Lilongwe, Malawi

This program will allow students the opportunity to receive academic credit while participating in an internship with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in order to understand and critique development processes through the lens of an NGO in Malawi, a small vibrant count in southeastern Africa. It is strongly preferred that students have experience in coursework with significant Africa content before enrolling in this program. Six of the seven weeks in Malawi are spent in a full-time internship with an NGO.  Students will also participate in an exciting field excursion while in-country.

Thousands of NGOs work in Africa on development projects related to agriculture, environment, gender, health, livelihoods and human rights. Both the underlying development processes and the roles of NGOs to effect positive change are complex and need deeper understanding. In examining these projects, we further found that gender relations often determine who has access to critical resources. By studying complex issues such as women’s access to land and other natural resources, healthcare, household divisions of labor, and national and international economic development policies, students will gain an understanding of the cultural and societal forces at work in Malawi and beyond that can constrain and, in some cases, empower families as they attempt to improve their well-being.

NOTE: Once applications are submitted to the internship provider, withdrawal penalties will apply. Please contact the Office for Education Abroad with questions regarding withdrawal as penalty schedules for internships abroad may be different than other program types.

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