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 intern with an organization working to bolster health systems in the tropics despite resource constraints and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will intern with an organization working on public health issues in Kisumu, Kenya. Internship placements will include Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or other government and nongovernmental organizations, such as the County Department of Health, Amani Counselling Center, or the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya – Kisumu Chapter. The internship will provide you with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in an intercultural workplace, while building the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in public health.
The program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Kenya, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. Your program will be complemented by immersive experiential learning, which will give you opportunities to deepen your knowledge of public health promotion and management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in the tropics.
SIT’s Virtual Internships earn 1 Pomona credit each. This 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 course is listed under the ID course code (ID 182).
- Secondary application - the SIT Study Abroad secondary application can be found by clicking the course homepage link above and selecting “Apply Now."