Are you seeking a highly relevant global experience in your field of study that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough digital cultural immersion in a unique African or Asian country? Our Custom Practica enable you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You will join a multicultural and multidisciplinary team that carries out concrete project and research tasks. The practica is further enriched with topical introduction modules that focus on key SDGs and their application in Africa and Asia; interdisciplinary workshops on cultural intelligence, storytelling, and career development; rich local and intercultural activities; and assignments. Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks).
- 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 or Asian perspective on social impact topics in low- and middle-income countries.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This online course enables participants to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised practica experience. Qualified students or young professionals are placed with a local host organization in one of various fields, including, among others, Mental Health, Maternal & Newborn Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment. A specific practica 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 – all from the comfort of your home. 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
- Navigate technology essential for remote working
- 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 a first higher education degree (Bachelor) and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in any major and minor. Enrollment is generally reserved for 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, under a Community Field Experience.
One of today’s greatest development success stories, Rwanda is Africa’s prime study abroad jewel. The country underwent a breathtaking transformation since the genocide in 1994. A model for poverty reduction and economic growth, it accounts for the highest percentage of women in parliament anywhere in the world. And the streets of its modern green capital Kigali are clean, safe and free of corruption.
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.
South Africa has emerged from its troubled and turbulent past into a healthy democratic country and the economic powerhouse of the African continent. At the same time, it’s a great place to witness a society going through dynamic changes, as it can still be considered both a developed and an underdeveloped country. South Africans forge a new identity, strongly embracing their unique multicultural character.
The Asian Dragon is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. It is a major development success story with remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms in 1986. But the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in society.
Students can participate in our remote internship programs from anywhere in the world, with flexible hours to fit their schedule.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation and training for remote working
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session
- Weekly meeting with the internship supervisor
- Certificate of completion
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.
Francoise Uzamukunda, a Rwandan native, is the main Coordinator for our Custom Internships in Rwanda. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the reputable University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and has previously worked as a teacher trainer. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions and actively engages with several women’s organizations.
Esther Mbau, a Kenyan native, is the Coordinator for our Custom Internships 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.
Cailin Human, a South African native, is the main in-country coordinator for our custom internship course. She holds an MBA from the prestigious University of Stellenbosch, and has previously worked at the business schools of the two leading universities in Cape Town – Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions.
Thuy, our Vietnamese Country Manager, is the main coordinator for custom internships in Vietnam. She has a Master’s degree in Gender & Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and previously worked as Vice Director of the Center for Social Research and Development in Hue. She also gained experience as a Visiting Lecturer in different parts of Vietnam.
(minimum 8 weeks)
Starting at US $985 Duration: 8-12 weeks
1 credit per 50 hours