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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Academic Level: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language(s) of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Other Program Model: Partner Provider
Area(s) of Study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Cross-cultural and Global Studies, History, Humanities, Legal Studies, Multicultural Studies in Education, Psychology, Public Service Leadership, Sociology Minimum GPA: 2.50
Open to Non-UHCL Applicants: Yes
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad South Africa: Virtual Internship in Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution & International Relations (Summer)

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Gain professional, intercultural experience interning at a conflict resolution NGO in South Africa to prepare for a career in human rights or global affairs.



This virtual internship and seminar will focus on issues related to conflict resolution, human rights, and international relations in cooperation with partners like the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Africa’s largest conflict resolution NGO. Your program will begin with an orientation, in which you’ll learn about South Africa’s transition from apartheid and human rights abuses to democracy. Thereafter, while engaged in the online internship, you will also learn about multilateral diplomacy and strategic decision-making. You will explore non-western perspectives on international relations, south-south diplomacy, and the politics of the African Union. You’ll also gain perspective and insight on these issues through presentations from NGO leaders, academics and diplomats. 
You will be expected to devote approximately 37.5 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your academic director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Work with leading civil society organizations in South Africa.? 
  • Explore South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.? 
  • Support the?work and activism of prominent local groups and their quest for social justice and human rights.
  • Learn from diplomats, leading academics, and NGO practitioners.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


  • Develop a working knowledge of conflict resolution, human rights, and diplomacy
  • A meaningful internship and networking opportunities with key NGOs in South Africa
  • Explore issues of international relations and middle power diplomacy
  • Develop real world skills and international contacts
  • Consider ethical implications and consequences of internship in another culture


Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 03/01/2024 03/01/2024 TBA TBA