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.
Agricultural Trade Office, Shanghai (Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA)
Location: Beijing and Shanghai, China
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. 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. Basic Mandarin is preferred, but not absolutely necessary. Two placements have been established, one in Beijing, one in Shanghai for International Internship Program (IIP) interns..
Ashoka Arab World
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. IIP interns in Ashoka’s Middle East/North Africa program (MENA)/Ashoka Arab World work in the Cairo office with professionals and entrepreneurs committed to supporting an influential civil society worldwide. IIP interns are expected to demonstrate Ashoka’s core values of applied empathy, entrepreneurship and collegiality, and commitment to innovation for the public. Ashoka Arab World seeks committed and professional IIP interns with whom it will work to tailor an internship that fits its needs while considering interns' interests and level of experience. IIP interns are typically placed within one of the following areas, although most IIP interns will assist in more than one area:
- Fellows Search and Selection Program: Assist in the search and selection of leading social entrepreneurs for the Ashoka Fellowship by identifying strong candidates and nominators. The intern will also assist candidates in the application process, conducting interviews, and field visits.
- Fellowship program: Assist Fellowship Team in maintaining relationships with Fellows by conducting field visits for a deeper understanding of the initiatives of social entrepreneurs and to maximize their reach and impact.
- Multimedia Program: Develop new multimedia materials (videos, photos, podcasts, etc.) about Ashoka Fellows. Document Ashoka's events and field visits in an innovative way and design AAW's roll-ups, banners, publications, etc.
- Diaspora Program: The Global Diaspora Initiative is one of Ashoka's fundraising strategies. Interns will be able to discover the ins and outs of strategic engagement building through doing research, building databases and other support work.
- Operations: Trouble shoot, multi-task, and learn how an NGO operates and recruits its team. Attention to detail and positive attitude are key!
- Translation: Assist in translating English-Arabic and/or Arabic-English AAW publications, in addition to updating the Arabic version of Ashoka Arab World website, in a way that reflects the organization's mission and vision clearly to both English and Arabic audiences.
- Development Program: Help achieve AAW’s development and fundraising plan, with a specific focus on research for: donors, partners and proposal writing, along with compiling a database of potential strategic partners.
These placements are recommended for IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, non-profit administration, political science, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and the Middle East region. Arabic language skills are an asset. Ten placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Banglalore, India
Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,500 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. Ashoka’s vision is to create a world in which “Everyone is a Changemaker.” Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns in each one of two Ashoka programs: their Venture and Fellowship Program and their Nourishing Schools Initiative:
- Venture and Fellowship Program: a program that selects changemakers (men and women with fresh insight into and analysis of how to fix a social problem with a relentless pursuit to obtain their vision) and then invests in these individuals and their respective ideas at the launch stage. The program also provides its fellows with access to a network of global social entrepreneurs who open doors for opportunities and collaboration. The IIP intern for this program will research and map the field identifying social entrepreneurs and nominators, design processes to strengthen the search process, write and document their work, participate in interviews, map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze the work of the fellows.
- Nourishing Schools Initiative: The Ashoka India Nourishing Schools initiative is focused on leveraging schools as a hub to improve the nutrition of families and communities. The initiative will improve nutrition by focusing on various dimensions such as improving the quality of midday meals, communicating nutrition messages through the curriculum and school design, increasing access to clean water and sanitation etc. The objective is to create a holistic package of interventions that can be implemented across schools. These interventions will also build the changemaking abilities of children and develop their ability to improve their own nutrition and the nutrition of their communities. They are scheduled to launch a pilot in Mahrashtra in January. This IIP internship would include (but not be limited to) the following: documenting the lessons from the pilot for sharing with various stakeholders; identifying partners from various sectors who can help build the initiative and organizing an Ashoka Fellow gathering in June to share the progress and plan the way forward.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): First, I worked with multiple stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sectors, including Ashoka’s teams in Colombia and Brazil, as well as architectural firms, urban planners, and cement producers throughout India to gain an understanding of self-construction practices around the world and global barriers to entry in the market. Second, I conducted detailed analyses of five primary international cases and developed original models of market engagement within the Indian context. Third, I used this background to assess and segment the Indian self-construction market, valued at roughly 720 billion rupees, and presented my findings, as well as my stakeholder-based entry strategies, to the team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write marketing materials.
Location: New Delhi, India
Breakthrough (BT) is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take action for dignity, equality, and justice. BT seeks to empower individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights by using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds. Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice. IIP interns will be assigned to one of the following projects. The first project is on the Research and Development team. This IIP intern will support the team by conducting secondary research on the topics of: gender, human rights, sexuality, gender based selection and violence again women, and will work closely with the Communications and R&D Department in developing audience specific communication material. The second project is in the area of digital communications. This IIP intern will post blogs, manage and update Facebook, Twitter and other social media campaigns, and will produce social media reports that include metrics. IIP candidates for this placement should be interested in writing on social issues. Good Hindi speaking and reading skills are recommended. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: New Delhi, India
CanSupport is a palliative care organization working since 1996 with cancer patients at different stages of cancer. Its home-based palliative care program is the pioneering model in North India for holistic care of people facing advanced cancer, run by multi-professional teams who have made death their life’s work, striving to add life to days whether or not days can be added to lives. CanSupport's focus is on the less privileged and underserved and all its services are provided free of charge. IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers. IIP interns will work directly under the program director in the development, implementation, and maintenance of various patient care, marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out specific projects, such as program activities for children with cancer (arts and c raft, music, photography projects). This placement is appropriate for students interested in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
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.
China Market Research Group (CMR)
Location: Shanghai, China
CMR provides strategic market intelligence to companies entering or expanding operations in China. CMR helps companies get the information needed to make smarter decisions in China. Its clients come from a variety of industries and range from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs to hedge funds and private equity firms. CMR practices in the following sectors: FMCG, consumer electronics, retail, health and beauty care, travel and leisure, financial services, food and beverage, education chemicals, and autos. Analysts on the ground in China conduct research to help companies determine: Market Entry Strategy, Competitor Analysis, Consumer Insights, Target Account Profiling, Venture Capital/ Private Equity Due Diligence, and Hedge Fund/ Stock Analysis. IIP interns will learn how to conduct research and analyze data in many sectors in China (the specific sectors will depend on when the intern starts)--e.g., fashion, cosmetics, chemicals, luxury goods, food and beverage, hedge funds--and will get a good understanding of business trends in China. Responsibilities include data gathering from one-on-one interviews, surveys, focus groups, and telephone interviews; working directly with CMR's senior management to analyze data to develop strategic recommendations for clients; amd supporting CMR team members’ administrative functions. Intern should have strong oral Mandarin skills (written Mandarin skills ideal). Familiarity with statistics and data analysis is appreciated. IIP candidates from all majors and areas of academic interest welcome; interest in pursuing a career in strategy consulting is a plus. Three placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Performing Chinese-language research. Preparing powerpoint "decks" for clients. Interviewing Chinese consumers.
The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust is an organization that provides financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions, and activities with the ultimate aim of contributing to the development of the culture sector in Zimbabwe. The Culture Fund works within Zimbabwean society providing financial and technical support to arts and culture professionals. The Fund works with a wide range of projects and activities include festivals, exhibitions, theater, music performances, workshops, and others. The IIP intern will work within the programs department assisting with incoming grant applications as well as working to establish a database for the department. Specific responsibilities for the IIP intern may include: Grant Application Processing: preparation of grant offer letters and contracts, compilation of weekly project recommendations and updating grantee spreadsheets; Monitoring and Evaluation: monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, producing monitoring reports for projects monitored and attending to grantee queries; Information Management: management of resource center and attending to researchers and classification, filing, and shelving and retrieval of project files; Media and Publicity: contributing to media article development; and Workshops and Exhibitions: assisting with workshop coordination, representing the Culture Fund at stands during exhibitions, assisting Programs and Projects officer(s) in implementation of program activities and any other duties. One placement has been created for the an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Cordoba and Rosario, Argentina
Endeavor strives to transform the economies of emerging markets by identifying and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Endeavor offers services to companies through assisting them in breaking down a society’s barrier to success, offering world-class strategic advice, and opening doors to capital. With Endeavor’s guidance, companies become role models, encourage others to innovate and take risks, and create sustainable economic growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Argentinean high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. In addition to other projects, the IIP interns will work on interviewing entrepreneurs to determine whether they meet Endeavor´s criteria for Endeavor entrepreneurs and on organizing Endeavor Córdoba´s largest annual conference. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Furthermore, this internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in international business, economic development, business process outsourcing, public relations, marketing, and communication. Advanced speaking, reading, and written Spanish skills are required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Locations: Santiago, Temuco, Antofagasta, Puerto Varas, and Concepcion, Chile
Endeavor transforms emerging countries by establishing high-impact entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. At Endeavor Chile, we search & select for high-impact entrepreneurs and then support them with services to improve their business models, expand their networks, and catalyze sustainable growth. IIP interns will have the opportunity to support the Search & Selection, Entrepreneur Services, Outreach, or Metrics Analysis team at one of the Endeavor offices. A detailed description of each position area is available in the IIP office. Endeavor Chile also spearheading an education initiative called “Aprendimiento”. The “Aprendimiento” program aspires to promote a culture of entrepreneurship within Chile by sponsoring programs that inspire and empower students to become responsible global citizens. The program supports IIP interns by fostering entrepreneurial values such as leadership, creativity, taking initiative, thinking “outside the box”, and trustworthiness. The IIP interns will learn to leverage their entrepreneurial spirit, identify opportunities for their future, and prepare for their future. IIP candidates interested in working on the education initiative would be staffed at the Puerto Varas office. This IIP placement is an ideal opportunity for IIP candidates with interests in entrepreneurship and Latin America. Skills and/ or experience in business would be an asset. Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required. When applying interns should rank the offices at which they would be interested in working. IIP Interns should also specify if they are applying to work on the “Aprendimiento” education initiative. If an IIP intern is not applying to work on the education initiative,please indicate if you have a strong preference for supporting Endeavor in a certain focus area: Search & Selection, Entrepreneurship Services, Outreach, & Metrics Analysis. This placement is ideal for students with interest in entrepreneurship; Latin America and Latin American development, economic development, microfinance, finance, economics, engineering, business, management, public policy and/or information technology. Good knowledge of Spanish is required. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging countries. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from programs and services to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing. Endeavor also stimulates a local entrepreneurial infrastructure by engaging angel investors and partnering with other NGOs. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has affiliate organizations in ten developing countries. Operating in Egypt since 2007, the local operation aims to become the leading supporter of high-impact entrepreneurship in Egypt. As of October 2010, the Endeavor Egypt portfolio comprised seven companies and ten entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. Strong writing ability and maturity are two of the most important qualities in a successful IIP candidate for both placements. Fluency in English is required; some Arabic is desired but not necessary. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
- Search & Selection: The IIP intern will help coordinate Endeavor Egypt’s selection process by proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies that fit Endeavor selection criteria; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other Affiliate offices to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor’s network; keeping up-to-date statistics on Endeavor’s selection process and maintain an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff.
- Communication & Outreach: The IIP intern will assist in coordinating Endeavor Egypt’s communication and outreach activities by assisting with event organization; updating social media outlets and maintaining Endeavor Egypt’s online presence; assisting in media relations and documenting (covering) important events organized, or relevant to Endeavor Egypt’s activities; assisting in the production of documentary short films about Entrepreneurship; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff.
Location: Amman, Jordan
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. The Jordan office launched in 2009. As of September 2012, the Endeavor Jordan portfolio comprises 12 companies and 20 entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Jordanian high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Arabic language skills are not required, but would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Kuruçeşme, Turkey
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from programs and services to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing. Endeavor also stimulates a local entrepreneurial infrastructure by engaging angel investors and partnering with other NGOs. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in ten developing countries. The IIP intern will help the Search & Selection Associates coordinate Endeavor Turkey’s Search & Selection Process by proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; assessing companies’ growth; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles to be used at Endeavor Turkey’s Local Selection Panel and International Selection Panels; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential, and management team; preparing final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other Affiliate offices to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor’s network; keeping up-to-date statistics on Endeavor’s selection process and maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. Any major is appropriate, although an interest in entrepreneurship and economic development is essential as is strong writing abilities. Turkish would be an asset but is not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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.
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. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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.
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Foundation Cristosal is a not-for-profit organization implementing a human rights approach to development assistance. This approach recognizes the poor as subjects of rights rather than beneficiaries of good will and defines the goal of poverty reduction in terms of a global obligation rather than a charitable cause. Foundation Cristosal's strategy is to combine efforts to build citizenry, defend rights, and advocate for justice with projects of brick and mortar. The goal is to work with communities to build capacities that will enable them to organize, exercise their rights as citizens, and speak out as actors in their own processes of development. IIP placements are available in small business training and development, water system management, and website and graphic design.
- Small Business Training and Development: This IIP intern will support Cristosal’s Community Development Program in developing education material and trainings in small business management and planning. He/she will work with families and small cooperatives to develop, plan, and improve their business model and profitability. The IIP Intern will also participate in their disaster recovery program to develop micro-loan management skills. Responsibilities may include planning and execution of entrepreneurship workshops; market studies of local and international markets for goods produced in and/or by the communities; and elaboration of business plans for small businesses and/or cooperatives.
- Water System Management: This IIP intern will work with Cristosal staff and coordinate with other governmental and non- government organizations in the planning of a small scale irrigation system using ram-pump technology, as well as capacity building for system installation and maintenance. Specific responsibilities may include planning and execution of water system management and sustainability workshops, studies of local water capacities and pump systems as well as regional water resource management and conservation and the elaboration of irrigation system plans for a rural community and small cooperatives.
- Website and Graphic Design: This IIP intern will be a key element in facilitating Cristosal’s communications development process. The IIP intern will contribute graphic design capabilities and help update and maintain content on the Cristosal website. He/she will work with Cristosal staff to improve the website’s overall design and functionality to better meet the communication and information needs of the organization and its supporters. Possible responsibilities include conducting an aesthetic and functional analysis/critique of Cristosal’s website, consulting both Cristosal’s Executive Associate and Business Consultant on communication system possibilities for the website and related materials, management of Cristosal’s website and print and audio/visual materials, and the presentation of website design, development, and maintenance tutorials to Cristosal staff.
Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. One more posting will be added to the website soon, for the final IIP placement.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: This summer I worked with Foundation Cristosal to write white papers on all of their projects. To accomplish this task I had to conduct research and analyze the data collected. I interviewed representatives of government institutions, NGOs and university professors. I also attended meetings with community leaders and municipal governments. I also helped come up with an investment strategy for one of their projects, El Carmen Chicken Company. I looked at the advantages and disadvantages of having a conservative, moderate aggressive or aggressive strategy. Intern 2: Wrote, conducted and analyzed three studies, two preliminary operational budgets and two project proposals assessing the feasibility, cost and predicted benefits of initiatives to increase the economic independence of two partner communities; Developed and produced two informational videos about the organization (in English with subtitles for Spanish audio); Distributed videos across various social networking platforms (Youtube and Facebook). All written work done in Spanish. Also attended and presented at weekly team meetings. If interested, below are links to the videos I worked on as a Cristosal intern: About Cristosal Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWNu33nO64I; Development Approach Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWNu33nO64I
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
G5 Evercore is a Corporate Advisory, Wealth Management, Asset Management and Private Equity boutique that advises companies and institutional and individual investors on strategies and investment decisions. The G5 Evercore Corporate Advisory group advises on Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Restructurings for companies across a wide range of industries in Brazil. The IIP intern will be an integral part of the Mergers & Acquisitions group in the Sao Paulo office, working directly with the execution team and assisting with the day-to-day tasks required for such transactions. IIP interns often help the team by researching the financial information and the company history of various potential investments or comparable companies, as well as the main characteristics and trends in a variety of industries in order to assemble presentations to clients or prospective clients. The IIP intern may also be asked to produce market based valuations of companies. This IIP internship program offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the business environment in a dynamic emerging market while gaining valuable work experience. This internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in Brazilian business and finance. Portuguese and/ or Spanish speaking skills are strongly recommended. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Research, financial valuation, memoranda and pitchbook creation.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gávea Investimentos is one of Brazil’s largest independent asset management companies with a proven record in financial management in international and local financial markets. Gávea is affiliated with the Harvard Investment Company. It has three business lines: 1) hedge funds, 2) wealth management, and 3) illiquid investment strategies. Gávea's founding partner was the president of the Central Bank of Brazil. This internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in economics and finance, particularly in the Latin American region. Previous IIP interns have developed and presented specific research topics in the area of macroeconomics on issues of interest to the investment process of Gávea. Fluent Portuguese is required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
General Directorate of International Economic Relations
Location: Santiago, Chile
Chile has a broad network of international treaties and is an active player in different economic international fora. This intern will work for the Director of Multilateral Economic Affairs on projects that may include intellectual property, service, environment and trade, labor and trade, or investment issues. This internship is ideal for students with an interest/academic background in international business and/or international economic relations. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. Spanish language skills are required.
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.
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.
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.
Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)
Location: Shanghai, China
JUCCCE is a non-profit organization accelerating the greening of China by catalyzing systemic change in key drivers of energy use by focusing on sustainable urbanization, sustainable industry, and sustainable consumption by convening cross-sector, cross-border influencers to push tipping points. During its first four years, JUCCCE completed a series of mayors’ training courses with the National Academy for Mayors of China, training over 200 mayors and vice mayors from across China, representing over 450 million Chinese citizens. JUCCCE is best known for catalyzing Smart Grid in China to reduce energy use and emissions nationwide. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. This year IIP interns will work on the China Dream project. This project seeks to reimagine prosperity and reshape consumerism in China. The goal is to catalyze a new aspirational lifestyle that is innately sustainable for the emergent middle class in China. For the consuming class in China that is growing from 300 million today to 800 million in 2025, the "China Dream" (和悦梦想: 新生活规范行动) provides an alternative to the unsustainable American Dream, and celebrates personal health and respectful relationships rather than conspicuous consumption. It is about "living more, not just having more." The emphasis is not on “sustainability” but rather “harmony” as defined by “balance,” “flow,” and “respect”--all traditional Chinese values. IIP candidates with research and communication skills are encouraged to apply. IIP interns will contribute to one of the following two initiatives of the project:
- Marketing and Communications Creative: The soft power side of the China Dream is key to shaping consumer behavior--using Western marketing techniques together with traditional Chinese values to influence social norms. The IIP intern will work on both corporate and government focused projects, such as creating case study videos of sustainability project developments, developing eco-tourism training materials for the mayoral training program, and research for a city urban planning project. Experience in communications, marketing, design and design software would be an asset
- Research Analyst: The IIP intern will work on policy research and workshop management or on one of the projects that has evolved out of the China Dream project. These include a new sustainable food program "A New Way to Eat" (www.juccce.org/eating) and a constructive citizenry app for communities across China "Heyue City" (www.heyuecity.com). This IIP intern may also work on research for their mayoral training programs, which have featured topics such as smart grid, waste management, eco-tourism, pollution and climate resilient cities. The research that the IIP intern produces will be used in curriculum during the training classes which take place bi-annually.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Worked on urban development proposal for 10,000 people and created movie. Wrote 20 page paper on sustainable eating choices. Edited website.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
A relative veteran startup in the advertising industry, justAd is the developer of the leading self-service platform to create rich-media ads for mobile and tablet devices. The IIP intern will get to experience ‘startup life’ firsthand, working on a variety of projects, from marketing to account management and customer support. justAd manages hundreds of clients in more than 30 markets around the world and takes pride in their superior customer care and professional services team. justAd never misses a deadline for a client, even if that means working through the night. Their team is comprised of talented designers, marketers, and web developers. IIP candidates with interests in business, marketing, and mass communications are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates should be mobile-savy and have some familiarity with the advertising industry (how it works, value chain, etc.), Microsoft Office, online marketing tools (MailChimp, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, etc) and have basic analytical skills. Technical know-how and social media experience would be an advantage. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
The Nature Conservancy
Location: Beijing, China
The Nature Conservancy is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in more than 35 countries to protect the lands and waters upon which life depends. For over 14 years, the Nature Conservancy has been working in China with communities, governments, academia, and the private sector in designing conservation strategies that benefit nature and people. They provide training, scientific expertise, and leadership on a broad range of strategies throughout the country. This IIP placement is with the Conservation Beyond Borders initiative that works to implement strategies that strengthen the environmental performance of Chinese investments in key geographies (Latin America and Africa) and in key sectors (infrastructure and natural resources). The Nature Conservancy China Program also has new initiatives in marine conservation, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, combating illegal ivory trade and new forms of water protection. IIP interns will work in one of these areas and will participate in the creation of research reports and assist in various aspects of conservation project management, including meeting with internal and external partners (established organizations, start-ups, and entrepreneurs), policy analysis, developing work plans, and evaluating project outcomes. IIP candidates with interests in environmental studies, economics, political science, East Asian studies, ecology, and international relations are encouraged to apply. Skills in research, multitasking, meeting deadlines, and data analysis would be an asset. Mandarin proficiency is recommended and Spanish or Portuguese would also be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Beijing, China
Octagon is one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment marketing, representation, and event management firms. With 1,000+ employees in 45 offices worldwide, Octagon has helped more than 500 of the world's top companies and organizations and more than 800 athletes and personalities tap into their passions for sports and entertainment to drive impressive business results. Worldwide, Octagon manages more than 3,200 events. Internships are in Events and Consulting, as follows:
- Events: assist in sports event registration and media communication; translation or proofreading of documents; research according to request
- Consulting: marketing intelligence research in the sports marketing industry; translation of documents or proofreading; other duties as assigned
IIP interns in both positions will have opportunities to acquire practical experience in the sports marketing field through close cooperation with sports marketing specialist from China and around the world. Applicants must be fluent in Chinese (with basic Chinese writing skills) and possess good communication, research, and analytical skills. Sports and marketing knowledge are assets. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Location: Paris, France
OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development, and contribute to growth in world trade. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, and coordinate domestic and international policies. OECD is one of the world's largest sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data. As well as collecting data, OECD monitors trends, analyzes and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation, and more. OECD is also one of the world’s largest publishers in the fields of economics and public policy. OECD publications are a prime vehicle for disseminating the Organisation's intellectual output, both on paper and online. The IIP intern will work in OECD's Editorial & Rights Department. The IIP intern will assist in preparations for the Frankfurt book fair and of the Rights catalog (collecting information, editing text, organizing appointments, prospecting new publishers), reading and evaluating manuscripts and book proposals, and preparing manuscripts for production. This IIP placement is a great opportunity to learn about book publishing in an environment in which the IIP intern can work closely with editors.The IIP intern will also attend editorial board meetings. Excellent French is required. One placement has been been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Rakuten is an internet services company whose mission is to empower people and society through the Internet. One of their businesses is the Internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba. This site was created based on the concept of creating a platform that enabled "ordinary people skilled in retail" to open their own online shops. Rakuten Ichiba is a global pioneer of the B2B2C marketplace, which provides the platform, traffic, and expertise to empower small-scale retailers to set up their businesses on the Internet. Through Ichiba, Rakuten aims to introduce consumers to "the joy of discovery" through Internet shopping and to create an environment where merchants and consumers can interact in the same way they might in a real-world marketplace. Beyond their flagship e-commerce business Rakuten Ichiba, the Rakuten Group has expanded into a diverse array of online services, including eBooks and eReading, travel, banking, securities, credit cards, eMoney, portal media, online marketing, and professional sports. The integration of all of their services, which are anchored around their membership loyalty program, Rakuten Super Points, is the Rakuten Ecosystem and the core strategy of their international expansion. Rakuten is currently accelerating the global expansion of the Rakuten Ecosystem into the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, starting with their e-commerce, eBooks and eReading, and travel businesses. There are two areas that are accepting IIP interns business and engineering.
- For the IIP placement in business, the selected IIP interns will work on e-commerce with a focus on cross border trade marketing that includes promotion planning to increase sales of international trading transaction and channel management, and marketing analysis. IIP interns will also work in the area of creative and web design by creating a mobile strategy, working on global creative and web design (design UI for global services, improve site usability and marketing activities, conduct various analysis on global subsidiaries), conduct creative and web design strategy web analytics and web architecture (SEO analysis). Basic information technology skills are required for this placement.
- For the IIP placement in engineering, the IIP interns will work on the affiliate tracking developer, smart device technology, information systems, and a big data prototype. IIP candidates for this placement should have a background in engineering and programming experience in Java or PHP and some Linux/Unix administration experience. Skills in machine learning, NLP, database/search, algorithms for large data, and development experiences of applications for smart devices would be an asset.
Rogers Investment Advisors
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Rogers Investment Advisors (RIA) is an investment advisor firm. Through its Wolver Hill affiliates , RIA offers a range of financial products and services including a fund of 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 and business consulting. This 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 summer interns as true team members and aim to ensure that they are given real and challenging opportunities to assist the growth of their business. 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. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
salaUno is a fast growing social enterprise that is generating social impact in Mexico. It is a start-up company that delivers quality, accessible, and affordable eyecare services focused on low and middle income segments. salaUno was founded during the winter of 2010 by Carlos Orellana and Javier Okhuysen, two entrepreneurs with international experience in finance, business, and social development. Eye-related diseases are the second cause of disability in Mexico. Approximately 60% of Mexicans have some sort of visual disability. Blindness is an important economic and social problem, and 50% of cases are avoidable by means of cataract surgery. IIP interns will be exposed to a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and will have direct responsibilities that will help shape the organization. The management structure of salaUno is very flat and the work environment will foster rapid learning by IIP interns. This is an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking, paradigm- breaking project in the healthcare sector. Specific responsibilities may include working in one or more of the following areas: Growth Strategy: analyze areas of growth and examine how to recruit and retain medical and other personnel, a change management program, the transition to a system of clinics geographically dispersed, and information technology requirements; Commercial Marketing: develop a thorough campaign for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for different services and products, design materials for internal and external marketing, analyze best practices from around the world, develop marketing and social media strategies to help grown their company; CRM/Sales: design strategies to have high volume of outpatients and convert those leads to surgeries, design new strategies of CRM to follow potential patients, develop a strategy to improve the data quality of patients on their first contact with the clinic, and generate a standardized form of contact with the patients from different fronts. Other responsibilities may include support towards the company getting a social impact rating (GIIRS or IRIS), support for fellowship applications and additional help in fundraising and grant writing. IIP candidates with interests in commerce, marketing, sales, management, engineering, computer science and human resources are encouraged to apply. Spanish language skills are desirable but are not required. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Smart Agricultural Analytics
Location: Beijing, China
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. 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.
Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
SAMRO Foundation is a non-profit organization that is the social investment and music education arm of SAMRO, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation. The aims and objectives of the SAMRO Foundation include the promotion of the national arts through sponsorships of various kinds, encouraging excellence in the arts through education, facilitating economic participation in the creative economy, influencing cultural and arts policy by means of research and advocacy, and promoting living cultural heritage. The IIP intern will be responsible for the following: organizing and conducting workshops on various issues surrounding preservation and promotion of music open to artists, music schools, and universities; organizing small scale exhibitions on certain South African composers and their works, within the scope of the SAMRO Music Archive; conducting research on South African composers in order to compile comprehensive profiles for exhibitions and workshops; assisting the team to further develop the current Music Archive Marketing Strategy; and strengthening the SAMRO Foundation online marketing communication, especially the website and social media presence. IIP candidates with interests in marketing, communications, music and the creative industries (arts, culture and heritage) are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in project management, research, and/or archival databases would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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--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 established for the International Internship Program (IIP).
Location: Berlin, Germany
TerraCycle is a green business that collects non-recyclable post-consumer waste and transforms it into new eco-friendly products or materials. Terracycle 's goal is to eliminate waste by providing innovative solutions for hard-to-recycle products and packaging waste. TerraCycle's model engages consumers and communities in the collection of a range of waste through programs and then converts this waste into new products. TerraCycle also gives back to the community by making donations per unit of waste collected by non-profits and schools. TerraCycle offers a comprehensive internship program with meaningful and substantial work, supervision and performance feedback, and "learning coffees" on TerraCycle topics. The focus of this internship placement will be a Keystone Project, which the intern leads and concludes during the duration of the internship. The Keystone Project is designed to contribute directly to one of TerraCycle's work areas so that the intern gains real experience and know-how through substantial, mission-driven work. In addition, the intern will carry out daily activities as required. Please check the by region/country listings for requirements specific to each location. Keystone Projects are available in the following areas:
- Community Outreach: TerraCycle's Brigade teams are comprised of schools, community organizations, non-profits, youth groups, and a wide variety of other organizations. This intern will lead efforts to engage new and existing participants in the Brigade programs. The intern will research new community engagement ideas, develop strategy, and assist in making preparations to these potential community partners.
- Business Development: This intern will develop business opportunities for TerraCycle in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, in addition to future target countries such as Peru and Uruguay. The intern will be exposed to Fortune 500 companies, innovative green start-ups, brand managers, and upcycling strategies. The intern will also learn how to research deal opportunities strategically, pitch business ideas, create effective proposals, and manage business development communications.
- Operations: A vital part of TerraCycle's Brigade program is the management of all operations, including the logistics for the nationwide collection strategy, as well as the identification of and partnership building with manufacturers and cooperatives to make TerraCycle's recycled and upcycled products. This intern will platy an important role in assessing logistics, offering recommendations for strategy improvement, and researching and coordinating with manufacturing partners.