The internship (PUAD 697) provides the capstone experience of this certificate program.
It reinforces skills and knowledge gained in earlier courses. It also provides
participants with valuable experience and contacts as they seek to pursue a
career in international NGOs. The internship requirement is waived for
participants in this certificate program who are already substantively employed
with a relevant NGO.
Although the content of each internship varies with the organization
providing it, internship providers cooperate with the certificate program by
providing the intern with 300 or more hours of meaningful work experience. These internships will:
- socialize students into a professional work environment
- give them tasks that offer a reasonable challenge for their level of education and experience
- develop them professionally both via direct work experience and
learning via observation at their internship site
In addition, under the supervision of the program’s faculty, students engage
in professional reading and research designed to enrich further their
understanding of the management of international NGOs.