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SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Public Health in the Tropics Internship (Summer)
Kenya: Public Health in the Tropics Internship
Develop an understanding of the complexities of public health promotion and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly while gaining practical work experience in public health.
- Complete an internship at the Centers for Disease Control or the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
- Gain professional experience in a supportive environment.
- Challenge yourself and reflect on your internship experience.
- Study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.
- Enjoy two weekend excursions.
- Stay with a homestay family in Kisumu.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
Key Topics of Study
- The ethics of internship in the context of Kenya
- Adjusting to and working collaboratively in a different culture
- The complexities of public health promotion and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly
- How gender norms vary by class and residence and how these in turn affect access to healthcare in Kenya
The internship will introduce you to the planning, delivery, and management of public health in the tropics, using western Kenya as the case study. Internship placements will be at Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control or public health–related organizations in Kisumu.
Throughout the five-week internship, you will keep a daily journal about your experiences and will have regular sessions with SIT faculty to reflect on your experiences.
In addition, you will submit a paper in which you describe, assess, and analyze what you learned during your internship. The paper will outline the tasks you completed throughout the internship, professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.
Internship Fields: Epidemiology, public health promotion in the tropics, health education, primary healthcare, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS prevention
- Assisting health-related projects with the Red Cross and USAID
- Conducting policy research at African Population and Health Research Center
- Assisting research on HIV, TB, and malaria at Kenya Medical Research Institute and the CDC
- Working on hygiene, sanitation, and environmental projects with Network for Water and Sanitation
- Supporting Amref Health Africa's projects in Kenya
- Providing healthcare and emotional support at Kenya's Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Contact SIT Study Abroad
To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:
- Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
- Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.
After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.
UMD partners with SIT to offer affiliate program options to UMD students across the globe. You will maintain your UMD student status while abroad and you will work directly with SIT program staff as a participant on their program. Your EA advisor will assist you with this process and can answer questions you may have about the application process.
Academics on an SIT program
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Browse UMD course evaluations in the Study Abroad Course Database:
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
Costs & Billing for an SIT program
The affiliate program costs apply to this program. Once accepted into a program by SIT, you will pay a $400 deposit to SIT directly to confirm your participation. The remaining SIT fees, including housing, will be billed directly to your UMD student account. You will be able to apply any financial aid you receive from UMD towards these charges.
All UMD students studying abroad with SIT are automatically eligible for the $1,500 Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) scholarship. Please see below for additional information about scholarship opportunities.
Scholarships for this program are available through the UMD Education Abroad Scholarship and for up to a maximum of $6,000 in SIT Scholarships & Grants, including need-based awards, and automatic SIT scholarships and awards for UMD students.
- *Guaranteed* $1,500 SIT-UMD scholarship - no application needed. Scholarship will reflect as a discount on the program fee charged to your UMD account.
- SIT Pell Grant Match Award- For students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term of study abroad with SIT, SIT will match this funding amount dollar for dollar and apply this as a discount to your program fee. You must complete the scholarship/financial aid portion of the SIT program application to receive this award. For more information, review the SIT scholarships and financial aid web page.
- $3,000 SIT-UMD scholarships - must submit the UMD Education Abroad Fund form in your program application in MyEA.
- Applies to non-Europe semester-length programs only.
- Students must have a completed FAFSA on file.
- Awards based on financial need. Preference given to students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, specifically first generation college students and minorities.
- Additional SIT scholarships - students with unmet financial need can be considered for additional SIT scholarships. You must complete the scholarship/financial aid portion of the SIT program application to receive this award. For more information, review the SIT scholarships and financial aid web page.