IIP Placements in Gender & Sexuality Issues
Location: Singapore, Singapore
aidha is a not-for-profit organization that delivers financial and entrepreneurship education to women migrant workers who want to expand their economic opportunities and build brighter futures for themselves and their families. Inspired by UNIFEM’s National Committee, aidha provides confidence-building, money management, entrepreneurship training, and the micro-credit services necessary to launch small businesses. aidha is looking for IIP candidates who have interests in any of the following areas: business, law, research, marketing, women empowerment, education, and migration issues. Singapore is an English-speaking country, but an intern with Mandarin, Tamil, Bahasa, or Bangla language skills would be equipped to make a unique contribution. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns, who will work on either core team projects, operations and teaching, or an independent project in any of the following five areas:
- Program Development
- Human Resources
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Location: Singapore, Singapore
AWARE, or the Association of Women for Action and Research, is Singapore’s leading women’s rights advocacy group. Since its formation in 1985, it has carried out research into gender inequality and other issues relevant to women and advocated for changes in laws, policies, and mindsets that discriminate against women. AWARE also has a direct services arm and is building its training services. AWARE welcome interns who have an interest in gender issues, sociology, and Southeast Asia and can help in research and advocacy work and/or training programs. IIP intern responsibilities will include assisting in day-to-day operations, including training and communication programs; generating bi-weekly newsletters; primary and secondary research; and report writing. AWARE's current research projects/programs examine the laws, policies, and issues that women face in the areas of human rights (society and work place discrimination), economics (wage), and media (body image). AWARE also hosts a variety of events that range from fundraising concerts, film premieres and outdoor activities to its Annual General Meeting. Therefore, tasks may include connecting with sponsors, organizing guest lists, caterers, sponsorships, marketing campaigns, and communications, writing grant proposals and establishing a network of connectors for private donations. Strong writing ability would be an advantage, as would web/new media skills. The language of this IIP internship is English. Academic background in gender studies, sociology, and/or Southeast Asia/Asia would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern at AWARE
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in 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. This year, Bioversity is offering placements in their headquarters office, as well as, in their offices in China, Costa Rica, France/Uganda, Malaysia, Nepal, and Uganda. 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. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern in Malaysia. Here is additional information on this IIP placement in Malaysia:
- Integrating Gender in Forestry Research (Literature Review and Communications): The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP FTA) aims to enhance the management and use of forests, agroforestry and tree genetic resources across the landscape, from farms to forests. The initiative targets 46% of global forest cover, 1.3 billion hectares of closed forests, and 500 million hectares of open and fragmented forests. The research program explores five areas: smallholder production systems and markets; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; landscape management of forested areas for environmental services, biodiversity conservation and livelihoods; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and the impacts of trade and investment on forests and people. Bioversity International partners in this program with The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in collaboration with other research and development organizations.This IIP internship will contribute to the implementation of the CRP FTA Gender Strategy (http://www.cifor.org/publications/pdf_files/Books/BCIFOR1303.pdf). The Gender Strategy is a tool for guiding researchers and their partners in integrating gender in research and action. It is aimed at improving the quality and volume of gender-responsive research in the CRP FTA. The Gender Strategy views gender integration in research as a fundamental part of doing good science and approaches gender as a cross-cutting theme within the CRP FTA.The IIP intern will survey and collate documents and studies that complement activities on gender and forest management conducted in the CRP FTA. The IIP intern will also give visibility to the importance of integrating gender into forestry research, to methods for doing so, and to Bioversity’s CRP FTA gender-related research and activities. IIP candidates with interests in gender studies, rural sociology, anthropology, geography, environmental studies, international development studies, with familiarity and knowledge of gender and natural resource management issues are encouraged to apply. Skills in writing, communication and analysis would be an asset.
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.
European Roma Rights Center (ERRC)
Location: Budapest, Hungary
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public interest law organization working to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma through strategic litigation, research and policy development, advocacy, and human rights education. Since its establishment in 1996, the ERRC has endeavored to provide Roma with the tools necessary to combat discrimination and achieve equal access to justice, education, housing, health care, and public services. The ERRC has consultative status with the Council of Europe, as well as with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ERRC offers IIP placements in its legal and programs departments. IIP interns are generally involved in a range of administrative and substantive activities. Depending on the organization’s needs and the IIP intern’s interests and abilities, he/she may help file materials and provide other administrative support, arrange events and research missions, monitor human rights developments through desk and/or field research, edit reports, translate texts, draft reports on human rights abuse or legal documents, conduct legal research and assist in preparing cases for litigation, engage in advocacy efforts, and support human rights training of activists. The organization will especially consider applications from students with one or more European languages who are interested in future human rights work. IIP candidates with interests in legal rights, social sciences, international relations, gender studies, political science, media, communication, and journalism are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates are advised to learn about Roma rights, the EU, and current issues prior to the IIP internship in order to deepen their internship experience. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern at ERRC.
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Based in Belgrade, GSA is a membership-based and volunteer LGBT organization involving both LGBT and heterosexual persons fighting for equal treatment of LGBT people. GSA uses a non-violent policy in promoting tolerance and actively opposing homophobia in Serbian society. GSA fights violence and discrimination against LGBT people through legal and political means. IIP interns might participate in various types of projects, including projects aimed at LGBT community strengthening, monitoring violence and discrimination against LGBT population, or policy advocacy projects. Responsibilities might include office work, participating in creating workshops and educational programs, collecting information about violence and discrimination against LGBT population in Belgrade and in other Serbian cities, writing a comparative research paper on homophobia in Serbia and the U.S., possible research or cultural project with other GSA members and volunteers, participating in preparations for Belgrade Pride Parade 2012. IIP interns should have good writing and communication skills, enthusiasm and an interest in the role of policy advocacy and LGBT issues, and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) or similar. A basic level of Serbian language skills would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Bangalore, India
Parinaam was conceived to care for the education and healthcare needs of urban and semi-urban economically underprivileged women. They provide services in the areas of healthcare, education, livelihood and community development initiatives. From the Parinaam perspective, making a difference in one person’s life is worth more than unsustainable mass scale interventions. IIP interns must have the heart and soul to work with underserved communities and accept the conditions of the slums in which Parinaam’s programs take place. Experience is not necessary.
Several projects are available for IIP interns:
- Diksha Financial Literacy program: an interactive five module program to teach mostly illiterate women basic numerical skill, debt management, how to budget income/expense, cash flow and saving options
- Jalmitra Program: This livelihood development and safe water education initiative trains community women on how to teach their fellow members about safe water and help them to buy safe water devices through a soft loan provided by the MFI
- Healthcare and Medical Interventions: A program that hopes to deliver hospital care to poor families and an add-on facility that will provide financial help for critical care. The program is currently under development;
- Academic Adoption Program: This program looks for sponsors to enroll underserved children in quality schools through the 12th grade
- The Urban Ultra Poor Program: This program aims to help the forgotten residents of India. The program has four broad holistic initiatives to change the lives of destitute families: 1) livelihood development; 2) childcare and education; 3) healthcare; 4) financial literacy and social services. The ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable income for the family and to move them away from usurious debt by introducing them to microfinance.
All the programs require considerable field work and interns should expect to spend at least 60% of their time in the field. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Managed stock through Excel worksheets, various office tasks, curriculum review and development, occasional field visits. WORK RESPONSIBILITIES ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE so make sure that you have a clear idea of what you'll be working on.
Seeds to Sew
Location: Enoosaen and Nyeri, Kenya
Seeds to Sew is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Their goal is for the women and girls in their program to use these job skills to make money and support themselves and their communities. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP interns will work on one of the following two projects:
- Impact Analysis on the Individual and Communities of Skills Training and Income Development Programs: IIP candidates with interests in International Health and Human Services, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Advocacy, and Human Rights issues are needed for summer internship to conduct surveys, assessments, and home visits to continue a longitudinal study on the impact of programs on Seeds to Sew participants, their family members, and their broader community. Basic knowledge of statistics, testing methodologies and analysis would be helpful, willingness to document results not only on paper, but also via photographs and video is a must. This IIP Intern will also help improve Seeds to Sew program operations.
- Socio-economic and Environmental Impact of Foreign Corporate Agriculture on Under-educated, Subsistence Farming Villages in Rural Kenya: This placement is for IIP candidates who are interested nresearch and reporting on both the societal, economic and/or environmental impacts resulting from a foreign-owned sugar-cane factory that began operation in a subsistence farming village in 2011. Taking advantage of an uneducated, impoverished community, the factory leased the land from the villagers at low rates. Given the slow turn-over of sugar cane as a crop, there is limited land to graze cows and grow other vegetables which are important to sustaining families and their livestock. Hence, women are having increasing difficulty in feeding their cows and feeding their families (as there are lower milk & crop yields). IIP candidates with backgrounds in water and soil science, environmental testing methodologies, public environmental policy, global economics, etc are encouraged to apply. The selected IIP candidate must be interested in writing up results for either press or research publication.
Ujjivan Financial Services
Location: Banglaore, India
Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. is a micro-finance organization that provides financial services to urban and semi-urban economically underserved women across India. IIP interns will be involved on a project based on their area of interest and/or expertise. This IIP internship will give the IIP intern an opportunity to be involved in work on developing, planning, organizing projects on a grassroots level to improve the livelihoods of women in underserved communities. IIP candidates with interests in the social sector are encouraged to apply and must be willing to work with the urban and semi urban population that the organization serves. Three placements have been created for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.
Women’s Microfinance Initiative
Location: Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, Uganda
Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization providing small loans and business training and support to impoverished women in developing nations. WMI's mission is to work with village level organizations to provide capital to women in the lowest income brackets so that they can engage in income producing activities. Its goal is to help women living in poverty build assets so that they can stabilize their income and raise their standard of living for their families. The Buyobo, Uganda loan program is the oldest WMI loan program. Located in the Sironko District, about 30 minutes from Mbale, it has over 1,000 clients. It is administered by the Buyobo Women’s Association, through a grant from WMI. IIP interns in Buyobo assist with loan program operations (preparing the documents that include: new borrower tables, loan agreements, loan applications and surveys, issuing loans, and interview borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach at the local school, undertake community projects, and supervise high school interns from the U.S. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): On most days I taught the administrator of the loan program and her subordinates how to use a computer. I taught them how to scan documents and then organize them in folders on the computer and set up a budget. I advised the coordinators on how to improve the program. I also gave Microsoft Office lessons to the administrator of the local clinic.
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Žene Ženama (Women to Women) contributes to the development of civil society through empowerment of women and women's groups. The organization advocates to improve the status of women's rights in both the private and public spheres. It aims to promote a peaceful dialogue using unique and creative models focused on education and other activities of women and women’s groups in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian context. The IIP intern will be working in the fields of women in security, justice and politics, gender based violence (GBV), female participation in decision-making and leadership, and the inclusion of the principle of equality in post-conflict and peacekeeping processes. The IIP intern will work on projects related to gender equality in the labor market and prevention of juvenile delinquency. The organization welcomes all kinds of backgrounds and experiences in different models of social development, and IIP interns with specific research interests can propose a project. One placement has been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Translating from English to Bosnian. Designing pamphlets in Bosnian for distribution. Researching Domestic Violence Crisis Centers abroad and brainstorming the creation of one in Bosnia.