Development and NGOs: Internships in Malawi
(May 17 –July 5, 2019)

Final Information Sessions (over pizza)
January 21, 2019 (Monday), 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Room 201 International Center.
January 31, 2019 (Thursday), 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Room 205 Geography Building.

These sessions offer the final opportunity to come and hear more about this unique, hybrid study abroad/international internship program over pizza and drinks, and to apply before the remaining few spaces for this summer fill up! Bring a friend, if you can.

For more information and to apply: visit

Contact: Dr. Leo Zulu, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Program Overview: This is a great opportunity for world-curious and adventurous students to experience Global Africa in a rich and profound way, and make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of others. The Malawi program offers a rare, deep-immersion opportunity that combines a rich and potentially life-changing study abroad experience and an international internship opportunity while earning summer credits in Africa's friendliest country, Malawi. A former MSU Director of Education Abroad rated this program the best MSU program she had ever visited.
Objective: At the end of the seven weeks, students can understand and critique sustainable development processes in an underdeveloped African country from the lens of a non-governmental organization (NGO). Themes include how NGOs balance demands from their funders and those of the people they are supposed to serve.
Structure: Students spend the first week on orientation activities, field trips including a visit to Lake Malawi, and selection of/placement in an NGO that we match closely to individual student interests. They spend the next six weeks on the internship, earning six internship credits for their MSU program. The students have weekly discussion forums and write weekly journals. They also write a reflection essay at the end of the internship. Living and working among Malawians for seven weeks also gives students a rare opportunity for cultural interchange and a deeper understanding of the cultures and people of Malawi than most programs.
Elligibility: All majors, sophomore minimum.

Leo C. Zulu, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Michigan State University
673 Auditorium Rd, Geography Building Room 123
East Lansing, MI 48824
E-mail: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Tel: (517) 432-4744
Fax: (517) 432-4744

Co-Editor, Africa in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Geographical Perspective,<>