intercultural experience.
Develop an understanding of intersecting issues in peace, security, human rights, and gender studies.
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