Institute for Field Education

Program Overview

The Andalucía Field Study and Internship Program is centered on but not limited to a full-time internship or research placement as the means for language immersion, cross-cultural learning, and a comparative grasp of a student’s own field. These goals are reached though a multi-faceted 17-week academic semester, offered in two themed Tracks (see below):

- Six-week preparatory period. Curriculum includes orientation, coursework, site visits and an 8-day study tour of al-Ándalus themes – past and present – in Morocco (Tangiers, Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Fez, Rabat.) The preparatory curriculum includes a course in “survival” Arabic, to help with students’ integration.
- Eleven-week internship and research period (full-time internship or research placement; enrollment in a Track-relevant course identified in the catalogs of IFE’s local partner universities; guided research project)

The particularity of the Andalucía Field Study and Internship Program is an emphasis on the Andalucían context past and present in order to understand to some degree the cultural density of this Mediterranean, inter-civilizational, inter-continental crossroads. This contextual emphasis is achieved by dividing the program into two broad tracks:

Track I: History and Culture in Andalucía

Track II: Contemporary Social/Economic Issues from the Andalucían Perspective

After a common preparatory curriculum, students follow an individualized program of field engagement and research linked to their track. In addition, each student is enrolled in a Track-specific course at one of IFE’s two local university partners).


Track I: History and Culture in Andalucía
In this thematic area, field engagement typically takes the form of an attachment to a university research center or institute but might also consist of an internship with a cultural organization, for example. The companion course at the university is a seminar in Andalucían history, art history, music, literature, etc., according to the student’s background and specific focus for the semester. Written research most likely mirrors the research work being done by the student as part of their involvement with their placement, in some area of Andalucían cultural studies.

For whom: Students pursuing work in history, art history, architecture, philosophy, musicology, comparative literature, and humanities/civilization studies. Students may be specialized in a field or focusing on general cultural studies and/or language study. Students may be interested in either contemporary Andalucían cultural studies or some aspect of the rich history of Mediterranean civilizations represented in the al-Ándalus mosaic.

Track II: Contemporary Social/Economic Issues from the Andalucían Perspective
In this thematic area, field engagement typically takes the form of an operational internship with a business, social enterprise, government agency, NGO or other type of organization. Alternatively, some students may choose a research-type placement in a think tank, public policy institute, or the like. The companion course at the university is a seminar in Andalucían/Mediterranean social geography, communications/media/ journalism in a Mediterranean context, or tourism management in a Mediterranean context. Written research will examine a particular issue arising from the student’s internship or policy research focus.

For whom: This thematic area attracts students interested in social issues, diversity, immigration, public health, public policy, etc. as well as those interested in in economics, management, marketing, tourism, or entrepreneurship in the context of Sevilla’s dense web of small-and-medium-sized enterprises.

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