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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Please see application instructions for this program below.
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Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Agriculture, Anthropology, Arabic, Culture, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Gender Studies, Geology, Health and Human Services, Humanities, International Relations, International Studies, Internship, Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program: Affiliated
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Pass/Fail
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Internship, Research, Study Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Jordan: Community Empowerment & Climate Change Internship (Summer)

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Gain professional experience with a UN or government agency or NGO working with youth and vulnerable groups on community empowerment and environmental sustainability.


Through this internship program, you will learn about existing development and environmental challenges and contribute to the design of projects that support community empowerment and sustainability. In recent years, Jordan has made great strides in improving health care and literacy and has enacted important democratic and economic reforms. The country is also developing innovative approaches to water scarcity; organic farming; food security; and sustainable energy production. Despite these developments, Jordan still faces challenges related to a lack of natural resources, climate change, and environmental conservation, as well as a growing population, including many refugees.

At the beginning of your program, you will receive an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Jordan and to workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. After orientation you will complete an eight-week internship focused on issues such as community development and empowerment, refugees, climate change and environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment, water scarcity and security, agriculture and food security, poverty alleviation, the economy and geopolitics, education, ecotourism, renewable energy, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous as you participate in weekly discussions, attend curated readings, keep a journal, and write a paper reflecting on your experience.


  • Complete an internship with a community-based organization, NGO, UN agency, or government agency.
  • Gain valuable experience on issues related to community development, the environment, and sustainability. 
  • Learn and develop critical professional skills in a supportive environment.
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director.
  • Customize the program by focusing on the field you’re most interested in. 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


  • Design projects for community empowerment and sustainability
  • Enhance your resume with an internship with a community-based organization, NGO, UN agency, or government agency
  • Gain valuable experience working on community development, climate change, environment, and sustainability
  • Develop real-world skills and international contacts
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments led by the academic director
  • Analyze and explain your internship experience in a final paper and oral presentation


Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.


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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

Please see application instructions for this program below.