Spring internships in Tanzania
Internships are part of the program components for students enrolled for the capstone year Swahili Flagship Program. In the spring semester, participants will be able to choose internships from a variety of private or governmental institutions based on their fields of interest. The internship component of the Swahili Overseas Program (SOF) is designed to enhance each participant’s language ability and to offer the opportunity to gain experience using Swahili in a student’s field of interest. Participants work closely with the SOF Internship Coordinator in Tanzania to find and secure a substantial internship with a company, organization or institution. Participants are expected to conduct their internships in a Swahili-based setting, using their high-level language skills.
The aim of the internship is to provide students with additional opportunities to apply their linguistic and cultural comprehension in a Swahili professional setting. The SOF Internship Coordinator is available to support and guide students as needed throughout the process. Expected outcomes may include but are not limited to:
- The ability to apply professional Swahili language skills in a broad range of communicative functions such as negotiations, presentations and representation of the internship provider in a range of venues
- Comprehension of social interactions, behavioral norms and perspectives, as well as administrative, commercial, and political processes in Tanzania
- The ability to appropriately interact in a professional setting in Tanzania
- Professionalism and independence in an immersion environment