As an MSID student, you have the choice to do either a research project or an internship for six weeks as part of the Community Engagement course. In either option, you will be placed with a local NGO related to the track you have chosen for the International Development course (Arts & Cultural Studies, Education & Literacy, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies, Public Health, Sustainability & the Environment, or Social Service). All academic year students engage in a research project during spring semester.
Internships involve participation in and observation of the daily activities of a local NGO and focuses on applied learning. Internship students may be involved in a variety of different types of activities and experiences depending on their placement.
Below are examples of the types of internships students have done in the past:
Arts & Cultural Studies
- Work with youth at a community organization working to preserve indigenous culture through dance
Education & Literacy
- Working with the English program at a night school for working students.
- Working with children at a school in a high-poverty area.
- Teaching English to northern Afro Ecuadorian high school students where community politics influence education.
- Teaching English at small school in a rural indigenous area of Ecuador where the students have had little exposure to English.
- Studying theories behind holistic education and how these practices can be incorporated into a classroom setting.
- Conducting research on the best methods to teach English as well as hire and train English teachers.
- Assist in providing language therapy to children with disabilities.
- Assist in teaching English to primary and secondary students at a rural indigenous school.
- Work at an after-school program for young children who come from disadvantaged homes.
Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies
- Working with a microfinance organization
- Assisting in a general hospital located in the rainforest in Ecuador that serves the indigenous people of the area.
- Providing support to faculty in a pediatrics department of a hospital that works with children who suffer from malnutrition.
- Working with technology development in a genetics lab at a university in Quito.
- Shadowing doctors as they are doing rounds and noting patient progress.
- Working in a hospital that focuses on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Working in a nonprofit hospital that provides culturally sensitive medicine to the people most in need of treatment.
- Collecting information regarding medical plant remedies that were compiled into a book used for training midwives.
- Working in a hospital dedicated to adolescent mothers with a social worker to help the girls learn life skills.
- Helping a small public hospital in Quito develop ways to improve services to women.
- Working with girls that work the streets or accompany their parents to work to teach them life skills.
- Working with children at an organization that offers legal, social, and psychological support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and their families.
- Working with an organization that manages community cultural and natural resources.
- Developing basic services such as potable water, electricity, and daycare centers in the community in an area where gender roles are changing due to migration.
- Working in a boys' shelter with poverty and problems of the Quechua majority.
- Working with communal businesses and cooperatives to institute a development model used in other parts of the world.
- Creating, promoting, and sustaining a basketball team by establishing a club, teaching rules, and training regularly.
Sustainability & the Environment
- Being involved in an environmental conservation project in the Amazon region.
- Working in a wildlife preserve and park on environmental protection within the city.
- Collecting and categorizing species for a conservation-oriented museum.
- Working on projects that emphasize the importance of diverse gardens within a community.
- Working with indigenous traditions to progress toward sustainable development of water supply in a community.
- Working to improve agricultural environment by conducting soil analysis of 17 farms.
- Working on an agro-ecological farm performing basic farm operations, selling product at the local market, and attending community meetings.
- Assisting in the production and sale of cacao, including field work, product development, and administrative tasks.
Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals.