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Engaging in Global Health: Internships in India

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Project ended on December 31, at 11:55 PM CST
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Engaging in Global Health: Internships in India


The UI Global Health Studies Program (GHSP) began in 1996 with a certificate in Global Health Studies and now serves hundreds of UI students through a unique curriculum designed to help students understand the underlying forces -- such as history, culture, gender and sexuality, economics, politics, race and ethnicity, the environment, law, and technology -- which lead to health disparities worldwide.   

The GHSP also supports ethical experiential learning activities outside of the classroom.  Opportunities for research, internships, service learning and study abroad are invaluable for all students as they define and achieve their post-graduation goals.  Yet the high cost of most internship and study abroad programs means that many students are excluded from this invaluable part of an undergraduate liberal arts education.

Our Goal

The UI Global Health Studies Program is raising $10K in order to support two Global Health Studies students who are chosen to complete an 8-week summer 2019 internship with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM--  $5000 for each intern will cover airfare, room/board, and visa.

The Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement is an NGO based in Mysuru, India with whom we have a 20-year relationship.  Like the GHSP, SVYM places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.

With your donations we will be able to fund summer internships which address the social determinants of health for a 5th consecutive year. Past SVYM internship projects have included:    

  • Review of vaccination coverage in rural communities
  • Outcome assessment for tent schools which serve migrant workers’ children
  • Exploration of indicators of social capital
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of the health facilitator position within mobile health units
  • Examination of the health effects of biofuel cook stoves

Make a Difference

Click on the Give Now button to make your donation, and help us spread the word by sharing our project’s page with your networks.  Thank you for funding ethical experiential learning opportunities through which the next generation of Global Health Studies students will build professional skills and global perspectives required for life and careers in the 21st century.  


NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.

Choose a giving level



With an $11 donation, you can support a Global Health student intern in one of the 11 key focus areas of SVYM’s health activities such as reproductive & child health, or water, sanitation & hygiene.



With a $20 donation, you can strengthen the University of Iowa’s 20-year relationship with an internationally renowned NGO in Mysuru, India and ensure that global health students continue to benefit from this long-standing collaboration.



With a $50 donation, you can help us continue the Mysuru internship program for a 5th year.



With a $100 donation, you can positively impact over 100 Global Health Studies majors who will learn about SVYM’s international development efforts through campus presentations conducted by returned interns.



With a $250 donation, you can provide a visa for a GHS student to intern in India and address complex global health issues such as reviewing vaccination coverage in rural communities or assessing the outcome of tent schools for children of migrant workers.



With a $500 donation, you are significantly contributing to the ethical experiential learning experience for the next generation of Global Health Studies students.

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