NYU Steinhardt News

Internships in Ghana Contribute to Local Communities; Foster Student Growth

Eight graduate students completed six-week internships in Accra, Ghana this summer. Working at local organizations supporting educational programming, evaluation, and research, the students were able to apply their international education coursework to contributions in tangible areas. Elisabeth King, Associate Professor of International Education, who supervised these internships in coordination with Steinhardt Global Affairs proudly reported, “Two students even had the honor of drafting a statement that was read before [Ghanaian] Parliament!”

The internships have made an immediate impact on students’ professional and academic aspirations. “Many of the interns were so motivated by their experiences that they have applied to present at prestigious academic conferences; [Educational Administration graduate student] Brian Robinson's paper has been accepted by the AERA [the American Educational Research Association] and four students have submitted papers for consideration by CIES [the Comparative and International Education Society],” shares professor King.

Steinhardt Global Affairs, the international education program, and NYU Accra staff will continue to partner next summer to offer internship placements, as part of the summer 2018 study abroad admissions period which opens on November 15. Visit the program web page to learn more.