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  • Locations: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Housing Options: Homestay
Co-Curricular Activities: Internship Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Arts and Letters
Program Description:

Internships in Cambodia: Mundt Peace Fellowship

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Program Description:
The vision and purpose of the Mundt Peace Fellowship program is to help create "future new leaders who will make a difference in the world". The Mundt Peace Fellowship provides students the opportunity to participate in and observe first-hand the work of NGOs, governmental aid agencies, combined public/private aid/peace efforts, humanitarian organizations, or social entrepreneurships in helping create a stable, healthy environment that ultimately supports peace and security and/or seeks to alleviate social and economic inequalities. 
Internships in Cambodia - Mundt Peace Fellowship is a fully funded, 8-week program that provides students with an international internship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Selected students may choose from a variety of internship placement options that cover a range of career disciplines

Dates Abroad: May 26 - July, 20, 2019 (8 weeks)

Location: Students will be based in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Located inland along the banks of the Mekong river, Phnom Penh is a bustling, urban city, with a great food scene and visually striking architecture that spans numerous centuries -- from the founding of the city in the 1300s, to the French Colonial period, to modern sleek skyscrapers and dense urban dwellings. Students will also have the opportunity to visit surrounding cities and historical sites during scheduled weekend excursions. Learn more about this beautiful and unique location.

Participation: Students must apply to the Mundt Peace Fellowship (see instructions below). The eight students who are selected to participate in this program will receive the Mundt Peace Fellowship to cover the cost of the program.

Cost: This is a fully funded program. Selected students will receive the Mundt Peace Fellowship, which will cover the entire cost of the 8-week program, including: international airfare, international health insurance, housing, food, in-country transportation, program-sponsored activities and excursions, visa and/or passport fees, local English-speaking guide/program coordinator, 24/7 onsite emergency assistance, and internship placement costs.

Internship Placement Options:
EducationAssist in the daily operations of the People Improvement Organization, which provides education and shelter for disadvantaged children who live in the area and aims to break the cycle of poverty. 
  • ​Interact with children during class and free time
  • Assist in classrooms alongside local teachers
  • Run extra-curricular activities (input and ideas welcome)
  • Possibility to plan and run own classes for students
Art and Music: Engage in activities at the Cambodia Livings Arts organization, established by a genocide survivor and musician, that supports traditional and endangered performances and rituals, as well as talented people developing their careers in the arts. 90% of Cambodia's artists did not survive the Khmer Rouge regime, and this NGO was formed to preserve and support those that are left -- as well as inspire a new generation of artists.
  • Work with NGO staff to provide support with project management, including national curriculum development, teacher training and advocacy projects
  • Help run after school clubs and workshops, film screenings and programming including performances and exhibitions in schools to increase access to the arts in schools
Law & Social Justice / Political Science: Support projects spearheaded by Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), a highly respected, well-connected NGO providing free legal services in both civil and criminal cases to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Cambodia. LAC works in and around governmental organizations, and in their own words, "cooperates with the government, e.g. the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and the Council for Legal and Judicial Reform in order to advocate the rule of law, implement capacity building and outreach projects."
  • Work with LAC staff on Child Justice projects and those aimed at improving access to legal aid by helping prepare legal memos and legal research on law related to cases; observe trial proceedings; expand online training materials and perform basic IT support.
  • LAC is looking for help to carry out research on a variety of topics, including Cambodia's political situation, economy, political systems, policy, and human rights. With support form Mr. Saray, Executive Director of LAC, and depending on the student's academic interests, students will carry out practical research aimed at having a significant and lasting impact on the organization.
Environment & Sustainability: Assist in the development of community forest, fishery and eco-tourism projects at CEPA, an NGO focused on environmental, community-based natural resource management, biodiversity conversation, water governance and climate change. CEPA collaborates with the government, private sector and community to protect and preserve traditional culture and the environment by empowering local communities to use and manage local natural resources in a sustainable way. CEPA undertakes field trips regularly which students will be invited to join. This placement is ideal for students with studies or background knowledge in environment, natural resources management, community or enterprise development, and communication/design of education and awareness materials.
Healthcare & Welfare: Assist doctors, nurses and dentists in delivering healthcare at One-2-One, a non-profit that aims to meet the holistic needs of the disadvantaged and vulnerable in Cambodia: children who are orphaned or living on the street, people living in urban slums, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities that can't afford medical care, people with HIV and prisoners. ** Medical/nursing/dentistry background/studies required.

Activities/Excursions - Details coming soon!

Students will be housed in a hotel in a central neighborhood of Phnom Pehn and will have wifi access. During one weekend excursion, students will live with a Cambodian host family and get to experience what home life is like in a typical Cambodian family. 

Each day students will be picked up and taken to their respective internship placement locations. Transportation will also be provided for weekend activities and excursions. 
  • Recipients must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Undergraduate students must be in junior or senior standing by the time the program takes place (sophomores may apply so long as they will be in junior standing by the time the program begins); graduate students eligible
  • All majors eligible
  • No minimum overall cumulative GPA required
  • Selected students must pair this internship with academic credit (at least one unit) or completion of an international experience or internship requirement. 


Online Application:
In order to be considered for the Internships in Cambodia - Mundt Peace Fellowship program, applicants must complete a 2-part application process online. The online application form will become available Friday, November 16, 2018 and will close Friday, February 15, 2019. *Please note: this is a competitive fellowship program. Students are encouraged to begin drafting their application essays early. We encourage you to take advantage of the many resources available on campus, including the Writing Center located in Love Library. 
Part 1) Aztecs Abroad Online Application - Available Friday, November 16, 2018

Part 2) Essay Component: Online form to submit essay component and short answer questions - Available Friday, November 16, 2018

Essay & Short Answer Prompts:

Please submit a personal statement of up to 1,000 words that addresses each of the following elements:
  • what interests you about the Cambodia Internship program
  • why you have selected your particular internship placement option and what previous related knowledge and/or skills you bring to this internship
  • how you see this internship placement as relevant to your academic program, career goals and/or community service activities
  • how you plan to learn about and become integrated into the community and culture you will be visiting, as well as how you have prepared for your experience abroad
  • what leadership roles you have held in the past, and how you anticipate this internship experience will help you become a better leader in your local community. 
  • how you will use your experience abroad to enrich the SDSU community
Short answer questions:
1) Please state your top two internship placement options. For students selecting a placement in the Healthcare and Welfare field, please list the specific courses you have taken, or relevant previous work experience, that prepare you for this type of position.
2) Does your major/minor have a study abroad or internship requirement? If so, does your major/minor provide a course number to use to fulfill this requirement? 
3) Will you complete this program for credit through an independent study course? If so, which faculty member will you work with for the independent study and which course number will you use? *Please note that tuition is not covered through the Mundt Peace Fellowship. Students who wish to complete this program for credit are encouraged to take an independent study in the Fall so that the course tuition is included in their Fall 2019 schedule/tuition, and any existing student aid may apply.

In-person Interview:
A scholarship committee will review all complete online applications, including the personal statement essay and short answer responses. Students who make it past this initial round will be asked to take part in an in-person interview between February 28 - March 7, 2019. Students selected to take part in the in-person interviews will receive additional information upon notification of interview. A final decision on acceptance to the Internships in Cambodia - Mundt Peace Fellowship program will be sent the week of March 11, 2019. 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.