AKU Students Set To Start Virtual Internships At Partner Universities

​In September 2020, the AKU’s University Partnership Office launched its first-ever Reciprocal Virtual Internship Programme (RVIP). This programme aims to provide AKU students with access to an international experience. The programme gets our partner universities to recruit AKU students as virtual interns at their respective institutions. 

Seven students from three AKU entities, namely: AKU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in Pakistan (AKU-SONAM, PK); AKU’s Graduate School of Media and Communication (AKU-GSMC); and, AKU’s Institute for the Studies of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) have been recruited for positions at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. The next RVIP recruiting cycle will begin in early 2021 and will include additional University Partners and more positions.  

Below is a brief introduction of the positions:

  1. ​​Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Research Intern at the Global Engagement Office, University of Victoria:

    Francis Emukule and Frank Obonyo from AKU-GSMC will collect, record, analyze, and report on SDG ranking data for UVic’s 300+ global partners.

  2. ​Nursing Research Interns, University of Victoria: 

    Anna Rana, Mehak-e-Ali Sajid Ali, and Rubeka Mansha from AKU-SONAM, PK, will be working towards a scoping review to gather available evidence on metal hypersensitivity.

  3. Community Engagement Intern, Simon Fraser University:

    Sabrina Zahor from AKU-ISMC and Scarlet Chemarum from AKU-GSMC will implement the 2020 virtual Islamic History Month programming. They will research community needs to inform the development of SFU’s Muslim Community Fellowship.

​By piloting AKU’s Virtual Internship Programme and a parallel RVIP for AKU students, we plan to level the playing field, ensuring equitable access, innovative programming, and the mutual mobility of students from the North to the South and South to North.