IIP Internships in Education
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: Marketing and Communications IIP Intern
The Marketing and Communications Intern will report to the Student Affairs Manager and help the team in identifying and implementing various outreach initiatives. The detailed list of responsibilities will be shared once the project has been identified.
PROJECT 2: Programs and Research IIP Intern
Programs and Research Intern will report to the Programs Manager and provide assistance on various on-going program development and impact assessment projects. This IIP intern will collect data and undertake Impact Assessment of the various programs run by Aidha; assist in conducting any statistical analysis of Aidha’s impact data; create and maintain spreadsheets and databases; manage the Alumni database and undertake systematic filing of business proposals and assist 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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Location: Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India
About: The Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) was started in 2000 as a series of meetings of village women in the rural area outside Dehrarun, in northwest India. The meetings arose as the women began to think of ways to generate employment. Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, ANKURI empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training (knitting, stitching and embroidery, spinning, and weaving), a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program.
Intern Responsibilities: Based on the program area, IIP interns in the literacy program will provide about children English language classes and soft skills classes; in the medical program, interns will help run the annual medical camp in partnership with local physicians and in the travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize and promote the work of the organization. Specific projects include:
- Development of classroom resources such as flash cards, maps, learning games and lesson plans. Lead classroom-related projects and participate in others.
- Development and enhancement of ANKURI's media and social media presence. Projects for 2016 include continuing upkeep of the Facebook presence, development of program's presence on other social platforms (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Development of business tools and resources for the programs. Maintain and enhance the craft center inventory database and accounts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in teaching, art, communications (including social media), design (including fashion design), community development, theater and/or film are encouraged to apply. Skills in creating/enhancing webpages, and utilizing art skills to make teaching aids, signs, etc. would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: We inventoried finished products, started translating a women's ledger, created resources for the literacy center, taught kids, inventoried the books in the literacy center, supervised other interns, worked on the social media and websites, and looked at ways to advertise ANKURI and assessed its impact through surveys.…I think my work really grounded the organization and made them more aware of how their organization works and how it's impacting the community. I also set up resources for future interns and have found ways to let more people know about ANKURI…I learned how important it is to test a resources out on the kids before assuming that they will love it or it will help them. I learned how to incorporate what I read in the news into daily conversations and also how to make processes more efficient. Intern #2:Our daily work responsibilities were making lesson plans, teaching classes (for about two hours), and making resources such as flashcards for the classroom. In addition, we were given projects such as creating a spreadsheet inventory of all the finished wool products in their craft center, creating an inventory of all the literacy center resources (ie. books, puzzles, stories, etc.), and editing the website. We also conducted a survey created by a previous intern to assess the impact of the organization on the local women… I learned a lot about teaching children, how to work in close cooperation with two others, and how to work under a supervisor when given more vague directions than I've been used to in school, (allowing me to bounce my own ideas and put my input in). Intern #3: We taught English lessons to local kids. We also worked on more long term projects. I was put in charge of making flash cards to correspond with one of the English textbooks, which was a massive job because the book was huge. I also was asked to draw pictures on a map of the world for the classroom, and over the first few weeks I made an alphabet banner to go in the classroom...Throughout this placement, we came up with lesson plans for the kids and then tested them out in the afternoons and wrote what went well and what didn't. We tried to tailor little lessons to each level…So we focused on creating resources for the classroom that were appropriate for the age groups of the kids- anywhere from 4 to 12…We definitely improved the teaching resources for future interns and by the time we left had an actual curriculum planned, with directions for activities and flashcards etc…This experience has taught me how to think creatively about what kids will enjoy doing in class and what they'll get out of activities. I'd never really thought about how teachers prepared lessons or even if they cared what the kids learned, but being on the other side really opens up a new perspective. When teaching the small groups I preferred to sit with the kids rather than stand in front of them, especially with the younger children.
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ANKURI Intern #1
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Location: Tokyo and Kobe, Japan
About: Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan, which for over 40 years has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have lost one or both parents due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Each year Ashinaga provides scholarships to about 6,000 orphaned students in Japan, and total academic loans and scholarships disbursed exceed US$28 million annually. More than 90,000 orphaned students have been able to obtain higher education with help from Ashinaga.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns may be involved with one or more of the following projects:
- Student Support - The primary responsibilities of this role are to support Ashinaga students through conversational English classes, workshops to improve their transferable skills, and events to create a friendly, community environment within the Ashinaga dormitory. The IIP intern will work with Japanese and international students with very different backgrounds and abilities, but they all share the experience of having lost one or both parents. IIP Interns for this project will also be occasionally tasked with playing with much younger children when they visit the facility, as well as creating and leading classes at local junior high schools. IIP Interns are also expected to take a leading role in one of our summer camps held across Japan. It will be their task to motivate the disadvantaged students that Ashinaga supports to aim high in their futures, and to encourage them to experience the world outside of Japan.
- Media - Ashinaga is looking for students with skills in either photography, film-making, or graphic design/web design to join their media team. The media team will work closely with Ashinaga staff in order to produce visually attractive media content that can then be used to promote Ashinaga’s activities to international audiences. IIP interns are given a relative amount of freedom to come up with their own ideas for video and visual content that they can produce to post across social media, including portrait photography of their students, video interviews, and informational videos.
- Translation - IIP Interns in the translation team will work closely with the Secretary Department and the Office of the President at Ashinaga. Ashinaga are ideally looking for native English speakers who have a high level of skill in Japanese, or native/near-native speakers of French and Portuguese. IIP Interns in this team will translate and proofread communications between Ashinaga and its collaborators across Europe, Brazil, and Sub-Saharan Africa. This may include letters to and from the diplomats, ambassadors, politicians, artists and so on who make up Ashinaga's council of advisors. IIP interns who can speak French and Portuguese will also be a key liaison for students from Francophone and Lusophone Sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in applying for their scholarship program. These interns may also be responsible for making calls and emails to NGOs and contacts in those countries in order to expand awareness of Ashinaga's activities. IIP interns who are highly skilled in Japanese will also get the opportunity to practice interpretation for the President of Ashinaga and other members of staff, as well as for the various summer camps and student activity conferences that are held through the year.
- Research Intern - Ashinaga is currently rapidly expanding its international activities, especially through the provision of scholarship for Sub-Saharan African orphaned students who wish to study abroad. Such expansion means that Ashinaga will need to innovate new ways of fundraising abroad, as well as gather relevant information to ensure that activities will be effective. The IIP interns in the research team will be involved in doing research, writing up reports and proposals, and eventually giving presentations to senior Ashinaga staff on how to improve maybe aspects of Ashinaga’s international activities. Topics may include Ashinaga’s international branding, use of social media and other platforms, how best to advertise the scholarships in Sub-Saharan Africa, the way in which Ashinaga students are supported, and how Ashinaga can encourage our scholars for Sub-Saharan Africa to become future leaders and contribute back to the success of their home countries.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in education, international development, marketing, economics and/or East Asia studies are encouraged to apply. Japanese, French or Portuguese language skills would be an asset, but are not required. Skills in photography, filmmaking, editing, journalism, social media, PhotoShop/InDesign would be an asset.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past interns): Intern #1: My work responsibilities included leading private and group lessons teaching English to the students.I also wrote reports on my experiences and help improved the study tour program in Kyoto. In Tokyo, I taught private lessons a few times a week and lead group activities with the students. Intern #2: During internship, I went to a summer camp and a study tour in the north of Japan.The summer camp was a very intensive week of activities with a group of 10-15 high school kids, 2 college-age leaders, and 1 intern (myself). There were 200 students at my particular summer camp (the interns were spread throughout the country on different camps). The language barrier here was very challenging - the students and leaders spoke very little English, so most of our communication was non-verbal. However, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my stay in Japan. Intern #3: I wrote an information booklet, I did some teaching at a middle school and high school, and I'm helping out with a proposal to organize Ashinaga's online presence…I learned that I really enjoy teaching and lecturing about psychology. Intern #4: At first, my responsibility was supporting the students of the dormitory I live in through conversation, mentorship, and English lessons, after that my primary responsibility was going to summer camps and helping out by bringing a foreign perspective to the table. I developed my Japanese skills as well as learned to adapt to situations quickly. I was often sent to different places and schools to teach or participate in activities for Ashinaga students. In each place, my responsibility was a little different and the challenges changed too.
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Ashinaga intern #1
Ashinaga intern #2
Ashinaga intern #3
Ashinaga intern #4
Ashinaga intern #5
Ashinaga intern #6
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Location: Nansana, Wakiso, Uganda
About: Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan. For over 40 years, Ashinaga has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have lost one or both parents due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Ashinaga (U) is a day center in Uganda, which was officially opened in 2003. It has been providing psychosocial and educational support to some 800 AIDS orphans in Nansana Town Council of Wakiso District since 2001.
Intern responsibilities: The main responsibility of the IIP interns at this location is to prepare high school graduates for entrance examinations, assist with essay writing, and help students navigate the college application and interview processes. IIP interns may also be responsible for other administrative tasks.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in education and social work are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern #1: Most of what I did had to do with helping the Ugandan students submit the strongest applications possible when they apply. As a result, I was involved mostly in: SAT math tutoring, SAT essay writing tutoring, application essay writing tutoring, Common App help, advice, teacher counselor recommendation help, transcript-getting help, leadership, goal setting. I also helped teach the Critical Reading and Writing portions of the SAT, though this was primarily the job of the other intern. I participated in weekly staff meetings, Saturday Care programs (occasionally), Ashinaga home visits, and more. Intern #2: I taught and planned extensive lesson plans for 20 students involved in Ashinaga Uganda's 100-Year Vision Program. I specifically taught classes in SAT, Math, UKCAT prep, IELTS prep, US college application prep, and taught basic computer skills to the students...I learned how to effectively work in groups, how to communicate lessons effectively, and how to help students...I helped to prep the 20 students to get into college in order to follow through with the organization's vision to send African orphans to colleges/universities around the world. Intern #3: My work responsibilities included providing emotional support and academic/college counseling, as well as being a friend. And overall I was a resource for any student: students would often approach us asking for help or advice. I was a US application mentor, meaning that I helped those applying to the USA. This included choosing which colleges to apply to, figuring out the requirements, and helping them with all aspects of their application. I was also on the SAT team, and was a teacher specifically for SAT writing and SAT critical reading. I also helped with their community betterment program and other aspects such as Global Awareness and our morning assembly. I was tasked with photography and video production for Ashinaga, recording events we have such as the opening ceremony and sports day.
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Ashinaga U Intern #1
Ashinaga U Intern #2
Ashinaga U Intern #3
Ashinaga U Intern #4
Ashinaga U Intern #5
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Bayimba Cultural Foundation
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. The organization is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent. Over the past several years it has sought to organize a wide range of activities to develop the creative arts industry in Uganda. One placement has been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: This summer, the IIP intern will be responsible for one of the following projects:
- Assistant Online Radio Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the development of an online broadcasting outlet that aims to increase the provision of quality information about arts and culture. Specific responsibilities will include: carrying out competitive/environmental analysis; identifying technical options for online set-up; developing options for attractive programming; making recommendations for staffing and developing annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, and Media Coordinator. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Charity Lottery Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the set-up of a charity lottery that would generate income and provide financial support in the area of arts and culture in Uganda. This IIP intern will help to carry out a feasibility study and develop an initial plan for the set-up of a charity lottery in support of arts and culture development. Specific responsibilities will include: identifying options for legally sound set-up of a charity lottery, presenting options for lottery modalities, making recommendations for legal set-up, making recommendations for staffing and developing an initial annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director and the Head of Development. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Membership Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in enhancing Bayimba’s general membership program as well as establishing the Bayimba co-op as a separate but closely linked artist cooperative initiative. This IIP intern will help to enhance Bayimba’s membership programs. Specific responsibilities will include: assessing the current membership program and co-op, determining the rationale for membership programs vis-à-vis other objectives/initiatives, identifying options for improvement general membership program, and developing a strategy for Bayimba co-op development. This IIP intern will work closely with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, staff members currently in charge of membership, and the Bayimba co-op team. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry, organizational development, membership development, and/or media development are encouraged to apply. Experience in strategic business planning and development would be an asset. A good candidate would have good cross-cultural communication skills and experience with relevant software applications. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational, and collaborative skills.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Researcher: developed framework for measuring the economic impact of music festivals in East Africa, which involved survey creation, interviews, and marketing; helped with logistics at music festivals (ticket sales, information); launched an artists' cooperative which gave Ugandan artists a vehicle for sharing performance opportunities, equipment, and skills/knowledge; transcribed speeches at associated events. Intern #2: I was the Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator. My responsibilities included brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc. Intern #3:The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is in the process of creating its own creative arts academy that it hopes to launch in 2017, the year the new curriculum for O-level (secondary school) students begins, where creative arts is one of the required subjects. In preparation for this, my main project was to conduct an external analysis on all forms of arts education in Uganda, with a focus in Kampala. Essentially, I gathered information on the competition and found challenges they've run into and heard advice they offered. I compiled a list of 100+ groups from governmental departments, official universities, international high schools, organizations/NGOs, individuals providing lessons, and international embassies that may provide funding. From there, I interviewed as many of these groups as possible gathering information such as the type of content they provide, the class structure, the demographic of students, the costs & funding, the resources, and future plans. At the very end, I wrote a report with all my findings together... In terms of work, as internet isn’t used nearly as much here and as people aren’t as reliant on it, I’ve learned the power of talking to people directly – especially when trying to schedule meetings. Also, I’ve noticed the unhealthy relationship with stress people have in the United States. Back home, it almost feels as if you always need to be stressed, or at least show that you’re stressed, in order to feel like you’re doing something productive. The work environment is much more relaxed here, in terms of punctuality as well as atmosphere, yet you know everyone is very busy and is accomplishing something each day. It really puts what I’ve accepted as normal into perspective. Intern #4: I had two separate projects. One was working with consultants that they've hired to see which direction to take the production business in. I traveled with them to various production companies to interview them about best practices, and I also collaborated with them on a strategic recommendation for 2016-2018. My other project was making a quarterly report for the productions business (this is their profit making arm). I researched global and Ugandan economic climates to make suggestions about ways to move forward and correct issues from last quarter. I also looked at yields of the business' investments and strategies for those moving forward...I'm learned a lot about the complexities of running an organization of this size, especially with a limited staff. There's pretty much one person for every department who does everything in that department, so we were crazy busy when we were preparing for a regional festival. I also learned more about how what I learned in economics class actually applies to businesses and how the things I learned in the classroom translate into the real world, which is to say a lot differently. Developing economies are tricky to navigate when developing a business.
View Powerpoint presentations by past IIP interns:
Bayimba Intern #1
Bayimba Intern #2
Bayimba Intern #3
Bayimba Intern #4
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Bayimba Cultural Foundation|
Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
About: The Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) offers services across the life-cycle from newborn babies aged to adults over 50 years of age. It works within the context of an institution and in the community--in urban slums and rural areas of the state of West Bengal. IICP's multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers, work closely with persons with disabilities and their families. IICP seeks to educate and inform persons with disabilities and their families of equal rights and opportunities and to assist them in gaining access to all aspects of life in the community. IICP’s assistive technology center demonstrates the close collaboration between developers of technology and users.
Intern Responsibilities: Possible projects for IIP interns will be: teaching children and adults with disability; physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with instituitions like the National Resource Center for Augmentative and Alternative communication and the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; vocational training; adult day and short stay services; family services; social work; projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. IIP Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interest in human rights, assistive technology for persons with communication difficulties, advocacy and empowerment of marginalized groups, journalism, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, drama, music, art, and/or counseling and social work are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: In the mornings, I taught the special education department. I worked with students ages 8 to 14 on reading/writing in English and learning basic math skills. In the afternoons, I went to the Adult Day Center where adults with severe disabilities spend their day. There, I was responsible for engaging the students in activities and teaching them basic life skills like how to feed themselves. I was also responsible for feeding those students who cannot feed themselves. In the evenings, I worked on creating teaching aids for the next day's class and worked on a project in the vocational training division to teach the hearing and speech impaired how to cook. Next month, I spent my mornings working full time in the vocational training division, helped the students there build resumes, conducted job interviews, and obtained marketable skills that they can use in a workplace environment (like typing, use of computers, exc.). I then spent my afternoons working with Roshni, the technology department, where I helped develop additional learning aids for the hearing and speech impaired. Intern #2: I worked in the Hindi/English classroom and the LSTU (Life Skills Training Unit) classroom in the Center for Special Education (CSE) in the institute. My projects were to teach communicative English in those classrooms, teach math and English individually for two students, and made a poetry communication board for one student. The communication board was a collection of poems that the students used to learn and recite poetry...I learned how to be more open-minded about different cultures. I was very accustomed to structured schedules and routines in the United States, but I learned how to be more flexible and open to sudden changes...My project was also helping me learn how to teach. I learned how to present the material, what kinds of problems/questions to give them, and how to grab their attention...My communicative English lessons helped the students learn how to interact with people who speak English, especially with foreign visitors who come to the classrooms. The individual math and English lessons for the two students helped them reach several of their academic goals. The communication board was also be used by other students who have difficulty speaking, not only the student that I made it for. Intern #3: I worked in the institute's catering unit alongside people with disabilities. This work included making a picture catalog of all kitchen items, utensils, and appliances to help in the vocational training process; creating a Korean cookbook that is disability friendly to share before leaving; facilitating the daily cooking process and trying to improve understanding between supervisor and vocational trainee during the learning process through the use of my projects...Specifically, I created five pictorial catalogs of Indian spices, vegetables, fruits, utensils & appliances, and dry goods with English and Bengali captions along with one pictorial Korean recipe book that people with disabilities could use in the catering unit...I learned that there is such a thing as a universal language, adapted to intense and fast-paced environments like the kitchen in a foreign environment,and learned about who to turn to when questions arise i.e. navigating the Indian power bureaucracy.
View power point presentations by past IIP interns:
IICP Intern #1
IICP Intern #2
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy|
Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project
Location: Khayelitsha, South Africa
About: Philani has an integrated comprehensive health program with home and clinic based maternal and child health interventions, preschools, skills and income generating programs alongside scholarship, orphans, and building programs. Interns at Philani Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Project will work in Khayelitsha, an African township 25 km from Cape Town city center. Interns will be part of a team committed to the work of improving the health and welfare of women and children in destitute communities on the outskirts of Cape Town.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in nutrition, social services and global/public health are encouraged to apply. Skills in grant writing and program development would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1- I assisted in designing and implementing a client satisfaction survey for Philani's Mentor Mothers Program which sends community health workers into the field. I randomly sampled clients to be surveyed and will record and analyze the data for results. This survey was for the Department of Health, but was also useful to Philani in assessing their program. I also created an updated directory of referral organizations for Philani. I called shelters for battered women, crisis pregnancy clinics, foster care homes, and mental health centers, to name a few, and ask about their services and referral process. Many of Philani's clients may benefit from the services offered at these organizations so a complete directory will put to good use.Another side project of mine is helping to create a database for all of the Mentor Mothers' clients. Most of Philani's documents are in paper form and not digitized, so this is the first big step of many in making Philani function more efficiently. Intern #2: We have tested and organized all the keys in the facilities. We have filed and archived documents for various employers. We have filed all closed folders from this year and those left over from the past few years for the Mentor Mother Program. I have captured all the cases (both Open and Closed) in the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program onto the computer database and organized and filed these cases. I have also captured all cases in the OVC Program Book, bringing the system up to date, and made suggestions on how to file incoming cases efficiently. We have created a flow diagram reviewing the point of sale and stock control system of Philani's Income Generation Project. We used this information to help us conduct a cost analysis of the program and advise on strategies to further improve the Income Generation Project in the upcoming weeks. We have assisted with Philani's Medication Stock Control by recording all medications purchased and distributed by the organization in the past few years. We have researched methods for conducting a coverage survey for the Mentor Mother Program and written a lengthy report detailing the benefits of conducting such a survey and our recommendations of how to do so, using the latest techniques and software which are being utilized by similar NGO's worldwide. Finally, we have edited and prepared the Mentor Mother database for statistical analyzation. I learned to see my time here as not "what I can get out of this organization" but "what I can give to this organization" based on their needs as a volunteer. It seemed that what this organization needs is time and greater organization and efficiency, so I am focusing on creating as much order as possible and getting to know the women here well. Intern #3:We have organized closed files from the Mentor Mother program, organized and tested keys for the entire complex, archived files for some of the employees, brought the Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) database up to date, and captured the medication orders and stock for the last two years. We have also made a flow chart of the point of sale and stock control for the Income Generation Project and plan to advise on ways to improve that program. We have also given advice on items that the project is looking to purchase such as a projector to use used for a "mini movie theater," a vending coffee machine for the visitors, and a system of cloud storage for the employees to back up their files. Additionally, we researched numerous coverage survey methods. I wrote a report, detailing the survey methods of SQUEAC and SLEAC. We are currently working on reorganizing the entire Mentor Mother database in order to get it into a condition that can be used to analyze the information in the database and obtain statistics. We will then analyze the organized data and hope to get results in a way that we can advise on new programs in order to target a specific condition. I am learning to be patient. I have also had to be patient in working with the data and the organization of it and of the employees. Additionally, the start to looking at the data relationships forced me to refresh my knowledge of R. I also learned about ways of testing program coverage and hotspots for malnutrition.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
Philani Intern #1
Philani Intern #2
This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project|
Pratham Education Foundation
Location: Delhi and Mumbai, India
About: Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today they reach out to millions of children living both in rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. The Pratham team comprises of educationists, development professionals, media personnel, corporates, workers, activists, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of our children.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to specific projects that Pratham is implementing in education and social services.
Qualifications: IIP candidates interested in a career in international development, education, or the nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: My main focus was to create and pilot a system to evaluate the quality and understand the specific strengths and challenges of Pratham Institute’s vocational skilling programs. In order to this, I created surveys and administered them at local centers during my site visits. In addition to this pilot system, I also did quantitative analysis of the center, looking at cost utilization, capacity utilization, and enrollment numbers. These numbers helped inform ways of improving efficiency in the programs. Lastly, I wrote case studies on successful students and helped update their website. Intern #2: My main project was creating a life-skills curriculum that would be taught to all the students as a part of their vocational training course, in order to increase the employment retention rate of the students after they have been placed with a partner organization. Through research, I compiled a number of activities that would make this curriculum more interactive among the students. This curriculum included skills such as self-confidence, gender sensitization, and knowing the rights of employees. In addition to my main project, my work responsibilities included traveling to other Pratham vocation training centers and writing case studies of students, and creating and implementing anonymous feedback from the students. I am learning that understanding the culture is important in interacting with students and with colleagues. Even for my project at work, I learned that cultural nuances make a difference in terms of curriculum content. My work has created a life-skill curriculum that instructors in different verticals (hospitality, healthcare, electrical, beauty, construction, automotive) of the organization can use for their students' training. Before this curriculum, all the instructors had used different resources for teaching soft-skills. Now with this comprehensive curriculum, Pratham can ensure that all the instructors are using a curriculum that includes the most important skills that are essential for the students' success during employment. My feedback analysis is being used to improve the courses. The feedback surveys that I have created can be used at other Pratham centers by my colleagues and future interns.
View a powerpoint by a past intern:
Pratham Education Foundation Intern #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Pratham Education Foundation|
The Tushita Foundation
Location: Jaipur, India
About: The Tushita Foundation is a trust created by the founders of Tushita Travels with the objective to promote betterment in the living conditions of the less fortunate in India. The project's inception has its roots in the realization of the widening gap between the have and the have-not in the country, so that the Tushita Travel has decided to contribute its knowledge, energy and resources striving to improve the situation. In 2009, the Tushita Foundation has acquired a house in the village of Amber, close to Jaipur, one of the major tourists centers in Rajasthan to which the Foundation wanted to show its recognition. The Tushita Foundation believes that given a proper education and opportunities, everyone can have a chance to succeed in a developing country.
Intern Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching the children who are ages 5 to 15 years old, and specifically working on one or more of the projects below. IIP interns will also be tasked with finding creative pathways to develop the Foundation's activities aimed at empowering the children.
- Project 1:The major objective of the Tushita Foundation is to teach English to the children and the teachers by using both traditional methods and more creative ones. IIP candidates will teach grammar, creative writing, and public speaking with proper pronunciation and will have the opportunity to propose a project of interest based on their personal skills and passions in one of the following fields: Humanities: Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy; Anthropology, Classics, History, Law; Religious Science, Sociology, Psychology; Performing Arts and Visual Arts: Theater, Music, Dance, Drawing, Architecture, Painting, Film; Health, Nutrition and physical activities; and Geoscience, Ecology, Engineering. Teaching the teachers will assure that the work the IIP intern will do with the children will become sustainable.
- Project 2: Recently the Tushita Foundation has decided to develop a program on health care including the role of good nutrition and physical activities. The program so far consists of a doctor visit 4 times a year in order to check the children general health status. Simultaneously the Foundation is looking to hire a nurse to take care and follow the health status of the children. The nurse will also teach them the importance of a good health care and nutrition according to the traditional habits of the local community and will educate the teenagers, especially the girls, on how to manage and accept their physical changes at puberty. IIP candidates with interest in the nutrition science and health care could develop a project that will reinforce the work of the nurse. IIP candidates could also implement some sport projects using the wonderful playground/obstacle course that the Foundation has acquired for the well being of the children.
- Project 3: The Tushita Foundation is also very concerned about ecology and therefore is interested in IIP candidates who have a background in environmental studies to teach the benefits of ecosystems. Projects that would address the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment would be of high interest for children and community. The main objective of this project would be to help the students gain awareness of their environment, learn how to manage our natural resources, and protect human health.
Qualifications: Interest in teaching various subjects, artistic skills like music, theater or singing would be an asset. As would an interest in teaching health care and nutrition, as these topics are good vectors to teach English and life skills to the children and the teachers. IIP candidates with interests in education, social responsibility and international development are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP Intern): I taught at the Foundation and worked with the local teachers to improve their spoken English and provide fun entertaining classes for the children who come to the foundation. I completed a musical performance involving 150 kids that began with a group of 30 teenagers who performed their own original musical. I learned so much about Indian culture...Times aren't as firm, plans change a lot. There was sometimes a cultural barrier in how we were able to communicate which was something I both realized and tried to remember…I felt I made a positive change in the lives of the children I taught at the foundation. For one thing, the lessons I was able to provide made learning much more fun than what they are used to. If anything I hoped I gave the local teachers more ideas and tools that they can use to teach at the foundation…The great part about the Tushita foundation is that you can bring pretty much any creative project and show it to the kids and it makes a difference.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Tushita Foundation India|
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
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Women's Microfinance Initiative (WMI)|