IIP Internships in Gender & Sexuality Issues
Location: Singapore, Singapore
About: Aidha, launched in 2006, is a Singapore-registered charity organization whose mission is to provide financial literacy and self-development skills to foreign domestic workers and lower income women so that they can create sustainable futures for themselves. Aidha’s holistic program includes money management as well as computer, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. Since its inception, Aidha has impacted more than 2,700 women and helped set them on the path of financial sustainability. 4 in 10 of Aidha's students succeed in opening their own businesses and 7 in 10 invest in assets like land and livestock back in their home countries.
- PROJECT 1: Communications and Outreach
This IIP intern is expected to help create a strategy to boost outreach for increasing student enrollment. Some of the questions that will need answering are: What are the avenues that need to be looked at for reaching potential students? Who are the stakeholders Aidha should consider expanding our outreach to? How can Aidha better reach out to employers and corporate partners?
- PROJECT 2: Impact Research
This IIP intern will research Aidha’s ‘success stories’ – Aidha would like to know: how many students/graduates of Aidha have gone on to successfully set up businesses in their home countries? How are those businesses doing? What is the kind of engagement that alumni typically have with Aidha? Is there any correlation between such engagement and success of their businesses?
- PROJECT 3: "Process Engineering" for Campus Operations
Campus operations on Sundays are at the heart of Aidha’s work, as Sundays are when Aidha’s classes are held (they are typically the only days of the week when foreign domestic workers have a break from work). Aidha would like an intern to study their operations on campus, identify gaps and inefficiencies, and suggest improvements. Production of quantitative metrics for some of the performance indicators would be very helpful. IIP Intern responsibilities will also include collecting data and undertaking impact assessment of the various programs run by Aidha; assisting in conducting any statistical analysis of Aidha’s impact data; creating and maintaining spreadsheets and databases; managing the Alumni database and undertaking systematic filing of business proposals, and assisting in questionnaire development for various research conducted.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a passion for non-profit work and empowering others and who have interests in any of the following areas: business, law, research, marketing, women empowerment, education, and migration issues, are encouraged to apply. 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. Candidates with strong verbal and written skills, cross-cultural sensitivity, knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Office Suite, strong research, writing, and analytical skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team are encouraged to apply. Interns need to be available to work 1-2 Sundays a month on campus as required.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past interns): Intern #1: Impact analysis - Worked with my supervisor on a new impact analysis system for aidha to measure its social impact. Previously, Aidha had no system for truly measuring the variety of impacts it makes on different groups in communities both within Singapore and back in worker's home countries. The new model relied on numerous short-term and long-term indicators and measurement statistics which proved valuable in demonstrating impact, in order to ultimately procure more government funding, corporate partnership, and social investments. Survey research/implementation/innovation - In order to implement the new impact analysis model, it was necessary to create and enact a survey methodology which could be utilized across randomized survey samples. At the beginning of my project, I noticed that Aidha's research team had a variety of surveys going on, but all of these surveys were written and then manually inputted into an excel spreadsheet. This manual input could take dozens of hours of menial work, depending on the sample and survey sizes. I immediately upgraded the organization to several different online survey platforms which allow for more precise management of extensive data sets. The way in which these platforms cultivate data substantially increases the speed of data analysis, particularly simple tasks such as cross-filtering results to isolate trends. After I taught my supervisor how to utilize these platforms effectively, she expressed great gratitude and claimed that she could now complete her own future projects in a much more timely manner. Data analysis, recommendations for new program planning - I personally initiated and completed a research project to propel the organization towards a new dimension of service provision regarding its micro-business endeavor. One of aidha's end goals is to provide migrant workers with the skills and entrepreneurial knowledge necessary to successfully start and run their own micro-businesses back in their home countries. I was amazed that Aidha's students were learning about topics ranging from cash flow analysis to identifying market trends to product differentiation. Despite this, Aidha has always stressed savings as a primary method of obtaining capital to start a business. It has never included a microfinance component in its model. The survey I conducted found that a large portion of its students had never even heard of microfinance. Part of my project was to create a new program which graduates of the business portion of aidha's courses could engage in. My survey analysis allowed me to identify the components of such a program which would be most beneficial to the students. I ultimately produced a report which outlined a specific structure for this new program, including specific new courses and an implementation timeline to pilot the program for the next 16 months. I also outlined a system for building corporate partnerships via introducing a microfinance component to the new program. Intern #2: I worked on various outreach projects aimed at increasing Aidha's student enrollment and expanding Aidha's network of volunteers. Projects included: surveying volunteers on their engagement with Aidha and willingness to participate in outreach efforts, surveying current students to assess their use of Aidha's referral incentive program and identify ways to adjust the referral program to maximize its impact on enrollment, and seeking out alumni associations and other professional organizations to establish collaborations with Aidha. Generally, I felt that my experience at Aidha helped me to understand the operations of a small organization and gave me the opportunity to take the lead in identifying areas in which I can have an impact and establishing and carrying out my own projects accordingly. From my specific projects, I gained practice in survey development and analysis, as well as communication and presentation skills as I conducted meetings with various external organizations about potential collaborations.
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Locations: Rome, Italy; Lima, Peru; Pokhara, Nepal
About: Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. Bioversity International delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team. IIP interns will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research-for-development, particularly sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, writing reports and producing public awareness materials. For specific project listings, please review the regional listings for Bioversity in Italy, Peru and Nepal.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in economics, agriculture, ecological studies, public relations, journalism, environmental studies and international development are encouraged to apply. For the research position, skills in mathematics and statistical methods is required and knowledge of econometric modeling and programming skills would be an asset. For the communications position, skills in social media and research skills to develop stories would be an asset.
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European Roma Rights Center (ERRC)
Location: Budapest, Hungary
About: 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.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will review research and compile it into reports for use as evidence in court and/or other advocacy initiatives. Common subjects include school segregation, reproductive rights, police brutality, and discrimination in the child-protection system. IIP interns will also prepare materials for human rights education events which are mainly designed to empower Roma to litigate cases. Additional responsibilities will include updating the ERRC's website to reflect the litigation and other work ERRC is doing.
Qualifications: Students with knowledge of one or more European languages and who are interested in future human rights work are preferred. IIP candidates with interests in legal rights, social sciences, international relations, gender studies, political science, media, communication, and journalism are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My projects were split between two departments: communications and legal. Communications: 1. Minor projects: updated a list of U.S. media contacts; sent targeted emails to media contacts in the UK to ask for help publicizing an event in London. 2. Main project included: tracking the effectiveness of ERRC press releases by analyzing the media response of the press releases from January 2013 up until the present. Legal: 1. Updated Abacus (legal database) with files from cases that have come up in Italy. 2. Translated documents from English to Italian for a current case. 3. Helped edit a video in Italian which educates viewers on the state of Roma housing in Italy. Other: Proofread documents from staff members in all departments (most are not native English speakers so they like to have a native speaker do the final proofing). Intern #2: I translated documents, writing and sending letters, monitored the output timelines—for a project concerning the monitoring of anti-Roma hate crime and hate speech in France and Italy. I worked on a project concerning housing segregation against Roma in Italy...My language skills in French and Italian improved tremendously, as I had to read a substantial number of legal documents in French and Italian. I also gained familiarity with international human rights law, which, coming from a background without any knowledge of law, I've found very interesting.
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GENDES, A.C. (Gender and Development)
Location: Mexico D.F., Mexico
About: GENDES, A. C., an acronym of gender and development, is a Mexican civil society organization founded in 2003 by a multidisciplinary group of professionals in the social sciences. Their organization is committed to using social development to promote gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence. Their efforts include engaging in analysis, intervention, research, and advocacy to promote - in- alliance with other social actors- egalitarian relationships that contribute to social development. Their vision is to be a reference as an organization in the critical and pro-positive analysis of the exercise of masculine identities that contribute to develop a society based in equalitarian relationships.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns will contribute to one or more of the following programs:Resource Management Program: This project will generate fundraising strategies to achieve the material and operational base for GENDES. The intern would contribute through researching international foundations or other agencies of cooperation based in the U.S., and will provide support for specific steps of the critical path designed for this purpose for instance, contributing to the the translation of projects or other documents required by the agencies and strengthening partnerships with contacts who are responsible for grants at each institution.
- Resource Management Program:
This project has as a goal to generate fundraising strategies to achieve the material and operational base for GENDES, the student would contribute through the search of international foundations or other agencies of cooperation based in the US, providing support in specific steps of the critical path designed for this purpose for instance in the translation of projects or other documents required by the agencies and achieving contact with the grant responsible in each institution.
- Public Positioning Program:
This Program goal is to position GENDES as an expert and a reference in the issue of masculinity as well as to influence legislation and public policy related to gender equality. One student is needed to strengthen communication tools and social media strategies both in English and Spanish.
Qualifications: Interests in sociology, journalism, political science, gender issues and/or human rights is recommended. Advanced Spanish (reading, writing and speaking skills) are required.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I designed workshops that GENDES can implement in "grupos reeducativos"...I was in regular contact with my supervisor and we discuss potential ideas. I learned what it takes to design a workshop. I also learned a lot about sexual diversity and other gender issues in Mexico...I felt like I was directly contributing to expanding GENDEs' perspectives and ability to help people. Intern #2: The project I worked on involved writing executive summaries in English of the publications that my organization produced. We were trying to expand their outreach beyond Mexico, and since all of the publications were only in Spanish, I read the publications in Spanish and compiled thorough, 8-9 page long executive reports on each publication so that readers in the United States and other English-speaking countries could access the material that we produced. GENDES also held a press conference so I also worked on public representation projects related to that, namely compiled a database of reporters and newspapers we contacted and/or worked with and sent out invitations and press releases to those who we wanted attend our press conference...I felt that my work has an actual impact because it will be helping GENDES to expand its outreach beyond Mexico and into the English-speaking world. I believe that the work GENDES does it truly very important, and it pleased me to help them expand the readership of the very thoughtful and informative publications that they produce. Also, I actually did a small side project in which I translated a funding request that the organization had filled out, and I noticed that they even included this goal of creating all these executive summaries of their publications in that funding request as one of their major objectives for this quarter. I also wrote up executive summaries in English of all of GENDES's publications. This involved reading long books and essays in Spanish and then writing up analytical summaries in English.Intern #3: I worked on two project proposals. The first was for the Inter American foundation. The second was for the Nippon foundation for the National Endowment for Democracy. These two projects consisted of implementing a model used to combat domestic abuse into indigenous communities. I also helped co-author another project about migrants.I synthesized information as well as drafted and learned about GENDES general methodologies. In addition to these responsibilities, I synthesized reports on papers for future use in both English and Spanish. I wrote in both Spanish and English. However, the two proposals that I wrote were in English. I also attended workshops with my supervisor to learn more about the subject we are dealing with...I augmented their proposal output considerably. Furthermore, my expertise in English meant that the work they are putting out is of higher quality..I learned a lot from my direct relationship with my supervisor. She was very attentive, and answered all of my questions. She gave me a lot of supplementary materials to help support my learning. She also took me with her to attend meetings, which was exceedingly helpful when learning about the subject matter. I learned more about the civil society at these meetings and also about the problems facing Mexico in this current moment.
View a PowerPoint from a past IIP intern:
GENDES Intern #1
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TEXFAD Vocational Business Incubator
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: TEXFAD leads Uganda in developing innovations-based sustainable enterprises. It is a nonprofit organization that works with institutions to promote their innovation with a focus on utilizing local, sustainable resources such as banana fiber. TEXFAD provides support to both professional and community sectors including universities, vocational schools, and local community initiatives. It facilitates networking and partnerships, creates market access, helps with product development, and organizes the sharing of equipment and facilities. TEXFAD also provides technology development services to start-up companies. TEXFAD has focused on using simple technology to produce affordable, high quality, environmentally friendly products using natural materials found in Uganda. It plans to expand its sustainability and business initiatives in the future with the goal of ultimately improving the quality of life of the Ugandan people.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will contribute to a project that uses banana fiber (a cheap, raw, abundant Uganda material) to create innovation products. IIP interns will be assigned to the weaving sector of the company and will conduct site visits, evaluate the products and collaborate with the team to come with a new product using banana fiber that can be produced and commercialized. The IIP intern will also help draft a business plan for this product, contribute to marketing strategy, meet important partners of the organization, and attend the company trade fair.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in business, art, sustainability and environmental studies, marketing, and product development are encouraged to apply. Experience in small business would be an asset but is not required.
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Women’s Microfinance Initiative
Location: Bulambuli Village, Uganda
About: Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization that provides small loans and business training and support to impoverished women in developing nations. WMI's mission is to work with village level organizations to provide capital to women in the lowest income brackets so that they can engage in income-producing activities. Its goal is to help women living in poverty build assets so that they can stabilize their income and raise their standard of living for their families. The Buyobo, Uganda loan program is the oldest WMI loan program. Located in the Sironko District, about 30 minutes from Mbale, it has over 1,000 clients.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns in Buyobo assist with loan program operations (preparing the documents that include: new borrower tables, loan agreements, loan applications and surveys, issuing loans, and interview borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach at the local school, undertake community projects, and supervise high school interns from the U.S.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in small business development, micro-finance and education are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: On most days I taught the administrator of the loan program and her subordinates how to use a computer. I taught them how to scan documents and then organize them in folders on the computer and set up a budget. I advised the coordinators on how to improve the program. I also gave Microsoft Office lessons to the administrator of the local clinic. Intern #2: We created four videos for the organization to demonstrate the impact of the loan program in an interesting and comprehensive way. I learned about the impact of microloans in a rural area here in Uganda and the practical skills of video editing on iMovie. I also learned about the challenges and strategies of obtaining good footage and audio quality in the shots we took. Intern #3: I was mainly responsible for making videos for the organization to show the impact it has brought to the community. We filmed and interviewed our program participants a lot and edited the footages...I learned a lot about the concept of micro-finance and I saw how a well organized NGO can change the community for the better. I also gained a lot of video-editing skills.
View powerpoint presentations by past interns:
Women's Microfinance Initiative Intern #1
Women's Microfinance Initiative Intern #2
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