We encourage students to share their insight and experience with PUSKAPA team members. Both parties benefit since stimulating ideas and research undertakings are shared, and existing infrastructure, missions, and networks are expanded to explore new ways to solve Indonesia’s big problems at scale.
Please see our internship and practicum programs below for further opportunities to work with PUSKAPA.
What is our internship program and who is eligible?
PUSKAPA provides an opportunity for Universitas Indonesia students to apply for our three-month internship program. The internship program provides university students with an extensive opportunity to work on the various undertakings and projects of each of PUSKAPA’s pillars. We are looking for students who are passionate about child protection and building their professional capacities as both thinkers and researchers. At this time, our internship program is only open to UI students; however, we are working towards extending the application to university students across Indonesia.
What is our practicum program and who is eligible?
PUSKAPA provides an opportunity for graduate students to conduct their practicum projects with PUSKAPA. Practicum requirements may vary by graduate university, which we work to accommodate. Our practicum program provides graduate students with very specific work experience as students will be assigned a project during their duration and will report to their host mentor at PUSKAPA. Our program is open to graduate students receiving degrees in varying disciplines; however, graduate students receiving their degree in public health, public policy, and communication are encouraged to apply.
Shemesh De León Báez, MPH Student, Columbia University
When I look back at my time at PUSKAPA for the years to come, I will undoubtedly have two thoughts; a) WOW and b) I wish all my international experiences are as half as intriguing as being in PUSKAPA was. Upon arriving I was immediately enamored with the people and the office environment. It became clear, very quickly, that those at PUSKAPA are there for one reason and one reason only, to effect change in Indonesia. The office operates at a level that is not just effecting change in real time, but at a level of efficiency that I hadn’t experienced before.
Whether or not I was a good match for PUSKAPA is something that I have yet to determine. I was able to work on projects that are very dear to the organization and I was able to conduct my own study. My practicum goals were to experience epidemiological work in the “real world” and I did. From survey editing to statistical analysis, I was involved in many facets of addressing public health issues. Any practicum student looking to spend time at PUSKAPA should look forward to being surrounded by capable and independent researchers and policy makers but should be aware of the role they are playing. Ensure that you are using your time as efficiently as those around you.
Rimsha Afzal, Bioethics Student, Duke University
During my time as a practicum student at PUSKAPA, I was given the opportunity to take lead on matters that were specifically interesting for me. I was able to lead the youth engagement program by leading meetings and presentations. I was able to maintain close mentorship with my supervisor during my time at PUSKAPA that allowed me to receive immediate feedback, while also communicating my interests and goals. It is difficult to gauge what "practicum goals" can be because every graduate student has varied requirements for the most part. I would suggest communicating those goals with your supervisor in the beginning of your practicum and have check-in meetings throughout the summer to ensure your goals, and PUSKAPA's expectations of your work, are being met. I always felt as if I could easily communicate these goals to my supervisor at PUSKAPA. She went out of her way to ask me if my workload was fitting for me. I would suggest setting a standing meeting with your supervisor solely for check-ins on your goals because PUSKAPA is extremely receptive to your professional needs. I always struggled with project initiation and being confident in navigating my own interests. On a personal level, my time at PUSKAPA strengthened my ability to initiate responsibility; a skill I will most definitely need in every professional path.
This experience was so empowering because I was able to fully immerse myself in the culture, language, and people of Indonesia. The atmosphere at PUSKAPA is jovial, kind, and so very welcoming. Everyone at PUSKAPA went out of their way to make me feel at home. Some days after work, we would go and get dinner in the city. I made close friendships with the members at PUSKAPA; friendships I know I will maintain upon my return back home. This is going to sound cliche, but but living in Indonesia has been the most adventurous experience I have ever had. The country offers so much and two months is not nearly enough time to take in all of the beauty Indonesia has to offer. My advice will be to stay present in the moment, take in your surroundings, and truly enjoy what Indonesia has to offer.