The UVA in India- Global Internships program has been designed for students who are eager to engage with the globe’s most pressing matters of concern. As a context for learning, India presents a superlatively rich setting to explore the intersection of culture with environmental challenges, health and sanitation, economic development, women’s rights, education, urban issues, entrepreneurship, law and justice, and much more from a ground-level perspective. Students will embed themselves as interns at non-profit organizations in New Delhi and Bangalore which are tackling these globally-relevant matters of local concern in diverse ways. Over the course of the summer, program participants will have the chance to learn through daily experience and coursework about the realities of engaging in cross-cultural professional work. They will also develop first-hand knowledge of contemporary conditions in the world’s biggest democracy and participate in the efforts of socially-driven organizations to produce change.
The UVA Global Internships director/program director will work with program participants during the Spring 2020 semester to identify and secure full-time internship placements with partner organizations in the non-profit sector.
India is a country defined by its unparalleled diversity and complexity. According to their internship placements, program participants will be located in one of two cities: New Delhi or Bangalore. New Delhi is the bustling and historically-layered capital, located in the north of the nation. A locus for much of modern India’s economic growth, Bangalore is a cosmopolitan metropolis in the south. Each city offers its own fascinating set of cultural, linguistic, economic, social, and environmental dynamics for exploration. Students based in each of the two cities will have the chance to visit the other in the course of the program.
Program participants will be enrolled in the 1-credit GSGS 3540 "Working With/Across Cultures in International Internships" seminar while abroad. This course will be conducted primarily online, with several opportunities for real-time group reflections with peers and program instructors.
The GSGS 3540 course has been designed to highlight many of the key principles that inform our approach to experiential education abroad and to offer a flexible educational structure to accommodate students’ individualized internship arrangements. We aim to guide students in:
- Demonstrating awareness of the essential role of culture in shaping human experiences, formations, and activities, especially in work settings
- Developing familiarity with fundamental principles of experiential learning theory and reflexively applying them to their own processes of learning in the course of their time abroad
- Drawing connections between their particular experiences of working abroad to realities of globalizing work conditions and other facets of globalization.
The assignments have been crafted to enhance students’ abilities to develop relationships at work and the readings have been chosen to connect students' individual experiences abroad to broader theories and phenomena. Participants in this course are challenged to direct their own learning through their experiences, using the framework of the course and support from the instructor to grow as much as possible while abroad.
There are no prerequisites for this program. Previous study or exposure to South Asian languages (especially Hindi and Kannada) would certainly prove useful but is not required.
Ingrid Hakala | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ingrid Hakala is the director of UVA Global Internships and will serve as the UVA director of the program and instructor of the GSGS 3540 course. She holds a doctoral degree in the anthropology of education from UVA. Ingrid has studied, lived, and conducted research in South Asia at different times throughout her life, and her current home base is New Delhi. She will be on-site in New Delhi and Bangalore at various points in the program.
Accommodation and Meals
Students will share double-occupancy rooms in guesthouses or serviced apartments with kitchen facilities. Accommodations will be located in the leafy and upscale Greater Kailash neighborhood of south New Delhi and in the hip Indiranagar neighborhood of Bangalore. Restaurants, cafes, markets, and public transportation will be easily accessible from students’ lodgings.