This program is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui, whose vision, energy, and commitment to broadening students’ horizons set this project in motion.
The Global Scholars Program (GSP) offers 4-10 week summer internships at four sites listed below. For information about partial funding with the GSP Award, please see Application information below. Further suggestions for funding sources are also listed below. The GSP is open to enrolled Fairfield students (except graduating seniors) of all majors and nationalities, with preference to sophomores and juniors.
Fairfield University emphasizes that “[t]he express purpose of a Fairfield education is the development of global citizens, young men and women who are at home in the world, able to confidently engage in any cultural circumstance, with an open mind and the capacity to empathize with the perspectives of others.” Amidst mounting global pressures and a job market that is increasingly multilingual, multicultural, and globalized, we are pleased to offer the Global Scholars Program to provide Fairfield students with new opportunities to learn abroad.
The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a joint International Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies initiative established to improve access to learning opportunities abroad for a more diverse pool of students, and expand those opportunities to less commonly selected locations, specifically in the Global South. The GSP provides short-term interdisciplinary summer internships, ideal for students with heavy curricular commitments or extra curricular scheduling constraints during the regular semester, for students otherwise unable to study abroad for an entire semester, or for students already abroad, looking to enrich their study abroad program with practical, professional experience. The Global Scholars Program offers support for language training, although English is a dominant language in some of the locations. Although initial internships are limited to Africa and Latin America, the Global Scholars Program aims to expand its geographic reach to also include Asia and the Middle East in the future.
Brazil (Minas Gerais)
Interns will work with at a research and conservation center in the state of Minas Gerais, near an Atlantic Forest UN Biosphere Reserve, and have the opportunity to be immersed in Portuguese. The Atlantic Forest is one of the world's top five biodiversity hotspots.
The Gambia (Lamin Village)
Interns work at a community educational facility located just outside of the capital city, Banjul. Programs are individually designed based on the intern’s skills and interests as they match the needs and work of the organization.
Interns are immersed in Guatemalan and Mayan culture and languages while engaging in rural development work at one of multiple sites in the States of Totonicapán and Quiché.
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Interns work with a host organization to provide holistic support for orphaned and vulnerable children. They are immersed in South African culture, including exposure to Zulu and Xhosa, both of which are official languages of the country.
To apply for a Global Scholars Program internship, please plan to attend the Information Session on September 28th, at 3:30 pm in BCC 200, or schedule an appointment with Anita Deeg-Carlin, Associate Director, International Studies Program. Application deadline is October 2.
Applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including athletes, commuters, first generation college students, students from minority backgrounds, students with heavy curricular loads, etc., with financial need are encouraged to apply for a Global Scholar Program Award (GSP Award). GSP funds are available for US citizens and legal permanent residents only, but there other funds are available to all Fairfield Students. For further information on additional funding sources, see the Fellowships and Scholarships website, specifically the section on Undergraduate Student Opportunities. Apply early to alternative funding opportunities so that you can decide if a GSP Internship is right for you!
We encourage all students to apply to this program. Due to the unpredictability of the infrastructure at site locations, applicants may have concerns about accessibility, safety, medical support, etc. For any of these questions, please contact Global Scholars Program staff or the Accessibility Office in the Academic and Career Development Center. We encourage applicants to self disclose and be proactive about addressing any concerns as a lack of information may lead to unforeseen difficulty while abroad. The Global Scholars Program and Accessibility Services are here to support students as they work through these real challenges.
Applicants may apply to up to two internship sites.
Other sources of funding that can apply to international internships are the Bailey Fund (please contact LACS co-directors Dr. Farrell or Dr. Adair for more information), the Lawrence Fund, the Hardiman Fund and the Mancini Fund.
Two faculty recommendations are required, only one of which may be a member of the GSP faculty group (Dr. Terry Ann Jones, Dr. Dina Franceschi, or Dr. William Vasquez Mazariegos). These are due at the time of application (October 2) so ask early!
A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required.
How long is a GSP Internship?
These international summer internships are flexible in their timing and can often be negotiated between host and student. Generally, the guideline is 4-10 weeks.
Do I need to be able to speak the language of my host country?
You are not required to speak the language of your host country, although improving speaking skills is highly encouraged for awardees. English is widely spoken in both The Gambia and South Africa.
What kinds of work do GSP interns do?
Each site can accommodate a variety of majors and interests with suitable projects, but examples of projects include teaching & tutoring anything from a foreign language to nutrition, managing social media, creating a documentary, documenting events, leading workshops, creating a newsletter, preparing a presentation, event planning, creating a business plan, etc.
When will I hear if I am selected to be a GSP Intern?
Decisions will be announced before Thanksgiving Break, 2017.
Will I be the only foreign student at my site?
Not necessarily. Each site will vary, so please contact the International Studies office for questions specific to your site of choice.
How much funding can I get with a GSP Award?
Costs will vary from site to site, so awards are flexible. Please feel free to contact the International Studies Program office for specific questions. You are encouraged to seek out and apply to multiple funding sources. Fairfield's Fellowships and Scholarships website is a great resource.
How much will the internship cost?
The cost of each internship will vary depending on several factors. For specific information, please make an appointment with a member of the appropriate GSP team member by emailing email@example.com.
What will the lodging/accommodations be like?
Each internship location will have different accommodations, but they will be safe and clean and appropriate for a 4-10 week internship.
Will I need any vaccinations?
Please see the Center for Disease Control’s website for up to date information on your host country of choice. If you are selected for an award, you will also be required to speak with a doctor about necessary medical preparation.
Have Fairfield students been to these locations before?
Each of our partner organizations have hosted foreign students before, although not all of them have specifically had Fairfield students. At least one member of the GSP team, and often more than one, will have visited the site within a year of the internship, and coordinated a current agreement with the host organization. Selected interns will be put in touch with their host organizations as soon as possible to allow for careful and thorough planning.
The Global Scholars Program is funded 100% by U.S. Department of Education, Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs, in the amount of $98,763.
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Supporting Fairfield University's Global Scholars program is easy. A gift of $500 covers the costs of housing one student throughout their entire international internship and helps ensure the prosperity of this dynamic program for years to come. Learn more about getting involved and how our alumni are already giving back to the program.