The Global Internship Program gives students opportunities to gain practical experiences and be involved in world affairs. It allows Gallaudet undergraduate and graduate students to do internships overseas, where they have the opportunity to work with deaf, hard of hearing and/or hearing populations for various periods of time (up to one full semester). In the past students have had the opportunity to study in countries such as Austria, China, Costa Rica, Greece, India, Kenya and the Philippines.
Jeni Jackerson Major: Communication Studies Hometown: Fremont, CA
What I did: Six weeks in Mozambique developing lesson plans in English, arts and crafts, and physical education for a missionary couple who held classes for deaf students. Also gave teachers feedback on their work. Traveled five more weeks in Africa with my brother, Justin.
Notable Moments: Victoria Falls, world's tallest bungee jump in South Africa, sand dunes of Nambia, safari trip in Swaziland.
Teaching in Nigeria
Travis Clevenger Major: Psychology and Communication Studies Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
What I did: A month in Nigeria teaching English and math to deaf students at a village school. Also visited chiefs of local villages to build support for a school for deaf students.
Notable Moments: Sharing a natural spring with pack of 30 baboons, and watching Nigerians "balance a house on the back of their bikes."
Mentoring in India
Michelle Sherbondy Major: Communication Studies Hometown: Casa Grande, AZ
What I did: Taught web design and mentored impoverished deaf students at the Uddami Center in Kolkata, India.
Strategizing in Thai and Nepal
Ali Sanjabi Major: Business Administration Hometown: Tehran, Iran
What I did: Spent seven weeks in Bangkok, Thailand teaching business administration to high school students at the Sethsation School for the Deaf and then one week in Nepal sightseeing and discussing business strategies with deaf residents. I own a business in Tehran and enjoy sharing my knowledge.
Presenting in Costa Rica
Malinda Tran Major: Family and Consumer Studies Hometown: Chicago, IL
What I did: Conducted workshops on communication and relationship skills for parents of deaf children at the Centro de Education Especial in Costa Rica.