Service Based Learning Program in Greece

Information for Students from American Universities

Program Dates: May 30-July 5, 2018
Application Deadline: February 14, 2018
Recommendation Deadline: February 19, 2018

The Center for Hellenic Studies seeks college students from Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Boston University to participate in the Service Based Learning Program in Nafplio, Greece. During this program, students will explore their academic and professional interests by contributing to projects that directly support the missions of partnering cultural institutions.

With the guidance of predetermined mentors at their universities, all American students will enroll in seminars or directed studies that will help them situate their internship work within a broader academic framework and integrate it into their studies. During the summer and in the fall following the program, they will work on research projects to submit for credit. 

Service Component

Click here for detailed information about the internship institutions.

During their internships, American students will partner with students from Greek universities to assist one of four cultural institutions in Nafplio, Greece. Applicants will be considered for an internship at one of the following cultural institutions, based on their academic affiliation and course of studies.

  • Anthos Library, Fougaro – Boston University
  • National Gallery, Nafplio Annex – Georgetown University
  • Archaeological Museum of Nafplio – Harvard University
  • Nafplio Municipal Organization of Culture, Environment, Sports, and Tourism (DOPPAT) – Harvard University

Interns will report to their institutions on Monday, June 4, following a 4-day orientation. Over the remaining four-week period, they will explore their academic and professional interests while contributing to projects that directly support the missions of the partnering institutions.

Harvard's Center for European studies offers funding for one of the positions at the Nafplio Municipal Organization of Culture, Environment, Sports, and Tourism (DOPPAT).

Learning Component

Boston University interns will complete a directed study in Modern Greek studies upon their return to the United States. The directed study may focus on historical, literary, or cultural aspects of the Modern Greek world, depending on the nature of the internship. At the end of the directed study, students will submit a final paper of 12-20 pages that draws on their research and on their internship to provide a synthetic analysis of one or more aspects of Modern Greek culture.

Georgetown University interns will complete a directed independent study in Modern Greek studies in the fall following the summer internship. The directed study may focus on historical, political, social, literary, or cultural aspects of the Modern Greek world, seen through the lens of artistic expression and heritage. At the end of the directed study, students will submit a final paper of 15-20 pages, on a pre-approved topic, that draws on their research and on their internship experience to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of one or more aspects of Modern Greek culture. The directed independent study may be considered as a partial fulfillment of requirements toward the Modern Greek Studies minor.

Harvard University students will participate in a Social Studies Seminar. The seminar will introduce students to the various debates surrounding migration, human rights, and democracy in today’s globalized world, before examining how these issues play out in a city like Thessaloniki. Specific emphasis will be given to the current refugee crisis, the evolution of the European Union, and the challenges facing today's democracies. At the end of the course, the students will submit a final paper of 15-20 pages in which they will draw connections between the themes of this course and aspects of their internship.

For more information regarding the academic component of the internship, please contact internships(at)chs.harvard.edu.

Life in Nafplio

All interns, from the US and Greece, will live together in shared apartments in Nafplio, within walking distance from the CHS and their institutions. The apartments are fully furnished and accommodate 2 to 3 students. The interns are responsible for their own meals, laundry, and other incidentals, and for maintaining a clean and orderly living environment. Interns will receive a stipend of €455.00 to offset costs associated with meals and incidentals. Additionally, the CHS will reimburse airfare to and from Athens up to $1,400.

While in Greece, interns will visit places of historical and cultural importance in the Argolid and beyond. There will be a 1-day trip to Franchthi cave in the eastern Argolid and tours within Nafplio to explore the town. Interns will also spend a weekend in Athens, where they will visit the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, the Parliament, and the National Archaeological Museum.

Students may travel independently within Greece during free weekends, and they are encouraged to do so together. Interns must submit any prospective travel itineraries to the program coordinators for prior approval. Traveling outside of Greece during the five weeks of the program is not permitted.

Eligibility

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors from these institutions are eligible to apply:

  • Boston University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University

This program requires intellectual curiosity and a readiness to engage directly with other cultures. Applicants must demonstrate relevance of the internship to their studies and future career plans. Some familiarity with Modern Greek is encouraged but not required. The minimum GPA is 3.0/4.0.

The CHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Application Process and Procedures 

The application is now closed.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2018
Recommendation Deadline: February 19, 2018

In order to apply, fill out the online application form. All applicants must upload in the application

  1. a PDF copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript, and
  2. a PDF copy of the applicant’s résumé.

Applicants must provide contact information for two faculty members who can speak to their academic work and evaluate their plans for participating in the internship program. If applicants cannot supply the contact information for two faculty members, applicants should provide information for high school teachers, employers, or mentors who know them well. The CHS will contact them directly about their recommendations.

See this website for résumé guidelines and examples.

The CHS will contact finalists to schedule an interview. Once interns have been selected, the CHS will work together with them to determine placements and set up research projects.

Questions 

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact us at internships(at)chs.harvard.edu or visit our FAQ page.