IIP Placements in Economic Development and Sustainability
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by conducting rigorous impact evaluations, building capacity and informing policy. J-PAL is providing an IIP placement with their Communal Sanitation Solutions for Urban Slums project. This program seeks to improve the physical infrastructure of community and public toilets, as well as to improve the associated management systems in order to ensure long-term maintenance. IIP candidates interests in development and economics are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Santiago, Valparaiso, and Concepcion, Chile
Acción Emprendedora (AE) is a Chilean non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the chains of poverty through promoting and improving entrepreneurship. AE functions on a three-step development model for training and enabling microentrepreneurs--teaching business fundamentals, supporting and consulting businesses, and facilitating access to credit. IIP interns will work on projects that touch on one or more of these processes. AE’s interns have made a strong impact at AE over the past few years. From strengthening alumni networks, to interviewing micro-entrepreneurs for pilot programs, to microfinance research, all interns will work with Chilean entrepreneurs and produce valuable deliverables towards AE and/or AE’s business units. The position will require collaboration with the Chilean employees of AE, other undergraduate and MBA interns, AE's micro-entrepreneurs, and others. IIP interns must be self-motivated, independent workers who are proficient in Spanish and able to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. The majority of internships are carried out in Santiago. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: Singapore, Singapore
aidha is a not-for-profit organization that delivers financial and entrepreneurship education to women migrant workers who want to expand their economic opportunities and build brighter futures for themselves and their families. Inspired by UNIFEM’s National Committee, aidha provides confidence-building, money management, entrepreneurship training, and the micro-credit services necessary to launch small businesses. aidha is looking for IIP candidates who have interests in any of the following areas: business, law, research, marketing, women empowerment, education, and migration issues. Singapore is an English-speaking country, but an intern with Mandarin, Tamil, Bahasa, or Bangla language skills would be equipped to make a unique contribution. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns, who will work on either core team projects, operations and teaching, or an independent project in any of the following five areas:
- Program Development
- Human Resources
Ashoka Arab World
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. IIP interns in Ashoka’s Middle East/North Africa program (MENA)/Ashoka Arab World work in the Cairo office with professionals and entrepreneurs committed to supporting an influential civil society worldwide. IIP interns are expected to demonstrate Ashoka’s core values of applied empathy, entrepreneurship and collegiality, and commitment to innovation for the public. Ashoka Arab World seeks committed and professional IIP interns with whom it will work to tailor an internship that fits its needs while considering interns' interests and level of experience. IIP interns are typically placed within one of the following areas, although most IIP interns will assist in more than one area:
- Fellows Search and Selection Program: Assist in the search and selection of leading social entrepreneurs for the Ashoka Fellowship by identifying strong candidates and nominators. The intern will also assist candidates in the application process, conducting interviews, and field visits.
- Fellowship program: Assist Fellowship Team in maintaining relationships with Fellows by conducting field visits for a deeper understanding of the initiatives of social entrepreneurs and to maximize their reach and impact.
- Collaborative Platforms Program: Assist in launching and implementing our Collaborative Platforms--business-social units addressing systemic problems such as children in street conditions and job creation for disabled. This area will involve carrying out sector mapping and need assessments for organizations operating in these sectors.
- Multimedia Program: Develop new multimedia materials (videos, photos, podcasts, etc.) about Ashoka Fellows. Document Ashoka's events and field visits in an innovative way and design AAW's roll-ups, banners, publications, etc.
- Diaspora Program: The Global Diaspora Initiative is one of Ashoka's fundraising strategies. Interns will be able to discover the ins and outs of strategic engagement building through doing research, building databases and other support work.
- Operations: Trouble shoot, multi-task, and learn how an NGO operates and recruits its team. Attention to detail and positive attitude are key!
- Translation: Assist in translating English-Arabic and/or Arabic-English AAW publications, in addition to updating the Arabic version of Ashoka Arab World website, in a way that reflects the organization's mission and vision clearly to both English and Arabic audiences.
- Development Program: Help achieve AAW’s development and fundraising plan, with a specific focus on research for: donors, partners and proposal writing, along with compiling a database of potential strategic partners.
- Women Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship (WISE): Help us identify and engage supporters for our women's initiative. Lead the fundraising process to engage foundations and corporations by writing proposals, letters of interest and reports, meeting prospects, and closing deals.
These placements are recommended for IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, non-profit administration, political science, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and the Middle East region. Arabic language skills are an asset. Ten placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Banglalore, India
Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,500 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. Ashoka’s vision is to create a world in which “Everyone is a Changemaker.” Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns in each one of two Ashoka programs: Full Economic Citizenship-Housing for All (HFA) and the Fellowship Program. IIP interns will each work on one of the following three programs:
- Rural Innovation and Farming Initiative: an initiative focused on increasing the incomes of farming communities. Their goal is to create a more dynamic, equitable, and sustainable agricultural value chain that meets the economic needs of farmers as well as societal and environmental needs of the society. The IIP intern will be in charge of crafting an approach, developing tasks, and producing a broad set of deliverables for the project. IIP candidates should have interest in agriculture value chains and agri-business.
- Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Program: a program that aims at creating market models to facilitate exercising economic, social and cultural rights mainly to the informal sector population. This involves innovation in the way market players work and behave, to develop new supply and value chains that unlock massive markets at the base of the economic pyramid. The FEC team has been primarily working on housing but is also starting to work in other areas of basic needs such as wellness and nutrition. The IIP intern will work on an independent project that is appropriate to his/her needs as well as the program's needs. Previous independent projects have included research on new/allied market areas such as home improvements and internet platforms. IIP candidates with interests in urban development, poverty alleviation, and/or social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.
- Venture and Fellowship Program: a program that selects changemakers (men and women with fresh insight into and analysis of how to fix a social problem with a relentless pursuit to obtain their vision) and then invests in these individuals and their respective ideas at the launch stage. The program also provides its fellows with access to a network of global social entrepreneurs who open doors for opportunities and collaboration. The IIP intern for this program will research and map the field identifying social entrepreneurs and nominators, design processes to strengthen the search process, write and document their work, participate in interviews, map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze the work of the fellows.
Locations: Turrialba, Costa Rica; Montpelier, France; New Delhi, India; Rome, Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in more than 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance, and administration. IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development. IIP internship projects may include a combination of literature searching, research, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness material. See listings in Placements by Region for specific descriptions of internships at the various locations.
Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI)
Location: Castries, St. Lucia
CEHI, an inter-governmental agency of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), is responsible for environmental management, with a specific focus on environmental health. Its mandate includes the provision of technical and advisory services to the 16 member states of CARICOM. IIP interns will work on projects related to one or more of the following areas: watershed and coastal water and pollution management, coastal ecology, waste management, chemicals management, indoor air quality assessments and environmental impact assessments. Specific responsibilities may include literature reviews, website design and database development, surveys, field sampling, engineering design, laboratory analyses, assisting with technical presentations and workshop logistics, and writing reports. The main language in Saint Lucia is English although many St. Lucians also speak French and Spanish. Strong writing skills, website design skills, and experience in conducting surveys and laboratory analyses would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application). View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: Cordoba and Rosario, Argentina
Endeavor strives to transform the economies of emerging markets by identifying and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Endeavor offers services to companies through assisting them in breaking down a society’s barrier to success, offering world-class strategic advice, and opening doors to capital. With Endeavor’s guidance, companies become role models, encourage others to innovate and take risks, and create sustainable economic growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Argentinean high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. In addition to other projects, the IIP interns will work on interviewing entrepreneurs to determine whether they meet Endeavor´s criteria for Endeavor entrepreneurs and on organizing Endeavor Córdoba´s largest annual conference. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Furthermore, this internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in international business, economic development, business process outsourcing, public relations, marketing, and communication. Advanced speaking, reading, and written Spanish skills are required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Locations: Santiago, Temuco, Antofagasta, Puerto Varas, and Concepcion, Chile
Endeavor transforms emerging countries by establishing high-impact entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. At Endeavor Chile, we search & select for high-impact entrepreneurs and then support them with services to improve their business models, expand their networks, and catalyze sustainable growth. IIP interns will have the opportunity to support the Search & Selection, Entrepreneur Services, Outreach, or Metrics Analysis team at one of the Endeavor offices. A detailed description of each position area is available in the IIP office. Endeavor Chile also spearheading an education initiative called “Aprendimiento”. The “Aprendimiento” program aspires to promote a culture of entrepreneurship within Chile by sponsoring programs that inspire and empower students to become responsible global citizens. The program supports IIP interns by fostering entrepreneurial values such as leadership, creativity, taking initiative, thinking “outside the box”, and trustworthiness. The IIP interns will learn to leverage their entrepreneurial spirit, identify opportunities for their future, and prepare for their future. IIP candidates interested in working on the education initiative would be staffed at the Puerto Varas office. This IIP placement is an ideal opportunity for IIP candidates with interests in entrepreneurship and Latin America. Skills and/ or experience in business would be an asset. Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required. When applying interns should rank the offices at which they would be interested in working. IIP Interns should also specify if they are applying to work on the “Aprendimiento” education initiative. If an IIP intern is not applying to work on the education initiative,please indicate if you have a strong preference for supporting Endeavor in a certain focus area: Search & Selection, Entrepreneurship Services, Outreach, & Metrics Analysis. This placement is ideal for students with interest in entrepreneurship; Latin America and Latin American development, economic development, microfinance, finance, economics, engineering, business, management, public policy and/or information technology. Good knowledge of Spanish is required. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging countries. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from programs and services to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing. Endeavor also stimulates a local entrepreneurial infrastructure by engaging angel investors and partnering with other NGOs. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has affiliate organizations in ten developing countries. Operating in Egypt since 2007, the local operation aims to become the leading supporter of high-impact entrepreneurship in Egypt. As of October 2010, the Endeavor Egypt portfolio comprised seven companies and ten entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. Strong writing ability and maturity are two of the most important qualities in a successful IIP candidate for both placements. Fluency in English is required; some Arabic is desired but not necessary. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
- Search & Selection: The IIP intern will help coordinate Endeavor Egypt’s selection process by proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies that fit Endeavor selection criteria; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other Affiliate offices to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor’s network; keeping up-to-date statistics on Endeavor’s selection process and maintain an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff.
- Communication & Outreach: The IIP intern will assist in coordinating Endeavor Egypt’s communication and outreach activities by assisting with event organization; updating social media outlets and maintaining Endeavor Egypt’s online presence; assisting in media relations and documenting (covering) important events organized, or relevant to Endeavor Egypt’s activities; assisting in the production of documentary short films about Entrepreneurship; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff.
Location: Amman, Jordan
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. The Jordan office launched in 2009. As of September 2012, the Endeavor Jordan portfolio comprises 12 companies and 20 entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Jordanian high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Arabic language skills are not required, but would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: TBD, Mexico
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Mexican high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Advanced Spanish language is recommended. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Kuruçeşme, Turkey
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from programs and services to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing. Endeavor also stimulates a local entrepreneurial infrastructure by engaging angel investors and partnering with other NGOs. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in ten developing countries. The IIP intern will help the Search & Selection Associates coordinate Endeavor Turkey’s Search & Selection Process by proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; assessing companies’ growth; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles to be used at Endeavor Turkey’s Local Selection Panel and International Selection Panels; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential, and management team; preparing final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other Affiliate offices to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor’s network; keeping up-to-date statistics on Endeavor’s selection process and maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. Any major is appropriate, although an interest in entrepreneurship and economic development is essential as is strong writing abilities. Turkish would be an asset but is not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Energy for Opportunity
Locations: Freetown and Makeni, Sierra Leone
Energy for Opportunity (EFO) is a not-for-profit organization working to improve livelihoods in West Africa through the provision and installation of clean, sustainable, photovoltaic, electricity-generating infrastructure. Their strategy is to develop innovative ways to promote the use of renewable energy across the region with an emphasis on both solar installations and solar training projects. EFO’s work addresses the need that comes with a large proportion of the world’s population lacking access to modern forms of electricity, a problem that is particularly acute in West Africa, home to some of the least developed regions in the world. IIP interns will be based in EFO's offices in Freetown and Makeni and will work on a wide variety of areas relevant to EFO's work, including socio-economic research, project monitoring and evaluation, community training, report and proposal composition, and solar power installations. IIP interns must be comfortable living in a rural African setting with basic amenities and must have previous research experience and strong writing skills. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interest in anthropology, engineering, development studies, or the social sciences. Prior travel experience in Africa is a must. Note: Placements for this internship are for a minimum of 10 weeks long. Two placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Interns have the opportunity to get actively involved with Fundación Progreso projects, work directly with the community, and gain knowledge of the culture, the surroundings, and the people. Visits to local areas in and around Cochabamba will be expected in order to get in touch directly with the targeted social group of the organization. The internship gives students the opportunity to work directly with the local culture and create possibilities for social entrepreneurs in the area; allowing the local population to build a stable future for themselves and their communities, directly contributing to economic development in the country. The intern will be given several contacts in the area and from that will be able to explore and interview local business owners while learning about their various endeavors. The students will travel locally and interact directly with people and then create presentations that will be given to the Foundation's executive and decision makers. The student will be able to experience the inner workings of an innovative nonprofit organization, a nascent impact investment fund and social entrepreneurs, while experiencing firsthand direct economic growth of the country. Students interested in social entrepreneurship, international development, economics, and politics are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Spanish is required; fluent Spanish is preferred. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Location: Rome, Italy
Based in Rome, Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry, and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. In previous years, IIP interns have interned in the Fisheries and Aquaculture section and the Economic and Social section where they have worked on projects related to post-harvest practices and trade, price domain statistics, and topics related to structural adjustment and management of fishing capacity. Placements for summer 2012 include the Statistics Division. IIP candidates with a background or interests in economics and statistics, policy, natural resource management, and sustainable development are encouraged to apply. Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset as would prior experience with agricultural, environmental, or related statistics. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Foundation Cristosal is a not-for-profit organization implementing a human rights approach to development assistance. This approach recognizes the poor as subjects of rights rather than beneficiaries of good will and defines the goal of poverty reduction in terms of a global obligation rather than a charitable cause. Foundation Cristosal's strategy is to combine efforts to build citizenry, defend rights, and advocate for justice with projects of brick and mortar. The goal is to work with communities to build capacities that will enable them to organize, exercise their rights as citizens, and speak out as actors in their own processes of development. The IIP interns will work with the Cristosal staff, Partner Communities, local municipalities, and other organizations to create/compile a comprehensive list of all local, international, private, and government actors involved in local development. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates who demonstrate a commitment to development and have interests in human rights, community development, economic development, non-governmental organizations, Latin American studies, and/or similar fields. Spanish speaking, reading, writing skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan
Location: Varanasi, India
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and forced prostitution. Guria works in the source areas to prevent trafficking and also operates in destination areas to prevent child prostitution, second generation prostitution and trafficking and re-trafficking. To achieve these goals Guria pursues a holistic, grassroots approach working directly with women and children affected to provide education, healthcare, rescue, legal intervention, advocacy, sensitization, livelihood support, and witness protection, etc. At Guria, IIP interns can choose from a variety of projects: teaching children in the non-formal education center, writing grant applications, working on legal cases against traffickers, updating the website and blog, and helping run rural empowerment projects. IIP candidates interested in human rights, Hindi/Urdu languages, women's rights, Hindu/Muslim relations, development and poverty alleviation, law, global health, and education are encouraged to apply. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Locations: Dhaka, Bangladesh; New Delhi, India; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Lima, Peru
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors. IIP intern tasks may participate in an on-going field experiment; conducting exploratory qualitative work; helping with the IPA dissemination strategy; providing research and/or administrative assistance at IPA's headquarters. Check the listings in IIP Placements by Region to find more specifics about the placements in each country. Note: The Innovations in Poverty Action placement in India is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Institute of Studies on Religion (ISER)
Location: Rio de Janeiro
The Institute of Religious Studies (ISER) is a 40-year -ld non-profit institute dedicated to religion studies, human rights, sustainability, and conflict mediation. ISER works on public policy development and assessment and pilot projects in fields related to religion and the public sphere and sustainable societies and violence. ISER is engaged in numerous networks related to religion, security, youth, urban issues, and the environment. Mostly anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and lawyers compose ISER’s body of collaborators. ISER also produces a renowned academic periodical in Brazil called Religion and Society. IIP interns will contribute to ISER's policy research and publications. IIP candidates with interest in anthropology, sociology, political science, law, social services, history, literature, and communication are encouraged to apply. An advanced level of Portuguese would be an asset. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Locations: Hyderabad and New Delhi, India; Pretoria, South Africa; Accra, Ghana; Kathmandu, Nepal; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s major outputs are the results of the scientific research. How this science is communicated is critical to overcome the looming global water crisis. IWMI must continually be evaluating the effectiveness of its science communications. The interns will be place in pairs. Each intern pair will conduct research that will include: defining the main products/activities, target audiences and aims of the different products/activities; setting up the methodology, based on face-to-face interviews, for assessing these; undertaking this analysis (travel in the allocated country may be required), analyzing the results, and participating in a workshop, presenting these results and making recommendations for future marketing and communications. IIP candidates with interests in communications, science, agriculture, environmental studies, or development are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting surveys, interviews, and data analysis would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. See the listings in Placements by Region for descriptions of the specific projects available. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: Lima and Arequipa, Peru
Metis Gaia connects science and engineering for development in order to discover new and better ways to help societies progress with a baseline goal of corporate social responsibility. Metis Gaia is committed to promoting integrated work, empowerment, and diverse critical thinking to find innovative, context-specific, sustainable solutions for development. IIP interns can help produce socioeconomic diagnosis, baseline studies, and stakeholder analyses; help in planning socioeconomic and productive development initiatives, corporate social responsibility, impact management, and citizen participation programs; and contribute to the evaluation, monitoring, and communication of these issues. She or he might also work on projects related to impact analysis, alternatives and projections, risk and management; cost-benefit analysis; economic impact valuation; socioeconomic programs and projects and social and public policy formulation and advisory services. Other tasks the IIP intern might assist with are fundraising efforts, specifically in research, writing and submitting grants, taking the grant writing process from beginning to end. Interested interns will undergo an interview process through which Metis Gaia will discuss and determine which types of projects would be best for them based on their academic background and personal interests. Spanish proficiency (speaking, reading and writing) is a must. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates who demonstrate a commitment to development and have interests in public policy, economics and strategic planning. Experience in database and statistical analysis would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research (IMIFAP)
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
IMIFAP is a NGO, founded by a small group of professors and students of the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1985 as a center for teaching, research, and consulting in the fields of public health, population, and individual and community welfare. Its work is carried out in the following program areas: HIV/AIDS and development; children, parents, and teachers; sexuality and reproductive health; gender, health, violence, and rights; and capacity building and microenterprise. Its programs contribute to sustainable human development and allow individuals to take control of their own health, productivity and lives. Specific work responsibilities and suggested skills include: (1) Evaluation: IIP candidates must have strong statistical analysis and writing skills to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; and (2) Resource Development: IIP candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills. An interest in sociology, psychology, public health, development studies, reproductive health, community development, economics, or related disciplines would be an asset. Spanish language skills are required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Location: Amman, Jordan
MESIS is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society and the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories. MESIS deals with a variety of issues on the regional level relating to energy, environment, and borders. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts and officials with a view to enhance the role of scientific and technological solutions to the region’s challenges, specifically those that are cross-border by nature. MESIS works on exciting and cutting edge issues that lie at the nexus of science and security issues. Examples include the development of a regional response plan for pandemic outbreaks/biohazard, outbreaks/radiological accidents, the localization of best practices on nuclear security and the testing of infrasound technologies to be used for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty verification regime. This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP interns can be involved in a number of issues. Two previous IIP interns helped implement major international conferences at MESIS. This included working on the logistics-side of the event (budgeting, logistics, protocol, outreach, and customer relations) and the content-side of the event (working to develop language of a code of conduct for a specific scientific discipline in the Middle East, helping to shape the U.S. Federation of Scientists' engagement in the region and interfacing with high level diplomats from Jordan, the U.S. and elsewhere). The MESIS organization is small (about seven permanent staff members) but has a wide network of supporters and deals with high level officials. The team is quite ambitious and driven. All staff members are fluent in English. However, there is still opportunity for IIP interns to improve their Arabic language skills. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, hard sciences, management, marketing, science, and technology. Engineering and computer skills would be an asset, but are not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Location: Paris, France
OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development, and contribute to growth in world trade. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, and coordinate domestic and international policies. OECD is one of the world's largest sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data. As well as collecting data, OECD monitors trends, analyzes and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation, and more. OECD is also one of the world’s largest publishers in the fields of economics and public policy. OECD publications are a prime vehicle for disseminating the Organisation's intellectual output, both on paper and online. The IIP intern will work in OECD's Editorial & Rights Department. The IIP intern will assist in preparations for the Frankfurt book fair and of the Rights catalog (collecting information, editing text, organizing appointments, prospecting new publishers), reading and evaluating manuscripts and book proposals, and preparing manuscripts for production. This IIP placement is a great opportunity to learn about book publishing in an environment in which the IIP intern can work closely with editors.The IIP intern will also attend editorial board meetings. Excellent French is required. One placement has been been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Bangalore, India
From the Parinaam perspective, making a difference in one person’s life is worth more than unsustainable mass scale interventions. Interns must have the heart and soul to work with the poor and accept the conditions of the slums in which Parinaam’s programs take place. Experience is not necessary. Several projects are available for IIP interns: 1. Diksha Financial Literacy program: an interactive five module program to teach mostly illiterate women basic numerical skills; debt management; how to budget their income/expense; cash flow and saving options; 2. Jalmitra Program: a livelihood development and safe water education initiative that trains community women on how to teach their fellow members about safe water and help them to buy safe water devices through a soft loan provided by the MFI; 3. Healthcare and Medical Interventions: A program that hopes to deliver hospital care to poor families and an add-on facility that will provide financial help for critical care. The program is currently under development; 4. Education: Tuition centers for desperately poor children; a scholarship fund and an educational grant that helps poor women who take education loans to pay the interest on the loans; an academic adoption program that looks for sponsors to enroll very poor children in quality schools through to the 12th grade; 5. The Urban Ultra Poor Program: It has four broad holistic initiatives to change the lives of destitute families: 1) livelihood development; 2) childcare and education; 3) healthcare; 4) financial literacy & social services. The ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable income for the family and to move them away from usurious debt by introducing them to microfinance. All the programs require considerable field work and interns should expect to spend at least 60% of their time in the field. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
salaUno is a start-up company that delivers quality, accessible, and affordable eyecare service focused on low and mid income segments. salaUno was founded during the winter of 2010 by Carlos Orellana and Javier Okhuysen, two entrepreneurs with international experience in finance, business, and social development. Eye related deseases are the second cause of disability in Mexico. Approximately 60% of Mexicans have some sort of visual disability. Blindness is an important economic and social problem, and 50% of cases are avoidable by means of cataract surgery. salaUno is looking for interns interested in working for a fast growing social enterprise that is generating social impact in Mexico. IIP interns will be exposed to a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and will have direct responsibilities that will help shape the organization. The management structure of salaUno is very flat, cran environment that will foster rapid learning by interns. This is an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking, paradigm breaking project in the healthcare sector. There are four placements available for IIP interns for the summer of 2013.
Seeds to Sew
Location: Enoosaen and Nyeri, Kenya
Seeds to Sew is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Their goal is for the women and girls in their program to use these job skills to make money and support themselves and their communities. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP interns will work on one of the following two projects:
- Impact Analysis on the Individual and Communities of Skills Training and Income Development Programs: IIP candidates with interests in International Health and Human Services, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Advocacy, and Human Rights issues are needed for summer internship to conduct surveys, assessments, and home visits to continue a longitudinal study on the impact of programs on Seeds to Sew participants, their family members, and their broader community. Basic knowledge of statistics, testing methodologies and analysis would be helpful, willingness to document results not only on paper, but also via photographs and video is a must. This IIP Intern will also help improve Seeds to Sew program operations.
- Socio-economic and Environmental Impact of Foreign Corporate Agriculture on Under-educated, Subsistence Farming Villages in Rural Kenya: This placement is for IIP candidates who are interested nresearch and reporting on both the societal, economic and/or environmental impacts resulting from a foreign-owned sugar-cane factory that began operation in a subsistence farming village in 2011. Taking advantage of an uneducated, impoverished community, the factory leased the land from the villagers at low rates. Given the slow turn-over of sugar cane as a crop, there is limited land to graze cows and grow other vegetables which are important to sustaining families and their livestock. Hence, women are having increasing difficulty in feeding their cows and feeding their families (as there are lower milk & crop yields). IIP candidates with backgrounds in water and soil science, environmental testing methodologies, public environmental policy, global economics, etc are encouraged to apply. The selected IIP candidate must be interested in writing up results for either press or research publication.
The Solidarity Center
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Solidarity Center is a non-profit organization that assists workers around the world in their efforts to build democratic and independent trade unions. Its members work with unions and community groups worldwide to achieve equitable, sustainable, democratic development and to help men and women everywhere stand up for their rights and improve their living and working standards. A unique internship program is offered to motivated Princeton sophomores and juniors interested in international social, labor, and human rights issues. Students with an academic interest in political science, international relations, labor relations, social and economic justice, and non-profit interest or experience are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities may include assisting with anti-trafficking, migrant rights, domestic worker, and/or other organizing campaign programs; providing technical assistance to local unions in developing communication tools such as Web pages, newsletters, basic computer and corporate research, etc.; assisting in writing and editing reports and assisting in research in drafting proposals to donor organizations; researching and writing stories for the Solidarity Center website; attending and/or assisting with meetings, workshops, and seminars on relevant topics; prepare briefing materials on relevant topics; assisting in organizing and recruitment work with partner organizations; working with the legal team to develop assistance and judicial development proposals for public policies and legislative change. At the end of the IIP internship, IIP interns will prepare a report and presentation on a proposed action plan for a specific program or activity for follow-up by the Solidarity Center and/or its partners. These placements require good research and writing skills as well as advanced Spanish skills. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
Stiftung Solarenergie (StS) Philippines is a social enterprise organization that strives to combat rural poverty by providing all off-grid villages with access to innovative technology solutions powered by solar energy. One in four Filipinos lack access to electricity. The vast majority of these 25 million individuals live in isolated coastal and mountainous regions across the country. StS Philippines is engaged in illuminating off-grid households via solar home lighting systems, installing community-level solar applications such as computer labs and water pumps, empowering beneficiaries through education and capacity building, and mobilizing citizen-sector support for efforts to eradicate energy poverty. StS catalyzes change by leveraging both market-based as well as philanthropic resources, working in tandem with social businesses and community-based organizations to ensure sustainable impact at the grassroots level. IIP interns will assume significant responsibilities and gain the opportunity to support ongoing community development work at the grassroots level. The responsibilities of the IIP intern will include working on projects related to designing, piloting, and evaluating household and community level solar energy solutions, such as the design of solar homes (lighting, radios, phone charging, TV, fan, refrigerator), solar community learning centers (computers and educational content), and solar lamp rental facilities. Also, IIP interns can contribute to the communication and publicity of advocacy campaigns that aim to mobilize resources and raise awareness on rural electrification issues. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in economic and community development, the environment, technology and social enterprises. Online media, graphic design, and video editing skills would be an asset but are not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Incomes (SALOHI) Program Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
SALOHI is a food security program that is administered by USAID, Catholic Relief Services, Care International, and Land O’Lakes international. On May 19, 2009, USAID’s Office of Food For Peace (FFP) approved a Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP) designed to respond to severe chronic and transitory food insecurity in vulnerable communities in Madagascar. The Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Impact (SALOHI) program addresses the basic needs of 98,500 vulnerable households (approximately 492,500 people) in 120 rural communes in 21 districts and three urban centers in eastern and southern parts of the country. The two principal activities are 1) Health and Nutrition, which includes nutrition actions, child growth monitoring and promotion, rehabilitation of malnourished children, support to pregnant women, integrated management of childhood illness and information, education and communication behavior change projects; 2) Livelihoods, which includes farmer training, promotion of crop diversification, animal husbandry, crop processing and marketing, cooperative development, agribusiness and market studies and village savings and loan projects). Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP intern responsibilities may include: operational research on specific topics (adoption of intense rice culture systems, sustainability, malnutrition, community based food security monitoring with WFP and FEWSNET, etc.); data quality management, assessment, monitoring tools; field trips to identify best practices, lessons learned, success stories; developing communication tools (training modules, technical sheets, posters, etc.). SALOHI seeks innovative, creative, compassionate interns to help program staff improve program performance, ensure program quality, and communicate program results. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in sustainable development and food security issues. French speaking skills and IT skills would be an asset. Three placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
At TropicalClinics, IIP interns will support and learn from well trained local medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured activities, IIP interns will gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship and receive a Certificate in Global Health Delivery. The IIP interns work with local health care providers to eliminate patient barriers and strengthen health care delivery for people living in disadvantaged conditions. They also assist with patient education, patient intake, disease screening, and the distribution of medication prescribed by local doctors, and other important support tasks. They also will have the opportunity to observe surgeries provided by local doctors. Additionally, the interns may participate at the Diagnostic Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. This internship will provide IIP interns with knowledge of the electronic medical records, pharmaceutical inventory management, and business information systems in Kenya and will provide them with direct experience on healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. The organization hopes that this internship program will create a desire for the IIP interns to participate in global health and contribute to remedying the health inequalities that remain ever-present on a global scale. IIP candidates with interests in global health, computer science, international development, and social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. They advocate for measures to give children the best start in life because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. They promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum. They act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases and are well nourished because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness. UNICEF also upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child and they work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. They are active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programs and National Committees. IIP interns with UNICEF will work on programs that help improve the living conditions of the people of Burundi, which will include projects related to social entrepreneurship and development. IIP interns may also work on marketing and website projects. IIP candidates with strong writing skills and interests in development and/or social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. French language skills would be an asset but are not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Un Techo para mi País
Location: Santiago, Chile
Un Techo para mi País (UTPMP) is a non-profit organization led by university students and young professionals. Through the construction of transitional houses, they work with families living in extreme poverty in a social inclusion process that allows them to develop as a sustainable community. This internship is based around three core areas (1) researching and submitting funding applications to donor bodies (2) assisting in developing communication materials and (3) coordinating events. IIP interns will also be responsible for formulating and seeing through innovative and creative means with which to raise funds. Specific responsibilities will include: updating contact and application databases, standardizing documents and translations, researching and contacting institutions, presenting applications for various projects in Latin American, and assisting the organization in the creation a strategy of local funds. IIP candidates should be proficient in Spanish, have some experience with translations, and must be proactive, creative and attentive to detail. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Witness for Peace
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. WFP’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Responsibilities may include: researching the economic policies in Nicaragua that force Nicaraguans to migrate away from home to look for work and writing an article about the research; helping to develop educational tools on the Roots of Migration in Nicaragua for use in WFP’s delegations program and grassroots advocacy work; monitoring the immigrant rights debate and building relationships with organizations working in the U.S., Mexico, and Nicaragua; publicizing WFP’s Roots of Migration materials with immigrant rights organizations; posting updates on the Roots of Migration campaign to the People Transforming Policy blog and WFP Facebook page; updating the WFP website as needed; other projects as needed, based on the IIP intern’s interests and skills. Spanish skills are an asset. IIP interns will gain experience in online organizing and communications strategies for policy advocacy. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.