June 26, 2014
Press Release #14-045
What semesters are internships abroad available?
How many credits can students receive for an internship abroad?
Which majors complete internships abroad?
Any major can intern abroad. Recently museum studies, anthropology and economics majors have participated.
What course does the internship count toward?
The course number is 398 and counted under the department the internship relates to, for example ECON 398.
Can students use an internship abroad for ELAW credit?
What countries have students interned abroad in?
Antilles Caribbean, China, Ecuador, The Gambia, Jamaica, Netherlands and Nicaragua
What places have students interned with?
Centro de Desarollo Social y Laboral (Center for Social and Labor Development), Foundation for Sustainable Development, Guotai Junan Securities, Jamaica National Heritage Trust, Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense (Nicaraguan Communal Movement), National Centre for Arts and Culture,
St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research
Melissa interned with the Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense, a group of local Nicaraguans working to improve the lives of their communities. This group addresses issues such as environmental protection, women’s rights, maternal and infant health, nutrition, vaccinations, small business loans, education and transportation. Melissa worked in nutrition education and presented informal presentations on basic nutrition to community groups. Melissa also assisted in collecting interviews from teenage mothers, attended heath awareness events, assisted in peaceful protests, prepared posters for a vaccination campaign and attended the opening of a maternity ward.
About the internship, Melissa said she enjoyed interacting with locals. “I really liked the idea of helping people; it was a very humbling and empowering experience.”
Jessie interned with the Centro de Desarollo Social y Laboral in Cuenca, Ecuador. The organization helps patients with mental and physical disabilities find jobs and other resources.
Sharing her best memory, Jessie said, “I observed the psychologist help an older lady relax. The lady was very upset and it was cool to see how the psychologist helped her calm down. He made her lie down and, keeping a quiet tone of voice, he talked her into a trance and the lady fell asleep. After she woke up, she was a completely different person, calmer and smiling.”
For more information about internships abroad, visit the St. Mary's College Career Development Center website.