IIP Placements in Politics, Public Policy, Sociology, and Anthropology
Agricultural Trade Office, Shanghai (Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA)
Location: Beijing and Shanghai, China
About: China is currently the second largest market for U.S. agriculture and Shanghai holds China’s largest consumer base with rapidly rising incomes. Therefore, Shanghai is the focus of many trade groups interested in exploring the China market. Since China is still a developing country with a wide range of development and incomes, it is still a challenging market. ATO Shanghai acts as a bridge in introducing American companies to Chinese culture and business practices and identifying market opportunities. China now has the highest number of internet users in the world, so interns in this office have a great responsibility in helping develop and maintain internet programs to reach both Chinese industry groups and consumers with information about products. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP interns will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the rapid growth of China’s economy and will contribute to developing web-based market development tools. Duties may include maintenance of the USDA China website, along with its Twitter page, Flickr account, and Turduo video account; providing guidance and editing market development reports drafted by non-native English speakers; assistance in coordinating visits by U.S. Governor teams and trade associations; assistance in briefing visiting Congressional and trade delegations; assistance with market development projects including trade seminars, lifestyle media events, menu promotions, chef training seminars, and retail promotions.
Qualifications: Basic Mandarin is preferred, but not absolutely necessary.
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.
Associação do Conselho Gestor de Esporte e Lazer do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (ASCAGEL)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About: ASCAGEL is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to participate in youth and community development through sports by attempting to change behaviors for people from at-risk communities. ASCAGEL has created a specific methodology for intervention in social projects by using sports. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- “Esporte RJ” Project- IIP interns will develop and implement sports activities, as well as, events related to health, the environment and social interaction at ASCAGEL’s sports centers which are implemented in public spaces, such as parks, fields or spaces assigned as schools, churches, etc. Each center offers free classes to people of all ages and specific activities for children and seniors. This opportunity will make possible for the IIP intern to experience situations of community mobilization and see how initiatives like these develop effectively in places characterized by violence and a low human development index.
- Research and management- The IIP intern will work on the evaluation team of ASCAGEL. This team is responsible for preparing the evaluation reports of all projects, taking care of the construction of the assessment tools, its application, the data collection and analysis. This team also conducts research that generates scientific articles and publishes findings in reputable journals in the area of sports and social development. It is also the team that is responsible for preparation projects: development of justification, building objectives, evaluation indicators, etc. This opportunity will give an IIP intern insight into how the Socials Projects are development in Brazil.
Qualifications: A background/interest in sociology, social assistance, sports, public health and/or the environment is recommended. Advanced Portuguese speaking skills are required.
Locations: Rome, Italy; Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; Pokhara, Nepal
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity’s headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods. IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials See listings in Placements by Region for specific descriptions of internships at the various locations.
Location: New Delhi, India
Breakthrough (BT) is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take action for dignity, equality, and justice. BT seeks to empower individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights by using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds. Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice. IIP interns will be assigned to one of the following projects. The first project is on the Research and Development team. This IIP intern will support the team by conducting secondary research on the topics of: gender, human rights, sexuality, gender based selection and violence again women, and will work closely with the Communications and R&D Department in developing audience specific communication material. The second project is in the area of digital communications. This IIP intern will post blogs, manage and update Facebook, Twitter and other social media campaigns, and will produce social media reports that include metrics. IIP candidates for this placement should be interested in writing on social issues. Good Hindi speaking and reading skills are recommended. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Centre for Internet & Society
Location: Bangalore, India
The Centre for Internet & Society is seeking interns with a strong background in policy research and advocacy in Access to Knowledge (IP Reforms), Openness (Open Access, Open Content, Open Video, Open Standards, Openness, Free and Open Source Software and Open Data), Internet Governance (Free Speech and Expression, Privacy, Information Technology Act and Rules), and Telecom (Broadband Policies and Spectrum). The Centre for Internet & Society is devoted to policy research and gives feedback to various state departments on programs dealing with Access to Knowledge, Openness, Internet Governance, and Telecom. Interns are expected to have sound knowledge (or a willingness to learn) Indian and international laws, public speaking skills (including interaction with the media), a willingness to travel (nationally and internationally), the ability to conduct research on the topics listed above and to draft documents that can be submitted to various ministries such as the Department of Telecommunications, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, etc., and also to write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Published original articles to Centre website; hosted meetings and events; represented the Centre at various distant conferences; wrote research papers.
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights was established in 1996 and is a non-profit, non-partisan NGO devoted to raising awareness on human rights violations in North Korea both domestically and abroad through publications, conferences, and campaigns. It also protects the lives and human rights of North Korean refugees in third countries and assists North Korean children and youth through various resettlement programs in South Korea. A working knowledge of Korean is recommended. IIP candidates should have strong writing skills, be self-motivated and driven to come up with new ideas and present them in an articulate manner. Skills in videography, graphic design, photography, social media, and website management would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP candidates applying for an IIP internship with the NKHR may choose from a variety of activities:
- International Cooperation, Campaign, and Research Teams: IIP Interns will be responsible for researching assigned human rights/refugee topics, drafting briefing reports, proofreading publications, assisting in preparations for the annual International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees, preparing and participating in urgent campaigns, and researching and preparing a weekly e-mail newsletter.
- Domestic Education Team: IIP Interns who complete NKHR’s volunteer training program, held annually in the beginning of July, may teach English/art/sports to North Korean children and teenagers during summer camp and will participate in various cultural and sports activities with North Korean college students.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Translating a defector's testimony, helping to plan and run fundraising events/projects, managing social media, writing (and making a movie) about the organization's past work/events.
Location: Shanghai, China
About: Collective Responsibility is one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation, and responsible leadership. Founded with the fundamental belief that that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst, and facilitator between stakeholders. Through consulting, research, and training, they aim to: create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability, and social development in Asia; develop tangible interests, engagement and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal); build bridges between local and foreign resources to ensure knowledge transfer, program scalability and growth; and develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: Possible projects for IIP interns include:
- Researching social, environmental, and economic issues
- Development of knowledge base is key to inform and advise corporate decision makers.
- IIP interns will be tasked with a research project (in-line with his/her educational background and interests) which will then be used in other programs, events, and key highlights sent to Collective Responsibility's member network.
- This can include primary research in Shanghai, as well as office-based research.
- Some research will be done individually, but interns are encouraged to work as a team.
- Conduct interviews and write profiles of people and programs
- To understand the requirements of Collective Responsibility's clients, they meet and speak with them about the challenges they are facing as well as the opportunities that they have identified but need help with executing these meetings.
- IIP interns will help with designing and conducting interviews with leaders in corporate sustainability, and then writing up the interviews to be published on the website and newsletter.
- IIP interns will also research and add to a database of sustainability leaders to interview across Asia-Pacific.
- Assist in developing a partnership strategy
- Working with the business development team, IIP interns will be involved in development strategy with corporate and academic partners across the Asia-Pacific region.
- IIP interns will help find new opportunities, and create proposals for current and potential clients.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in sociology, economics, civil affairs, environment, or other sustainability-related fields are encouraged to apply. Advanced Mandarin is recommended but not required.
College Year in Athens
Location: Athens, Greece
College Year in Athens (CYA) is a study abroad program focused on the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece--a rapidly changing country with a uniquely varied past. The IIP intern will assist the Associate Academic Director with a variety of tasks related to educational support and research. In terms of specific responsibilities, the IIP intern will assist in the organization of faculty development workshops (research as well as the preparation of printed materials). The IIP intern will also assist in updating and expanding the CYA Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook, providing recommendations and describing procedures and regulations, which will require extensive research and meticulous detailing of procedures. In addition, the IIP intern will assist in the digitization of CYA's Historical Archives (the development and contextualization process) and will follow on-site classes and produce digital and written material to be used in social media. IIP candidates must be in their sophomore or junior year and demonstrate a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and dependability. IIP candidates with a background in the humanities and social sciences with specific interest in Greece and southern Europe are encouraged to apply. Modern Greek would be an asset but is not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
DIHR is a Danish independent national human rights institution, accredited in accordance with the UN Paris Principles, and has, for the last three decades, implemented programs and projects covering nearly all aspects of human rights in Denmark and in developing and transitional countries around the world. DIHR employs approximately 100 people with a multitude of backgrounds in various academic fields and covering many languages and other competencies, in an internationally oriented, committed and fairly informal but highly professionalized and dynamic work environment. DIHR works from a partnership approach, which means that all activity is designed and implemented by or in close collaboration with partner institutions, which provides IIP interns the opportunity to engage directly with other institutions. Priority areas for DIHR include justice, legal reform and rule of law; freedoms relating to civil society activity, such as association and expression; business and corporate social responsibility; equal opportunity and diversity; and research/analysis. The IIP interns will be tasked to assist staff and management in a wide field of tasks related to program and project planning and implementation, depending on needs, interests and qualifications, all related to one or thematic or geographic areas of human rights. This may include research and/or analysis e.g. in the form of baseline studies. IIP candidates should have a background/interest in human rights. Language skills in a language other than English (French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, “Nordic”) would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Economic Cooperation Foundation
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF) is a policy planning think-tank dedicated to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution; to promote peace, security and prosperity for Israel and its Arab neighbors; and to promote Middle East regional stability. ECF's flagship project was a 1991 European Community program that became the blueprint for the Oslo negotiations. The director of ECF led the Oslo negotiations in their first phase, paving the way to the conclusion of the Oslo Accords, on September 13, 1993. Ever since, ECF has been involved with and contributed to all peace efforts, including the recent renewal of Palestinian negotiations on July 30, 2013. ECF seeks to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and help promote conflict resolution both from the top down and from the bottom up. In doing so, ECF has been called on by all Israel governments--left, right and center; and works closely with all relevant players from the region and beyond, including the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as the U.S., Europe and international and multilateral organizations. The ECF is a non-partisan and non-profit organization. IIP interns' responsibilities differ according to specific projects which could vary from economic development issues for West Bank and Gaza, to regional cooperation with Jordan and Egypt, and security-related arrangements. IIP interns' assignments will include conducting independent research, editing policy proposals and recommendations, drafting briefs/memos on specific issues, contributing to fundraising efforts, and participating in brainstorming sessions with leading experts inn medium-to-long term policy planning, track-II diplomacy, conflict resolution and crisis management. IIP candidates with interests in politics, conflict resolution studies, political economy, Middle East and regional studies, and security studies are encouraged to apply. Skills in Hebrew and/or Arabic would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
European Roma Rights Center (ERRC)
Location: Budapest, Hungary
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public interest law organization working to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma through strategic litigation, research and policy development, advocacy, and human rights education. Since its establishment in 1996, the ERRC has endeavored to provide Roma with the tools necessary to combat discrimination and achieve equal access to justice, education, housing, health care, and public services. The ERRC has consultative status with the Council of Europe, as well as with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ERRC offers IIP placements in its legal and programs departments. IIP interns are generally involved in a range of administrative and substantive activities. Depending on the organization’s needs and the IIP intern’s interests and abilities, he/she may help file materials and provide other administrative support, arrange events and research missions, monitor human rights developments through desk and/or field research, edit reports, translate texts, draft reports on human rights abuse or legal documents, conduct legal research and assist in preparing cases for litigation, engage in advocacy efforts, and support human rights training of activists. The organization will especially consider applications from students with one or more European languages who are interested in future human rights work. IIP candidates with interests in legal rights, social sciences, international relations, gender studies, political science, media, communication, and journalism are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates are advised to learn about Roma rights, the EU, and current issues prior to the IIP internship in order to deepen their internship experience. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern at ERRC.
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Location: Rome, Italy
Based in Rome, Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry, and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. In previous years, IIP interns have interned in the Fisheries and Aquaculture section and the Economic and Social section where they have worked on projects related to post-harvest practices and trade, price domain statistics, and topics related to structural adjustment and management of fishing capacity. Placements for summer 2012 include the Statistics Division. IIP candidates with a background or interests in economics and statistics, policy, natural resource management, and sustainable development are encouraged to apply. Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset as would prior experience with agricultural, environmental, or related statistics. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Organized side events for the 38th FAO Conference, where representatives from 191 member countries attended; Composed a 50-page handbook on “Setting Up and Running a Co-management Body in Vietnam,” which will be distributed to Vietnamese fishermen to guide them on how to better manage their fish landing sites with local governments; Initiated revisions on the proposal of World Bank's $10M project on "Securing Biodiversity in China's Dongting Lake Protected Areas"; Translated official documents on illegal fishing from English to Chinese. Intern 2: Update a country-specific index of fisheries, which a previous intern had made. For example, this meant reading all of the published country reports (and in-process reports) for how much they included fisheries, and other social indicators Intern 3: Develop programs to systematically reformat, analyze and incorporate data from different UN databases into the FAO STAT Database in Pesticides. Develop programs to systematically process questionnaires from member countries. Analyze past data. Intern 4: Cleaning data sets, generating new variables using STATA to find insight about small family farms. / Compiling data from FAO publications, country agricultural surveys and World Bank public expenditure reviews to create charts, graphs and media for use in the main body of the text and the statistical annex.
Fundación Salud por Derecho – Right to Health Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Fundacion Salud por Derecho is a non-profit, independent foundation that uses a proactive approach to propose solutions and influence the design and implementation of public policies as they pertain to the right to public health and health care. The mission of Salud por Derecho is to encourage states to exercise their responsibility with people’s health in impoverished countries; to demand fulfillment of commitments undertaken by political representatives; to generate and promote solutions and influence and participate in the design and implementation of public policies to make them effective and to contribute to citizens’ being informed, involved and committed to making the right to health universal. IIP interns will be involved in the monitoring of the current global health situation through reading reports, writing briefings and translating any key documents and assist in the organization, logistical elements of events and working meetings. IIP candidates with interests in international relations, public health, human rights, politics, and advocacy are encouraged to apply. Spanish fluency in reading and writing as well as Spanish speaking skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.
Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), Public Health Foundation of India
Location: New Delhi, India
Routine immunization coverage remains a challenge in many parts of India. The country continues to face a significant burden of morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). In order to support the national goal of improving the quality and coverage of routine immunization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have set up an Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) to provide technical support to the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) for strengthening and revitalizing routine immunization in India.
ITSU augments human resource capacity at the Union Ministry of Health in order to: carry out strategic human resource planning at all levels for immunization; document best practices of immunization programs from within and outside India; support development of policies, procedures and guidelines to improve program management and conduct policy analyses for effective implementation needed to cover how UIP plans for and manages short- and long-term needs (current program strengthening, new vaccine introduction preparedness, future adoption and delivery of new vaccines); develop data-driven decision-support tools and research to provide baseline information for decision support; and identify areas of research that strengthen capacity and generate evidence that informs policy and practice; support development of appropriate guidelines and tools for state-level technical assistance; conduct operations research to identify the role of affordable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools for UIP strengthening in the areas of Social Mobilization, Supply Chain management, operations, and Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) & Adverse Events, and Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance; and incubate, develop and leverage the role of technology in strengthening immunization. Interns with interests in Development Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Natural Sciences are encouraged to apply. Statistical skills would be an asset but are not required. Interns will aid in work related to ITSU’s programmatic and research roles as follows:
- Research – Interns will be expected to review grey and formal academic literature, synthesize findings, and present findings to the team. Areas of research will be determined according to the needs of the organization determined at the relevant time.
- Participate in meetings – Interns will be expected to participate in relevant meetings, take note of proceedings, and contribute as much as possible to discussions.
- Writing – Interns will be expected to produce written material for the organization which can range from research articles to publicity material.
- Field Travel – Where relevant, interns will be included in field visits. It is important to note that most of an intern’s time will be spent in the ITSU office in Delhi.
Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes and it acts as a catalyst for democracy building by providing knowledge resources, expertise, and a platform for debate on democracy issues. International IDEA’s areas of expertise include constitution-building and electoral processes, political parties, democracy and gender, and democracy assessments. IIP internship positions are available for students with a background in democratization, international affairs, civil society development, electoral processes, etc. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): My main task was to assist in updating the Direct Democracy (DD) section of International IDEA’s Unified Database. Specifically, this involved editing, formatting, and revising country-level data on legal provisions for DD instruments. In almost all cases, most of the relevant information was already available in the form of questionnaires completed by external researchers. I conducted research to find relevant legal text where necessary and searched for additional legislation to supplement and verify the information provided in the questionnaires. I edited and uploaded data to the Unified Database for a total of 15 countries, with an emphasis on European countries that have complex legal provisions for DD instruments. As part of this effort, I also compiled a checklist on how to edit and upload data on DD to the Unified Database. This mostly involved gathering existing guidelines on how to classify and organize the data for certain questions in the questionnaire. I added my own suggestions to the checklist where relevant. In addition to updating the database, I engaged in other tasks as a member of the Electoral Processes team. I drafted a background memo on the Association of World Electoral Bodies (A-WEB) for internal use and edited the first draft of the 2014-2017 strategy development document for the Electoral Processes Team. I also revised the Korean translation of an informational brochure for the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network.
The Israel Religious Action Center
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. IIP interns will learn about many of the challenges facing Israeli society today and take an active role in IRAC’s efforts to build a more just, tolerant, and pluralistic Israeli society. As an integral member of the resource development and overseas communications department, the IIP interns will participate in communicating IRAC’s vision and current activities to the diaspora by helping write and produce content for IRAC’s newsletters, website, online social networks, and blog. The interns will also gain experience in creating online petitions and letter writing campaigns and participate in producing issue papers and press releases. In addition to working in the IRAC offices, IIP interns will have the unique opportunity to observe IRAC’s staff arguing in the Supreme Court and lobbying in the Knesset. S/he will also be able to participate in Freedom Rides and engage in direct social action. IIP candidates should have interests in Middle Eastern affairs and communications. Skills in Hebrew would be an asset but are not required. Graphic design skills would also be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Accra, Ghana
About: The Kaeme Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to build families and protect vulnerable children in orphanages in Ghana and to provide service volunteers with a deeply meaningful experience that will remain with them for a lifetime. Their vision is for every child in an orphanage to find a healthy, loving family. Four placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work in orphanages building profiles on institutionalized children. These profiles are used to help the children into loving families, whether that be through reunification, extended kinship care, foster care, or adoption. IIP intern responsibilities may also include data collection, interfacing with staff, assisting with child interviews, and oral hygiene education.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in international relations, public health and/or social work are encouraged to apply. French language skills would be an asset. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Location: Amman, Jordan
MESIS is an NGO based in Amman, Jordan, established in 2002. It is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan and Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Though it is a scientific organization, very few of the staff members are scientists by training. MESIS deals primarily with chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks. These risks are not only a result of deliberate actions such a dirty bomb but can be accidental, such as an explosion at an industrial facility that uses toxic chemicals, or natural, such as a pandemic. This is why it is important that civil society is involved in addressing these risks. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts from government (military and civilian) or otherwise (academia and private sector) with a view to raise awareness about these threats and build capacity to deal with them. Since these threats are cross border by nature, MESIS also looks to promote regional cooperation in these areas, thereby promoting the role of science and technology collaboration in bringing people together. MESIS works on exciting and cutting edge issues that lie at the nexus of science and security issues. Examples include the development of a regional response plan for pandemic outbreaks/biohazard outbreaks/radiological accidents, the localization of best practices on nuclear security and the testing of infrasound technologies to be used for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty verification regime. This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP intern can be involved on a number of different issues. IIP interns will be assigned specific tasks but will also have a choice to pursue other work that is related to MESIS's mission. IIP work responsibilities will include: arranging, planning and implementing major international conferences, training programs and scientific experiments. The IIP intern’s involvement may cover budgeting, logistics, PR and outreach and customer relations and/or on the content of the event which typically falls within the areas chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) issues; developing funding proposals and meeting with prospective donors; arranging and/or attending high level meetings with local or foreign dignitaries; and preparing meeting material, speeches and presentation, and memos on specific topics of interests. Previous IIP interns have helped implement major international conferences at MESIS, as well as helping on the content-side of the event (working to develop language for a code of conduct for chemistry in the Middle East, helping shape the U.S. Federation of Scientists’ engagement in the region and interfacing with high level diplomats from Jordan, the US and elsewhere). IIP candidates with a background in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, human or hard sciences, management, marketing, and a specific interest in science and technology or broader interest in the role that science and technology can play in furthering regional stability are encouraged to apply. Basic Arabic would be an asset but is not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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: Malaga, Spain
The Olive Press in Spain is a well established newspaper and website set up and run by a former national newspaper journalist from London. It is ranked as the number one news organization in English in Spain and covers a full range of topics from news, investigations, and crime to features, health and sport. The IIP internship with this newspaper will involve a range of writing tasks, interviewing and research and will provide an excellent idea of how local/regional newspapers run in Spain. There will be some travel involved. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Russian International Affairs Council
Location: Moscow, Russia
Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is a non-profit membership organization. RIAC activities are aimed at strengthening peace, friendship, and solidarity between the peoples, preventing international conflicts and promoting crises settlement. IIP intern responsibilities will include creating a database of Russian and foreign experts in different aspects of international relations; running a blog on the RIAC website; preparing articles for the RIAC website, includeing interviewing and contacting Russian experts who cooperate with RIAC; participating in RIAC events; and editing the pre-print versions of RIAC reports and working papers. IIP candidates should have interests in public diplomacy, soft power, non-linear dynamics in international relations, international security, international economy, ICT in international relations, Middle East, Asia-Pacific region,and Russian foreign policy. A basic knowledge of Russian is required. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
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.
Sesame Workshop India
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the educational organization and wholly owned subsidy of Sesame Workshop, is looking for an intern to assist the Education team with their content and digital initiatives in India. The intern will be expected to work on specific projects for the entire period of the internship and present a report of the findings. The work will be carried out under the guidance of the Vice President-Education & Research. On successful completion of the internship, Sesame Workshop India will give a letter of recommendation based on the performance and initiative. IIP candidates should have: the ability to think out of the box, commitment to work and making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, and sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Smart Agricultural Analytics
Location: Beijing, China
About: Smart Agriculture Analytics is a business intelligence resource that evaluates China's market landscape for foreign agritech suppliers and investors. They enable leading agritech to successfully navigate this difficult market, opening new market channels while helping China's quickly modernizing agricultural system to move toward a sustainable model. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will be assigned to assist editorial staff with producing the weekly e-newsletters SAA Weekly and SAA Weekly Premium, to be distributed to suppliers of sustainable agricultural technology and investors of sustainable agritech who are based globally outside of China. Under the direction of the CEO and Managing Editor and in partnership with a local Chinese speaking intern, the IIP intern(s) will be responsible for the following scope of work duties:
- Monitoring news media and compiling relevant articles as relates to the business of agritech
- Remaining informed about Chinese government policy-making as relates to the business of agritech
- Participating in weekly editorial meetings to select articles to be included in SAA Weekly; helping with CN-EN translation, cataloging, writing English language summaries and doing key-point analyses of Chinese language articles
- Participating in review of final submissions from contributing editors
- Mapping out the Chinese media landscape as relates to agriculture business, agriculture policy, and agritech
- Helping develop strategy and timelines for editorial coverage of diverse geographies and issues in China
- Contributing to short- and long-term research projects for various White Papers
- In addition, intern may assist with web page development, web content management, database support, new media activities, electronic document management system (EDMS) projects.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in science, communication, engineering, economics or social sciences, with specific interests in environment issues, food safety, agriculture and/or China are encouraged to apply. Mandarin proficiency is required. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
This International Internship Program (IIP) internship placement provides the opportunity to learn more about how international business is conducted, particularly the economic, political, and social environment in which business is done in Taiwan. The IIP intern will be considered as part of the reporting staff of the Taiwan Business Topics monthly magazine--researching (largely by conducting interviews) and writing articles for publication, as well as helping with proofreading and other editorial tasks. The IIP intern will function as a magazine reporter without close day-to-day supervision; therefore, successful applicants must possess the ability to work well independently and demonstrate strong oral and written communications skills. The IIP intern will also have the opportunity to attend speeches, presentations, and other events sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce. Mandarin skills would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Paris, France
The Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA – International Association of Lawyers) was created in 1927 and is the oldest professional association, with several thousand individual members as well as more than 200 collective members comprised of bar associations, organizations or federations (representing nearly two million lawyers) from over 110 countries. The UIA’s principal goals are to promote the basic principles of the legal profession, the development of legal knowledge in all areas and the defense of lawyers and other legal professionals in the international context. The association works in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Fluency in French is preferred and additional fluency in Spanish would be a definite plus. IIP intern tasks will include:
- Website: Revision of the contents of the website and suggestions for improvements of the English version of the website
o Setup of a communication plan directed to law students all over the world
o Revision of the promotional brochures of the association in their English version
o Promotion of the Jacques LEROY Prize, an award given each year to a law student
- Law internship: Setup of a law internship project with member law firms
UIA is looking for a motivated, dynamic, flexible and internationally minded IIP candidates. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Established in 1993, Viva Rio aims to foster a culture of peace and social inclusion through a commitment to research, field work, and the formulation of public policies. The institution was formed by representatives from several sectors of civil society as a direct response to the growing violence that has plagued Rio de Janeiro. Viva Rio has developed and consolidated activities and projects that have inspired public policy. Several of these policies have been adopted by government, businesses, and other organizations. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are details on the three projects for IIP interns:
- Data Analysis on Preventive (Family) Health Strategy project: Viva Rio’s Family Health Strategy program began in 2009 as a part of the Family Healthy Strategy of the federal government. There, community health agents provide preventive care and orientation for medical assistance to patients at health units or at their homes. Each team serves 4000 people, or about 1000 families. What sets the Family Health Strategy apart are its multidisciplinary teams, developed through management practices, health care efforts, democratic attitudes, participatory awareness working on the ideal of promoting health. Teamwork is the key to communication and the exchange of experiences and knowledge. On each of their 70 family clinics they have an integrated virtual Information system. They generate indicators on tuberculosis cases, HIV, maternal care and other important health issues. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to participate in specific research and help investigate and analyze data on health issues to better understand their reality. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic by the conclusion of their experience. IIP candidates with interests in statistics, operations research, computer science, anthropology, sociology, global health, preventive health strategy, public health systems, data analysis, and information systems are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns for this project.
- Drugs Policy project: In 2009, Viva Rio met with 26 representatives from economic, anthropological, sociological, legal, law enforcement, artistic, sporting, scientific, medical, religious, and business backgrounds to found the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD). The main purpose of CBDD is to forge new paths toward a drug policy that is more efficient and fair. They were also part of the Latin American Commission for Drugs and Democracy and work with a large network of NGOs, think-tanks and governments on discussing drugs related issues. Their National Campaign for changing the Brazilian law on drugs is now in the lobby phase inside the Senate. While they wait for possible next steps, they need to keep pushing forward building up new partnerships and improving some important relationships with crucial stakeholders. They also need to collect more information about how the approaches on drug policy are moving worldwide. In order to base some arguments of their own proposition, they need to make some links between how the drugs policy paradigm is changing worldwide and its impacts on Latin America and Brazil. In that context, they need an IIP intern who can help them monitor drus policy issues worldwide and write some analytical papers on a comparative politics basis. The IIP intern must be interested in drug policy in general, with a special focus on Latin America dynamics. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic at the conclusion of his/her experience. IIP candidates with interests in anthropology, sociology, global health and health policy, drugs policy, and Latin America are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern for this project.
- Project Management project: The Project Management Office of Viva Rio works as an integrating office to create synergy among all projects. Their duties are elaborating, planning, monitoring, evaluation and also all the accountability for the projects. They deal with more than 30 projects on a daily basis. As Viva Rio has grown very quickly in the past few years, the volume of work for the administrative staff has risen considerably. They are constantly in contact with project coordinators to follow up on project activities. As they are co-responsible for a huge part of projects operating in territory, they need to improve their strategy to monitor and evaluate a huge number of projects and programs. In that context, they believe that the IIP intern can help them in developing new and better indicators, as well as new models for collecting better data from field actions. The IIP intern may also have as a task working on this collected data to generate reports, graphics, articles, papers and similar. The projects are on diverse areas, such as education, health, sports, environment and others. IIP candidates with interests in Public Affairs; Anthropology, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Sociology, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation are encouraged to apply. Skills in Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese is a plus. An intermediary level of Spanish on reading/speaking/writing is required. One placement has been created for an IIP intern on this project.
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
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Location: Singapore, Singapore
AWARE, or the Association of Women for Action and Research, is Singapore’s leading women’s rights advocacy group. Since its formation in 1985, it has carried out research into gender inequality and other issues relevant to women and advocated for changes in laws, policies, and mindsets that discriminate against women. AWARE also has a direct services arm and is building its training services. AWARE welcome interns who have an interest in gender issues, sociology, and Southeast Asia and can help in research and advocacy work and/or training programs. IIP intern responsibilities will include assisting in day-to-day operations, including training and communication programs; generating bi-weekly newsletters; primary and secondary research; and report writing. AWARE's current research projects/programs examine the laws, policies, and issues that women face in the areas of human rights (society and work place discrimination), economics (wage), and media (body image). AWARE also hosts a variety of events that range from fundraising concerts, film premieres and outdoor activities to its Annual General Meeting. Therefore, tasks may include connecting with sponsors, organizing guest lists, caterers, sponsorships, marketing campaigns, and communications, writing grant proposals and establishing a network of connectors for private donations. Strong writing ability would be an advantage, as would web/new media skills. The language of this IIP internship is English. Academic background in gender studies, sociology, and/or Southeast Asia/Asia would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern at AWARE