IIP Internships in Finance, Economics and Marketing
IIP offers two types of summer international internships: IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs.
IIP Placements: When you apply to an IIP Placement, you are applying to work at a specific organization within the parameters of the work responsibilities described on our website by the employer and past interns. Therefore, your personal statement should address why you are interested in that specific organization/placement.
IIP-IN Programs: IIP-IN Programs are our new internship programs managed by in-country providers. Each IIP-IN program offers placements in various areas of interest. When you apply to an IIP-IN program, you will not know which organization you will be paired with or the specific work responsibilities. Your personal statement should instead address why you want to work in that country, and in a general area of interest (listed under each IIP-IN description). You will then be interviewed by the in-country staff, and based on that conversation with you, they will find a placement that matches your skills and customize it to your interests.
IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs both lead to internships in specific organizations abroad.
Please note that IIP internships need to be 8 consecutive weeks. The dates will be agreed upon by you and your employer.
IIP Placements in Finance, Economics and Marketing
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab|
Agricultural Trade Office, Shanghai (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 still a developing 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. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Agricultural Trade Office - Beijing|
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.
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Bioversity Malaysia|
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Bioversity Nepal|
Cartesian Capital Group
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Cartesian Capital Group is a global private equity investment firm with more than $2 billion in assets under management. With offices in New York, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Warsaw, and Istanbul, they invest globally—with a deep focus on the world’s emerging markets. They invest in a wide range of industries and situations with the single objective of generating superior returns by helping closely-held businesses grow. The IIP intern will be responsible for a range of analytical activities including financial analysis, market analysis, due diligence, and more. This IIP internship will provide an intellectually challenging exposure to Cartesian Capital Group's investment philosophy, strategy, and discipline; a close look at companies in different sectors, and some travel in the region and possibly outside the region. This placement is appropriate for IIP candidates with strong analytic skills (not limited to financial skills; analytic skills from natural or social sciences or other disciplines are also relevant), a passion for learning, independent thinking, and a sense of collaboration. Skills in Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and/or Turkish would be an asset, as would skills in financial modeling. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Cartesian Group|
Location: Paris, France
About: CityTaps is a social startup based in Paris. Their vision is to bring running water to every home, for ever. Today, about 750M urban poor lack the basic comfort of running water at home in the developing world. CityTaps believes that running water in the home is a source of health, economic opportunity and dignity, particularly for women and girls who bear the majority of the burden associated with daily water chores. Their solution to this vexing problem has 3 components: new technology, community development, and business innovation. CityTaps believes in questioning assumptions in a respectful, fast-paced, and fun environment. Their company is looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who want to work to serve the poor and make a positive difference in the world.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Electronic and software design of a connected water meter - The IIP intern will work closely with the CTO to develop software and electronic components of a new generation robust water metering system targeted at developing country environments. Tasks that the IIP intern might be involved in include: software programming (cloud), embedded programming (electronic chips), design of radio communications, mobile payment systems, prototyping, and industrialization, all with an emphasis on reliability, security and cost reduction.
- Hydraulic design of a connected water meter - The IIP intern will work closely with the CTO and CEO to design (from the hydraulic perspective) the metering components of the water metering system targeted at developing country environments. Tasks that the student might be involved in include: mechanical design, CAD drawings, fluid mechanics calculations, prototyping and industrialization all with an emphasis on reliability, security and cost reduction.
- Grant writing and research, and other writing/research - The IIP intern will work closely with the CFO to help CityTaps apply for grants and to perform necessary research related thereto. Specific tasks could include: developing a paper about the ‘theory of change’ for CityTaps; writing grant applications; performing market evaluation studies, including competition, similar projects in the developing world, etc. and helping develop a social impact strategy.
Qualifications: For the engineering related placements, IIP candidates with interests in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or computer science are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in embedded systems, programming, mechanics, plastics, robotics, fluid mechanics modeling, and/or CAD design would be an asset. For the grants writing and research placement, IIP candidates with interests in international development, political science, economics and/or public policy are encouraged to apply. Experience in writing, research and specific experience in grant and proposal writing would be an asset. For all placements, French language skills would be a plus, as would the knowledge of any African language.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: CityTaps|
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Endeavor - Argentina|
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Endeavor - Chile|
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Endeavor - Egypt|
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Eurofish is an international organization established to assist the development of fisheries and aquaculture in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on post-harvest fisheries and aquaculture industries. Eurofish contributes to the development of fisheries and the aquaculture sector through the publication of marketing and industry related information in the Eurofish Magazine, Eurofish website, Eurofish Magazine website, as well as through the organization of conferences, workshops and seminars, business–to–business meetings and by executing a variety of projects in the fields of trade and market, processing and aquaculture. The key objectives of Eurofish are to contribute to the sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector; promote trade of high quality, value-added fishery products; and facilitate the transfer of information and knowledge. IIP interns with Eurofish may have any of the following responsibilities: assisting in the preparation of market studies; writing project applications in the field of fisheries; performing IT/web design/ maintenance and database management; assisting in promotion and communication activities; conducting market research and socio-economical studies; research various sales and promotional agencies/ institutions and perform other duties as required. IIP candidates with interests in marketing, business administration, economics, journalism; project management and/or computer science are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Eurofish|
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. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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: Update 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: Develop programs to systematically reformat, analyze and incorporate data from different UN databases into the FAO STAT Database in Pesticides. Develop programs to systematically process questionnaires from member countries. Analyze past data. Intern 4: Cleaning data sets, generating new variables using STATA to find insight about small family farms. / Compiling 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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations|
Location: Mumbai, India
Forbes India is the India office of Forbes business magazine. The magazine features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. This IIP internship provides interns with an excellent opportunity to gain a good sense of what it is like to be a journalist in India, especially in the business sector. IIP interns work in the office and in the field. IIP intern responsibilities include: researching topics and content for articles, writing and editing articles for the magazine and blog, attending press conferences and launches, and interviewing people for stories. IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Conducting interviews. Writing for the magazine. Doing research. Learning graphic design. Traveling Mumbai. Wearing the shoes of a journalist.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Forbes India|
Location: Paris, France
Hystra is a global consulting firm that helps corporations, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and public sector actors design hybrid strategies for sustainable change. They work with businesses and social sector pioneers to design, scale, and execute sustainable strategies that combine the insights and resources of business and citizen sectors to profitably eradicate social and environmental problems. The responsibilities of an IIP intern will include researching and analyzing best practices on market-based approaches serving the BoP, preparing and conducting expert interviews (social entrepreneurs, business leaders, NGO managers, etc.), reviewing and analyzing social enterprise business plans, preparing and presenting proposals and clients' documents, actively participating in meetings, and other assignments as needed. IIP candidates with prior consulting experience, an international experience in a developing country, a proven interest in social enterprise and a deep commitment to solving social issues are encouraged to apply. French and/or additional languages would also be an asset. Two placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns. More information about this internship is available in the IIP office.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Data base work ( about 70% of work): finding relevant projects to add to databases. The biggest project, Girls’ Empowerment, required analysis of over 300 ongoing projects. These projects were added to Excel with information on things like work, country, impact, reach, and business scale. Also worked on Sanitation, Nutrition, Environment, and biodigesters databases. Website redesign ( about 15%): transferring content from old site to new site and figuring out new layout. This was a one-timer deal, but future interns may be involved in basic site updating. Video editing (about 10%): Creating 5-minute videos from interviews with industry leaders. This involved overlaying interview footage with video and pictures taken from field studies. In-depth research (about 5%): Reviewing specific projects in detail and analyzing scholarly research for best practices.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Hystra|
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Asia | Impact Investment Shujog (Shujog) NEW!!
Location: Singapore, Singapore
IIX is a Singapore-based Social Enterprise (SE) dedicated to creating vibrant social capital markets in Asia Pacific. The company’s three investment capital-raising platforms allow SEs to raise capital by amplifying their social and environmental impact and giving them greater opportunities to scale and expand their work. IIX’s internship program focuses on developing and stimulating products and platforms that will create a more transparent and engaged marketplace for impact investments to take place. One IIP placement has been made available in one of the following departments.
- Investor Relations Team: Assist the Impact Partners team to conduct investor outreach and education. This will include direct engagement with investors, high-net worth individuals, and banks, so fluency in finance is needed. This individual will also work with and assess social enterprises to prepare them for Impact Partners listing (examining financial reports, business plans, understanding capital needs). Marketing deals listed on the platform will also be a key role.
- Social Enterprise/Issuer Team: Work with the Social Enterprise team on evaluating social enterprises, guiding them to become investor-ready and managing their capital raising processes. This work will include financial valuation, social impact assessment, process management, and building trusting relationships.
- Business Development Team: The IIX Business Development team initiates and cultivates important relationships and initiatives that will result in strategic partnerships. The business development team supports the development of new products, services, and projects that IIX is researching and/or test-launching. Outreach to build a local and regional network of ecosystem partners who will contribute and support the long-term sustainability of SEs will also be a critical role. Demonstrated project management skills are required in this role.
- Assessment and Research Team: Conduct research and analysis of the social enterprise sector in Asia. This includes country-wide, sector-specific or ecosystem-targeted research as well as broader policy perspectives. These research efforts culminate in published reports that are widely disseminated across the region. In addition, work closely on refining and implementing the Shujog Assessment, which helps social enterprises measure and communicate their social and environmental impact.
- Marketing and Communications Team: Work with the Shujog team to continue building strategic messaging and initiatives that promote the impact investing and social enterprise space in Asia. Work closely across all functions of both IIX and Shujog to continue building a cohesive and compelling story of how social capital markets will influence sustainable development in Asia.
- Business Development Team: Work with the Shujog Business Development team to initiate and cultivate important relationships and initiatives that will result in strategic partnerships with Shujog. Aid in promoting and developing Shujog products and services that fulfill a need in the social enterprise and impact investment community in Asia.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Impact Investment|
Indian Chamber of Commerce
Location: Kolkata, India
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), is looking for a suitable Intern who would be responsible for carrying out economic & social research activities and developing good quality reports focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy/eastern and northeastern parts of India. The interns should have a fair understanding of the global, Asian and Indian socio-economic scenarios and should be able to contribute significantly towards the framing of future forecasts and trends. They would be required to interact and network with relevant stakeholders in government, industry, media, social entrepreneurs, and civil society groups to understand issues of key importance and act as a catalyst in the process of change. Sound domain knowledge in areas such as agriculture and food processing, environment and climate change, IT and ITeS, banking, finance & capital markets, etc. would be an asset. Examples of possible projects would be: Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and Prospects; Study on SEZs in India: Issues with Land Acquisition, Best Practices, Recommendations; Sector-specific Reports primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, tourism, banking & financial Services, environment, agriculture etc. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Indian Chamber of Commerce|
Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Location: Amman, Jordan
Established in 2002, MESIS is an NGO based in Amman, Jordan. It is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan and Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Though it is a scientific organization, very few of the staff members are scientists by training. MESIS deals primarily with chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks. These risks are not only a result of deliberate actions but can be accidental or natural. This is why it is important that civil society is involved in addressing these risks. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts from government (military and civilian) or otherwise (academia and private sector) to raise awareness about these threats and build capacity to deal with them. Since these threats are cross-border by nature, MESIS also looks to promote regional cooperation in these areas, thereby promoting the role of science and technology collaboration in bringing people together. MESIS works on exciting and cutting edge issues that lie at the nexus of science and security issues. Examples include the development of a regional response plan for pandemic outbreaks/biohazard outbreaks/radiological accidents, the localization of best practices on nuclear security and the testing of infrasound technologies to be used for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty verification regime. This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP intern can be involved on a number of different issues. IIP interns will be assigned specific tasks but will also have a choice to pursue other work that is related to MESIS's mission. IIP work responsibilities will include: arranging, planning, and implementing major international conferences, training programs, and scientific experiments. The IIP intern’s involvement may cover budgeting, logistics, PR, or customer relations; developing funding proposals and meeting with prospective donors; arranging and/or attending high level meetings with local or foreign dignitaries; and preparing meeting material, presentations, and memos on specific topics of interest. IIP interns also may have the opportunity to work on one of the following three projects:
- Network for Radiation Monitoring- MESIS administers a network that seeks to develop common standards on radiation monitoring across the Middle East. It is important to develop such standards across the region and then try to raise them. MESIS manages this project which includes managing data sharing, hosting the website, managing communication between network members, and organizing its annual workshop. Aside from policymakers and scientists from the region, it includes participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, and the US Department of Energy, among others. An IIP intern could be involved in any number of activities on this project. This includes the content side such as being an official rapporteur for the annual workshop, designing the agenda for the year in consultation with donors, developing the metrics by which the workshop is assessed, or developing workshop reports and policy memos for regional partners in government and the Arab League. It may also include administrative tasks like managing the news and events section on the website, arranging logistics for the annual workshop (airlines, agenda, local transportation and other vendors), and managing budgets and price quotations.
- Site Assessment- MESIS manages a project to ensure that there are standards in place at facilities that use low-level radioactive sources. These include hospitals who used radioisotopes for cancer treatment and academic institutions that use radioactive sources to calibrate equipment. The idea behind the project is to ensure that the overlooked side of radiological and nuclear security (the soft underbelly) is not overlooked. An IIP intern could conduct site assessment visits with members of the staff, be responsible for developing the reporting and documentation of the site visits, and be involved in communicating with a variety of stakeholders.
- News for Stakeholders-MESIS tries to ensure that its website is constantly updated with news that is of interest to our stakeholders. An intern may be requested to research and write short pieces of news that might be of interest to our stakeholders and run the analytics for each story. This will help determine which stories to select in the future.
Previous IIP interns have helped implement major international conferences at MESIS. IIP candidates with a background in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, human or hard sciences, management, marketing, and a specific interest in science and technology or broader interest in the role that science and technology can play in furthering regional stability are encouraged to apply. Basic Arabic would be an asset but is not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Middle East Scientific Institute of Security Studies|
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Intern responsibilities: Interns will be able to choose their projects based on their skills and background. The projects listed below are examples of projects that are currently in progress:
- Research and Development: The intern will be part of the research and development team. This may involve taking information from our field staff, understanding the problems that people face, and trying to identify or 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 will have to do with the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution on over time. Specific tasks under this project could be as basic as improving the website and database, to more complicated tasks such as developing mobile apps and even applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern may assist our project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will be asked to help in any phase of the project and might be involved in different project at different phases at any given time. When not assisting the project manager in these tasks, the project engineer will be looking at ways to improve our engineering processes and design tools.
- 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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: NRG Solutions|
Location: Beijing, China
About: Octagon Worldwide is the recognized global thought leader in passion-based sports and entertainment content marketing. IIP interns will get hands-on experience dealing with client requests, execution, planning, creative strategy, presentations, and pitch proposal construction. Potential clients may include: MasterCard, Beijing Olympics 2022, Shanghai Disney, Ping An, and COFCO. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Qualifications: IIP Candidates with interests in China, communications industry, and sports as well as a background in one or more of the following areas: sports marketing, digital media, social media, advertising, communications, marketing, design and production, performing arts, consumer psychology and behavior, languages and/or entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. Skills in PowerPoint, video editing, copywriting, research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, social media account management and/or media relations would be an asset. Applicants must be fluent in Chinese (with basic Chinese writing skills).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Compile market research for various Chinese industries; Scout clients for potential business expansion and generate potential business partnerships for them; Help to create and edit decks for existing and potential clients. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Octagon|
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.
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PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health
This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
About: PRICELESS-SA is a country-based initiative based at the Wits School of Public Health. Its work is largely in the area of health economics, with a focus on economic evaluation and the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. Its main goals are: to ensure that priority setting for health care systems is based on good evidence; to support the development of specific evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing/scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently; and to develop local capacity to perform and interpret cost effectiveness analysis and related work. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities:The IIP interns will work with a dynamic research team on topics that 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. IIP 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 in low/middle income countries and particularly in economics, anthropology, or international relations are encouraged to apply. Strong quantitiative and communication skills and journalism experience would be an asset.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health|
Rogers Investment Advisors
Location: Tokyo, Japan
About: Rogers Investment Advisors (RIA) is an investment advisor firm. Through its affiliates, RIA offers a range of financial products and services including fund of hedge funds, hedge funds, a private equity seeding fund, and specialized hedge fund business consulting. Their team uniquely combines decades of buyside and sellside experience in Hedge Funds, Prime Brokerage and Asset Management. This enables a critical understanding of the key relationships for hedge funds including all of the major Prime Brokers, Administrators, Legal firms and software providers. RIA's differentiated backgrounds have been key factors in a track record of outperformance. Their business lines are: fund of hedge funds, hedge fund seeding, hedge fund platform services and business consulting. This IIP internship offering is a rare opportunity for a highly motivated person to gain an accurate overview of the hedge fund industry as well as to gain critical insights into the due diligence process that underpins the selection, analysis and construction of a successful hedge fund portfolio. RIA views their IIP interns as true team members and aim to ensure that they are given real and challenging opportunities to assist the growth of their business.
Intern Responsibilties: IIP interns will conduct research on hedge funds, business structuring and market opportunity assessments. IIP interns may also work on spreadsheet analysis, updating the client database, filing reports, and hedge fund industry-specific news gathering and assessment. Depending on their assessment of the selected IIP interns' skills at least one major project over the course of the IIP experience.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a strong interest in finance, particularly as regards Asia and an interest in the hedge fund industry are encouraged to apply. Chinese, Japanese or any other Asian language would be an asset but is not required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I designed a financial literacy program for NFL players and did research on pension funds. Intern #2: I worked on various financial models, automated and streamlined due diligence processes...I learned about the alternative investments industry. Intern #3: My responsibilities included research and data analysis. I worked on models for the MEMS microphone market and Intel corp...I learned how the hedge fund industry works.
View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Rogers Investment Advisors|
Smart Agricultural Analytics
Location: Beijing, China
About: Smart Agriculture Analytics is a business intelligence resource that evaluates China's market landscape for foreign agritech suppliers and investors. They enable leading agritech to successfully navigate this difficult market, opening new market channels while helping China's quickly modernizing agricultural system to move toward a sustainable model. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will be assigned to assist editorial staff with producing the weekly e-newsletters SAA Weekly and SAA Weekly Premium, to be distributed to suppliers of sustainable agricultural technology and investors of sustainable agritech who are based globally outside of China. Under the direction of the CEO and Managing Editor and in partnership with a local Chinese speaking intern, the IIP intern(s) will be responsible for the following scope of work duties:
- Monitoring news media and compiling relevant articles as relates to the business of agritech
- Remaining informed about Chinese government policy-making as relates to the business of agritech
- Participating in weekly editorial meetings to select articles to be included in SAA Weekly; helping with CN-EN translation, cataloging, writing English language summaries and doing key-point analyses of Chinese language articles
- Participating in review of final submissions from contributing editors
- Mapping out the Chinese media landscape as relates to agriculture business, agriculture policy, and agritech
- Helping develop strategy and timelines for editorial coverage of diverse geographies and issues in China
- Contributing to short- and long-term research projects for various White Papers
- In addition, intern may assist with web page development, web content management, database support, new media activities, electronic document management system (EDMS) projects.
View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
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IIP-IN Cambodia (UBelong)
This IIP internship is offered in partnership with UBelong. UBelong is an international organization devoted to bringing people together across borders to take action for positive change.
Area of Placement: Microfinance and income generation
Cambodia has recorded impressive economic growth in the last decade. The country has emerged from its violent recent history and moved from an isolated subsistence economy to a market-based one led by garment manufacturing and tourism. However, while jobs have been created at all levels of society, the wage gap is widening and the United Nations indicates that over 30 percent of the population remains below the national poverty line. One of the most effective tools to create opportunity for the poorest is to extend credit to poor entrepreneurs. When carried out as part of a well-planned campaign, microfinance can be the difference between an unstable temporary job and sustainable self-employment. IIP interns help design and manage microfinance activities, while contributing to the operations of the organization. As an internal consultant, they live in Phnom Penh and work in the city and surrounding areas. IIP interns generally work five-to-seven hours a day assisting a local community organization. They will edit and write reports, provide workshops to the local staff, and/or work with entrepreneurs on growing their business. The businesses range widely from food stalls to textile shops. Depending on local need, IIP interns partake in multiple facets of the income generation process, including evaluating loan applications, monitoring projects and overseeing repayment. Interns may also help implement community workshops going over topics like opening up a savings account and running a small business. IIP interns are also often involved on operational duties, including marketing, translating into English, and grant proposal writing. Moreover, some of the organizations have community schools and, if they wish, IIP interns can also teach English there a few hours per week.
Qualifications: The IIP candidate should have the flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the project, the creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources, and the cultural sensitivity to engage clients in a professional manner.
IIP-IN Madrid (Cultural Vistas)
In partnership with Cultural Vistas, IIP is offering an increased number of opportunities in Madrid, Spain! Each IIP-IN Madrid placement provides an excellent opportunity for interns to gain work experience abroad, improve their Spanish language skills, and experience Spanish life and culture firsthand.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
Grupo Cortefiel is one of Europe’s leading fashion retailers operating in the specialized chain segment. It is made up of four own brands: Cortefiel, Springfield, women'secret, and Pedro del Hierro and an outlet chain: Fifty Factory. Each brand has its own design team and sales and management structure.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP-IN Madrid interns will follow daily updates from treasury departments of Cortefiel subsidiaries, assist with inter-company loans, assist with Bank of Spain reports, learn about and utilize treasury department’s financial tools, analyze automation ratios for bank and company reconciliations, and provide general office support.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests/coursework in business, accounting, and finance are encouraged to apply. Intermediate or Advanced Spanish skills are highly recommended. Skills in MS Excel would be an asset.
IIP-IN Peru (UBelong)
This IIP internship is offered in partnership with UBelong. UBelong is an international organization devoted to bringing people together across borders to take action for positive change.
Area of Placement: Cultural enterprise development
The Cusco area offers enormous potential for cultural micro-enterprises, which are community organizations that promote local culture using business approaches. The main challenge facing cultural micro-enterprises in the developing world is their ability to simultaneously meet their social goals and remain economically viable. The project supports organizations that largely work with rural people to preserve traditional cultural practices by training and linking them to market opportunities in the city. IIP interns generally serve four to six hours a day at either a local organization that supports different communities in traditional textile production through training and marketing services, or at a community-based NGO on the outskirts of Cusco. IIP interns assist local staff with translation services, creating marketing materials, and other administrative duties. Ultimately, IIP interns may have the opportunity to work on a large variety of projects and activities.
Qualifications: An intermediate level of Spanish is required. IIP candidates should have the flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the organization, the creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources and the cultural sensitivity to engage visitors and clients in a professional manner.
IIP-IN Portugal (Lisbon Abroad)
In partnership with Lisbon Abroad, IIP is offering an increased number of opportunities in Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon Abroad provides meaningful and rewarding professional development internships that include cultural immersion activities. Each IIP-IN Portugal placement provides an excellent opportunity for interns to gain work experience abroad, improve their Portuguese language skills, and experience Portuguese life and culture firsthand. IIP-IN Portugal will provide customized placements to each accepted intern, depending on the intern's interests and qualifications. Not all placements will require Portuguese!Area of Placement: Energy and Utilities
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in a variety of energy and utilities related institutions. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Energy and Utilities) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
Galp Energia, a Petroleum energy company. Galp Energia focuses on the exploration, production, and distribution of gasoline, oil, natural gas; refineries and marketing in the retail and wholesale segments of the sector; the sale and distribution of natural gas; and the production of electricity. With two refineries and a network reaching 720 service stations, Galp Energia is Portugal’s leader in refining and marketing of oil products.
Qualifications: Students interested in marketing, engineering, economics, and finance are encouraged to apply. Basic Portuguese and/or Spanish skills are required.Area of Placement: Finance, Banking, Asset Management, and Consulting
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in several financial institutions. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Finance, Banking, Asset Management, and Consulting) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
3anglecapital, a European financial advisory firm with a specialized focus in facilitating and promoting cross-border investment flows and industrial strategies involving GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, Latin America ( Brazil and Colombia ), and West African countries ( UEMOA and CEMAC Regions ). 3anglecapital´s objective is to offer advisory fundraising and capital structuring to its corporate and institutional clients.
Intern responsibilities: Interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Merger & Acquisition: Reporting directly to Mr. Franquelim Alves (Previous Secretary of State), Managing Director of 3anglecapital, this IIP-IN Portugal intern will focus on Merger and Acquisition transactions. This intern will follow the current pipeline of transactions, participate in meetings and collaborate with the execution team. The benefits for this intern will be access to an overview of a M&A pipeline, providing a unique opportunity to participate at very senior meetings during which the intern can acquire negotiations skills.
- Organization – Reporting directly to Ms. Filipa Portela, this IIP-IN Portugal intern will coordinate the organization of the General Assemblies, Boards Meetings, and all other critical meetings of the institution.The intern will participate in all these events and will learn the process of organizing each meeting.
- Merger & Acquisition Execution – Reporting directly to Mr. Miguel Stapleton Garcia ( VP), this IIP-IN Portugal intern will work on a specific M&A process. The firm is currently focused on acquisitions in Africa (in the financial sector). This IIP-IN Portugal intern will participate as a Junior Analyst contributing to the acquisitions process. The benefits for the intern will be the opportunity to participate in a M&A process, while gaining exposure to the African environment.
Qualifications: Students interested in business, management, finance, and economics should apply. Work responsibilities will depend on finance and economics classes taken and general knowledge and experience in these fields. Portuguese skills are not required.
Banco Portguês de Investimento, a financial institution specializing in retailer banking, investment banking, insurance, and asset management. The commercial banking group Banco BPI has more than 1.4 million customers, individuals, businesses and institutions. Through its multi-channel distribution network of 674 branches and 30 investment centers, the bank specializes in home loans through a network of outside companies.
Qualifications: Students interested in business, management, finance, and economics should apply. Work responsibilities will depend on finance and econ classes taken and general knowledge and experience in these fields. Basic Portuguese and/or Spanish skills are required.
Santander Totta, a financial institution specializing in retailer banking, investment banking, and insurance, asset management. Founded in 1843, it is the fourth largest bank in Portugal.
Qualifications: Students interested in business, consulting and/or economics should apply. Work responsibilities will depend on finance and econ classes taken and general knowledge and experience in these fields. Basic Portuguese skills are required.
Area of Placement: Tourism, Restaurant and Hotel Management
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in a variety of tourism, restaurant and hotel management institutions.Tourism plays an increasingly important role in Portugal's economy, as it accounts for about 15% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Tourism, Restaurant and Hotel Management) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
Pestana Hotel Group, Portugal’s largest international tourism and leisure group and one of the largest in Europe. The Pestana brand consists of several different divisions including hotels and resorts, gaming, and travel.
Qualifications: Students interested in finance, management, consulting, communications and marketing should apply. Work responsibilities will depend on general knowledge and experience in these fields. Basic Portuguese and/or Spanish skills would be an asset.