Internship: Cultural Immersion and Skills Training


The Center for Social Well Being offers a 3 week intensive internship training program after which students may work and/orpursue their own research objectives in health,education, agricultural, social development, municipal institutes, or with civicorganizations, depending on acquired skills, demonstrated abilities and interests. Length of the post-training internship is adapted to students’ needs with respect to academic and professional requirements (usually extends from 2 to 10 months). Upon successful completion of the seminar students formally affiliate with the Center for Social Being as researchers and outreach workers.
Training consists of an interdisciplinary qualitative field methods seminar, which includes language classes (Spanish and Quechua) in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level course is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Courseworkprovides in-depthorientation to theory and practice infield investigationthat emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Social Justice, Agrobiodiversity, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing projects and programs in localagricultural communities to develop effective interactive field abilities and required language skills to later be placed in appropriate community programs and projects. In addition, the training seminar provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The training program tuition includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, and course materials. The program is under the direction ofApplied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Flor de María Barreto Tosi, Ecologist and Field Coordinator, as well as Isabella Chan, MPH.

2015 Training Program dates:

  • New Year InterSession December 28th 2014 through January 17th 2015
  • June Solstice Session June 7th through 27th 2015
  • July Harvest Session July 2nd through 22nd 2015
  • August Earth Session August 2nd through 22nd 2015

Please contact us for other potential program dates for 2015.
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To apply – please click on the application below, provide the required information and return the form to us. We will acknowledge receipt of your application and advise you once your application is processed. Be sure to send us any questions you may have with regard to our 2015 field training programs in Peru.