IIP Placements in Education
The International Internship Program and the Program in Teacher Preparation offer Princeton undergraduates the opportunity to participate in summer internships specifically designed for Princeton students with an interest in education.
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
Location: Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, China
Alpha Partners Education is an organization that provides integrated education services in China. Their mission is to foster creative spirit, critical thinking, and leadership in Chinese high schools, enhancing the collaborative strength and dynamism of Chinese youth as global citizens. They offer a broad range of curricular and extracurricular programs tailored to the personal and academic needs of partner schools and their students. All programs are designed to supplement the Chinese national curriculum and currently reach high schools in over 15 cities. IIP interns will work on three flagship "Pegasus" Model United Nations training programs in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu. These programs comprise a comprehensive range of challenging, holistic learning experiences that are tailored to the needs of 400 high-achieving, globally minded students selected from high schools in over 10 cities nationwide. The IIP interns will work on projects in either of the following two capacities:
- Academic support: In this role, the IIP intern will be given responsibility for the supervision of course development across the three-part curriculum: analysis (subjects including international law, economics, public health, environmental studies), communication (subjects including public speaking, performing arts, debate, negotiation) and creativity (subjects including visual arts, logic theory, critical thinking). This role will also give the IIP intern opportunities to teach, direct, and chair various MUN committees.
- CSR management support: In this role, the IIP intern will be responsible for increasing the social impact of the Pegasus programs. This will involve event planning and management and communication with various public and private institutions to gain sponsorship and publicity. In Pegasus 2012, the CSR management adviser worked with the visual arts teacher to organize a charity auction in Beijing’s 798 Art District, selling student self-portraits to raise money for an organization that uses art therapy to help autistic children in Beijing. This element of the Pegasus programs serves two purposes: it encourages high achieving students to develop stronger social awareness and responsibility while also extending the social impact of initiatives beyond the limited pool of students that are accepted onto the programs.
The IIP interns will be based in Beijing, but will be encouraged to spend time on location in Shanghai and Chengdu. Basic Mandarin is preferred, but not required. IIP candidates should have strong presentation, project planning and management skills. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Tokyo and Kobe, Japan
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. Ashinaga is looking for IIP interns who can teach English and communication skills and test prep strategies to college students at “Ashinaga Kokoro Juku” (residential facilities for orphaned students who commute to colleges in the Kanto and Kansai areas). IIP interns will also help students build their confidence and will encourage students to voice their opinions through the English lessons and also through multicultural communication both inside and outside of the classroom. IIP interns will have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, politics, and economy, etc. through discussions with the students and will have the opportunity to participate in educational activities and lectures during Ashinaga's annual summer camp for orphaned students, and may be directly involved with Ashinaga projects, such as the Ashinaga 100-year Vision of Education Support for Africa, and provide input in the decision-making process of the organization. IIP candidates with interest in education or the East Asia are encouraged to apply. Japanese language skills would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Nansana, Wakiso, Uganda
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. Ashinaga (U) is a day center in Uganda, which was officially opened by His Excellency President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda in 2003. It has been providing psychosocial and educational support to some 800 AIDS orphans in Nansana Town Council of Wakiso District since 2001. The center was also visited by their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan in June 2012 to commemorate 50 years of good relations between Japan and Uganda. In order to advance their efforts in Africa, Ashinaga operates the“Ashinaga Uganda Rainbow House.” The main responsibility of the IIP interns at this location is to prepare high school graduates for entrance examinations, essay writing, the application process and interviews for university. IIP interns may also be responsible for other administrative tasks. IIP candidates with interests in education and social work are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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.
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
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights was established in 1996 and is a non-profit, non-partisan NGO devoted to raising awareness on human rights violations in North Korea both domestically and abroad through publications, conferences, and campaigns. It also protects the lives and human rights of North Korean refugees in third countries and assists North Korean children and youth through various resettlement programs in South Korea. A working knowledge of Korean is recommended. IIP candidates should have strong writing skills, be self-motivated and driven to come up with new ideas and present them in an articulate manner. Skills in videography, graphic design, photography, social media, and website management would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP candidates applying for an IIP internship with the NKHR may choose from a variety of activities:
- International Cooperation, Campaign, and Research Teams: IIP Interns will be responsible for researching assigned human rights/refugee topics, drafting briefing reports, proofreading publications, assisting in preparations for the annual International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees, preparing and participating in urgent campaigns, and researching and preparing a weekly e-mail newsletter.
- Domestic Education Team: IIP Interns who complete NKHR’s volunteer training program, held annually in the beginning of July, may teach English/art/sports to North Korean children and teenagers during summer camp and will participate in various cultural and sports activities with North Korean college students.
College Year in Athens
Location: Athens, Greece
College Year in Athens (CYA) is a study abroad program focused on the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece--a rapidly changing country with a uniquely varied past. The IIP intern will assist the Associate Academic Director with a variety of tasks related to educational support and research. In terms of specific responsibilities, the IIP intern will assist in the organization of faculty development workshops (research as well as the preparation of printed materials). The IIP intern will also assist in updating and expanding the CYA Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook, providing recommendations and describing procedures and regulations, which will require extensive research and meticulous detailing of procedures. In addition, the IIP intern will assist in the digitization of CYA's Historical Archives (the development and contextualization process) and will follow on-site classes and produce digital and written material to be used in social media. IIP candidates must be in their sophomore or junior year and demonstrate a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and dependability. IIP candidates with a background in the humanities and social sciences with specific interest in Greece and southern Europe are encouraged to apply. Modern Greek would be an asset but is not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
El Nino y la Bola
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
El Nino y la Bola (Boy with a Ball) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to build and send out teams to reach young people and their families, drawing them into mentoring relationships and small group communities through which they can be equipped not only to thrive, but also to turn and reach others. IIP placements are available in English teaching and communications. IIP interns who focus on English teaching will be in charge of preparing the lessons provided by the English academy and making them understandable and interesting for the age groups receiving them; preparing materials and activities outside the class for the students to immerse themselves in the context of what they are learning (e.g., how to behave in a restaurant: go to an actual restaurant where they will be forced to speak English); preparing the tutors on the lessons twice a week; supervising the lessons given by the tutors; creating an evaluation system for the lessons; participating in the tutoring centers by helping English students do their school homework, making sure they understand their lessons, and helping them study for their tests; developing and recommending teaching techniques to be used for each student in the tutoring center and in the English classes. IIP interns focusing on communications will take pictures of the programs, edit and communicate the organization's work to donors, volunteers, personnel, and anyone interested in their work; manage all social media; design publicity, pamphlets, pictures, adds, etc. needed for current and coming campaigns; contact national media to promote volunteering and individual donations; and help the department in any situation as needed. IIP candidates with interests in teaching and/or communications are encouraged to apply. Basic Spanish would be an asset but is not required. Graphic design skills would also be an asset for the IIP placement in communications. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Locations: Santiago, Temuco, Antofagasta, Puerto Varas, and Concepcion, Chile
Endeavor transforms emerging countries by establishing high-impact entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. At Endeavor Chile, we search & select for high-impact entrepreneurs and then support them with services to improve their business models, expand their networks, and catalyze sustainable growth. IIP interns will have the opportunity to support the Search & Selection, Entrepreneur Services, Outreach, or Metrics Analysis team at one of the Endeavor offices. A detailed description of each position area is available in the IIP office. Endeavor Chile also spearheading an education initiative called “Aprendimiento”. The “Aprendimiento” program aspires to promote a culture of entrepreneurship within Chile by sponsoring programs that inspire and empower students to become responsible global citizens. The program supports IIP interns by fostering entrepreneurial values such as leadership, creativity, taking initiative, thinking “outside the box”, and trustworthiness. The IIP interns will learn to leverage their entrepreneurial spirit, identify opportunities for their future, and prepare for their future. IIP candidates interested in working on the education initiative would be staffed at the Puerto Varas office. This IIP placement is an ideal opportunity for IIP candidates with interests in entrepreneurship and Latin America. Skills and/ or experience in business would be an asset. Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required. When applying interns should rank the offices at which they would be interested in working. IIP Interns should also specify if they are applying to work on the “Aprendimiento” education initiative. If an IIP intern is not applying to work on the education initiative,please indicate if you have a strong preference for supporting Endeavor in a certain focus area: Search & Selection, Entrepreneurship Services, Outreach, & Metrics Analysis. This placement is ideal for students with interest in entrepreneurship; Latin America and Latin American development, economic development, microfinance, finance, economics, engineering, business, management, public policy and/or information technology. Good knowledge of Spanish is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns
Foundation Amor 2033 Ecuador
Location: Yaruqui, Ecuador
Foundation AMOR 2033 ECUADOR is a pilot school in Yaruqui, Ecuador, dedicated to giving thirty street children an education of the mind, body, and soul, along the lines of an innovative pedagogy inspired in part by philosopher Rudolph Steiner. Princeton interns will continue construction of the present school as well as dormitory facilities in the summer of 2014. This is an ideal opportunity for students looking to improve or perfect their Spanish in an interactive and authentic local setting, all the while acquiring hands-on experience, in the design of pedagogical avenues for the 21st century. There are currently 10,000 street children in Ecuador and the Foundation Amor 2033 aims to provide for all their needs over the course of the next 20 years. This is the stepping stone to creating self-governing schools and capitalizing on otherwise lost potential. It will involve manual work, creative thinking, public service (parks, etc.), and collaborative decision-making in a town an hour outside of Quito. IIP interns will be involved in design and construction; pedagogy, communications, public relations, translation, volunteer recruitment, presenting English or academic classes in open classrooms. Basic Spanish is required. IIP candidates with interests in Spanish and teaching are encouraged to apply. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
Internships at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) will provide a practical experience in disability related issues, particularly in persons who have cerebral palsy and other neuromotor conditions that lead to lifelong disability. IICP offers services across the life cycle from babies aged under a month 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 has a multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers who work in close partnership with persons with disability and their families. Through its different services and training programs, IICP seeks to facilitate awareness among persons with disability 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. Possible projects for IIP interns will be: Teaching children and adults with disability; Physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with the National Resource Centre for Augmentative and Alternative communication; Collaboration with the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; Vocational Training; Adult day and short stay respite services; Family Services ;Social Work; Projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada Brazil (IMPA), OBMEP PROJECT
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) is a teaching and research unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology. IIP interns will contribute to the Mathematical Olympiads for Public Schools (OBMEP) project, a project financed by the Brazilian Government, under responsibility of IMPA. The objective is to provide academic support for students who, due to social or economical conditions, cannot afford a good education. The Olympiad project has resulted in producing many talented students, from the public school system, usually from low income families. In this program the students receive a scholarship, for one year from the Government to improve their mathematical background and skills. The project involves a national examination, a special program for medalists of the three levels (Level III: High school, Level II: 8 and 9th grades, and Level I: 6th and 7th grades). Specific internship responsibilities include providing English training for selected medalists of OBMEP, presenting classes of workshops on elementary (but challenging) mathematical topics, and writing content about interesting elementary problems. This position is ideal for mathematics concentrators, especially those with interests in teaching and/or Latin American studies. An understanding of Spanish and Portuguese would be an asset, but is not required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns
Pan-African Global Academy
Location: Oshiyie, Ghana
The goal of Pan-African Global Academy (PAGA), spearheaded by Carolyn Rouse (Princeton professor of anthropology), was to build an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable high school in Oshiyie, Ghana. Pan-African Global Academy opened in September 2010 and is the first non-technical high school along a 10 km stretch of Aplaku Road in western Accra. The curriculum for the school is project-based and the students immediately apply the skills they learn in the classroom to local development projects. Specific projects may include: 1) Designing a project-based STEM curriculum that reinforces classroom knowledge, meets the national educational standards, and integrates curriculum already being used at the school. Subjects for this project include: integrated science, business and economics, history and social science, engineering and physics, and biology and health; 2) Helping the headmaster design a more robust administrative system to keep track of student progress and educational needs. 3) Evaluating the teachers and determine what they need, in terms of training and resources, to enhance their teaching. IIP candidates should have interests in either social sciences (anthropology, sociology, economics, history, policy, psychology) or in the sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry, EEB, molecular biology, or computer science). Interested IIP candidates should also have some knowledge of what a project-based STEM curriculum is, as well as basic knowledge of administrative systems to track student learning and educational standards. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns on this project; one additional placement has been established for an IIP candidate who will teach a health related curriculum. For this health-related placement the student will work on the Oshiyie Health Education and Health Promotion Project. The goal of this project is to create a community-centered health and public health curriculum which includes: involving students and school community leaders in the development and implementation of the curriculum, developing evaluation tools to assess effectiveness of health education programs; and empowering students to improve the health of their community through community based public health projects. This health-related placement is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Location: 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.
Location: Mumbai or Delhi, India
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization 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, PhDs, MBAs, CAs, 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. IIP interns will be assigned to specific projects that Pratham is implementing in education and social services. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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.
Location: Bishanpur village, Kishanganj District
SEEKHO is an Indian NGO that is committed to helping communities build the traditional and life skills they need to thrive. They focus on building an ecosystem, rather than on individual programs, so that the entire community can support one another in common goals. As such, they have programs for all students from preschool to high school, including dropouts. They also train government teachers in best practices for increasing well-being and engage the community through a variety of programs. SEEKHO uses well-being as a means and an end; well-being is an end, as it is an intrinsically valuable goal, and it is a means, as research indicates that well-being supports many other goals that people value, such as academic achievement, good health, and higher future earnings. IIP interns will receive training in SEEKHO's methodology, including Positive Psychology and Education, Design Thinking and Innovation, and Storytelling. IIP intern responsibilities will include teaching (for students with Hindi, this could be lessons on a variety of subjects; for students without Hindi, teaching subjects would include English, computer, sports and arts); creating and implementing a project designed according to organizational needs and IIP intern strengths and interests. Topics may include but are not limited to: impact measurement; storytelling and documentary creation; curriculum design, implementation, and testing. Previous interns helped with strategic planning, developed a framework for engaging the local community, and taught English. Interns will also learn how to navigate a new cultural context, how to engage the community to increase educational outcomes, and how running an NGO at the grassroots level actually works. IIP candidates with skills in Stata and statistical analysis are encouraged to apply. Hindi language skills would be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the educational organization and wholly owned subsidy of Sesame Workshop, is looking for an intern to assist the Education team with their content and digital initiatives in India. The intern will be expected to work on specific projects for the entire period of the internship and present a report of the findings. The work will be carried out under the guidance of the Vice President-Education & Research. On successful completion of the internship, Sesame Workshop India will give a letter of recommendation based on the performance and initiative. IIP candidates should have: the ability to think out of the box, commitment to work and making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, and sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Location: West Bengal, India
Street Survivors India is a non-profit organization that established the Jagriti Public School in Katna village in West Bengal, India. This school aims to create learning opportunities for disadvantaged children in slum areas. IIP interns will work on projects in any of the following areas: craft design and small business, child livelihood and justice issues, and education programing integrated with technology. IIP candidates should have knowledge about Indian culture and education and teaching experience. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Mumbai, India
The Swades Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates with the single-minded focus of empowering rural India. Their organization aims to create a permanent, irreversible change in the lives of 1 million people in rural India in the next 5 years. They work in following verticals: Water and Sanitation; Health and Nutrition; Agriculture and Livelihood; Education; and Community Mobilization.
They seek motivated, empowered IIP interns to undertake meaningful projects in the above areas. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects: Teaching functional computer skills to principals, leadership, and teachers (a computer science background is required for this IIP position); English teaching (IIP candidates should be English concentrators and will be teaching conversational English to strengthen the employment potential of rural youth through English language literacy); Kids Panchyat & Parents Teacher Group, which will include the IIP intern establishing, monitoring, and enhancing the program to facilitate awareness on civic rights and responsibilities amongst children and to facilitate community participation and ownership amongst parents and teachers in the schools; and the Support My School Project in seven private aided schools, which will include responsibilities to assess the impact of school infrastructure on learning especially water storage and filtration toilets, libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, landscaping and greenery, to monitor the efficacy of the program, and facilitate the appropriate utilization of the facilities provided. Hindi is not required but would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in social service, education and community development are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
UNESCO Bangkok/HIV Prevention and Health Promotion (HP2)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
UNESCO Bangkok is the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and home to the Health Promotion and HIV Prevention Unit. The Unit provides technical, resource mobilization, and advocacy support to ten UNESCO offices in the Asia-Pacific region as they aim to engage and mobilize action on HIV and AIDS. UNESCO works closely with UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNAIDS to empower young people to prevent HIV infection and has a close focus on reaching those most affected by the epidemic (young men who have sex with men, young transgender people, young people selling sex, young people injecting drugs, and young people living with HIV). UNESCO currently co-chairs the Asia-Pacific Task Team on Young People from Key Affected Populations and is engaged in a number of other thematic task teams in the region. The IIP intern would be part of a dynamic and committed team that is committed to reducing new HIV infections, scaling up access to HIV treatment, and addressing and averting stigma, discrimination, and human rights violations of those affected by the AIDS epidemic. The IIP intern’s responsibilities will include capacity development activities (support to preparations for the International AIDS Conference, and possibly regional courses/meetings on adolescents, HIV, legal issues, and/or youth leadership; engagement in meetings that may include the Joint UN Team on AIDS, inter-agency task teams on young people, as well as internal UNESCO meetings; and advocacy, public relations and media outreach, including communication efforts on different initiatives and/or development of communications materials. IIP candidates with interests in social sciences, public health (reproductive health and HIV), education and communications are encouraged to apply. Skills in any Asian language are not required but would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Location: 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.