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Get professional, intercultural experience interning at a Panamanian community or nongovernmental organization seeking to create positive change.
WHY INTERN IN PANAMA?
Panama is known as the gateway to the Americas and Panama City is a leading base for international NGOs and the United Nations, so Panama offers a variety of internship possibilities. You will get a taste of daily life by living with local families; visit a community living inside a dormant volcanic crater; and experience Panamanian dance, music, and art.
At the beginning of your program, you’ll get an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Panama and to workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. Then, you will complete a five-week internship in indigenous rights, environmental conservation, education, sustainable business, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous and you will participate in weekly discussions, have curated readings, keep a journal, and write papers reflecting on your experience.
You will also earn three credits of Spanish with an intensive language course and expand your professional language skills through your internship.
- Complete an internship with a local community organization, NGO, or business.
- Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
- Experience Panamanian culture through a homestay, travel, and activities.
- Customize the program by focusing on the field you're most interested in.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website
for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
- Socioeconomic, political, and cultural impacts on NGOs and communities
- Civil society, organization, and popular power in a Panamanian context
- Topics related to your major and their local and global impacts and influences
- Ethical considerations and consequences of interning in another culture
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 $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- 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.
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