IIP Internships in Journalism, English, & Comparative Literature
American Chamber of Commerce Taipei, Taiwan Business Topics Magazine
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
This International Internship Program (IIP) internship placement provides the opportunity to learn more about how international business is conducted, particularly the economic, political, and social environment in which business is done in Taiwan. The IIP intern will be considered as part of the reporting staff of the Taiwan Business Topics monthly magazine, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei--researching (largely by conducting interviews) and writing articles for publication, as well as helping with proofreading and other editorial tasks. The IIP intern will function as a magazine reporter without close day-to-day supervision; therefore, successful applicants must possess the ability to work well independently and demonstrate strong oral and written communications skills. The IIP intern will also have the opportunity to attend speeches, presentations, and other events sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce. Mandarin skills would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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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, Malaysia 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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Location: Seoul, South Korea
About: Daily NK is an online periodical founded in 2004 that delivers news from North Korea. The news articles are translated into six languages: English, Korean, Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish. The periodical strives to inform the world about the latest updates occurring within North Korea and to induce genuine changes within and from outside the totalitarian regime. In particular, Daily NK aims to broaden the perspectives of the young generation by strengthening the flow of information from North Korea and delivering them across a wide range of communications platforms. In 2014, Daily NK merged with two shortwave radio stations targeting North Korea, Radio Free Chosun and Open Radio for North Korea and OTV, a NGO-based internet television channel and formed a consortium called Unification Media Group.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will contribute to one or more of the following projects:
- PROJECT 1: IIP interns will help with grant research and writing on which our organization is very dependent. While it is not necessary for the intern to have former experience, he or she should expect to learn how to create a pitch desk to present as part of a grant proposal to perspective donors in addition to spending time researching funding options best suited to our organization’s goals. Daily NK have recently formed a consortium with two radio stations broadcasting into North Korea, opening their funding options up exponentially. The intern would learn how to formulate grant proposals and key fundraising skills in addition to basic PR and marketing skills. This project would require 1 intern. This project would take place at their office in Seoul.
- PROJECT 2: The intern will handle all SNS updates, including Twitter, Facebook, and organizing their photo archive to contribute to their Instagram Page. Helping update and maintain their consortium page, Unification Media Group, would also fall under these responsibilities. Brainstorming to new ways to engage readers and reach out through events and social media would also be part of this.
- PROJECT 3: The bulk of Daily NK's work is focused on translation, particularly from Korean-English, and as such we greatly welcome students interested in journalism and with translation prowess. Additionally, covering events related to North Korea in Seoul, conducting interviews with experts, or researching areas of interest to compose his or her own articles (in English, Korean, or both) is also encouraged. Creating radio scripts (in Korean) and participating in their daily radio broadcasts to North Korea on an array of topics is also encouraged and appreciated.
Qualifications: IIP Candidates should have a prior understanding of North-South Korean relations, world politics as well as interest in journalism, radio and/or script writing. Skills in Photoshop and design would be an asset. Fluency in Korean is required and skills in any of the other languages (Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish) would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My main responsibility was to translate articles into English. In addition to translating, I was asked to edit and add to the original article to better adapt to the taste of Western readers. After translating an article in the morning, I read through Korean articles to update on current news and search through English newspapers (such as the NYT and Guardian) to see if there are any news we missed. Similarly in the afternoon, I translated the rest of the articles.. Sometimes, I went to various events around the country related to North Korea for news coverage and wrote articles the next day. For example, we made a trip near the border to interview a defector participating in a 'unify Korea' bike marathon.Intern #2: I translated articles, created an English website, lead a fundraising/crowdfunding project and wrote a theme song...I learned a lot about what's going on in North Korea, what it is like to work in a company and how a NGO works.
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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
About: Driven Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise focused on offering entrepreneurship development programs to youth and program design to corporations. Driven Entrepreneurs aims to be a leading entrepreneur development company, supporting the efforts of entrepreneurs throughout Africa while providing access to entrepreneurial opportunities through tailored programs. This company delivers customized entrepreneurial services to secondary schools and communities, in addition to incubating youth from low income areas across Africa. Driven aims to impact the youth and adults across Africa by transforming their entrepreneurial mindset and enabling them to take ownership of their future. IIP interns will learn about social innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community empowerment.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will be working on either or both of the following projects:
- Business System Development: Driven Entrepreneurs is developing an increasing number of training programs and the organization seeks to systematize its operations to avoid operational bottlenecks and over reliance on key personnel. The IIP interns will analyze the current system and identify the areas of inefficiencies, develop and document improvements to the current systems, identify tech tools to aid efficiencies and test the new systems with Driven.
- Innovation and Technology Strategy: Driven does not have a formalized policy for its technology and innovation plan and the organization seeks to develop such a policy to enable Driven to participate in the tech space. The IIP interns will research data trends on the use of technology in the development space, in particular entrepreneurship education (Ex: reports from authoritative institutions such as the World Bank, ILO, WEF etc..). Interns will identify and map out future trends and scenario for entrepreneurship education and identify the technologies and innovations Driven can invest in.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in business development, community empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.
Location: Mumbai, India
About: Forbes India is the India office of Forbes business magazine. The magazine features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. This IIP internship provides interns with an excellent opportunity to gain a good sense of what it is like to be a journalist in India, especially in the business sector. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Intern responsibilities: The intern will be involved in both the office and the field, researching topics and content for articles, writing and editing articles for the magazine and blog, attending press conferences and launches, and interviewing people for stories.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern #1: Conducted interviews. Wrote for the magazine. Did research. Learned graphic design. Wore the shoes of a journalist. Intern #2: I did copy-editing, proof-reading, reporting and writing. I'm pursued a story of my own on independent music in India...I got great reporting experience, and I learned about how a print publication functions. Intern #3: Copyedited, researched potential story ideas, conducted interviews, accompanied senior reporters in their interviews, attended editorial and pitch meetings, etc. I learned how to pitch a story and how to do the pre-reporting that comes along with a pitch. I also learned about the magazine production process and how all the different departments come together to make a magazine work.
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Forbes India Intern #1
Forbes India Intern #2
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Location: Paris, France
About: Helion Pictures is a small independent television production company based in Paris specializing in Prime Time Fiction series, documentaries, and live-action children’s series for the international market. At the moment, Helion has several series in production, including the French police series “Section de Recherche," France’s highest rated police drama; “Borgia,” the highest rated drama series on France’s Canal; and “Life with Boys,” the new series for Teen Nick, from the creator of “Hannah Montana." The company is on pre-production on the action/documentary series about the helicopter first-responders in Chamonix/Mt. Blanc, “Mountain Rescue” for Discovery International, and has several fiction series in development.
Intern Responsibilities: This IIP internship involves working with the producers to help coordinate post-production on the Discovery series, manage the development materials for the fiction series, and work on the company website. Additionally, the intern will help organize several juries for the International Emmys in Paris that will choose the nominees for several categories that will take place over the summer. This IIP internship offers the opportunity to get an inside view of the international television business, in particular French television.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in theater, literature, psychology, and media are encouraged to apply. Basic French is required. Working knowledge of how to build websites would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My work responsibilities included reading and critiquing scripts; doing research for, editing, and in some cases producing materials for TV series pitches; going to networking events (like Série Séries festival, which brought together the top TV producers from across Europe); and helping to organize the International Emmy Awards... I also did script reading/coverage,worked on a project for the UNESCOTV platform (developed outline and proposal), conducted research for a co-production TV series on trains and did development work for two other projects to help get funding (which involved going out and shooting with Apple devices, editing videos)...I learned how the business of TV production works in Europe, the challenges that must be overcome and many of the different players that are involved...The pre-production materials that I worked on were the real materials that are sent to potential partners, investors, directors, and more. My coverage of scripts/pitches that were gathered by the company affected whether or not they are given serious consideration by the producers. Intern #2: I worked on research for new TV show ideas, worked on a website for the company my boss works for and also for my boss' company, edited and reformatted pitch summaries and small jobs prepared pitches. This included making short videos of Paris and TV production events. I organized and tracked invitations for the International Emmy jury and helped to plan the events which will be in September. I tested new filming equipment to prepare for shooting series and movies, and I also read and rated scripts that the company received...The research and pitches that I helped create are presented by my boss to several audiences, including the European Broadcast Union (EBU), U.N. ambassadors at UNESCO, and top TV executives across Europe...My French has really improved, and I learned a lot about the French culture and way of life. In my work, I learned about the entertainment industry, especially the TV industry in Europe and in the U.S. I learned the direction the TV industry is going and how the European system is trying to follow the American system, but has several limiting factors that stops it from succeeding.
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Helion Pictures Intern #1
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Location: London, England
About: The Lancet is a leading general medical journal, published weekly, and shares office space with around ten Lancet specialty titles published monthly. The journal’s editorial mission is to publish the most important medical and health information to benefit people around the world. The staff number about 100, including people with diverse backgrounds in medicine, science and journalism. Among other tasks, editors write and commission opinion pieces on important topics in medicine and global health, select and organize peer review of scholarly papers submitted for publication, and commission educational articles for consideration and peer review. Staff are mostly based in London, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, although we work closely with colleagues based in New York, USA and Beijing, China and travel frequently to conferences.
Intern Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Senior Editor, and the IIP candidate will become part of the editorial team. For the first two weeks of the internship, the student will meet colleagues, sit in on editorial meetings, and learn about medical publishing. During that time, specific projects of interest will also be identified. Previous projects have included critical appraisal of research papers submitted for publication, writing short commentaries, and research on bibliometric aspects of medical publishing.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in pre-med, writing, literature, research, and evidence-based medicine and good communication skills are encouraged to apply. A track record in writing would be an asset.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP intern): Intern #1- Along with all of the senior editors, I too was responsible for reading and providing comments for all pre-review and peer-review manuscripts for the three selection meetings we have each week, at which I sometimes present papers to the group. That's my most consistent responsibility, since much of the journal work revolves around the selection of manuscripts. But I was often asked to identify appropriate peer reviewers for papers, in addition to editing comments and case reports. Each week, I pitched news stories for their oncology and respiratory medicine specialty journals, and I've already had 3 news stories published with a byline. The weekly journal also published short news blurbs each week, and I was typically expected to write 1-3 of these blurbs, in addition to pitching other news items or editorial topics at our weekly editorial meeting. I also submitted 2 comments and a profile, which were be published with a byline. I also worked on a medical book review and a third comment at the moment. I also worked with one of the senior editors on bringing The Student Lancet website back to life.
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The Lancet Intern #1
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Lonely Road Foundation
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
About: The Lonely Road Foundation is a South African development organization which aims to improve the lives of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s) in the rural community of Ga-Dikgale, Limpopo. An integral part of their approach is the belief that each individual must be given the skills and tools required to provide for themselves. By enabling and equipping impoverished communities with education and the tools that allow them to solve their own problems, their organization aims to empower communities and partner in creating a sustained and progressive improvement. Lonely Road Foundation's mission is to build the capabilities of Drop-In Centres in the rural community of Ga-Dikgale so that they are capable of implementing and sustaining programs for securing happy and healthy childhoods for young children in their care. IIP interns will learn how to empower rural communities in a sustainable manner.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more projects such as:
- Business model for a pop up second-hand clothing shop or a bakery: IIP interns will work within the community of Gadikale to develop a viable business model comprising a marketing plan and a local distribution strategy by doing research on what has been done in other rural communities with similar socio-economic profile and comparing with urban entrepreneurs with similar ventures, interviewing the entrepreneurs in the community, defining suitable business models for the entrepreneurs in the community and prototyping the model in the community (pilot model);
- Early Childhood Development Center business model: IIP interns will assist the Lonely Road Foundation in creating a business plan (budget and activity plan) as well as a financial and gap analysis to understand how to make ECDCs sustainable and self-proficient, the interns will also help in calculating the minimum income necessary to break even and map out the regulations the ECD facility will need to meet according to the South African Government
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in business development, communications and/or health are encouraged to apply.
Merchant GMAT(IIP-IN Argentina | Puentes Abroad)
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
About: Merchant GMAT strives to help young professionals achieve their goal of attending a top MBA program in the United States or Europe. Merchant GMAT offers private GMAT instruction and admissions consulting.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on marketing expansion, community management or market/industry research. The IIP intern with the Marketing Expansion team will work directly with the company founder to develop and implement a marketing strategy for expanding online to Europe and the US. The intern will conduct research on the existing players in the markets, will make recommendations for Merchant GMAT’s entry strategy, and will propose a plan for expansion to Europe and the US. The IIP intern with the Community Management team will develop a social media marketing plan in order to enhance the company’s online presence and further engage potential clients. The IIP intern with the Market/Industry Research team will conduct an in depth market review on admissions consulting and prepare recommendations to Merchant GMAT for possible entry into the field.
Qualifications: IIP interns should be able to: manage tasks and projects; research and interpret data; analyze data and make decisions. IIP candidates should have a strong desire to learn new concepts and possess a curiosity for solving problems. IIP candidates with interests in marketing, advertising, education, and business are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of social media platforms would be an asset. Basic Spanish is recommended.
Location: Malaga, Spain
About: The Olive Press in Spain is a well established newspaper and website set up and run by a former national newspaper journalist from London. It is ranked as the number one news organization in English in Spain and covers a range of topics, including news, investigations, crime, features, health and sports.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns contribute to a range of writing tasks including: interviewing, researching and writing feature and news stories for the paper and its website.
Qualifications: Spanish reading, speaking and writing skills would be an asset, as would reporting or writing experience.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I was a member of the reporting team of The Olive Press newspaper in Spain. I had the daily responsibility of contributing to the online publication as well as writing stories for the fortnightly print edition. I also proofread about half the paper and offer grammatical, stylistic, and logistical suggestion to improve the copy editing. Intern #2: I worked as one of three reporters for the Olive Press. We published a paper fortnightly, and upload stories to a website daily. As a writer, I translated Spanish news into English, as well as writing small stories of my own. Intern #3: I had pretty much the same responsibilities as the other journalists working here, I covered stories from news to politics to culture features. I learned so much about what it means to work in a newspaper environment, and what it means to have the necessary attitude and drive to really pursue a journalistic career. The motto runs somewhere in between never give up and no holds barred. Intern #4: I worked as a journalist — researching/investigating, writing, and editing articles. Also taking/finding photos and doing stuff like traveling and cooking for stories. I learned so much! Hard skills like writing (especially under a deadline) and editing, but also softer skills like dealing with difficult people (no one at the office) and interviewing subjects for articles. I learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes of a newspaper, since the Olive Press is small enough for everyone to know what goes on, more or less. And about a specific style of journalism that's more British/tabloidy than what I'm accustomed to.
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Olive Press Intern #1
Olive Press Intern #2
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Location: Paris, France
About: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum where governments work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization. The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. They measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment.They analyze and compare data to predict future trends. They set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. They also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. They compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age. They work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee. The common thread of their work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the well being of all citizens.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will participate in the activities of the editorial and rights unit; more particularly she/he will assist in the preparation of the Frankfurt bookfair and of the Rights catalogue. This will include:
- Collecting information from the authors and editors on selected publications; editing of short descriptive texts; gathering the core information; preparing the word files for each title; coordinating with the production department for the design and production of the catalogue. This is an opportunity to learn about book publishing in a friendly environment, working closely with editors.
- She/he will also assist in organizing the appointments with the publishers at the Frankfurt bookfair; prospecting new publishers for foreign editions of OECD publications. She/he will be requested to use the Rights database and other internet tools for this task.
- She/he will also be requested to read and evaluate manuscripts and book proposals, assisting in preparing manuscripts for production. She/he will also attend weekly editorial board meetings.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in publishing, economics and philosophy are encouraged to apply. A good knowledge of French is highly recommended.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1 - My chief work responsibility was assembling three catalogues of OECD publications: the Key Titles Catalogue 2015, the Rights Catalogue 2015, and the Frankfort Book Fair Catalogue. In order to assemble these catalogues, I contacted and set up meetings with publishers to discuss book specifications and priority titles. I was also responsible for helping to write promotional blurbs for the publications. In addition to my work on the catalogues, I have done various proofreading and copy-editing tasks. These tasks consisted of critically reading soon-to-be-published manuscripts and providing content-based feedback. In addition, my colleague and I were responsible for condensing the OECD's 500-page Education at a Glance publication into a 100-page Highlights version that is more accessible to the public. This task involved selecting, editing, and and proof-reading text. Finally, I was responsible in documenting the OECD's Working Paper publications. Intern #2: I noted discrepancies between and errors in different versions of legal documents, mostly in English and occasionally in French. I helped prepare the Key Titles 2016 Catalogue by compiling information about publications from an internal database and the OECD iLibrary, contacting editors for updated materials, and manipulating elements in Word and Excel. I edited manuscripts to improve their clarity, concision, and level of conformity with the OECD Style Guide. I also executed several open-ended projects designed to articulate, standardize, and centralize the OECD's guidelines, such as for the peer review process and the publication requirements of short documents...I learned that publication involves an extremely high number of moving parts and people. While editing, I considered a new type of audience and publication style to maximize access to and interest in research-oriented reports. I also practiced triaging and grouping my recommendations, a procedure that hones my analytical thinking skills as I rank the relative importance of various mistakes and diagnose patterns characterizing authors' errors. In terms of human psychology, I observed how my supervisors balance critical feedback with the need to address authors and editors diplomatically, so I am adopting new methods of working with people in an effective and constructive manner. I also learned interesting facts about politics, economics and every domain of society from reading OECD reports in the course of editing them.
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The Bubble (IIP-IN Argentina | Puentes Abroad)
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
About: The Bubble is the leading digital media and news company that provides content in English about Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Latin America, with particular emphasis on politics, the economy, and lifestyle. Founded in 2013, the Bubble's original objective was to provide the news from a foreign perspective for its general audience, which consisted mostly of expatriates living in Buenos Aires. It has since become a reputable independent news source in the midst of the local media that reflect the highly polarized political climate in Argentina. The Bubble has also since added a podcast and has an entire section devoted to Brazil.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work with the journalism team or the public relations/social media team. IIP interns with the journalism team will be assigned daily articles to research and write, while also having the opportunity to pitch their own ideas. Some articles may require interviews in the community and original research. IIP interns will learn the inner workings of a newsroom and how to reach deadlines and goals while dealing with the vertigo of the news cycle. IIP interns with the public relations/social media team will conduct projects to promote The Bubble’s website and generate more active users. The intern may also help to plan key events in Buenos Aires that The Bubble helps to host. PR interns are taught organizational skills and logistics in order to increase their capability for event planning.
Qualifications: IIP candidates who are aspiring journalists are encouraged to apply. A basic understanding of Spanish is recommended. A general knowledge of Argentina would be an asset.
Previous work experience (in the words of a past IIP intern): I experienced working in a fast paced news environment, writing breaking news articles and re-capping Argentine sources. My Spanish language reading skills have definitely improved, as has my ability to learn about contemporary Argentine politics. My most rewarding experience was that I was able to go to a swing club and interview dancers on the rockabilly and swing culture, which fused all of what I love--dance, cultural immersion, and reporting.
Tonal Media (IIP-IN Argentina | Puentes Abroad)
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
About: Tonal Media is a media company with communications projects in the important northern region of Greater Buenos Aires, including an on-the-air radio station (Simphony FM 91.3), two online radio stations (Bit & Pelagatos), a recording and rehearsal studio (La Rockola), and media advertising and social media services. The company’s experience in mass media communications dates back to the 1960s. Radio Simphony 91.3 is the biggest radio station in the northern zone of Greater Buenos Aires in terms of audience, and its programming includes information of sports, music, politics, economics, and entertainment. Bit Radio was founded in 2011 and is an additional online radio portal, with a young target audience. Pelagatos iRadio is an internet radio created in 2014 has more than 30.000 listeners and a complete music integrated studio. La Rockola was launched in late 2013 in order to offer first-class recording and rehearsal studios to bands and musicians. Tonal Media also conceptualizes and implements on-demand media projects for clients in the areas of social media and audiovisual production. IIP interns will acquire experience and develop as professionals in the media and entertainment industry, while gaining important skills in business, communications, and marketing.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work directly with the Co-Directors of Tonal Media and will have access to well-known journalists, production managers, and broadcast managers. The supervisors will organize regular evaluation meetings in order to review the goals of the IIP interns and discuss challenges throughout the internship. The professionals in Simphony are enthusiastic in receiving new colleagues from other countries and working together to grow Simphony’s impact in the region and abroad. The intern will also work on a specific project. Sample projects include the following:
- Internal Radio Studios for Major Businesses: Upon the request of Mondelez International (ex-Kraft Foods) several years ago, Tonal Media conceptualized, planned, and implemented a radio station within the production plant of Mondelez. This unique project was created in order to improve communication between Mondelez factory workers and corporate staff and to create an engaging and positive atmosphere in the production plant. Factory workers learn how to make their own radio programs in a radio studio built inside the plant, and their programs and selected music are then broadcast through a custom sound system throughout the factory. Due to the success of this project with Mondelez, Tonal Media would like to replicate the project for other major businesses with plants in the region. The intern will create a professional presentation and proposal in order to present the project to other businesses. The intern will also do a market analysis in order to determine possible clients for the project. Together with the Co-Directors, the IIP intern will do outreach to potential clients in order to pitch the internal radio project.
- La Rockola Goes International: La Rockola recording and rehearsal studio has had a very strong initial reception and response following its launch in late 2013. Tonal Media is now exploring strategies to further increase the impact of La Rockola and would like to consider international outlets. Specifically, there is interest to promote and sell La Rockola’s recording services to international bands, which could come to Buenos Aires to record their music and CDs in La Rockola’s studios, while also putting on a concert in Buenos Aires and doing tourism in the area. The IIP intern will research the feasibility of this concept and present a resulting proposal on how Tonal Media should advance in this area. The IIP intern can also carry out initial outreach to bands in the US in order to explore their interest in the proposal.
- Publicity Spot Recording: Tonal Media has extensive experience in producing and recording publicity spots for a wide range of clients in Argentina. Tonal Media has received initial interest from radio stations and companies in other countries to record their publicity spots in Buenos Aires, due to the lower costs here with still excellent quality. The intern will analyze this new, potential market area for Tonal Media and determine possible proposals that Tonal Media could offer. The intern will also investigate potential partners and clients in the sector and work with the Co-Directors to reach out to the identified.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in journalism, media, communications, business, or marketing are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, international awareness, excellent organizational abilities, initiative and problem solving skills, and ability to conceptualize ideas. Basic Spanish is recommended.
Location: Lima, Peru
About: X-Runner is a social enterprise that provides a sustainable sanitation solution to families in the community. X-Runner's mission is to bring reliable, safe, and sustainable sanitation to low-income urban households that do not have a toilet. Their organization delivers hygenic in-home sanitation by combining a portable dry toilet, a weekly pick-up system, and high quality customer care. X-Runner improves and eases the daily lives of their customers and create a cleaner, healthier environment for homes and communities.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will have the following responsibilities: 1) carry out the impact measurement studies via interviews of the beneficiaries and stakeholders and research in the communities X-runner operates in; 2) Analyze the financial behavior of X-runner’s clients and evaluate whether the option of mobile banking is feasible, by researching similar initiatives in Peru and neighboring countries or similar communities, interviews of experts and stakeholders.
Qualifications: IIP candidates who are interested in learning about how to empower a community to take control of their health and would like to gain experience in business development, communications and/or health are encouraged to apply. Basic Spanish is recommended but not required.
Previous work experience (in the words a past IIP intern): My duties included understanding the social, economic and health situation of the families in the intervention area; identifying health indicators that can be used to regularly monitor and evaluate the impact of the organization; and creating and validating the tools to gather and process the information relative to those health indicators.