IIP Placements in Social Entrepreneurship
Location: Santiago, Valparaiso, and Concepcion, Chile
Acción Emprendedora (AE) is a Chilean non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the chains of poverty through promoting and improving entrepreneurship. AE functions on a three-step development model for training and enabling microentrepreneurs--teaching business fundamentals, supporting and consulting businesses, and facilitating access to credit. IIP interns will work on projects that touch on one or more of these processes. AE’s interns have made a strong impact at AE over the past few years. From strengthening alumni networks, to interviewing micro-entrepreneurs for pilot programs, to microfinance research, all interns will work with Chilean entrepreneurs and produce valuable deliverables towards AE and/or AE’s business units. The position will require collaboration with the Chilean employees of AE, other undergraduate and MBA interns, AE's micro-entrepreneurs, and others. IIP interns must be self-motivated, independent workers who are proficient in Spanish and able to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. The majority of internships are carried out in Santiago. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past IIP intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Conducted research on possible sources of finance for clients, created documents about how to manage finances (for micro-entrepreneurs to have a centralized guide), organized a talk for AE's students with a government official, and did market research for various clients.
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
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: Full Economic Citizenship-Housing for All (HFA) and the Fellowship Program. IIP interns will each work on one of the following three programs:
- Rural Innovation and Farming Initiative: an initiative focused on increasing the incomes of farming communities. Their goal is to create a more dynamic, equitable, and sustainable agricultural value chain that meets the economic needs of farmers as well as societal and environmental needs of the society. The IIP intern will be in charge of crafting an approach, developing tasks, and producing a broad set of deliverables for the project. IIP candidates should have interest in agriculture value chains and agri-business.
- Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Program: a program that aims at creating market models to facilitate exercising economic, social and cultural rights mainly to the informal sector population. This involves innovation in the way market players work and behave, to develop new supply and value chains that unlock massive markets at the base of the economic pyramid. The FEC team has been primarily working on housing but is also starting to work in other areas of basic needs such as wellness and nutrition. The IIP intern will work on an independent project that is appropriate to his/her needs as well as the program's needs. Previous independent projects have included research on new/allied market areas such as home improvements and internet platforms. IIP candidates with interests in urban development, poverty alleviation, and/or social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.
- 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.
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 Housing for All team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write HFA's marketing materials.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
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. This summer, IIP interns will together be responsible for the execution of a comprehensive stakeholder analysis (in Kampala as well as various up-country locations), collecting views and perspectives about Bayimba's performance, relevance, strengths and weaknesses, as the external component of a wider Organizational Capacity Assessment exercise that will inform the development of Bayimba's next Strategic Plan (2016-2020) and further strengthen Bayimba's overall programs and activities. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include preparing tools and discussion guides for interviews, creating a list of internal and external stakeholders, carrying out one-on-one interviews with stakeholders, drafting a final report with perspectives on Bayimba's performance, relevance, strengths and weaknesses,attending staff meetings and presenting and discussing the findings with the full Bayimba team. IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and interests in the creative industry are encouraged to apply. Experience in stakeholder identification, cross-cultural communication and interviewing, data processing, and relevant software applications would be an asset. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational and collaborative skills. Two placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
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 culture sector in Zimbabwe. The Culture Fund works within Zimbabwean society providing financial and technical support to arts and culture professionals. The Fund works with a wide range of projects and activities include festivals, exhibitions, theater, music performances, workshops, and others. The IIP intern will work within the programs department assisting with incoming grant applications as well as working to establish a database for the department. Specific responsibilities for the IIP intern may include: Grant Application Processing: preparation of grant offer letters and contracts, compilation of weekly project recommendations and updating grantee spreadsheets; Monitoring and Evaluation: monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, producing monitoring reports for projects monitored and attending to grantee queries; Information Management: management of resource center and attending to researchers and classification, filing, and shelving and retrieval of project files; Media and Publicity: contributing to media article development; 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. One placement has been created for the an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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
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. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. The Jordan office launched in 2009. As of September 2012, the Endeavor Jordan portfolio comprises 12 companies and 20 entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. 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 concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; 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: TBD, Mexico
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. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Mexican 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 concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; 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. Advanced Spanish language is recommended. 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.
First Floor Gallery Harare
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
First Floor Gallery Harare is Zimbabwe’s first independent contemporary artist run gallery. It is a young and dynamic institution, which since its launch in 2009 has developed a strong profile of building and supporting emerging artists in Zimbabwe with innovative exhibitions as well as educational and audience engagement programming both in Zimbabwe and internationally. First Floor Gallery Harare is committed to supporting the development of a robust and sustainable visual arts sector in Zimbabwe as well as building viable professional and international careers for the artists they work with. An IIP intern joining the First Floor Gallery Harare will have an opportunity to contribute to a broad range of curatorial projects, educational programming, publishing and audience engagement projects as well as international initiatives. They will also receive broad exposure to the art and culture sector in Harare, an opportunity to work with young artists and to develop their own initiatives on the ground, in line with the gallery's overall aims and objectives. They are seeking highly motivated and multi-skilled IIP candidates with a problem-solving mindset and ability and/or willingness to work in unpredictable and unfamiliar surroundings requiring lateral thinking and cultural open-mindedness. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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. 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): Data base 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-timer 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), is looking for a suitable Intern 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. Examples of possible projects would be: Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and Prospects; Study on SEZs in India: Issues with Land Acquisition, Best Practices, Recommendations; Sector-specific Reports primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, tourism, banking & financial Services, environment, agriculture etc. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Locations: Dhaka, Bangladesh; New Delhi, India; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Lima, Peru
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors. IIP intern tasks may participate in an on-going field experiment; conducting exploratory qualitative work; helping with the IPA dissemination strategy; providing research and/or administrative assistance at IPA's headquarters. Check the listings in IIP Placements by Region to find more specifics about the placements in each country. Note: The Innovations in Poverty Action placement in India is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application)
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): developing training tools for teaching enumerators how to use tablets; supervising surveys in the field; mapping data using GIS; analyzing incoming survey data.
The Nature Conservancy
Location: Beijing, China
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 14 years, the Nature Conservancy has been working in China with communities, governments, academia, and the private sector in designing 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). 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. IIP interns 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. 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. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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: Mexico City, Mexico
salaUno is a fast growing social enterprise that is generating social impact in Mexico. It is a start-up company that delivers quality, accessible, and affordable eyecare services focused on low and middle income segments. salaUno was founded during the winter of 2010 by Carlos Orellana and Javier Okhuysen, two entrepreneurs with international experience in finance, business, and social development. Eye-related diseases are the second cause of disability in Mexico. Approximately 60% of Mexicans have some sort of visual disability. Blindness is an important economic and social problem, and 50% of cases are avoidable by means of cataract surgery. IIP interns will be exposed to a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and will have direct responsibilities that will help shape the organization. The management structure of salaUno is very flat and the work environment will foster rapid learning by IIP interns. This is an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking, paradigm- breaking project in the healthcare sector. Specific responsibilities may include working in one or more of the following areas: Growth Strategy: analyze areas of growth and examine how to recruit and retain medical and other personnel, a change management program, the transition to a system of clinics geographically dispersed, and information technology requirements; Commercial Marketing: develop a thorough campaign for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for different services and products, design materials for internal and external marketing, analyze best practices from around the world, develop marketing and social media strategies to help grown their company; CRM/Sales: design strategies to have high volume of outpatients and convert those leads to surgeries, design new strategies of CRM to follow potential patients, develop a strategy to improve the data quality of patients on their first contact with the clinic, and generate a standardized form of contact with the patients from different fronts. Other responsibilities may include support towards the company getting a social impact rating (GIIRS or IRIS), support for fellowship applications and additional help in fundraising and grant writing. IIP candidates with interests in commerce, marketing, sales, management, engineering, computer science and human resources are encouraged to apply. Spanish language skills are desirable but are not required. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Seeds to Sew
Location: Enoosaen and Nyeri, Kenya
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 created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. 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: IIP candidates with interests in International Health and Human Services, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Advocacy, and Human Rights issues are needed for summer internship to 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. 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. This IIP Intern will also help improve Seeds to Sew program operations.
- 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 nresearch 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). 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.
Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Incomes (SALOHI) Program Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
SALOHI is a food security program that is administered by USAID, Catholic Relief Services, Care International, and Land O’Lakes international. On May 19, 2009, USAID’s Office of Food For Peace (FFP) approved a Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP) designed to respond to severe chronic and transitory food insecurity in vulnerable communities in Madagascar. The Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Impact (SALOHI) program addresses the basic needs of 98,500 vulnerable households (approximately 492,500 people) in 120 rural communes in 21 districts and three urban centers in eastern and southern parts of the country. The two principal activities are 1) Health and Nutrition, which includes nutrition actions, child growth monitoring and promotion, rehabilitation of malnourished children, support to pregnant women, integrated management of childhood illness and information, education and communication behavior change projects; 2) Livelihoods, which includes farmer training, promotion of crop diversification, animal husbandry, crop processing and marketing, cooperative development, agribusiness and market studies and village savings and loan projects). Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP intern responsibilities may include: operational research on specific topics (adoption of intense rice culture systems, sustainability, malnutrition, community based food security monitoring with WFP and FEWSNET, etc.); data quality management, assessment, monitoring tools; field trips to identify best practices, lessons learned, success stories; developing communication tools (training modules, technical sheets, posters, etc.). SALOHI seeks innovative, creative, compassionate interns to help program staff improve program performance, ensure program quality, and communicate program results. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in sustainable development and food security issues. French speaking skills and IT skills would be an asset. Three placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Locations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom
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: Bujumbura, Burundi
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. They advocate for measures to give children the best start in life because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. They promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum. They act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases and are well nourished. UNICEF also upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child and they work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. They are active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programs and National Committees. UNICEF Burundi is exploring a range of innovative technologies, processes and partnerships to tackle the most difficult challenges facing children and women, and offering eligible candidates an opportunity to contribute directly to this dynamic process. IIP interns will have the opportunity to work with the UNICEF Innovations team and a range of partners in deploying mobile-based data collection systems, implementing micro-energy/rural electrification and income-generating projects designed to deliver off-grid energy solutions to households and communities, and developing interactive, digital content for rugged, solar-powered computer kiosks installed in rural areas, and developing multimedia visibility and partnership materials for external publication. IIP candidates should have a willingness to learn, the ability to work in a multicultural environment, and a demonstrable capacity for both creative and strategic thinking. IIP candidates with strong writing and problem-solving skills and interests in economics, MIS, statistics, business, marketing, communications, computer science, education, or electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Strong French language skills in speaking/reading/writing are recommended. Experience in programming with Django or Python, graphic design and/or the design of information management systems would be an asset for a computer science related placement. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 1. Write reports for the innovation team of UNICEF, based on individual events. 2. Write GuideBook for individual projects, such as U-report and Lumiere. 3. Engage in group discussion within the innovation team. 4. Help other researchers to develop their projects and researches.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visagio is a business consulting and information technology firm, specializing in operations strategy, process engineering, organization design, and supply chain and logistics optimization. The IIP intern with Visagio will engage in short-term business and technical consulting projects with Visagio’s clients. Each IIP intern will be assigned to a primary consulting project in a market segment, such as manufacturing, mining and ferrous metallurgy, agribusiness, sugar and alcohol, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, and finance, among others. Throughout the IIP experience, the intern may participate on the following activities:
- Project management: schedule design and implementation
- Business process management: process mapping and modeling
- Organization design: area/department structuring and optimization
- Supply chain: logistics modeling and optimization
- Business planning: business plan development
- Tool development: computer programming
IIP candidates with interests in business, computer science, engineering, and economics are encouraged to apply. Basic speaking, reading, and writing skills in Portuguese and intermediate Spanish skills are highly recommended. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Žene Ženama (Women to Women) contributes to the development of civil society through empowerment of women and women's groups. The organization advocates to improve the status of women's rights in both the private and public spheres. It aims to promote a peaceful dialogue using unique and creative models focused on education and other activities of women and women’s groups in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian context. The IIP intern will be working in the fields of women in security, justice and politics, gender based violence (GBV), female participation in decision-making and leadership, and the inclusion of the principle of equality in post-conflict and peacekeeping processes. The IIP intern will work on projects related to gender equality in the labor market and prevention of juvenile delinquency. The organization welcomes all kinds of backgrounds and experiences in different models of social development, and IIP interns with specific research interests can propose a project. One placement has been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Translating from English to Bosnian. Designing pamphlets in Bosnian for distribution. Researching Domestic Violence Crisis Centers abroad and brainstorming the creation of one in Bosnia.