IIP Internships in Economic Development and Sustainability
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
About: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. This mission is accomplished through research, policy outreach, and training across six regional offices worldwide. For more information about J-PAL, please see visit the organization's website.
Project tasks will be assigned based on the technical and language skills of the intern and his or her prior experiences. Previous interns have worked on developing and testing digital questionnaires for a large baseline survey of urban slum residents. Interns have also assisted with creating a pricing model in STATA to determine the appropriate price for sanitation facilities, considering the costs of running a facility, residents’ willingness to pay, and preferred time of day usage for the facility. These interns have gained direct experience in the field trials of international development projects, as well as technical skills with Open Data Kit data collection software and STATA statistical package. They have learned about data collection protocols, ethical issues in consent, and have seen real-world, practical applications of supply and demand. For more information about this project, visit J-PAL's website.
Qualifications: Candidates interested in development economics, global/public health, econometrics / statistics / mathematical modeling are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA or another statistical package preferred but not required. Experience living in, working in, or visiting a developing country in areas outside major cities is an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of a past intern): Intern #1: I worked on an project based in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, two cities in Orissa province in India. The project was both a development project and a research project. We' built toilets in over 100 locations in slums, and then ran randomized controlled trial (RCTs) experiments on different facility management models & pricing among other things. The project required coordination between several different partners, so the toilets were constructed later in the year. Working from Delhi, I was doing lots of background work on the project; I helped create a presentation to the local government on different facility management models, wrote a document that has outlined the decisions taken in the project so far, and started documenting work for the process evaluation. Intern #2: I working on the Bhubaneswar Urban Sanitation project which is working on implementing different interventions (policy experiments) surrounding public toilets in the area. They are partnered with the local municipal corporations to build new public toilet facilities and stage these interventions. My main internship responsibility was to update the model with new data and code a pricing model for the toilets into STATA. In addition, I went to the field and seen the project collect survey data from the facilities. I was also assisting with project documentation...This model will help them accurately estimate the profit-maximizing price for each of the facilities they build, as well as look into the possibility of peak-load pricing for high demand facilities. This is important for the financial sustainability of the facilities...I didn't have any previous experience with STATA, so learning the language for this internship was very rewarding. Also, many of the other employees in the office have been great resources and support!
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Abdul Latif (J-PAL) Intern #1
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Agricultural Trade Office, China (Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA)
Location: Beijing and Shanghai, China
About: China is currently the second largest market for U.S. agriculture and Shanghai holds China’s largest consumer base with rapidly rising incomes. Therefore, Shanghai is the focus of many trade groups interested in exploring the China market. Since China is a country with a wide range of development and incomes, it is still a challenging market. ATO Shanghai acts as a bridge in introducing American companies to Chinese culture and business practices and identifying market opportunities. China now has the highest number of internet users in the world, so interns in this office have a great responsibility in helping develop and maintain internet programs to reach both Chinese industry groups and consumers with information about products.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP interns will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the rapid growth of China’s economy and will contribute to developing web-based market development tools. Duties may include maintenance of the USDA China website, along with its Twitter page, Flickr account, and Turduo video account; providing guidance and editing market development reports drafted by non-native English speakers; assistance in coordinating visits by U.S. Governor teams and trade associations; assistance in briefing visiting Congressional and trade delegations; assistance with market development projects including trade seminars, lifestyle media events, menu promotions, chef training seminars, and retail promotions.
Qualifications: Basic Mandarin is preferred, but not absolutely necessary.
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Agricultural Trade Office Intern PowerPoint #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Agricultural Trade Office - Beijing|
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
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Aidha - Singapore|
American Chamber of Commerce Taipei, Taiwan Business Topics Magazine
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
This International Internship Program (IIP) internship placement provides the opportunity to learn more about how international business is conducted, particularly the economic, political, and social environment in which business is done in Taiwan. The IIP intern will be considered as part of the reporting staff of the Taiwan Business Topics monthly magazine, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei--researching (largely by conducting interviews) and writing articles for publication, as well as helping with proofreading and other editorial tasks. The IIP intern will function as a magazine reporter without close day-to-day supervision; therefore, successful applicants must possess the ability to work well independently and demonstrate strong oral and written communications skills. The IIP intern will also have the opportunity to attend speeches, presentations, and other events sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce. Mandarin skills would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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Location: Dehradun and Uttrakhand, India
About: The Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) was started in 2000 as a series of meetings of village women in the rural area outside Dehrarun, in northwest India. The meetings arose as the women began to think of ways to generate employment. Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, ANKURI empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training (knitting, stitching and embroidery, spinning, and weaving), a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program.
Intern Responsibilities: Based on the program area, IIP interns in the literacy program will provide about children English language classes and soft skills classes; in the medical program, interns will help run the annual medical camp in partnership with local physicians and in the travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize and promote the work of the organization. Specific projects include:
- Development of classroom resources such as flash cards, maps, learning games and lesson plans. Lead classroom-related projects and participate in others.
- Development and enhancement of ANKURI's media and social media presence. Projects for 2016 include continuing upkeep of the Facebook presence, development of program's presence on other social platforms (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Development of business tools and resources for the programs. Maintain and enhance the craft center inventory database and accounts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in teaching, art, communications (including social media), design (including fashion design), community development, theater and/or film are encouraged to apply. Skills in creating/enhancing webpages, and utilizing art skills to make teaching aids, signs, etc. would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: We inventoried finished products, started translating a women's ledger, created resources for the literacy center, taught kids, inventoried the books in the literacy center, supervised other interns, worked on the social media and websites, and looked at ways to advertise ANKURI and assessed its impact through surveys.…I think my work really grounded the organization and made them more aware of how their organization works and how it's impacting the community. I also set up resources for future interns and have found ways to let more people know about ANKURI…I learned how important it is to test a resources out on the kids before assuming that they will love it or it will help them. I learned how to incorporate what I read in the news into daily conversations and also how to make processes more efficient. Intern #2:Our daily work responsibilities were making lesson plans, teaching classes (for about two hours), and making resources such as flashcards for the classroom. In addition, we were given projects such as creating a spreadsheet inventory of all the finished wool products in their craft center, creating an inventory of all the literacy center resources (ie. books, puzzles, stories, etc.), and editing the website. We also conducted a survey created by a previous intern to assess the impact of the organization on the local women… I learned a lot about teaching children, how to work in close cooperation with two others, and how to work under a supervisor when given more vague directions than I've been used to in school, (allowing me to bounce my own ideas and put my input in). Intern #3: We taught English lessons to local kids. We also worked on more long term projects. I was put in charge of making flash cards to correspond with one of the English textbooks, which was a massive job because the book was huge. I also was asked to draw pictures on a map of the world for the classroom, and over the first few weeks I made an alphabet banner to go in the classroom...Throughout this placement, we came up with lesson plans for the kids and then tested them out in the afternoons and wrote what went well and what didn't. We tried to tailor little lessons to each level…So we focused on creating resources for the classroom that were appropriate for the age groups of the kids- anywhere from 4 to 12…We definitely improved the teaching resources for future interns and by the time we left had an actual curriculum planned, with directions for activities and flashcards etc…This experience has taught me how to think creatively about what kids will enjoy doing in class and what they'll get out of activities. I'd never really thought about how teachers prepared lessons or even if they cared what the kids learned, but being on the other side really opens up a new perspective. When teaching the small groups I preferred to sit with the kids rather than stand in front of them, especially with the younger children.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
ANKURI Intern #1
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Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. The organization is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent. Over the past several years it has sought to organize a wide range of activities to develop the creative arts industry in Uganda. One placement has been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: This summer, the IIP intern will be responsible for one of the following projects:
- Assistant Online Radio Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the development of an online broadcasting outlet that aims to increase the provision of quality information about arts and culture. Specific responsibilities will include: carrying out competitive/environmental analysis; identifying technical options for online set-up; developing options for attractive programming; making recommendations for staffing and developing annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, and Media Coordinator. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Charity Lottery Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the set-up of a charity lottery that would generate income and provide financial support in the area of arts and culture in Uganda. This IIP intern will help to carry out a feasibility study and develop an initial plan for the set-up of a charity lottery in support of arts and culture development. Specific responsibilities will include: identifying options for legally sound set-up of a charity lottery, presenting options for lottery modalities, making recommendations for legal set-up, making recommendations for staffing and developing an initial annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director and the Head of Development. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Membership Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in enhancing Bayimba’s general membership program as well as establishing the Bayimba co-op as a separate but closely linked artist cooperative initiative. This IIP intern will help to enhance Bayimba’s membership programs. Specific responsibilities will include: assessing the current membership program and co-op, determining the rationale for membership programs vis-à-vis other objectives/initiatives, identifying options for improvement general membership program, and developing a strategy for Bayimba co-op development. This IIP intern will work closely with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, staff members currently in charge of membership, and the Bayimba co-op team. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry, organizational development, membership development, and/or media development are encouraged to apply. Experience in strategic business planning and development would be an asset. A good candidate would have good cross-cultural communication skills and experience with relevant software applications. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational, and collaborative skills.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Researcher: developed framework for measuring the economic impact of music festivals in East Africa, which involved survey creation, interviews, and marketing; helped with logistics at music festivals (ticket sales, information); launched an artists' cooperative which gave Ugandan artists a vehicle for sharing performance opportunities, equipment, and skills/knowledge; transcribed speeches at associated events. Intern #2: I was the Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator. My responsibilities included brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc. Intern #3:The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is in the process of creating its own creative arts academy that it hopes to launch in 2017, the year the new curriculum for O-level (secondary school) students begins, where creative arts is one of the required subjects. In preparation for this, my main project was to conduct an external analysis on all forms of arts education in Uganda, with a focus in Kampala. Essentially, I gathered information on the competition and found challenges they've run into and heard advice they offered. I compiled a list of 100+ groups from governmental departments, official universities, international high schools, organizations/NGOs, individuals providing lessons, and international embassies that may provide funding. From there, I interviewed as many of these groups as possible gathering information such as the type of content they provide, the class structure, the demographic of students, the costs & funding, the resources, and future plans. At the very end, I wrote a report with all my findings together... In terms of work, as internet isn’t used nearly as much here and as people aren’t as reliant on it, I’ve learned the power of talking to people directly – especially when trying to schedule meetings. Also, I’ve noticed the unhealthy relationship with stress people have in the United States. Back home, it almost feels as if you always need to be stressed, or at least show that you’re stressed, in order to feel like you’re doing something productive. The work environment is much more relaxed here, in terms of punctuality as well as atmosphere, yet you know everyone is very busy and is accomplishing something each day. It really puts what I’ve accepted as normal into perspective. Intern #4: I had two separate projects. One was working with consultants that they've hired to see which direction to take the production business in. I traveled with them to various production companies to interview them about best practices, and I also collaborated with them on a strategic recommendation for 2016-2018. My other project was making a quarterly report for the productions business (this is their profit making arm). I researched global and Ugandan economic climates to make suggestions about ways to move forward and correct issues from last quarter. I also looked at yields of the business' investments and strategies for those moving forward...I'm learned a lot about the complexities of running an organization of this size, especially with a limited staff. There's pretty much one person for every department who does everything in that department, so we were crazy busy when we were preparing for a regional festival. I also learned more about how what I learned in economics class actually applies to businesses and how the things I learned in the classroom translate into the real world, which is to say a lot differently. Developing economies are tricky to navigate when developing a business.
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Bayimba Intern #1
Bayimba Intern #2
Bayimba Intern #3
Bayimba Intern #4
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Bayimba Cultural Foundation|
Locations: Rome, Italy; Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; Pokhara, Nepal
About: Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. Bioversity International delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. 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.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team. IIP interns will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research-for-development, particularly 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, writing reports and producing public awareness materials. For specific project listings, please review the regional listings for Bioversity in Italy, Malaysia and Nepal.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in economics, agriculture, ecological studies, public relations, journalism, environmental studies and international development are encouraged to apply. For the research position, skills in mathematics and statistical methods is required and knowledge of econometric modeling and programming skills would be an asset. For the communications position, skills in social media and research skills to develop stories would be an asset.
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Location: Cordoba and Rosario, Argentina
About: 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.
Intern Responsibilities: 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. IIP interns will also work on interviewing entrepreneurs to determine whether they meet Endeavor´s criteria for Endeavor entrepreneurs and help organize Endeavor Córdoba´s largest annual conference.
Qualifications: This internship is ideal for candidates interested in international business, economic development, business process outsourcing, public relations, marketing, and communication. Candidates with an interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are encouraged to apply. Advanced Spanish skills in speaking, reading, and written are required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: Conducted market research of the sports science education industry in the US - specifically the Spanish-speaking population - for Argentinian company G-SE • Researched marketing strategies, formulated individual sales letters, and successfully made initial contact with possible American partners of the Argentinian company Cono Agropecuaria • Helped to coordinate the premier event of Endeavor Argentina, Experiencia Endeavor, which educates and connects over a 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and NGO professionals. Intern #2: I worked on the Experiencia Endeavor Cordoba 2015: an event for entrepreneurs around Argentina to get together for workshops, networking, and inspiration. I learned how to communicate effectively in Spanish and in Argentina, how to act in a different culture.
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View a PowerPoint presentation by a past Endeavor iPowerPoint #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Endeavor - Argentina|
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Location: Rome, Italy
About: 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 as a source of knowledge and information, help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry, and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.
Intern Responsibilities: 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. Interns have also been placed in the Statistics Division.
Qualifications: 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.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Organized side events for the 38th FAO Conference, where representatives from 191 member countries attended; Composed a 50-page handbook on “Setting Up and Running a Co-management Body in Vietnam,” which will be distributed to Vietnamese fishermen to guide them on how to better manage their fish landing sites with local governments; Initiated revisions on the proposal of World Bank's $10M project on "Securing Biodiversity in China's Dongting Lake Protected Areas"; Translated official documents on illegal fishing from English to Chinese. Intern #2: Updated a country-specific index of fisheries, which a previous intern had made. For example, this meant reading all of the published country reports (and in-process reports) for how much they included fisheries, and other social indicators. Intern #3: Developed programs to systematically reformat, analyze and incorporate data from different UN databases into the FAO STAT Database in Pesticides. Developed programs to systematically process questionnaires from member countries. Analyzed past data. Intern #4: Cleaned data sets, generating new variables using STATA to find insight about small family farms. Compiled data from FAO publications, country agricultural surveys and World Bank public expenditure reviews to create charts, graphs and media for use in the main body of the text and the statistical annex. Intern #5: Researched good practices and worked on creating a framework that assessed land tenure in fisheries. I gained a lot of new knowledge about fisheries and aquaculture in general and saw first-hand how a large international organization runs. Intern #6: Reviewed literature and developed a methodology for the measurement of the social, economic, and ecological costs of disasters on fisheries and aquaculture...Secondary projects: developing a conceptual framework of disaster impact on capture fisheries and aquaculture based on value chains and livelihoods; and editing documents (progress reports, terminal statements, back-to-office reports)...I learned the process of economic research, how the organization functions at the branch/division/department level...I contributed to the initial stages of a fishery/aquaculture department project involving future plans for disaster impact data collection...I constructed my work around the draft for notes on information system on damages and losses from disasters in agriculture. Intern #7: I created a database containing data from every country pertaining to fishery contribution to GDP, GVA, imports, exports, and production. Through research and a variety of collection methods, I was able to collect a substantial amount of data and create a database from it using both accounting and programming. Used UN data I converted data to a single currency, which I could then use to compare with other known data and compare across countries. Through this analysis, I assessed the validity, accuracy, and precision of the data. I then calculated statistical trends in the data to explain the trajectories of fishery importance around the world and wrote a report with my results...I have learned how to critically analyze data in a practical setting as well as use my love of computer science to do so (by programming rather than simply accounting, I was extremely efficient and my supervisors were very impressed and amazed). Being able to speak with colleagues from all over the world has also been an eye-opening experience. Intern #8: I worked on fact sheets that summarize work from 7 different areas. I also wrote blog entries on a research vessel voyage...I learned how to communicate with many different people and how to work in communications for a large organization. I presented data that highlights the organization's work without presenting opinions or supporting outside sources. I synthesized data from a variety of sources in a concise document...The sheets will be used at conferences for the next 5 years. The blog is up now.
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FAO Intern #1
FAO Intern #2
FAO Intern #3
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations|
International Water Management Institute
Location: Accra, Ghana
About: 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.
Intern Responsibilities: The interns will work 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.
Qualifications: 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.
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Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)
Location: Shanghai, China
About: Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE) is a non-profit think tank that catalyzes transformative change in the greening of China by convening coalitions of cross-border and cross-sector influencers around precise collaborative action that trigger tipping points in sustainable energy, urbanization, and consumption. JUCCCE has already helped catalyze key tipping points in the way China creates and uses energy by introducing Smart Grid to China, training over 800 government officials on eco-cities, and creating early awareness of energy-saving light bulbs.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following areas:
- Research: IIP interns will contribute to policy research and workshop management on a sustainable food program called "A New Way to Eat," where they teach sustainability to primary school students. The interns may also conduct research for JUCCCE's mayoral training programs. The research the interns produce will be used in the curriculum during the training classes which take place bi-annually. Candidates for this placement should have strong research skills as well as skills in graphic design, Photoshop, In-Design, and Final Cut Pro.
- Marketing and Communications: IIP interns will work on JUCCCE's projects that aim to help corporations understand how to engage consumers around sustainability. The interns will create case study videos of sustainability project developments, develop eco-tourism training materials for their mayoral training program, and conduct research for a city urban planning project. Candidates with previous experience in marketing and communications and skills in design software and videography are encouraged to apply.
- Social Media: IIP interns in this role will help research and develop the social media strategy for JUCCCE, create memes to share the message of the importance of sustainability. Candidates with social media and online data analysis are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: Worked on urban development proposal for 10,000 people and created movie; wrote twenty page-paper on sustainable eating choices; edited website. Intern #2: Researched, formatted, and helped to write a paper on A Culture of a City. Participated in meetings with experts and interviewing them for more information on the topic. Website development for the organization, (I was responsible in making content updates and structural improvements to the official JUCCCE website). I also helped write a New Urbanization Council Paper, as part of a 8-10 person team. My responsibilities for this project included: developing policy recommendations, researching case studies, consulting with experts, and drafting a paper to be presented to the China Academy of Governance...I learned how to create and work on a project that needs to be started from scratch (from the brainstorming to the layout and actual writing of the paper).
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JUCCCE Intern #1
JUCCCE Intern #2
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Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
About: NRG Solutions is a renewable energy start-up looking for ways to empower people in Cambodia with clean energy solutions. NRG has two main areas of focus: They are starting to build a national distribution network for clean energy products and developing efficient appliances to reduce energy poverty in rural Cambodia and improve people’s lives by providing appropriate solutions. They also have an engineering team that tailors larger rooftop solutions to both urban and rural customers throughout the country. NRG has installed thirteen rooftop systems ranging from 300W-4KW, mostly in schools, clinics, hospitals, private homes, and other small businesses.
Intern responsibilities: IIP Interns will be able to choose their projects based on their skills and background. Examples of current projects include:
- Research and Development: as part of the team, the intern will collect information from our field staff, understand issues, and help identify and develop a solution to these problems. The intern will also have to consider the financial feasibility, logistics of the supply chain, from purchase to delivery, to after sales maintenance of the solutions.
- IT and Software Solutions: This project focuses on the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up on the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution over time. Specific tasks under this project include improving the website and database, developing mobile apps, applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern will assists project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will help identify ways to improve engineering processes, design tools and be involved in different phases of the project.
- Business Development: The intern will spend more time with the managers and director understanding the business and looking at the business model, supply chain, marketing strategy, financial planning, to help the business be more effective and sustainable.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering, as well as renewable energy, business, marketing/communications, fundraising, accounting, and/or web development are encouraged to apply. Experience in Solar Energy Specific software, web programming, CRM software, financial modeling, or marketing would also be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I researched existing published policy on access to energy in Cambodia; Met with different levels of government to get updated information on policy and updates on implementation of policy and projects. Met with local and multinational organizations to understand challenges in current policy, and changes. Analyzed government structures and policy to advise on best ways for the private sector can have a larger say in the development of new policies and to create public-private partnerships to help with the implementation of this policy...I learned a great deal in a very short time given the unique nature of the startup. From my project, I learned how to conduct research in a foreign country (which is not as easy as going to Firestone), how to connect with government officials and how to understand the challenges and changes in renewable energy policy in a developing country. I think most of my learning has come in the form of interacting with colleagues/my supervisor in the office, with regard to how a startup or any business operates and how to delegate responsibilities and accomplish goals. Intern #2: I developed an app for the sales team here. It is for use during initial client visits, so that the team can record data efficiently, and give an immediate price estimate to the client. This will save the team the two weeks it takes them now to generate a quote from a handwritten report, both saving the team time and presenting a more professional service for the client. I advised NRG on choosing a client relations and sales management software to streamline their business processes. This involved comparing existing software in terms of price and functionality to help decide what best fits NRG's current and future needs. More importantly, I worked with NRG's head of business development to chart in detail the workflow and organizational structure of the business...I learned technical skills through building the app for NRG (this isn't really something Princeton teaches). I also learned a lot about the culture of a startup, and the dedication that it takes to make something truly great with limited financial resources...Culturally, I learned to be more patient: patient with my surroundings, because things don't always run entirely smoothly here, and patient with myself, because for as much as I'm learning, there's always more to learn. Intern #3: I was assigned a few projects: One potential project that I worked on aimed to replace the diesel generators in ten battery charging stations in rural communities. It was an application based process in which the project would be partially subsidized. However, the deadline was too soon and we weren't hearing back from our suppliers that we could not follow through with the project. In the end, I summarized our findings and design decisions in a report should the company pursue a similar type of project in the future. Then, I was assigned a new project - an off-grid solar system for a mobile container office. I presented the design in an initial proposal for this project. I also prepared energy consumption profiles. My next project was focusing on helping prevent overuse in the solar home kits. I tested batteries to find a correlation between voltage readings and state of charge/hours of use, and figured out which parameters of the charge controller to program in order to prevent overconsumption. Doing so would extend the life of these solar kits by several years and prevent customers from demanding replacement kits back when we had no way to prove that they were overusing it and killing the batteries. As a result, the new solar kits that they sell will provide a much more sustainable solution…Through these projects I learned a ton about how to properly size solar systems and significantly improved my skills in Excel. Intern #4: I was a business development intern. I worked to improve NRG's business operations/implement PAYG technology. I learned a lot about emerging solar technologies/business models and wrote a report on it.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Location: Paris, France
About: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum where governments work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization. The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. They measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment.They analyze and compare data to predict future trends. They set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. They also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. They compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age. They work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee. The common thread of their work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the well being of all citizens.
Intern Responsibilities: The intern will participate in the activities of the editorial and rights unit; more particularly she/he will assist in the preparation of the Frankfurt bookfair and of the Rights catalogue. This will include:
- Collecting information from the authors and editors on selected publications; editing of short descriptive texts; gathering the core information; preparing the word files for each title; coordinating with the production department for the design and production of the catalogue. This is an opportunity to learn about book publishing in a friendly environment, working closely with editors.
- She/he will also assist in organizing the appointments with the publishers at the Frankfurt bookfair; prospecting new publishers for foreign editions of OECD publications. She/he will be requested to use the Rights database and other internet tools for this task.
- She/he will also be requested to read and evaluate manuscripts and book proposals, assisting in preparing manuscripts for production. She/he will also attend weekly editorial board meetings.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in publishing, economics and philosophy are encouraged to apply. A good knowledge of French is highly recommended.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1 - My chief work responsibility was assembling three catalogues of OECD publications: the Key Titles Catalogue 2015, the Rights Catalogue 2015, and the Frankfort Book Fair Catalogue. In order to assemble these catalogues, I contacted and set up meetings with publishers to discuss book specifications and priority titles. I was also responsible for helping to write promotional blurbs for the publications. In addition to my work on the catalogues, I have done various proofreading and copy-editing tasks. These tasks consisted of critically reading soon-to-be-published manuscripts and providing content-based feedback. In addition, my colleague and I were responsible for condensing the OECD's 500-page Education at a Glance publication into a 100-page Highlights version that is more accessible to the public. This task involved selecting, editing, and and proof-reading text. Finally, I was responsible in documenting the OECD's Working Paper publications. Intern #2: I noted discrepancies between and errors in different versions of legal documents, mostly in English and occasionally in French. I helped prepare the Key Titles 2016 Catalogue by compiling information about publications from an internal database and the OECD iLibrary, contacting editors for updated materials, and manipulating elements in Word and Excel. I edited manuscripts to improve their clarity, concision, and level of conformity with the OECD Style Guide. I also executed several open-ended projects designed to articulate, standardize, and centralize the OECD's guidelines, such as for the peer review process and the publication requirements of short documents...I learned that publication involves an extremely high number of moving parts and people. While editing, I considered a new type of audience and publication style to maximize access to and interest in research-oriented reports. I also practiced triaging and grouping my recommendations, a procedure that hones my analytical thinking skills as I rank the relative importance of various mistakes and diagnose patterns characterizing authors' errors. In terms of human psychology, I observed how my supervisors balance critical feedback with the need to address authors and editors diplomatically, so I am adopting new methods of working with people in an effective and constructive manner. I also learned interesting facts about politics, economics and every domain of society from reading OECD reports in the course of editing them.
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|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: OECD - France|
Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project
Location: Khayelitsha, South Africa
About: Philani has an integrated comprehensive health program with home and clinic based maternal and child health interventions, preschools, skills and income generating programs alongside scholarship, orphans, and building programs. Interns at Philani Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Project will work in Khayelitsha, an African township 25 km from Cape Town city center. Interns will be part of a team committed to the work of improving the health and welfare of women and children in destitute communities on the outskirts of Cape Town.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will edit and manage the Philani website, write newsletters and life stories for reports and funding proposals, help to manage monitoring, evaluation and research programs, work with women in the skills training and development programs to design and develop new products for income generation, assist the manager of the preschool and child development programs, and/or assist the manager of the health and wellness programs.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in nutrition, social services and global/public health are encouraged to apply. Skills in grant writing and program development would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1- I assisted in designing and implementing a client satisfaction survey for Philani's Mentor Mothers Program which sends community health workers into the field. I randomly sampled clients to be surveyed and will record and analyze the data for results. This survey was for the Department of Health, but was also useful to Philani in assessing their program. I also created an updated directory of referral organizations for Philani. I called shelters for battered women, crisis pregnancy clinics, foster care homes, and mental health centers, to name a few, and ask about their services and referral process. Many of Philani's clients may benefit from the services offered at these organizations so a complete directory will put to good use.Another side project of mine is helping to create a database for all of the Mentor Mothers' clients. Most of Philani's documents are in paper form and not digitized, so this is the first big step of many in making Philani function more efficiently. Intern #2: We have tested and organized all the keys in the facilities. We have filed and archived documents for various employers. We have filed all closed folders from this year and those left over from the past few years for the Mentor Mother Program. I have captured all the cases (both Open and Closed) in the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program onto the computer database and organized and filed these cases. I have also captured all cases in the OVC Program Book, bringing the system up to date, and made suggestions on how to file incoming cases efficiently. We have created a flow diagram reviewing the point of sale and stock control system of Philani's Income Generation Project. We used this information to help us conduct a cost analysis of the program and advise on strategies to further improve the Income Generation Project in the upcoming weeks. We have assisted with Philani's Medication Stock Control by recording all medications purchased and distributed by the organization in the past few years. We have researched methods for conducting a coverage survey for the Mentor Mother Program and written a lengthy report detailing the benefits of conducting such a survey and our recommendations of how to do so, using the latest techniques and software which are being utilized by similar NGO's worldwide. Finally, we have edited and prepared the Mentor Mother database for statistical analyzation. I learned to see my time here as not "what I can get out of this organization" but "what I can give to this organization" based on their needs as a volunteer. It seemed that what this organization needs is time and greater organization and efficiency, so I am focusing on creating as much order as possible and getting to know the women here well. Intern #3:We have organized closed files from the Mentor Mother program, organized and tested keys for the entire complex, archived files for some of the employees, brought the Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) database up to date, and captured the medication orders and stock for the last two years. We have also made a flow chart of the point of sale and stock control for the Income Generation Project and plan to advise on ways to improve that program. We have also given advice on items that the project is looking to purchase such as a projector to use used for a "mini movie theater," a vending coffee machine for the visitors, and a system of cloud storage for the employees to back up their files. Additionally, we researched numerous coverage survey methods. I wrote a report, detailing the survey methods of SQUEAC and SLEAC. We are currently working on reorganizing the entire Mentor Mother database in order to get it into a condition that can be used to analyze the information in the database and obtain statistics. We will then analyze the organized data and hope to get results in a way that we can advise on new programs in order to target a specific condition. I am learning to be patient. I have also had to be patient in working with the data and the organization of it and of the employees. Additionally, the start to looking at the data relationships forced me to refresh my knowledge of R. I also learned about ways of testing program coverage and hotspots for malnutrition.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
Philani Intern #1
Philani Intern #2
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).
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project|
Pratham Education Foundation
Location: Mumbai or Delhi, India
About: Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today they reach out to millions of children living both in rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. The Pratham team comprises of educationists, development professionals, media personnel, corporates, workers, activists, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of our children.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to specific projects that Pratham is implementing in education and social services.
Qualifications: IIP candidates interested in a career in international development, education, or the nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: My main focus was to create and pilot a system to evaluate the quality and understand the specific strengths and challenges of Pratham Institute’s vocational skilling programs. In order to this, I created surveys and administered them at local centers during my site visits. In addition to this pilot system, I also did quantitative analysis of the center, looking at cost utilization, capacity utilization, and enrollment numbers. These numbers helped inform ways of improving efficiency in the programs. Lastly, I wrote case studies on successful students and helped update their website. Intern #2: My main project was creating a life-skills curriculum that would be taught to all the students as a part of their vocational training course, in order to increase the employment retention rate of the students after they have been placed with a partner organization. Through research, I compiled a number of activities that would make this curriculum more interactive among the students. This curriculum included skills such as self-confidence, gender sensitization, and knowing the rights of employees. In addition to my main project, my work responsibilities included traveling to other Pratham vocation training centers and writing case studies of students, and creating and implementing anonymous feedback from the students. I am learning that understanding the culture is important in interacting with students and with colleagues. Even for my project at work, I learned that cultural nuances make a difference in terms of curriculum content. My work has created a life-skill curriculum that instructors in different verticals (hospitality, healthcare, electrical, beauty, construction, automotive) of the organization can use for their students' training. Before this curriculum, all the instructors had used different resources for teaching soft-skills. Now with this comprehensive curriculum, Pratham can ensure that all the instructors are using a curriculum that includes the most important skills that are essential for the students' success during employment. My feedback analysis is being used to improve the courses. The feedback surveys that I have created can be used at other Pratham centers by my colleagues and future interns.
View a powerpoint by a past intern:
Pratham Education Foundation Intern #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Pratham Education Foundation|
PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
About: PRICELESS-SA is a program to enable smart decisions about health investments in South Africa. The intent is to provide information that will improve the manner in which resources are allocated and priorities are set for individual interventions, clinical services and heath technologies that affect population health. As certain risk factors of diseases in South Africa are responsible for the highest burden of disease, having an understanding of which effective interventions can be used to address some of these high burden conditions with scarce resources could have considerable impact on population health. The aim of the initiative, launched in 2009 is to generate and support the development of evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently. In performing this research, they engage with policymakers and strive to strengthen expertise in this. Analyses and evaluations are led by staff of the Secretariat and based on available secondary data.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP interns will work with a research team on topics that may include maternal and child health interventions and chronic non-communicable diseases (including vascular disease, diabetes, HIV) with a specific focus on strengthening the delivery of interventions at the primary health care level and the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. The focus of the work is on the role/use of cost effectiveness and related evidence-based approaches in setting priorities for health interventions and maximizing their impact. Intern responsibilities would include undertaking systematic reviews of the literature to find data for use in burden of disease and cost-effectiveness studies; contributing to burden of disease analysis (using GBD methodology) for chronic diseases; finding and extracting data for costing of health care programs and interventions in South Africa; grant-writing; and assisting with cost-effectiveness analysis.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in global health, development, economics, anthropology, sociology, and//or political science are encouraged to apply. Strong qualitative, quantitative and communication skills would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): My first assignment was a report for the WHO on the recent salt regulations passed by the South African Department of Health. I had to gather information through literature review and report on the process of creating the regulation and provide recommendations for other African countries who may soon follow in South Africa's steps. My next assignment involved looking at the correlation between fast-food/soft-drink advertisements and obesity in the Soweto Township. I underwent fieldwork by recording every single target advertisement and its corresponding GPS coordinates to map out the advertisement density in a 25 km area in Soweto. Intern # 2: My first project was focused on the analysis of burden of disease and associated risk factors, for which I wrote a chapter as part of a larger report by my research team that aims to use South African government's fiscal instruments to reduce consumption of unhealthy food and commodities to improve population health in South Africa. My second project looked at patient advocacy groups, government's experience and resource allocation on public health, and how to involve patients in priority settings in health. I learned a lot about the health landscape, disease burden, and responsible risk factors in South Africa. I also learned about the healthcare system of South Africa, its progress in improving health in the past and the many challenges it needs to address in the future.
View a Powerpoint presentations by past IIP interns:
PRICELESS Intern #1
PRICELESS Intern #2
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).
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health|
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
About: 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. This placement provides IIP interns with the opportunity to understand how social enterprises work. 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. The mission of Stiftung Solarenergie (StS) Philippines is to combat rural poverty by providing all off-grid villages with access to innovative technology solutions powered by solar energy. 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. As a social enterprise, our approach is inherently hybrid in nature. The company 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.
StS Philippines is at a crucial stage of its evolution. We continue to pilot with new products and systems while replicating and scaling up successful innovations. Interns will join a dynamic working environment in which they will assume significant responsibilities and gain the opportunity to support ongoing community development work at the grassroots level.
Intern Responsibilities: Summer internships directly support our mission of empowering rural communities through the deployment of solar solutions. Typical projects include:
- Marketing and communications: Improving website, editing video testimonials, preparing program brochures and fundraising materials/grant applications, preparing training materials
- Impact assessment: executing solar user forums and surveys, preparing impact assessment reports
- Product assessment and deployment: assessing and summarizing technical performance of new solar products, developing new solutions and product packages, deploying products in field and conducting user feedback sessions
- Financial analysis: Updating business plans
- Partner and donor database management: Building and updating community partner and donor databases
- Market research/mapping: Updating electrification data and maps (households, schools, clinics, etc without electricity), preparing additional GIS mapping data sets (e.g., health, poverty, water availability, etc), building GPS system for tracking solar deployments
- Supporting programs and campaigns: Over the summer, the interns will support and participate in active programs (e.g., Light for Education, Light for Health, Light for Life, etc) and campaigns (e.g., Sail for Light, Dive for Light, etc).
- Preparation of training materials and operations manuals: The interns will help develop and write training materials and operations manuals that will be utilized for training our partners and scaling up.
Qualifications: IIP candidates interested in economic and community development, environment, technology and social enterprises are encouraged to apply. Online media, graphic design, and video editing skills would be an asset but are not required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of previous IIP interns): Intern #1: 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. Intern #2: I worked on the Light for Health program, which aims at providing solar energy to birthing centers in rural areas. I created an excel sheet where I input all the information from clinics who want to participate in the program, as well as NGOs and local government units that have recommended them. I worked on creating the program manual, where consecutive stages of the process are described in detail. I was asked to help with technical calculations for a solar electric system which the Department of Education has requested from the organization for computer labs they want to introduce at 6000 schools in the country. I ended up consulting the calculations, adjusting them, and sitting through the meeting with the Department's representatives, which was an amazing experience. I learned quite a bit about how a social venture functions in a developing country, and how much work is required on the community level to make the foundation's work sustainable. Intern #3: I created infographic materials for solar hub; created operations manual for solar hub and evaluated solar hub sites. I also created all of the forms and guidelines for this new section to run and function. Through this experience, I learned startup logistics, form creation and business modeling.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Stiftung Solarenergie, Philippines|
The Tushita Foundation
Location: Jaipur, India
About: The Tushita Foundation is a trust created by the founders of Tushita Travels with the objective to promote betterment in the living conditions of the less fortunate in India. The project's inception has its roots in the realization of the widening gap between the have and the have-not in the country, so that the Tushita Travel has decided to contribute its knowledge, energy and resources striving to improve the situation. In 2009, the Tushita Foundation has acquired a house in the village of Amber, close to Jaipur, one of the major tourists centers in Rajasthan to which the Foundation wanted to show its recognition. The Tushita Foundation believes that given a proper education and opportunities, everyone can have a chance to succeed in a developing country.
Intern Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching the children who are ages 5 to 15 years old, and specifically working on one or more of the projects below. IIP interns will also be tasked with finding creative pathways to develop the Foundation's activities aimed at empowering the children.
- Project 1:The major objective of the Tushita Foundation is to teach English to the children and the teachers by using both traditional methods and more creative ones. IIP candidates will teach grammar, creative writing, and public speaking with proper pronunciation and will have the opportunity to propose a project of interest based on their personal skills and passions in one of the following fields: Humanities: Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy; Anthropology, Classics, History, Law; Religious Science, Sociology, Psychology; Performing Arts and Visual Arts: Theater, Music, Dance, Drawing, Architecture, Painting, Film; Health, Nutrition and physical activities; and Geoscience, Ecology, Engineering. Teaching the teachers will assure that the work the IIP intern will do with the children will become sustainable.
- Project 2: Recently the Tushita Foundation has decided to develop a program on health care including the role of good nutrition and physical activities. The program so far consists of a doctor visit 4 times a year in order to check the children general health status. Simultaneously the Foundation is looking to hire a nurse to take care and follow the health status of the children. The nurse will also teach them the importance of a good health care and nutrition according to the traditional habits of the local community and will educate the teenagers, especially the girls, on how to manage and accept their physical changes at puberty. IIP candidates with interest in the nutrition science and health care could develop a project that will reinforce the work of the nurse. IIP candidates could also implement some sport projects using the wonderful playground/obstacle course that the Foundation has acquired for the well being of the children.
- Project 3: The Tushita Foundation is also very concerned about ecology and therefore is interested in IIP candidates who have a background in environmental studies to teach the benefits of ecosystems. Projects that would address the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment would be of high interest for children and community. The main objective of this project would be to help the students gain awareness of their environment, learn how to manage our natural resources, and protect human health.
Qualifications: Interest in teaching various subjects, artistic skills like music, theater or singing would be an asset. As would an interest in teaching health care and nutrition, as these topics are good vectors to teach English and life skills to the children and the teachers. IIP candidates with interests in education, social responsibility and international development are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP Intern): I taught at the Foundation and worked with the local teachers to improve their spoken English and provide fun entertaining classes for the children who come to the foundation. I completed a musical performance involving 150 kids that began with a group of 30 teenagers who performed their own original musical. I learned so much about Indian culture...Times aren't as firm, plans change a lot. There was sometimes a cultural barrier in how we were able to communicate which was something I both realized and tried to remember…I felt I made a positive change in the lives of the children I taught at the foundation. For one thing, the lessons I was able to provide made learning much more fun than what they are used to. If anything I hoped I gave the local teachers more ideas and tools that they can use to teach at the foundation…The great part about the Tushita foundation is that you can bring pretty much any creative project and show it to the kids and it makes a difference.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Tushita Foundation India|
Women’s Microfinance Initiative
Location: Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, Uganda
About: Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization that provides 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.
Intern responsibilities: 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.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in small business development, micro-finance and education are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: 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. Intern #2: We created four videos for the organization to demonstrate the impact of the loan program in an interesting and comprehensive way. I learned about the impact of microloans in a rural area here in Uganda and the practical skills of video editing on iMovie. I also learned about the challenges and strategies of obtaining good footage and audio quality in the shots we took. Intern #3: I was mainly responsible for making videos for the organization to show the impact it has brought to the community. We filmed and interviewed our program participants a lot and edited the footages...I learned a lot about the concept of micro-finance and I saw how a well organized NGO can change the community for the better. I also gained a lot of video-editing skills.
View powerpoint presentations by past interns:
Women's Microfinance Initiative Intern #1
Women's Microfinance Initiative Intern #2
World Wildlife Fund Madagascar
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
About: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a NGO that has become a leading environmental organization in the world with more than 1,300 conservation projects underway around the world. WWF teams up with local non-profit agencies and global NGOs to form relationships with village elders, local councils, and regional government offices. The major project of the Madagascar office is the Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Areas Network Project. The project’s overall goal is to contribute to the maintenance of the biodiversity in marine and coastal resources of the Western Indian Ocean marine eco-region through a coherent regional network of effectively managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Intern responsibilities: Intern responsibilities may include developing marketing and communications content, writing articles and reports for different audiences, contributing to the development of communication goals, objectives, events and action plans, assisting in translation, and potentially managing communications projects.
Qualifications: Candidates should have interests in biology and journalism. IIP candidates with interest in communications, journalism, environmental education, conservation and/or biology are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in French would be an asset, as would skills in writing, video-editing, and content management systems.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I interned in the communications department. My responsibilities included translations of small news articles written by the department from French into English. I also re-organized the country program's photo database. Other duties included creating templates for thank-yous to donors as well as other rewards promised to them, doing research on email marketing services, promoting an upcoming book which will be released by the organization and editing website content. Intern #2: During my internship, I worked on the first Annual Report produced by this office, updated fact sheets about WWF priority landscapes, worked on social media, posted and edited blog material. I've learned specific skills like using Adobe InDesign and figuring out CMS.
View PowerPoints (.pdf) by past IIP interns:
WWF Intern #1
WWF Intern #2
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture
Location: Anhui Province, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
About: Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture was established by two pioneers in modern architecture education in China. There are three undergraduate programs: architecture, urban planning, and landscape, among which urban planning is designated as the national specialty. The school has nine subsidiary institutes together with an innovative national research team for architectural environment and energy consumption control theory in West China, a key lab for architecture technology in West China, and the Shaanxi Research Center of Monuments and Sites Reservation Engineering and Technology. The school maintains the leading position in the following areas of research: human settlement in vulnerable areas in West China, human settlement of underprivileged people, and cultural heritage preservation. In partnership with Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation, they are working to create sustainable infrastructure for bridges in rural communities in Western China. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong that encourages volunteers, especially university student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland China, to build footbridges and village facilities in remote and poor villages in the Mainland with green concepts.
Intern responsibilities: In partnership with local volunteers, IIP interns will contribute to areas of investigation, design study, experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision, so as to explore and demonstrate a suitable way towards ecological architecture suitable for China's poor rural regions. Throughout the project, IIP interns will need to understand the local livelihood, culture and environment; fully utilize local materials; and work closely with villagers to transfer practical skills and knowledge so that the villagers can take charge of maintenance work in the future. Over the past few years, the Foundation has successfully completed multiple bridge projects and one postquake village re-building demonstration.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in architecture and civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Since the earth-based technology is easy to handle, IIP interns can participate not only in the design scheme, construction experiments, and on-site design during construction, but also parts of construction work.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I helped with the construction of a village center in a village called Macha in the Gansu Province. There were there master's students from Xian who are in charge and I assisted them. Intern #2: We worked on repair and aesthetic improvements to the facade of many of the buildings at the Macha Village Complex in the Gansu Province. We also went to Guanxi and helped refurbish an old building to be used as a common space. Responsibilities were similar: providing labor and design recommendations. This experience has taught me many things about sustainable design and how to use earth's natural resources to create modern buildings. I learned simple ways of doing things with out the use of modern appliances. I also learned a great deal about Chinese architecture from the past and present. Intern #3: My work responsibilities coincided closely with the Macha village project. I worked on site to help contribute to the construction of the project. I helped to repair rammed earth walls and worked to improve the overall appearance of the building complex as it gets close to completion. Aside from the Macha project I also worked on a renovation project near Guilin in the Guangxi Province. It aimed to take a traditional dwelling and turn it into a exhibition hall that would then serve as a village center. On site we were able to help with small construction tasks and contribute ideas. Due to the nature of the old site and difficulties in finding materials locally there was much collaboration and brainstorming that needed to be done. We learned about the vitality and resilience of rammed earth technology, an ancient yet seemingly forgotten architectural practice that is key to attaining environmental sustainability in rural villages that are becoming increasingly reliant on fossil-fuel-burning modern technologies. Princeton's curriculum is often very theoretical in nature, forcing students to consider the "why?" in many situations. Our ability to provide input allowed us to help steer the project managers toward adhering its original mission and intent: providing an example of a modern building (in aesthetics and amenities) that exemplifies the usage of rammed earth technology.
View PowerPoint presentations from past IIP interns:
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #1
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #2
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #3
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #4
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