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Click here for a definition of this term Program Coordinator: Christopher Snodgress Program Type: CSU Affiliate Provider, CSU Study Abroad Program, Internship, Service Learning, Volunteer
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Vietnam: Nongovernmental Organization Internship

Study abroad program with SIT

Get professional, intercultural experience as you intern at a Vietnamese nongovernmental organization seeking to create inclusive and sustainable change.

Program Highlights

  • Get a grounding in development politics and practices and the roles of nongovernmental organizations in Vietnam.
  • Build your résumé through a five-week internship with a community or research organization, sustainable social enterprise, or local or international NGO.
  • Gain professional experience in a supportive environment.
  • Examine case studies that illuminate the prospects and potential methods of promoting sustainable development within Vietnam and beyond.
  • Customize the program to fit your goals by focusing on the field you're most interested in.

Major Topics of Study

  • Key social, cultural, political, and economic factors affecting current development policies in Vietnam
  • Strategies for promoting civil society and human rights in Vietnam
  • Vietnamese systems of local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and their operations in a variety of socio-cultural contexts
  • Gender roles in terms of social complexities and cultural diversity in the nation
  • Roles of science and technology in strengthening civic responsibilities among individuals and professional communities
  • Current approaches to and theories regarding the role of NGOs
  • The concept of civil society in social change through the active participation of community-based organizations
  • Challenges faced by nongovernmental organizations in the context of Vietnam
  • Ethics of engaging in an internship in the context of Vietnam

Program Structure

There is no "typical day" on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two weeks of the program, students are engaged in coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions and
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills.
  • For the next five weeks, students engage in an approved internship of their choosing.
  • Finally, students reflect on their learning, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

Money Matters

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 $1.8 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • 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.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 05/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.