FXB Field Education Internship Program at Harvard

The FXB Field Education Internship Program was established in 2014 at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University in partnership with the FXB International.

It aims to increase students’ understanding of human rights based approach to poverty alleviation, enhance the impact and sustainability of FXBVillage Model, and strengthen the evidence base for development initiatives. The program harnesses the FXB Center’s academic expertise of the human rights based approaches and rigorous research methodologies and FXB’s integrated and holistic approach to eradicating extreme poverty.  

The 2014-2015 program resulted in 15 Harvard students across disciplines participating either in a three-week winter term or an eight-week summer internship in Rwanda, India, Colombia, and France.  Program participants included four undergraduate students and eleven Master’s candidates from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Harvard School of Education.

In India, Colombia and Rwanda interns were placed in FXBVillages where they evaluated program impact and conducted diverse research projects. The focus of research projects included evaluating education component of FXBVillage Model, feasibility of incorporating early childhood development component, analyzing program’s human rights based approach, and building the foundation for a randomized control evaluation. Interns’ findings revealed the importance of strengthening the human-rights based approach in both the FXBVillage Model activities and within the evaluation of program outcomes. In France, interns were engaged in a research project in anticipation of a potential FXBVillage in France to serve the Roma population.  Each student compiled a report with his findings that was shared among staff of FXB Center, FXB International, and FXBVillage. The pilot phase identified the need to continually enhance the FXBVillage’s human rights-based approach in the field, sharpen the tools available to country staff to monitor both operational processes and program outcomes, and the importance of building connections with academic community to produce sound program evaluations.

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