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Malawi International Development

Dates: 1 May–1 August 2023 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 17 January 2023

The Malawi International Development Internship works with the School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI) and Nu Skin Corporation in a rural village in Malawi. Students live at SAFI in dorms for the entire duration of the three months. Students from all majors have the opportunity to work on individualized research projects that are in conjunction with their major or minor, with the assistance of a university faculty mentor and a SAFI staff member. This gives students the rare opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, as well as potential publications and conferences.

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Jeff Glenn
2032 LSB
(801) 422-9754


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Interns will register for a total of 9 credit hours during the program.

They will choose 6 credit hours from the following:

IAS 399R—Academic Internship (6 credit hours)
NDFS 399R—Academic Internship (6 credit hours)
HLTH 496R—Academic Internship (6 credit hours)

And 3 credit hours from the following:

NDFS 494R—Undergrad Research in NDFS (3 credit hours)
HLTH 491R—Undergrad Research in Public Health (3 credit hours)
HLTH 492R—Directed Public Health Readings (1–3 credit hours)

Other classes related to health and development may be accepted if approved by the faculty director, and ISP office.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full-tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, all meals while in village, some in-country transportation, international health insurance coverage, and some director expenses.

Does not include airfare, preparation course tuition, meals on weekends, personal travel, souvenirs, passport, visa, or vaccinations.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see; including up to $1000 from the Nu Skin Scholarship Fund.
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Accepted students are required to participate in IAS 369R International Internship Prep (1 credit hour) during second term of winter semester 2023.

Recommended courses to take fall/winter semester before the program:

NFDS 100—Essentials of Human Nutrition (3 credit hours)
IAS 220—Introduction to Development Studies (3 credit hours)

Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee for enrolling in the prep class.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Interns stay on-site in dorms at SAFI in Mtalimanja Village, approximately one hour from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 17 January 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Jeff Glenn, Professor of Public Health
2032 LSB
(801) 422-9754

Michael Dunn, Professor of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science
S129 ESC
(801) 422-6670

Rick Jellen, Professor of Plant and Wildlife Sciences
5009 LSB
(801) 422-7279
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.