This internship is for students desiring to complete an international internship with an organization focusing on international health or international development with an organization that they have arranged on their own. Students are responsible for finding and securing their own internship placement in a country and area approved for BYU students to travel. The internship requires approval by the faculty director and the BYU Kennedy Center. Factors that increase the chance of acceptance into the program include: relevant language proficiency; previous international experience (living or traveling independently abroad); and having technical skills relevant to the chosen internship placement (e.g., research/statistics, monitoring/evaluation, report writing, translating, campaign development experience, technology support, fund raising).
Students must realize that internships in international settings often pose significant language and cultural barriers, and require strong commitment and adherence to abiding to safety and security guidelines imposed to maintain student safety and security; including certain travel restrictions that you will be briefed about by the Kennedy Center. Students should not consider internships in countries/areas where travel is restricted for BYU students. Students must be willing to live and function independently in their internship setting, with little guidance and support. The faculty directors can connect students to specific internship opportunities in Ghana with Unite for Sight), and to internships in Peru and Costa Rica in areas such as education, health/medical, human rights, micro-business. special education, and veterinary science; as well as internship possibilities in other locations that become available from time to time. Faculty directors can also help students secure virtual internships in many different countries with Child and Family Health International (e.g., India, Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Philippines) and virtual internships in Fiji with Think Pacific in the areas of mental health promotion and youth empowerment. Please contact the faculty directors about your ideas for an internship or if you wish to connect with the options mentioned above. You can learn more at www.byuglobalhealth.org