NGOs and student internships: who benefits?
Discussions between academics and practitioners have highlighted that there are many opportunities for collaboration between NGOs and students, either directly or through the student’s institution, and a variety of outcomes for both parties from these collaborations.
The Development Studies Association (DSA) is committed to supporting and facilitating collaborations between under and postgraduate students and the development community in the form of short projects or longer internships in the UK and internationally. We are aware of the advantages these bring to students, but we understand less about the benefits to NGOs, something that we believe is crucial. To ensure that the DSA places its support in the right areas we need to get a clearer picture of current NGO-student activities.
This is where we need your help – we would like to hear your experiences of hosting students. Firstly we would like to understand more about your engagement with students and the different forms that this has taken. Secondly we are particularly interested to hear what makes internships successful and beneficial to you and what further support you feel is needed to ensure that this always the case.
We would like to start with a brief conversation on these topics. If you would like to share your experiences please email us with your contact details and we can arrange a short call to talk about this, or alternatively you could email us directly with your thoughts.
We are aiming for this to form part of an ongoing project to increase NGO – student collaborations within the development sector and also contribute to quality of experience, particularly for NGOs. As a starting point we would like to bring together a group of interested parties to start talking about this topic and highlight the most relevant issues.
Please do get in touch with us if you’re interested in being part of this project, have experiences you would like to share or any queries. Contact us via email to Sarah Peck at sgpeck1(at)sheffield.ac.uk
We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Sarah Peck (DSA Student Representative & PhD Student, University of Sheffield)
Laura Camfield (DSA Council Member & Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia)
E: sgpeck1(at)sheffield.ac.uk, l.camfield(at)uea.ac.uk