The Global Internship Program gives Gallaudet undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to gain practical experiences while broadening their perspectives by being exposed to other cultures. Through the program, students engage in international internships, where they work with deaf, hard of hearing, and/or hearing populations for various periods of time (up to one semester). In the past, students have had the opportunity to serve internships in countries such as Austria, China, Costa Rica, Greece, India, Kenya, and the Philippines.
Jeni Jackerson Major: Communication Studies Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
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: World's tallest bungee jump at Victoria Falls in South Africa, sand dunes of Namibia, safari trip in Swaziland.
Teaching in Nigeria
Travis Clevenger Major: Psychology and Communication Studies Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
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 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, Ariz.
What I did: Taught web design and mentored impoverished deaf students at the Uddami Center in Kolkata, India.
Sharing Expertise in Thailand 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, 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, Ill.
What I did: Conducted workshops on communication and relationship skills for parents of deaf children at the Centro de Education Especial in Costa Rica.