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 through business education and consulting services. 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, particularly in the assessment of microentrepreneurs and marketing. IIP interns have made a strong impact at AE over the past few years. From strengthening alumni networks, to interviewing microentrepreneurs for pilot programs, to microfinance research, all IIP 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 microentrepreneurs, 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.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Conducted research on possible sources of finance for clients, created documents about how to manage finances (for micro-entrepreneurs to have a centralized guide), organized a talk for AE's students with a government official, and did market research for various clients.
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.
- 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.
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: their Venture and Fellowship Program and their Nourishing Schools Initiative:
- 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.
- Nourishing Schools Initiative: The Ashoka India Nourishing Schools initiative is focused on leveraging schools as a hub to improve the nutrition of families and communities. The initiative will improve nutrition by focusing on various dimensions such as improving the quality of midday meals, communicating nutrition messages through the curriculum and school design, increasing access to clean water and sanitation etc. The objective is to create a holistic package of interventions that can be implemented across schools. These interventions will also build the changemaking abilities of children and develop their ability to improve their own nutrition and the nutrition of their communities. They are scheduled to launch a pilot in Mahrashtra in January. This IIP internship would include (but not be limited to) the following: documenting the lessons from the pilot for sharing with various stakeholders; identifying partners from various sectors who can help build the initiative and organizing an Ashoka Fellow gathering in June to share the progress and plan the way forward.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): First, I worked with multiple stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sectors, including Ashoka’s teams in Colombia and Brazil, as well as architectural firms, urban planners, and cement producers throughout India to gain an understanding of self-construction practices around the world and global barriers to entry in the market. Second, I conducted detailed analyses of five primary international cases and developed original models of market engagement within the Indian context. Third, I used this background to assess and segment the Indian self-construction market, valued at roughly 720 billion rupees, and presented my findings, as well as my stakeholder-based entry strategies, to the team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write marketing materials.
Locations: Beijing, China; Turrialba, Costa Rica; Montpelier, France/Kampala, Uganda; Rome, Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pokhara, Nepal
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 over 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’s headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods. 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, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials.See listings in Placements by Region for specific descriptions of internships at the various locations.
Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), formerly Caribbean Environmental Health Institute
Location: Castries, St. Lucia
CARPHA--at present in formation stage--is a single public health agency for the Caribbean that will integrate the functions and administration of the existing five Caribbean Regional Health Institutions, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory, and the Caribbean Health Research Council. The proposed agency will rationalize the functions of the current Regional Health Institutions and have a more comprehensive mandate in addressing the public health needs of the wider Caribbean Region. CARPHA has a mandate to identify cost effective solutions to environmental health problems in the 16 Member States. The Environmental Health/Environmental Management Unit in St. Lucia is equipped with a full service analytical laboratory providing capacity for a number of testing procedures. In addition, CARPHA is actively involved in a number of environmentally related issues, such as fresh water resources, biomedical waste and environmental surveillance capacity building. In 2014, CARPHA St. Lucia is looking for IIP candidatess with laboratory and website/communications experience to assist in field and laboratory analyses; and promoting and sharing the technical information generated by the organization. An appreciation of environmental issues through coursework and other experience would be useful. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are the details of each placement:
• Communications placement: The IIP intern will assist the CARPHA team in the promotion of environmental and environmental health issues relevant to the Caribbean. Initiatives will target various groups and organizations on a regional, country, local and community level, and will be aimed at advancing environment and environmental health practices and procedures. As directed by the Marketing and Communications Assistant responsible for Information Management, this IIP intern will be expected to: assist in the on-going development and implementation of CARPHA’s public awareness and education programs aimed at the improvement of environment and environmental health in the region; participate in the preparation of the Institute’s promotional material and informational products; assist in production of the Institute's newsletter, prepare news releases and news articles/features; participate in the preparation of environmental and environmental health educational material, including audio/visual feature; assist in updating the Institute Web site to act as an on-line source for environmental and environmental health information on the Caribbean; and perform related duties as required. IIP candidates with an academic background and/or work experience in environmental and environmental health issues, excellent communication skills and cross-cultural understanding, advanced knowledge of publishing software, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability and who are comfortable delivering public presentations are encouraged to apply.
• Laboratory Team placement: The IIP intern will assist the laboratory team at CARPHA with implementation of in-field sample collection processes and provision of effective environmental related laboratory services. Best practices in relevant laboratory procedures will be analyzed and potential application opportunities will be identified. As directed by the Laboratory Manager, the IIP intern will be expected to: actively plan and implement in-field sample collection activities; actively participate in various laboratory procedures respecting good laboratory practices; observe and implement quality management systems; plan, develop and implement analytical techniques using various equipment; present best practices and analyze potential applicability in St. Lucia; and perform related duties as required. IIP candidates with an academic background and/or work experience in environmental health issues and laboratory equipment and procedures, academic background in environmental health and laboratory techniques, excellent communication skills and cross-cultural understanding, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability and who are comfortable delivering public presentations are encouraged to apply.
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: 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.
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.
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 -old 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.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): During summer 2012 I worked with the Institute of Religious Studies (ISER) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ISER's work deals with an impressive range of human rights and environmental issues, and I was involved in an urban agriculture project that seeks to train residents of two poor communities in organic cultivation and install vegetable gardens in their yards or roofs. As Assistant Project Coordinator, I had a nice balance of office and field work: managing the budget and reimbursement one day, and leading community members in installing the gardens in the communities the next. In this way, I was able to form meaningful relationships both with my colleagues at ISER and with the residents of the communities. My internship provided challenging opportunities to use my Portuguese, taught me lessons about cooperation and trust, and gave me valuable insight into how NGOs operate, especially in the Brazilian context. My unforgettable and highly formative time at ISER gave me inspiration for thesis topics, confirmed my interest in the Latin American Studies certificate, and continues to motivate me to seek out chances to work or study in Brazil after graduation. I highly recommend the International Internship Program to any Princeton student interested in growing as a global citizen.
International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas
Location: Amman, Jordan
The International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas (ICARDA) implements the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI), which is funded by USAID. This program is currently operating in eight countries in the Middle East. WLI Jordan is seeking an IIP intern to support ongoing research for development activities in rural communities facing severe water shortage. These communities practice livestock production, and the WLI seeks sustainable grazing practices to enable livelihoods for target communities. This IIP internship will be housed in ICARDA’s office in Amman, Jordan. The WLI project focuses building the livelihoods of community members within agrarian communities in the Middle East. In Jordan their target “benchmark” site is in the steppe or “badia,” which receives very little rainfall. The local communities are involved with livestock production in the desert area with poor soils that get further degraded by overgrazing. Social scientists work with the communities to understand the needs and challenges to raising livestock in this area and the biophysical scientists test new techniques for water harvesting to sustainably grow for grazing. In 2014, the WLI is planning to partner with Mercy Corps in Jordan to scale out these technologies to communities across Jordan. The IIP intern will be involved with community development planning to understand challenges to uptake of ICARDA signature technologies. She/he will work to communicate these social/technical barriers to uptake of the technologies so that ICARDA scientists and partners may modify the technology to make it applicable. IIP candidates should have strong interpersonal and writing skills and interests in social or physical science, IT, community organizing, agricultural research, and applied research. Experience with agricultural development will be a plus as would professional proficiency in Arabic, although prior experience with Arabic is not required for success in this internship. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Locations: Accra, Ghana; TBA, Sri Lanka; TBA, Uzbekistan
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.
Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research (IMIFAP)
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) is a non-governmental organization which has been alleviating poverty in a sustainable manner for more than 26 years. They have benefited over 20 million people in 14 countries around the world. Their development programs consistently yield significant positive behavior and attitude changes, strengthening the capacities of marginalized populations in health, education, and productivity. IIP Interns may work in a variety of fields including fundraising and public relations, program development, implementation and evaluation, as well as general administrative support. Possible tasks may include: Internet research, quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, report writing (in Spanish and English), research support and writing of academic articles, development of program materials, grant writing and research, translation, updating the institutional website, and assisting in internal and external communications and marketing activities. They are looking for IIP interns with a background in sociology, psychology, public health, development studies, reproductive health, community development, economics, or other disciplines related to their programs. They prefer IIP candidates with practical experience in the field and/or whose studies are focused on psychology. Advanced proficiency in Spanish is required. 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).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Work responsibilities included analyzing data and consolidating research for publication, translation, grant-writing, and communications.
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
Parinaam was conceived to care for the education and healthcare needs of urban and semi-urban economically underprivileged women. They provide services in the areas of healthcare, education, livelihood and community development initiatives. From the Parinaam perspective, making a difference in one person’s life is worth more than unsustainable mass scale interventions. IIP interns must have the heart and soul to work with underserved communities 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:
- Diksha Financial Literacy program: an interactive five module program to teach mostly illiterate women basic numerical skill, debt management, how to budget income/expense, cash flow and saving options
- Jalmitra Program: This livelihood development and safe water education initiative 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
- 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;
- Academic Adoption Program: This program looks for sponsors to enroll underserved children in quality schools through the 12th grade
- The Urban Ultra Poor Program: This program aims to help the forgotten residents of India. The program has four broad holistic initiatives to change the lives of destitute families: 1) livelihood development; 2) childcare and education; 3) healthcare; 4) financial literacy and 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.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Managed stock through Excel worksheets, various office tasks, curriculum review and development, occasional field visits. WORK RESPONSIBILITIES ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE so make sure that you have a clear idea of what you'll be working on.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
salaUno is a fast growing social enterprise that is generating social impact in Mexico. It is a start-up company that delivers quality, accessible, and affordable eyecare services focused on low and middle 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 diseases 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. 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 and the work environment will foster rapid learning by IIP interns. This is an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking, paradigm- breaking project in the healthcare sector. Specific responsibilities may include working in one or more of the following areas: Growth Strategy: analyze areas of growth and examine how to recruit and retain medical and other personnel, a change management program, the transition to a system of clinics geographically dispersed, and information technology requirements; Commercial Marketing: develop a thorough campaign for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for different services and products, design materials for internal and external marketing, analyze best practices from around the world, develop marketing and social media strategies to help grown their company; CRM/Sales: design strategies to have high volume of outpatients and convert those leads to surgeries, design new strategies of CRM to follow potential patients, develop a strategy to improve the data quality of patients on their first contact with the clinic, and generate a standardized form of contact with the patients from different fronts. Other responsibilities may include support towards the company getting a social impact rating (GIIRS or IRIS), support for fellowship applications and additional help in fundraising and grant writing. IIP candidates with interests in commerce, marketing, sales, management, engineering, computer science and human resources are encouraged to apply. Spanish language skills are desirable but are not required. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Dealt with mapping out unelectrification for regions of Philippines to prioritize company strategy for regions to target Piloted and configured new solar unit product to aid in diversification of solar product portfolio; eventually demoed solar products.
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: Kakamenga, Kenya
TropicalClinics is a non-governmental organization that builds one-of-a-kind health centers in rural areas of Africa and other developing nations. Their organization aims to provide the best medical, therapeutic, nutritional, and psychological care possible promoting the total health of people living in underserved rural communities. TropicalClinics has several projects that could utilize students’ skills and at the same time provide students with opportunities to enhance their skills. Potential IIP intern projects may include:
- Information technology project: Develop matrix/processes for collecting measurable patient data and create statistical evaluations that can be shared with Tropical Clinics donors and supporters. IIP candidates for this position should have a background and experience in IT and statistics/collecting measurable data.
- Operations project: Work directly with laboratory technicians to fully implement standard of operation procedures. IIP candidates should have a desire to work in global health and familiarity with the implementation process of department operating procedures and experience working with others.
IIP interns will receive support and learn from well trained local medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured activities, interns will gain a comprehensive understanding of best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship and receive a certificate in Global Health Delivery. IIP interns will not only gain knowledge of the electronic medical record, pharmaceutical inventory management, and the business information system but will also gain experience on the healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. IIP candidates with a background and interests in Global/Public Health, Computer Skills, IT, Media, Laboratory, International Development, Social Sciences, Social Entrepreneurship, and skills in IT, Laboratory, Data Management are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Ujjivan Financial Services
Location: Banglaore, India
Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. is a micro-finance organization that provides financial services to urban and semi-urban economically underserved women across India. IIP interns will be involved on a project based on their area of interest and/or expertise. This IIP internship will give the IIP intern an opportunity to be involved in work on developing, planning, organizing projects on a grassroots level to improve the livelihoods of women in underserved communities. IIP candidates with interests in the social sector are encouraged to apply and must be willing to work with the urban and semi urban population that the organization serves. Three placements have been created for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.
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. 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. UNICEF Burundi is exploring a range of innovative technologies, processes and partnerships to tackle the most difficult challenges facing children and women, and offering eligible candidates an opportunity to contribute directly to this dynamic process. IIP interns will have the opportunity to work with the UNICEF Innovations team and a range of partners in deploying mobile-based data collection systems, implementing micro-energy/rural electrification and income-generating projects designed to deliver off-grid energy solutions to households and communities, and developing interactive, digital content for rugged, solar-powered computer kiosks installed in rural areas, and developing multimedia visibility and partnership materials for external publication. IIP candidates should have a willingness to learn, the ability to work in a multicultural environment, and a demonstrable capacity for both creative and strategic thinking. IIP candidates with strong writing and problem-solving skills and interests in economics, MIS, statistics, business, marketing, communications, computer science, education, or electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Strong French language skills in speaking/reading/writing are recommended. Experience in programming with Django or Python, graphic design and/or the design of information management systems would be an asset for a computer science related placement. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 1. Write reports for the innovation team of UNICEF, based on individual events. 2. Write GuideBook for individual projects, such as U-report and Lumiere. 3. Engage in group discussion within the innovation team. 4. Help other researchers to develop their projects and researches.
Women’s Microfinance Initiative
Location: Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, Uganda
Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization providing small loans and business training and support to impoverished women in developing nations. WMI's mission is to work with village level organizations to provide capital to women in the lowest income brackets so that they can engage in income producing activities. Its goal is to help women living in poverty build assets so that they can stabilize their income and raise their standard of living for their families. The Buyobo, Uganda loan program is the oldest WMI loan program. Located in the Sironko District, about 30 minutes from Mbale, it has over 1,000 clients. It is administered by the Buyobo Women’s Association, through a grant from WMI. IIP interns in Buyobo assist with loan program operations (preparing the documents that include: new borrower tables, loan agreements, loan applications and surveys, issuing loans, and interview borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach at the local school, undertake community projects, and supervise high school interns from the U.S. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): On most days I taught the administrator of the loan program and her subordinates how to use a computer. I taught them how to scan documents and then organize them in folders on the computer and set up a budget. I advised the coordinators on how to improve the program. I also gave Microsoft Office lessons to the administrator of the local clinic.