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  • Locations: Kisumu, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English GPA: 2.5
Housing Option: Other Academic Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Culture, Dietetics & Nutrition, Global Studies, Health & Human Services, Health Science, Human Rights, Humanities, International Studies, Internships, Liberal Arts, Pre-health Programs, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work Program Type: BGSU Affiliate Program, Internship Abroad
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Virtual Internship in Public Health in the Tropics (Summer)

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Gain professional experience working remotely with a research organization, hospital, or nonprofit organization and learn about the dynamics of public health in western Kenya.



Your program will begin with a preparation session before you start a five-week virtual internship with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or another organization working on public health issues in Kisumu. You will expand your knowledge of public health promotion and management in the tropics, complemented by immersive experiential learning, with guided weekly discussions, assignments, and reflection. You will gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity as you develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education. In addition, the internship will enable you to gain valuable work experience and enhance your skills in an international work environment. As part of the program, you will complete a paper in which you process your learning experience and the theory and practice of public health in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly. The paper will also document a comprehensive schedule and the specific skills and knowledge you acquired through the experience. You will also focus on linking your internship learning with the key critical issues related to public health promotion and practice. You will attend weekly online assessment meetings with your academic director or internship coordinator and keep a work journal to reflect on your experiences, challenges, and professional achievements.

You will be expected to devote approximately 37.5 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your academic director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Deepen knowledge of public health promotion and management in the tropics, complemented by immersive experiential learning.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education.
  • Acquire valuable work experience and enhance skills in an international work environment.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


  • Demonstrate awareness of the ethics of internships in the context of Kenya
  • Show understanding of the complexities of public health and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly.
  • Describe, analyze, and synthesize the learning experience of the internship in a paper.
  • Articulate the output of the internship experience in the form of an oral presentation.


Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.


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