Hyphen the World: Virtual Internships with Community Organizations in India
Following a successful pilot last summer, in which 6 UW students completed 4- to 8-week projects on topics such as reproductive health, transgender rights, and youth leadership, we are offering the opportunity to UW students again in 2021 to complete project-based internships - virtually - with community organizations in India. This program, called Hyphen the World, is coordinated by the Delhi-based non-profit, Pravah, which designs and facilitates inside-out leadership journeys for young people to build their agency and enable them to become self-aware, deeply empathetic and socially responsible leaders. Pravah has a rich history of working with international volunteers both in person and virtually.
Hyphen the World will include project work with a community organization from Pravah's network, reflection/ mentorship meetings 1:1 and with a UW cohort, and completion of independent assignments. Students choosing to earn credits will also be required to complete a learning contract that facilitates connections with their academic learning goals.
The commitment is part-time, about 10 hours per week dedicated to the project and 2-3 hours per week of mentorship/ reflection activities for processing and deepening learning.
Molly Crumley, a previous participant of Hyphen the World, shares her point of view on how her unplanned virtual experience went. "I feel it's really worthwhile to learn about other cultures - even if you can't be physically there," she says. Learn more about her experience from this UWB News story and from her blog.
A video testimonial by Christina Lai, another 2020 Hyphen the World participant shares what she gained throughout the program.
☐ 4 week journey (2 credits, $600 USD): 40-50 hours of project time and 10-15 hours of learning input and mentoring
☐ 8 week journey (4 credits, $975 USD): 80-100 hours of project time and 20-25 hours of learning input and mentoring
☐ in-depth 8 week journey (5 credits, $975 USD): 120 hours of project time and 20-25 hours of learning input and mentoring
- Week of June 14: Organizational meeting for all participants
- June 21-July 21 (Summer Term A): Hyphen the World 4-week cohort (+/- 1-2 days)
- June 21-August 20 (Summer Quarter): Hyphen the World 8-week cohort (+/- 1-2 days)
- Late August: Final reflection meeting
Academic Credits: Students wanting to earn UW credits will be enrolled in a fee-based, study abroad placeholder course for Summer 2021, for either 2 credits for Summer Term A or 4 or 5 credits for Summer Quarter. At the end of the quarter, the placeholder will be converted to BIS 498, or a similar equivalent in other schools. If you need the internship to count for IPR (IAS majors only, please email Natalia at email@example.com)
Scholarships: The UW Bothell Study Abroad Ambassador Scholarship, due April 30, can help to offset the program fee for those earning academic credits.
Pravah, and their network of community partners, focus on the following issues:
- Youth development
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Inter-faith harmony
- Enviornment sustainability
- Advocacy against child abuse
- Health and nutrition
To browse the list of participating organizations and proposed projects for 2021, click here. Please note that these offerings are subject to change. You will be matched with a specific host organization and project based on your application and an interview.
Information for Applicants
Pre-requisites: None. Prior knowledge of India or experience with the specific social issues is welcome but not required. Students interested in this program should have an openness to learn, tolerance for ambiguity, flexibility amidst changing circumstances.
Application Process: The online application includes the following:
- multiple choice questions about you, your interests and skills;
- short responses to the following prompts:
- How would you like to introduce yourself? Help us get to know you by sharing your personal background and relevant experiences.
- Explain your top motivations for volunteering (with a community organization in India).
- While you’re on this volunteering journey, you’ll be working on projects to support the host organization, so we’re interested in how you’ve helped others in the past. Don’t worry if you’ve never volunteered before as part of a structured program. If you’ve ever done anything to help someone else, please tell us about it.
- What challenges do you foresee for yourself as you become part of this journey? And how would you like to deal with them?
- resume (PDF format).
Deadline extended! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through May 1. After submitting the online form, applicants will be invited for a virtual interview to discuss their specific interests and placement options.