Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities
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Fall 2019 Courses
Declaring the PJHC Minor
Service Learning Requirement
Service Credit Application
Summer Service Internship Info and Applications
2019 McAshan Internship Application
2019 McAshan US-based Application
2019 McAshan Internship Application
2019 International McAshan Application
Applications and accompanying materials must be turned in by February 7, 2019. Compose your answers to the open-ended questions in a word processing program before pasting them in the text boxes below.
What is your anticipated graduation date?
What is your cell phone number?
What is/are your major(s?)
Citizen of another country
If you are neither a United States citizen nor a Permanent Resident, you are required to set up an appointment with an advisor in Rice University’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) prior to turning in your application. OISS may be reached at 713-348-6095. Students who are not US citizens take sole responsibility for ensuring that they are in compliance with all visa and travel requirements of the US, their proposed host countries, and any other countries to which they may travel during the term of their service.
In order to receive funding from the Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities (PJHC), students must be declared PJHC minors. If you have not yet declared PJHC as a minor, bring a signed Declaration of Minor form (available via the Registrar) to Rayzor 322 or 323 before submitting your application. Please note that in order for the Registrar to process your Declaration of Minor form you must declare your major before or at the same time as you declare the minor. Are you a declared PJHC minor?
Students who receive summer internship funding from the PJHC must complete PJHC 300: PJHC Service Reflection, a one-credit course that is typically taught in the first half of the fall semester. Effort will be made to ensure that the course is scheduled at a mutually agreeable time. Will you enroll in PJHC 300 in Fall 2019?
Have you completed PJHC 371 (formerly listed as HUMA/SOCI 371)?
Have you completed PJHC 394 (formerly listed as SOCI/SWGS 394)?
If you have not yet completed PJHC 394, are you enrolled in the course for Spring 2019?
Have you completed – or are you currently enrolled in – a capstone course or course sequence?
Yes, HIST 421
Yes, SOCI 469 & 470 or SOCI 470
Yes, PJHC 470
Yes, SWGS 494, 496 & 497 or SWGS 496 & 497
Yes, an alternate course as approved by PJHC Program Director, or, the Director of Undergraduate Studies
List the PJHC elective courses that you have completed by the end of the Fall 2018 semester. Indicate whether they fulfill the General, Race and Ethnicity, or Global South requirements.
List any PJHC electives you are registered for in Spring 2019. Indicate whether they fulfill the General, Race and Ethnicity, or Global South requirements.
Proposed International Internship
What are your proposed internship dates? International internships must be at least six weeks.
What is your proposed internship location (city or town, country)?
Please provide complete contact information for your proposed third-party service provider, including URL.
Describe your proposed internship in detail. What will your direct responsibilities and tasks be this summer? Be as specific as you can. How will this project benefit the community you will serve? The selection committee expects you to have done some background research on your project beyond reviewing the service provider's website.
What is the official language of the country in which you plan to do your internship?
What language(s) do you speak, read, and/or write? How would you assess your conversational ability in each of these languages? What level of fluency does your proposed third-party service provider expect?
List any relevant language courses taken at Rice or elsewhere. Indicate when and where the courses were taken, and include any courses in which you are currently enrolled.
Describe any relevant language experience that you have had outside of formal instruction.
How do you intend to improve your language proficiency during your internship? Does your proposed third-party service provider provide language instruction?
What sort of independent international travel experiences, excluding group and family travel, have you had? Provide details, including country/countries and dates. If you have not had any independent international travel experience, how do you feel you have prepared yourself for such an experience? What challenges do you foresee?
ist your past community service involvement, including service learning completed through course work and community-based research.
What do you expect to learn from participating in the summer internship program?
What value is there in performing long-term direct service? How does it impact the host agency, community, and individuals in the community?
Under what circumstances could you foresee negative consequences to service work in a disadvantaged community?
What topics in the study of poverty, justice, and human capabilities most interest you and why? How does the PJHC minor fit in your future life plans?
Costs for international internships generally average less than $8,000.
Transportation: What are your estimated transportation costs to and from the site of your internship? Indicate how you arrived at this estimation. (For example, Delta round-trip JFK to Accra Flight 584 departs 5/29/18; Flight 855 returns 7/28/18. Total cost: $1,994.) If you are using frequent flyer miles to pay for your flight, include any booking fees here. If round-trip ground transportation between the airport and your service site is not included in your program fee, you may also include it in this section. Your proposed third-party service provider can help you estimate this cost. You may also include the cost of ground transportation to and from the airport(s) you depart from and return to in the US. (Note that the PJHC program will pay only for the cost of transportation to and from your internship site; in-country travel unrelated to your internship, such as weekend getaways, and travel on the way to or from your internship site are your responsibility.)
Program fees: How much does your proposed third-party service provider charge for this program? What does the fee include? (For example, “Placement, in-country support, housing, and two meals per day.”)
Additional housing costs: If your program does not directly provide housing, please estimate and explain your housing costs. Consult your proposed third-party service provider to determine an appropriate budget.
Food: What food costs do you anticipate? Consult your proposed third-party service provider to determine an appropriate budget. Note that PJHC funds can only be used to pay for meals that are not provided by your program. (For example, if you choose to eat a restaurant instead of eating with your host family, this expense should come out of personal funds.)
Other expenses: Please describe and estimate the cost of any other required expenses for your internship.
Possible additional expenses include: Preventative medication or immunizations/vaccinations required or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), required visa fees charged by host country, calling card or local cell phone, Internet fees, language programs offered by your third-party service provider as part of your placement, and so forth. Please note that the PJHC will not be able to cover the following expenses: Luggage and backpacks, toiletries, optional travel, alcohol, and gifts to host family, host community, or third-party service provider staff.
Additional funds available: Describe any additional sources of financial support that you are able to draw from, such as personal savings or gifts from family, including gifts of frequent flyer miles.
References and Unofficial Transcript
Before the application deadline of February 7, 2019, please deliver to Rayzor 322 or 323 a copy of your unofficial transcript, including your Fall 2018 grades, in a sealed envelope labeled with your name and “Unofficial Transcript.” If the office is closed, slide the transcript underneath the door. (The Program Administrator will confirm receipt of your unofficial transcript via an email to your Rice email address.)
Provide the names and contact information for two references, one academic and one from a previous service placement.
PJHC Internship Commitments
To be eligible for selection, applicants must affirm these commitments by checking the box next to each item.
• I will meet all academic requirements for the internship, including the completion of PJHC 371 (formerly listed as HUMA/SOCI 371), PJHC 394 (formerly listed as HUMA/SOCI 394), and at least one approved elective, by the end of Spring 2019.
• I will enroll in a one-credit course (PJHC 300) in the fall semester following my internship, or the next fall semester if I am studying abroad at that time.
I have not previously received funding from the PJHC for a Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship.
I will attend the McAshan internship orientation and closing events.
My proposed placement is a nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization that serves an under-resourced community. My internship will not be used for the purpose of direct proselytizing.
I will devote at least 75 percent of my time to direct community service that actively engages with those being served.
I will work at least 35 to 40 hours per week in the approved placement continuously for at least six weeks. In all, I will work at least 225 hours with no leave of absence.
If I combine the Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship with another Rice-based program, I will meet with the PJHC Program Administrator prior to commencement of the program to ensure that all internship goals will be met.
In addition to service, I will study the structure and functions of the agency where I am placed so that I can assess the effectiveness of the organization in attaining its goals.
• Throughout the duration of my internship, I will remain caught up with the weekly required reading materials and Internship Forum reflections and discussions
I will exhibit sensitivity to the host culture, observe local rules and laws, and abide by the philosophy, structure, and regulations of the host agency and my third-party service provider.
I will complete a final reflection project and a thank you letter to donors at the end of the internship.
Use this space for any additional information that you feel the selection committee should have when making its decision.
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