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Gain professional experience with an NGO, UN agency, or government agency working with youth and vulnerable groups on community empowerment and environmental sustainability.
Through this remote online internship, students will learn about existing development and environmental challenges and contribute to the design of projects for community empowerment and sustainability. Jordan has made great strides in health care, literacy, and democratic and economic reform and has been developing innovative approaches to water shortages, storage and supply: organic farming; food security; and sustainable energy production. Despite these developments, the country still faces a lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, increased water needs due to climate change, and a growing population, including refugees.
At the beginning of your program, you’ll get an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Jordan and to workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. After orientation you will complete a 12-week online internship focused on issues of community empowerment, refugees, climate change, environment and sustainability, women’s empowerment, water scarcity, water transboundary and security, community development, agriculture and food security, poverty alleviation, economy and geopolitics, education, ecotourism, renewable energy, climate change, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous as you participate in weekly discussions, attend curated readings, keep a journal, and write a paper reflecting on your experience.
You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program, 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 community-based organization, NGO, UN agency, or governmental agency.
- Gain valuable experience in community development, environment, and sustainability.
- Learn and develop critical professional skills in a supportive environment.
- Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director.
- Customize the program by focusing on the field you’re most interested in.
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