About SIT Virtual Internships:
SIT's Virtual internships offer an opportunity to gain international and professional experience from anywhere in the world. These courses build on SIT’s years of experience running in-country internships and engage our extensive network of partners to provide internship opportunities with local and international organizations and firms in fields such as public health, social change, sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution, and more. SIT’s virtual internship courses will help you gain experience in remote work, develop your international professional network, and build intercultural skills. Virtual internships offer the chance to do substantive, empowering tasks that will allow you to explore different career paths and enhance your resume. The internship seminar also facilitates academic engagement with each course's theme and reflection on the international work environment.
Students will gain professional, intercultural experience interning with a Cameroonian NGO working to support women affected by the current political crisis. Through this virtual program you will examine issues at the intersection of peace, security, human rights, and gender studies and explore the gender dimension of conflict by state and non-state actors. As a result of the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, increasing numbers of English-speaking Cameroonians are seeking sovereignty amidst a mostly French-speaking population, and more than 700,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and live in dire conditions. The COVID-19 crisis has added another layer of difficulty to the situation and efforts to provide food, medicine, and support to affected women are complicated by the need for protective masks, gloves, and medical assistance. Your program will allow you to contribute to efforts to resolve the crisis as by interning with an organization working in conflict areas, which may include providing primary emergency care to the affected communities or supporting internally displaced women in urban centers. Before your internship, you will receive an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Cameroon, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country.
SIT’s Virtual Internships earn 1 Pomona credit each. The course will run September 12 to December 2. SIT Virtual Internships are not eligible for CR/NC grading.
- Open to Pomona College juniors and seniors.
- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Must be enrolled full-time at Pomona College.
- Must be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing.
- May participate in one Global Partnership Course per semester.
- Must gain admission into the course through Pomona and SIT.
- Interested students must attend a Global Partnership Course Information Session.
Pomona College will cover tuition for the Global Partnership Courses for approved applicants. Students will be responsible for the cost of books and course materials. In the event of student withdrawal from a course, the refund policy of the program provider will apply, and students will be liable for any unrecoverable expenses incurred on their behalf by Pomona College, up to $400. This may include program deposit and any unrecoverable course tuition and fees. Students facing financial hardship may request additional assistance for their portion of the withdrawal fees from the International and Domestic Programs Office.
Students must complete these steps to enroll:
- Application through this site that includes:
- Enrollment form
- Review and sign policies
- Advisor approval
- Request permission to add the course in the Portal during pre-registration. The courses are listed under the ID course code (ID 186).
- Secondary application - the SIT Study Abroad secondary application can be found by clicking the course homepage link above and selecting “Apply Now."