International Field Program Still Accepting Applications
Gain international experience in socioeconomic rights, urban and community development, citizenship practices, migration and refugees, governance, conflict, and peacebuilding. Through a mixture of hands-on work and an immersive educational experience, students can earn undergraduate and graduate credits by participating in a transformative experience in Ethiopia or South Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa is a region that is urbanizing rapidly and from very low-income levels. As a result, many cities in the region face significant challenges in terms of urban poverty, access to jobs, and housing and household services. The purpose of the South Africa field program, conducted in collaboration with Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and the African Centre for Cities (ACC), is to actively engage students with research on topics concerning urbanization in African cities, privileging opportunities for fieldwork and collaborating with important professional and academic partners. During the last four years, students worked projects such as the 60 days, 1 city, 11 maps, the City Communities blog and the SDI annual Report.
The IFP combines pre-departure preparation, in-country seminars, summer fieldwork, & independent research with faculty supervision.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a country rich in culture, history, and landscape. It struggles, however, with poverty and remains ranked toward the bottom in many human development indices, despite having one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. The state controls not only the economy but also national politics, repressing political opposition and forbidding human rights and domestic NGO and INGO work that even implicitly has a human rights agenda. The population, Africa’s second largest, had for years largely bought into this government agenda to reach “middle-income status,” however the last two years has seen much political and social unrest.
The Ethiopia IFP is organized around project work with grassroots client organizations involved with poverty and development, gendered development, and environment and climate change. Many assignments will focus on developing tools for monitoring and evaluation, such as data collection, data analysis and reporting.