IIP Placements in Social Entrepreneurship
Ashoka Arab World
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. IIP interns in Ashoka’s Middle East/North Africa program (MENA)/Ashoka Arab World work in the Cairo office with professionals and entrepreneurs committed to supporting an influential civil society worldwide. IIP interns are expected to demonstrate Ashoka’s core values of applied empathy, entrepreneurship and collegiality, and commitment to innovation for the public. Ashoka Arab World seeks committed and professional IIP interns with whom it will work to tailor an internship that fits its needs while considering interns' interests and level of experience. IIP interns are typically placed within one of the following areas, although most IIP interns will assist in more than one area:
- Fellows Search and Selection Program: Assist in the search and selection of leading social entrepreneurs for the Ashoka Fellowship by identifying strong candidates and nominators. The intern will also assist candidates in the application process, conducting interviews, and field visits.
- Fellowship Program: Assist Fellowship Team in maintaining relationships with Fellows by conducting field visits for a deeper understanding of the initiatives of social entrepreneurs and to maximize their reach and impact.
- Multimedia Program: Develop new multimedia materials (videos, photos, podcasts, etc.) about Ashoka Fellows. Document Ashoka's events and field visits in an innovative way and design AAW's roll-ups, banners, publications, etc.
- Diaspora Program: The Global Diaspora Initiative is one of Ashoka's fundraising strategies. Interns will be able to discover the ins and outs of strategic engagement building through doing research, building databases and other support work.
- Operations: Trouble shoot, multi-task, and learn how an NGO operates and recruits its team. Attention to detail and positive attitude are key!
- Translation: Assist in translating English-Arabic and/or Arabic-English AAW publications, in addition to updating the Arabic version of Ashoka Arab World website, in a way that reflects the organization's mission and vision clearly to both English and Arabic audiences.
- Development Program: Help achieve AAW’s development and fundraising plan, with a specific focus on research for: donors, partners and proposal writing, along with compiling a database of potential strategic partners.
These placements are recommended for IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, non-profit administration, political science, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and the Middle East region. Arabic language skills are an asset. Ten placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Banglalore, India
Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,500 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. Ashoka’s vision is to create a world in which “Everyone is a Changemaker.” Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns in each one of two Ashoka programs: their Venture and Fellowship Program and their Nourishing Schools Initiative:
- Venture and Fellowship Program: a program that selects changemakers (men and women with fresh insight into and analysis of how to fix a social problem with a relentless pursuit to obtain their vision) and then invests in these individuals and their respective ideas at the launch stage. The program also provides its fellows with access to a network of global social entrepreneurs who open doors for opportunities and collaboration. The IIP intern for this program will research and map the field identifying social entrepreneurs and nominators, design processes to strengthen the search process, write and document their work, participate in interviews, map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze the work of the fellows.
- Nourishing Schools Initiative: The Ashoka India Nourishing Schools initiative is focused on leveraging schools as a hub to improve the nutrition of families and communities. The initiative will improve nutrition by focusing on various dimensions such as improving the quality of midday meals, communicating nutrition messages through the curriculum and school design, increasing access to clean water and sanitation etc. The objective is to create a holistic package of interventions that can be implemented across schools. These interventions will also build the changemaking abilities of children and develop their ability to improve their own nutrition and the nutrition of their communities. They are scheduled to launch a pilot in Mahrashtra in January. This IIP internship would include (but not be limited to) the following: documenting the lessons from the pilot for sharing with various stakeholders; identifying partners from various sectors who can help build the initiative and organizing an Ashoka Fellow gathering in June to share the progress and plan the way forward.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): First, I worked with multiple stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sectors, including Ashoka’s teams in Colombia and Brazil, as well as architectural firms, urban planners, and cement producers throughout India to gain an understanding of self-construction practices around the world and global barriers to entry in the market. Second, I conducted detailed analyses of five primary international cases and developed original models of market engagement within the Indian context. Third, I used this background to assess and segment the Indian self-construction market, valued at roughly 720 billion rupees, and presented my findings, as well as my stakeholder-based entry strategies, to the team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write marketing materials.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. It also recognizes the potential of the arts and creative arts industry in Uganda and believes that it offers viable options for self realization by individual artists as well as arts organizations and that it contributes to social and economic development in Uganda. The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent and 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 an IIP intern.
Intern responsibilities: This summer, an IIP intern will be responsible for the execution of an assessment of Bayimba’s past and current arts education programme within the wider Ugandan (and East African) context and make recommendations for the future (competitive) positioning of Bayimba Academy as a separate and distinguished (informal) arts education institution. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include a desk-study to collect and assess information available (research, surveys, policies etc.); meetings with relevant internal/external stakeholders (staff, partners, participants); an environmental scan of (current and future) arts education climate; assessment of Bayimba’s relevance, strengths and weaknesses in arts education; identification of business niche(s) for the future Bayimba Academy and presentation of assessment and recommendations to the full Bayimba team.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry are encouraged to apply. Experience in arts education, cross-cultural communication and relevant software applications would be an asset. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational and collaborative skills.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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: Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator: brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc.
The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
About: The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust is an organization that provides financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions, and activities with the ultimate aim of contributing to the development of the cultural sector in Zimbabwe. The Fund works with artists, institutions, associations, promoters, administrators, and other experts on projects that include performances, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, research, and other programming. The Fund was set up to assist Zimbabweans with access to finance, skills, and markets. In an effort to make these available to cultural practitioners, the Fund not only makes funds available, but also works to create platforms that help identify, develop and showcase talent. It is the Fund's vision to create a diversified and sustainable sector that not only preserves Zimbabwean values and heritage, but also contributes to wealth creation through arts and culture. One placement has been established for an IIP intern.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work within the programs department to assist with incoming grant applications as well as work to establish a database for the department. Specific responsibilities for the IIP intern may include: Marketing, media and publicity: contributing to institutional marketing plans, writing articles and other promotional and publicity materials; Resource Mobilization: assisting with identifying and engaging international funders, contributing to project concept development; Grant Application Processing: preparation of grant offer letters and contracts, compilation of weekly project recommendations and updating grantee spreadsheets; monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, producing monitoring reports for projects monitored and attending to grantee queries; Research and Development: contribute to research programs; and Workshops and Exhibitions: assisting with workshop coordination, representing the Culture Fund at stands during exhibitions, assisting Programs and Projects officer(s) in implementation of program activities and any other duties.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in social sciences, media and communications, research, monitoring and evaluation, and arts and culture management are encouraged to apply. Skills in marketing, fundraising, communications, and new media would be an asset.
Location: Cordoba and Rosario, Argentina
Endeavor strives to transform the economies of emerging markets by identifying and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Endeavor offers services to companies through assisting them in breaking down a society’s barrier to success, offering world-class strategic advice, and opening doors to capital. With Endeavor’s guidance, companies become role models, encourage others to innovate and take risks, and create sustainable economic growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Argentinean high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. In addition to other projects, the IIP interns will work on interviewing entrepreneurs to determine whether they meet Endeavor´s criteria for Endeavor entrepreneurs and on organizing Endeavor Córdoba´s largest annual conference. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Furthermore, this internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in international business, economic development, business process outsourcing, public relations, marketing, and communication. Advanced speaking, reading, and written Spanish skills are required. 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. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging countries. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from programs and services to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing. Endeavor also stimulates a local entrepreneurial infrastructure by engaging angel investors and partnering with other NGOs. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has affiliate organizations in ten developing countries. Operating in Egypt since 2007, the local operation aims to become the leading supporter of high-impact entrepreneurship in Egypt. As of October 2010, the Endeavor Egypt portfolio comprised seven companies and ten entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. Strong writing ability and maturity are two of the most important qualities in a successful IIP candidate for both placements. Fluency in English is required; some Arabic is desired but not necessary. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
- Search & Selection: The IIP intern will help coordinate Endeavor Egypt’s selection process by proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies that fit Endeavor selection criteria; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other Affiliate offices to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor’s network; keeping up-to-date statistics on Endeavor’s selection process and maintain an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff.
- Communication & Outreach: The IIP intern will assist in coordinating Endeavor Egypt’s communication and outreach activities by assisting with event organization; updating social media outlets and maintaining Endeavor Egypt’s online presence; assisting in media relations and documenting (covering) important events organized, or relevant to Endeavor Egypt’s activities; assisting in the production of documentary short films about Entrepreneurship; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff.
Location: Amman, Jordan
Founded in 1997, Endeavor is a global non-profit organization that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world by providing them with key ingredients to entrepreneurial success such as strategic advice and access to a world-class network of mentors. Through the guidance that Endeavor offers, entrepreneurs can tangibly impact their communities, generate new job opportunities, bolster their countries’ national wealth, inspire others to innovate, and contribute to private sector development. In 2009, Endeavor Jordan was established and currently supports 20 Jordanian entrepreneurs operating within different sectors. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Jordanian high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concepts, innovation, growth potential, and management teams; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other affiliates to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor's network; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Arabic language skills are not required, but would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Kuruçeşme, Turkey
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from programs and services to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing. Endeavor also stimulates a local entrepreneurial infrastructure by engaging angel investors and partnering with other NGOs. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in ten developing countries. The IIP intern will help the Search & Selection Associates coordinate Endeavor Turkey’s Search & Selection Process by proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; assessing companies’ growth; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles to be used at Endeavor Turkey’s Local Selection Panel and International Selection Panels; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential, and management team; preparing final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other Affiliate offices to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor’s network; keeping up-to-date statistics on Endeavor’s selection process and maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. Any major is appropriate, although an interest in entrepreneurship and economic development is essential as is strong writing abilities. Turkish would be an asset but is not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Foundation Cristosal is a not-for-profit organization implementing a human rights approach to development assistance. This approach recognizes the poor as subjects of rights rather than beneficiaries of good will and defines the goal of poverty reduction in terms of a global obligation rather than a charitable cause. Foundation Cristosal's strategy is to combine efforts to build citizenry, defend rights, and advocate for justice with projects of brick and mortar. The goal is to work with communities to build capacities that will enable them to organize, exercise their rights as citizens, and speak out as actors in their own processes of development. The IIP interns will work with the Cristosal staff, Partner Communities, local municipalities, and other organizations to create/compile a comprehensive list of all local, international, private, and government actors involved in local development. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates who demonstrate a commitment to development and have interests in human rights, community development, economic development, non-governmental organizations, Latin American studies, and/or similar fields. Spanish speaking, reading, writing skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: This summer I worked with Foundation Cristosal to write white papers on all of their projects. To accomplish this task I had to conduct research and analyze the data collected. I interviewed representatives of government institutions, NGOs and university professors. I also attended meetings with community leaders and municipal governments. I also helped come up with an investment strategy for one of their projects, El Carmen Chicken Company. I looked at the advantages and disadvantages of having a conservative, moderate aggressive or aggressive strategy. Intern 2: Wrote, conducted and analyzed three studies, two preliminary operational budgets and two project proposals assessing the feasibility, cost and predicted benefits of initiatives to increase the economic independence of two partner communities; Developed and produced two informational videos about the organization (in English with subtitles for Spanish audio); Distributed videos across various social networking platforms (Youtube and Facebook). All written work done in Spanish. Also attended and presented at weekly team meetings. If interested, below are links to the videos I worked on as a Cristosal intern: About Cristosal Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWNu33nO64I; Development Approach Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWNu33nO64I
Location: Paris, France
Hystra is a global consulting firm that helps corporations, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and public sector actors design hybrid strategies for sustainable change. They work with businesses and social sector pioneers to design, scale, and execute sustainable strategies that combine the insights and resources of business and citizen sectors to profitably eradicate social and environmental problems. The responsibilities of an IIP intern will include researching and analyzing best practices on market-based approaches serving the BoP, preparing and conducting expert interviews (social entrepreneurs, business leaders, NGO managers, etc.), reviewing and analyzing social enterprise business plans, preparing and presenting proposals and clients' documents, actively participating in meetings, and other assignments as needed. IIP candidates with prior consulting experience, an international experience in a developing country, a proven interest in social enterprise and a deep commitment to solving social issues are encouraged to apply. Skills in interviewing, analyzing data, and preparing presentations would be an asset. French and/or additional languages would also be an asset. Two placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns. More information about this internship is available in the IIP office.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Database work (about 70% of work): finding relevant projects to add to databases. The biggest project, Girls’ Empowerment, required analysis of over 300 ongoing projects. These projects were added to Excel with information on things like work, country, impact, reach, and business scale. Also worked on Sanitation, Nutrition, Environment, and biodigesters databases. Website redesign ( about 15%): transferring content from old site to new site and figuring out new layout. This was a one-time deal, but future interns may be involved in basic site updating. Video editing (about 10%): Creating 5-minute videos from interviews with industry leaders. This involved overlaying interview footage with video and pictures taken from field studies. In-depth research (about 5%): Reviewing specific projects in detail and analyzing scholarly research for best practices.
Indian Chamber of Commerce
Location: Kolkata, India
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the largest Industry Association in the East & North-Eastern parts of India, is looking for IIP interna who would be responsible for carrying out economic & social research activities and developing good quality reports focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy/eastern and northeastern parts of India. The interns should have a fair understanding of the global, Asian and Indian socio-economic scenarios and should be able to contribute significantly towards the framing of future forecasts and trends. They would be required to interact and network with relevant stakeholders in government, industry, media, social entrepreneurs, and civil society groups to understand issues of key importance and act as a catalyst in the process of change. Sound domain knowledge in areas such as agriculture and food processing, environment and climate change, IT and ITeS, banking, finance & capital markets, etc. would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in economics, sociology, public policy, politics, agricultural economics, and the environment are encouraged to apply. Skills in statistical tools required for forecasting and trend analysis would be an asset, as would Hindi speaking and comprehension skills. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Examples of possible projects include:
- Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and prospects -
Description: The Government of India has allowed 100 per cent FDI in Single-Brand Retail Trading and has allowed 51 per cent FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trading. The Indian retail market, currently estimated at around US$ 490 billion, is project to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 per cent to reach US$ 865 billion by 2023. With sea change about to take place in the retail sector of the country, analyzing the issues, prospects, and opportunities in the sub-sectors will pave way for identifying sectoral growth. The intern(s) is(are) expected to work on the topic and make an in-depth study & analysis of the issue, beyond which a comprehensive report will need to be made.
- Study on SEZs in India: Issues with land acquisition, Best practices & recommendations -
Description: India was one of the first countries in Asia to recognize the effectiveness of the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) model in promoting exports. Even though SEZ Policy was announced in April 2000, development of SEZ requires land acquisitions & clearances, which is a hurdle towards making any industrial/ manufacturing unit. The intern is expected to work on the topic in detail and find effective measures & best practices to properly implement SEZ policy across states in the country. Alongside, he/she should ideally work on policy-related issues and propose recommendations to achieve the goal.
- Sector-specific Reports - primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, Tourism, Banking & Financial Services, Environment, Agriculture & Food Processing, etc.
- Macroeconomic Report on India as an Investment Destination -
Description: With changes made in Indian FDI policy, several other macroeconomic policies, and tax structure in India, the country has started attracting significant volume of investment from foreign counties. Eventually, some key sectors of the country witnessed changes, in terms of performance, revenue generation & employment opportunities. The intern is expected to work on the macroeconomic profile of the country by putting more focus on some select sectors.
- Prospects of India-ASEAN trade & commerce - Indo-ASEAN trade had grown by over 22 percent in the last six years, with total trade between India and ASEAN rising more than 37 percent in 2011-2012. India –ASEAN two –way trade now stands at around USD 80 billion, and is slated to reach USD100 billion by year 2015. Given the huge potential, a better engagement with the ASEAN markets can actually transform the Indian economy through various backward and forward linkages. The intern is expected to prepare a detailed study focusing on India-ASEAN trade prospects, challenges like infrastructural connectivity, policy recommendations etc.
Location: Beijing, China
About: The Nature Conservancy is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in more than 35 countries to protect the lands and waters upon which life depends. For over 15 years, the Nature Conservancy has been working in China with communities, governments, academia, and the private sector to design conservation strategies that benefit nature and people. They provide training, scientific expertise, and leadership on a broad range of strategies throughout the country. This IIP placement is with the Conservation Beyond Borders initiative that works to implement strategies that strengthen the environmental performance of Chinese investments in key geographies (Latin America and Africa) and in key sectors (infrastructure and natural resources). Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns on this project will work to build the business case for sustainability in China that ultimately delivers benefits for biodiversity and environmental conservation.The Nature Conservancy China Program also has new initiatives in marine conservation, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, combating illegal ivory trade and new forms of water protection. Each IIP intern will work in one of these areas and will participate in the creation of research reports and assist in various aspects of conservation project management, including meeting with internal and external partners (established organizations, start-ups, and entrepreneurs), policy analysis, developing work plans, and evaluating project outcomes.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in environmental studies, economics, political science, East Asian studies, ecology, and international relations are encouraged to apply. Skills in research, multitasking, meeting deadlines, and data analysis would be an asset. Mandarin proficiency is recommended and Spanish or Portuguese would also be an asset. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Here are more details on the specific projects for their IIP interns:
- TNC Marine & Fisheries Program- The Conservancy in China initiated a marine and fisheries program in 2013. Globally, TNC has extensive marine & fisheries science expertise with a strong partnership with UCSB. IIP interns may be asked to support the new TNC Marine & Fisheries Program to advance fisheries reform through ongoing research of APEC (an important multinational organization for the Asia-Pacific region) as well as other bilateral and multilateral agencies and evolving conditions in China, focused on enhancing the dialogue on sustainable development as well as creating partnerships that can help further TNC efforts on marine conservation and sustainable fisheries.
- US-China EcoPartnership & TNC China Fresh Water Program- IIP interns may be asked to support and expand on our ongoing work in this program, which the Conservancy joined in 2012. Students may be asked to help us find and develop collaboration with U.S.-based partners to expand conservation efforts in China. Currently, the Conservancy’s Yangtze Rivers Fisheries Commission (YFC) partners are also working to help the U.S. effort to combat the spread of invasive species like the Asian Carp in the Mississippi Basin. Other plans that may require assistance include support of the Conservancy’s “Global Sustainable Hydropower Center” as China’s international impact is becoming increasingly felt in hydropower.
- Public Funding Support - IIP interns may be asked to facilitate the Conservancy’s engagements with international public funding agencies, Chinese and other government agencies, autonomous government-sponsored entities, corporations, NGOs, and green growth organizations. Ongoing projects for which we may seek increasing funding support include: Securing Water: the Global Sustainable Hydropower Center and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
About: NRG Solutions is a renewable energy start-up looking for ways to empower people in Cambodia with clean energy solutions. NRG has two main areas of focus: They are starting to build a national distribution network for clean energy products and efficient appliances to reduce energy poverty in rural Cambodia and improve people’s lives by providing appropriate solutions. They also have an engineering team who tailors larger rooftop solutions to both urban and rural customers throughout the country. NRG has installed 13 rooftop systems ranging from 300W-4KW, mostly in schools, clinics, hospitals, private homes, and other small businesses. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: Interns will be able to choose their projects based on their skills and background. The projects listed below are examples of projects that are currently in progress:
- Research and Development: The intern will be part of the research and development team. This may involve taking information from our field staff, understanding the problems that people face, and trying to identify or develop a solution to these problems. The intern will also have to consider the financial feasibility, logistics of the supply chain, from purchase, to delivery, to after sales maintenance of the solutions.
- IT and Software Solutions: This project will have to do with the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution on over time. Specific tasks under this project could be as basic as improving the website and database, to more complicated tasks such as developing mobile apps and even applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern may assist our project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will be asked to help in any phase of the project and might be involved in different project at different phases at any given time. When not assisting the project manager in these tasks, the project engineer will be looking at ways to improve our engineering processes and design tools.
- Business Development: The intern will spend more time with the managers and director understanding the business and looking at the business model, supply chain, marketing strategy, financial planning, to help the business be more effective and sustainable.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering, as well as renewable energy, business, marketing/communications, fundraising, accounting, and/or web development are encouraged to apply. Experience in Solar Energy Specific software, web programming, CRM software, financial modeling, or marketing would also be an asset.
Seeds to Sew
Location: Enoosaen and Nyeri, Kenya
About: Seeds to Sew is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Their goal is for the women and girls in their program to use these job skills to make money and support themselves and their communities. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one of the following two projects:
- Impact Analysis on the Individual and Communities of Skills Training and Income Development Programs: This IIP intern will conduct surveys, assessments, and home visits to continue a longitudinal study on the impact of programs on Seeds to Sew participants, their family members, and their broader community.This IIP Intern will also help improve Seeds to Sew program operations. Qualifications: Basic knowledge of statistics, testing methodologies, and analysis would be helpful, willingness to document results not only on paper, but also via photographs and video is a must. IIP candidates with interests in International Health and Human Services, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Advocacy, and Human Rights issues are are encouraged to apply for this internship.
- Socio-economic and Environmental Impact of Foreign Corporate Agriculture on Under-educated, Subsistence Farming Villages in Rural Kenya: This placement is for IIP candidates who are interested in research and reporting on both the societal, economic and/or environmental impacts resulting from a foreign-owned sugar-cane factory that began operation in a subsistence farming village in 2011. Taking advantage of an uneducated, impoverished community, the factory leased the land from the villagers at low rates. Given the slow turn-over of sugar cane as a crop, there is limited land to graze cows and grow other vegetables which are important to sustaining families and their livestock. Hence, women are having increasing difficulty in feeding their cows and feeding their families (as there are lower milk & crop yields).
Qualifications: IIP candidates with backgrounds in water and soil science, environmental testing methodologies, public environmental policy, global economics, etc are encouraged to apply. The selected IIP candidate must be interested in writing up results for either press or research publication.
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
Stiftung Solarenergie (StS) Philippines is a social enterprise organization that strives to combat rural poverty by providing all off-grid villages with access to innovative technology solutions powered by solar energy. One in four Filipinos lack access to electricity. The vast majority of these 25 million individuals live in isolated coastal and mountainous regions across the country. StS Philippines is engaged in illuminating off-grid households via solar home lighting systems, installing community-level solar applications such as computer labs and water pumps, empowering beneficiaries through education and capacity building, and mobilizing citizen-sector support for efforts to eradicate energy poverty. StS catalyzes change by leveraging both market-based as well as philanthropic resources, working in tandem with social businesses and community-based organizations to ensure sustainable impact at the grassroots level. IIP interns will assume significant responsibilities and gain the opportunity to support ongoing community development work at the grassroots level. The responsibilities of the IIP intern will include working on projects related to designing, piloting, and evaluating household and community level solar energy solutions, such as the design of solar homes (lighting, radios, phone charging, TV, fan, refrigerator), solar community learning centers (computers and educational content), and solar lamp rental facilities. Also, IIP interns can contribute to the communication and publicity of advocacy campaigns that aim to mobilize resources and raise awareness on rural electrification issues. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in economic and community development, the environment, technology and social enterprises. Online media, graphic design, and video editing skills would be an asset but are not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Dealt with mapping out unelectrification for regions of Philippines to prioritize company strategy for regions to target / -Piloted and configured new solar unit product to aid in diversification of solar product portfolio; eventually demoed solar products.
Location: Berlin, Germany
TerraCycle is a green business that collects non-recyclable post-consumer waste and transforms it into new eco-friendly products or materials. Terracycle 's goal is to eliminate waste by providing innovative solutions for hard-to-recycle products and packaging waste. TerraCycle's model engages consumers and communities in the collection of a range of waste through programs and then converts this waste into new products. TerraCycle also gives back to the community by making donations per unit of waste collected by non-profits and schools. TerraCycle offers a comprehensive internship program with meaningful and substantial work, supervision and performance feedback, and "learning coffees" on TerraCycle topics. The focus of this internship placement will be a Keystone Project, which the intern leads and concludes during the duration of the internship. The Keystone Project is designed to contribute directly to one of TerraCycle's work areas so that the intern gains real experience and know-how through substantial, mission-driven work. In addition, the intern will carry out daily activities as required. Please check the by region/country listings for requirements specific to each location. Keystone Projects are available in the following areas:
- Community Outreach: TerraCycle's Brigade teams are comprised of schools, community organizations, non-profits, youth groups, and a wide variety of other organizations. This intern will lead efforts to engage new and existing participants in the Brigade programs. The intern will research new community engagement ideas, develop strategy, and assist in making preparations to these potential community partners.
- Business Development: This intern will develop business opportunities for TerraCycle in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, in addition to future target countries such as Peru and Uruguay. The intern will be exposed to Fortune 500 companies, innovative green start-ups, brand managers, and upcycling strategies. The intern will also learn how to research deal opportunities strategically, pitch business ideas, create effective proposals, and manage business development communications.
- Operations: A vital part of TerraCycle's Brigade program is the management of all operations, including the logistics for the nationwide collection strategy, as well as the identification of and partnership building with manufacturers and cooperatives to make TerraCycle's recycled and upcycled products. This intern will platy an important role in assessing logistics, offering recommendations for strategy improvement, and researching and coordinating with manufacturing partners.
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