Weber State University and Never Again Rwanda have partnered together to create an accredited internship program. Students can earn up to 6 credit hours for a 1 to 2 month internship following the Peacebuilding Institute.  Limited non-credit internships and extended internships may also be available. Internship placements are competitive and require an additional application process (including at least one interview with Weber State and/or Never Again.)

 
The internship program allows participants to extend their stay and participate in a non-governmental, community-based organization in Kigali or Huye. Internships can span a wide variety of fields, but at the moment, heavily concentrate on peacebuilding, education, and health. Students who have a question about internships in their academic field of study are welcome to inquire as we are continually adding approved organizations to our list.  In the summer of 2015, interns were placed with Never Again Rwanda and Health Development Initiative.
 
A partial list of WSU approved, NAR partnered internship placements include:
 
  • Never Again Rwanda: Never Again Rwanda (NAR) is a human rights and peacebuilding organization that was founded in response to the 1994 genocide perpetrated against Tutsis. Guided by a vision of a nation where citizens are agents of positive change and work together towards sustainable peace and development, NAR aim’s to empower Rwandans with opportunities to become active citizens through Peacebuilding and development. NAR places a particular emphasis on the youth as the future of a peaceful society. With nearly 13 years of experience, Never Again Rwanda is one of the leading national peacebuilding organizations in Rwanda. Website: http://www.neveragainrwanda.org
  • Never Again Rwanda field office Huye: The field office in Huye has two main projects: 1) The Promotion of Civic Participation & Peacebuilding project aims to create space for youth to voice their concerns on issues related to conflicts in their communities and Peacebuilding as well as to increase their critical thinking skills to contribute more meaningfully to sustainable peace in Rwanda. 2)  The Rwandad Peacebuilding Empowerment project aims to foster a non-violent culture of conflict in schools and communities and thus enable consolidation of a post-conflict situation and prevention of violent conflicts.
  • Health Development Initiatives-Rwanda: Health Development Initiative-Rwanda (HDI) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Kigali and registered with the Rwandan government. We strive to improve both the quality and accessibility of health care for all Rwandans through advocacy, education, and training. HDI was founded in 2005 by a dedicated group of Rwandan physicians working in health facilities and communities across the country. This diverse group of health professionals was united by a shared commitment to improve the health of disadvantaged communities within and outside of the health care system.  Today, HDI brings together a team with vast experience in medicine, public health, and community development to bridge the gap between communities and the health care system. Website: http://www.hdirwanda.org
  • AJPRODHO-JIJUKIRWA: The Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development (AJPRODHO – JIJUKIRWA) is a non-profit youth organization working to improve the rights of youth and children in Rwanda through human rights promotion, protection, research, advocacy, economic empowerment and civil society strengthening. AJPRODHO was founded in 1997 at the National University of Rwanda, as a response to the Rwandan Genocide, protecting future students from similar forms of manipulation. Website: http://ajprodhojijukirwa.org
  • FIYO: Fight Illiteracy Youth Organization (FIYO) was founded in the year 2003. Today, FIYO is legally registered as a non-governmental and non-profit making organization. Guided by our mission to promote formal and informal education as pillars of a prosperous society FIYO pursues 3 core programs namely: Education economic empowerment as well as Peacebuilding and reconciliation. Website: www.fiyorwanda.org (their website is currently under reconstruction).
  • YWCA- Kigali -The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Rwanda is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that works at the grass roots level. It is a membership organization for women and young girls. It was established following the genocide and in response to the rising concern for the many widows and children left in its wake. The organization became affiliated to the World YWCA movement in 1999 and was legally recognized by the Rwandan government in September 2005. YWCA Rwanda currently works across 8 districts in Rwanda. Website: http://www.ywcaofrwanda.org
NAR and Weber State will help identify housing options during the internship; costs incurred during the internship are not covered in the study abroad fees, with the exception of travel insurance. (Unless otherwise requested for financial aid considerations).
Please note that the cost of living in Kigali is higher than many other African countries; Housing typically ranges from 500 USD a month (shared apartments and/or hostels) to 1,500 USD a month (nice hotel rooms) depending on your personal requirements.Students who do not attend WSU are welcome to apply; however, it is the students responsibility to ensure that their home university will accept the transfer credits.