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  • Locations: (Various), Botswana
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Type of Program: Summer Internships Housing Options: Arranged by Employer
Application Deadline: EXTENDED UNTIL: January 15 Internship Field of Interest: Communications, Computer Science & Technology, Health Studies, Social Media, Social Work
Internship Language: English Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore
GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Botswana-UPenn Partnership
 
BUP LogoThe Internship: These internships through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership are ideal for students studying health, social work, and/or communications who want to want to spend their summer making an impact in Botswana.

Number of Spots Available: 5

Duration: 8 weeks (for University of Bostwana interns) & 12 weeks (for Stepping Stones International interns)

Start Date: May 2018

The Organization: The Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) believes that quality medicine should be available to populations in need.  Through clinical care, research, and medical education, the BUP is devoted to building capacity in sustainable and high quality healthcare in Botswana.  The BUP is comprised of three main partners: the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Location: Students will intern either in Gaborone or Mochudi.

Gaborone: Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana and is known for the Gaborone Game Reserve, which contains both native animals and migratory birds.  You may also wish to explore the Mokolodi Nature Reserve (home to rhinos and giraffes), the city views seen from the summit of Kgale Hill, and the National Museum and Art Gallery, home to art and cultural artifacts.

Mochudi: Mochudi is 40 minutes from the capital city of Gaborone.  Access to the center is easy using public transportation.  There are grocery shops, fuel stations, and access to food; however, most interns bring their own packed lunches.  There is a kitchen at the internship site with a refrigerator.  Internet is slow and sometimes difficult to use.
 

Internship Details

There are three types of internships available with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership:

1. Health Informatics Intern
  • Location: Interns will work at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana.  The University of Botswana was established in 1982 and seeks to improve the quality and quantity of human resources needed for development and to act as the repository of the collective knowledge and experience of the nation.
  • Number of Spots Available: 2
  • Work Hours: Interns can expect to work from 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily tea break from 10:00am-10:30am and a daily lunch break from 12:45pm-1:45pm
  • The interns will:
    • Familiarize themselves with the functionalities of technologies involved in the university's eHealth projects
    • Support testing, research, implementation, and training activities related to eHealth projects
    • Work closely with partners and adapt to the eHealth project's needs
    • Engage in weekly Skype calls with teams to provide updates and get research mentorship
       
2. Health/Social Work Internship
  • Location: Interns will work at Stepping Stones International (SSI) in Mochudi, Botswana.  SSI is a non-profit organization empowering orphaned and vulnerable youth, their families, and communities.  SSI assists them in unlocking their potential and creating realizable opportunities.  The youth realize their strengths through SSI's services.  SSI embraces four services, namely: youth empowerment, family enrichment, strengthening youth service providers, and advocacy.  The programs include literacy, life skills, leadership skills, advocacy to end gender-based violence, counseling, child protection, and financial literacy.
  • Number of Spots Available: 2
  • Work Hours: Interns can expect to work from 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily one-hour lunch break.  Interns sometimes may leave early for purposes of transportation and safety.
  • The interns will:
    • Assist with providing psychosocial support to youths
    • Assist young mothers with health, hygiene, and how to develop the child through play and interaction
    • Provide support to the Life Skills and Youth Leadership Departments by facilitating health sessions with youths aged 12-18 and 18-25
    • Plan and hold a Health Day with eye checks, BMI and nutrition workshops, and exercise booths
       
3. Communications and Social Media Advisor
  • Location: Interns will work at Stepping Stones International (SSI), both at their center in Mochudi and at times in their office in Gaborone.  SSI is a non-profit organization empowering orphaned and vulnerable youth, their families, and communities.  SSI assists them in unlocking their potential and creating realizable opportunities.  The youth realize their strengths through SSI's services.  SSI embraces four services, namely: youth empowerment, family enrichment, strengthening youth service providers, and advocacy.  The programs include literacy, life skills, leadership skills, advocacy to end gender-based violence, counseling, child protection, and financial literacy.
  • Number of Spots Available: The intern can expect to work fro 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily one-hour lunch break.  The intern sometimes may leave early for purposes of transportation and safety.
  • Work Hours: 1
  • The intern will:
    • Enhance SSI's communications strategy
    • Identify new ways to communicate with donors, potential donors, friends, and colleagues of SSI
    • Assist with writing and developing an improved newsletter
    • Set up a database for those whom SSI will communicate
    • Train staff members on their use of Twitter, Linked In, and Facebook
    • Explore Instagram and improve SSI's Twitter presence

Eligibility

All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.  Additional requirements for individual internships are as follows:

1. Health Informatics Intern

The Health Informatics Internship at the University of Botswana also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Strong interest in telemedicine, information retrieval, and/or in health systems research
  • Strong interest in health and information retrieval in resource-limited settings
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Experience working in cross-cultural situations
  • Comfort using different types of basic technologies and software that support health systems (no technical expertise required)
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Health informatics experience
  • Any medical qualification with a background in IT
     
2. Health/Social Work Intern

The Health/Social Work Internship at Stepping Stones International also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in social work, nursing, or health promotion
  • Willing to research topics and facilitate sessions with youths
  • Able to initiate and be a self-starter
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Flexible working in different cultures
  • Willing to learn and motivated
  • People-oriented
     
3. Communications and Social Media Advisor

The Communications and Social Media Advisor Internship at Stepping Stones International also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Communications interest
  • Knowledge of the use of social media for the purposes of an NGO
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Able to initiate and be a self-starter
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Ability to train others on the use of social media for the organization
  • Flexibility to work with people from another culture

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.

Accommodation

Gaborone, BotswanaAll Penn students interning with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership will live in Pilane Courts at the University of Botswana, which is shared housing and costs $25 per night.  Pilane Courts is located less than 200 meters to the nearest mall, 20 minutes walking distance from the University of Botswana, and 45 minutes by public transportation from Stepping Stones International.  There is security at Pilane Courts and reliable internet. 

Students may buy their own meals at one of dining halls on campus (for about BWP20-30 per meal, or about $2-3 USD as of October 2017) or may cook their own meals in the shared kitchen at Pilane Courts.




 

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The Program Fee* is around $1,400 for the University of Botswana and $2,100 for Stepping Stones International (calculated at the rate of $25/night).  The program fee includes housing.

The estimated budget for the internships is as follows:

University of Botswana
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
*Program Fee $1,400 Includes accommodation
Round trip airfare $1,400 Estimated cost PHL - GBE
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $700 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 For US citizen tourist visa (visa on arrival)
Local Transport $0 Accommodation is nearby work site
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,500  

Stepping Stones International
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
*Program Fee $500* *Estimated cost; includes accommodation
Round trip airfare $1,400 Estimated cost PHL - GBE
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,200 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 For US citizen tourist visa (visa on arrival)
Local Transport $100 If using monthly pass and occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,200  


 

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
 
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
 
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

 Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
 

Resources

Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:
 
 



This program is currently not accepting applications.