My favorite academic experience was my internship that I completed in a small village outside of Merida. I met once a week with a woman who started a fair trade co-op. By the end of the experience, I had improved my knowledge of life in her small village, her co-op, improved my Spanish speaking abilities, and made a new friendship.
On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience.
Studies in global health program
Studies in global health students are required to participate in an internship or service-learning placement in a health-related field. All placements are unpaid and carry one to three semester hours of credit.
Possible placements include:
Spring placements - Language and culture program
Internships offer a fantastic opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a field related to their major or academic interest in a local environment. All internships are unpaid and carry three semester hours of credit.*
Recent internships areas include:
Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. A big part of the academic-based service-learning option is journaling and reflecting on your experiences. Service-learning carries one to three semester hours of credit.
Recent service-learning opportunities include:
*Internship and service-learning placements are optional on the spring program.
Placements are available for all language levels and dependent upon a student’s language level and background in his or her field. Above placements reflect recent interest; not all placements may be available in a given semester. Additional areas may be available.
To apply, you must first create an online account and submit a complete online application for the Merida, Yucatan program. Detailed internship and service-learning guidelines including deadlines, application requirements and materials will be provided in your online account. There is no placement fee.
Service-learning and internships are available for all levels, including beginners. Additional areas may be available for service-learning or internships. The resident director in Merida works individually with you to find the best possible option.
Please feel free to contact the Central College Abroad office with questions about internships and/or service-learning.