Are you seeking a highly relevant global experience in Information & Communication Technology that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough cultural immersion in a unique African country? Our Community Field Experience enables you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You are matched with a local project, lab or incubator according to your level of study, existing skills and desired interests. A specific field experience plan is developed in advance of your placement. Academic credits are available, and you will be expected to complete some key course requirements. In addition to the placement, you will benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting.
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with local colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on development and nation building.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards development of a leading African success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised community field experience. Qualified students are placed with a local project, lab or incubator, or contribute directly to ongoing project work of our GEI Social Impact Lab. Students are matched according to their level of study, existing skills and desired interests. A specific field experience plan is developed in advance of each placement. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Develop an increased level of self-efficacy and competency in a specific career field
- Engage in professional workplace expectations, including organizational culture, time management, appropriate dress and professional relationship boundaries
- Display professional communication through oral and written means in professional settings
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in any major or minor with relevance to information and communication technology. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Internship report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
1 credit per 50 hours is available from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
The political and economic leader in East Africa, Kenya might still be most well-known internationally for the immense diversity and beauty of its landscapes and wildlife. But that’s only part of the story. In recent years, its capital Nairobi has become an epicenter for innovation. This is best seen by exploring the incredible tech startup scene with its dozens of accelerators, incubators and innovation hubs.
The course gateway in Kenya is Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and the undisputed powerhouse of East Africa. Placements are typically located in or around Nairobi.
Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation
- Participation in a related Professional Development Program training
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session
- Weekly meeting with the internship supervisor
- Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
- Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
- 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff
Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, academic credits, personal expenses and other extras.
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
Esther Mbau, a Kenyan native, is the Coordinator for our Community Field Experiences in Kenya. She is a counselling psychologist and professional trainer by profession and coordinated a regional counseling center and training institute prior to joining GEI. She is known in Kenya due to various TV appearances on national TV stations NTV and K24, where she offers professional views on issues such as effective parenting, dealing with trauma, loss & grief, and sexual abuse issues.
- Tuition: US $1,510
- Room & board: US $800
- Health insurance: US $80
- TOTAL: US $2,390
1 credit per 50 hours