IIP Placements in Ghana
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Accra, Ghana
IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s major outputs are the results of the scientific research. How this science is communicated is critical to overcome the looming global water crisis. IWMI must continually be evaluating the effectiveness of its science communications. The interns will be place in pairs. Each intern pair will conduct research that will include: defining the main products/activities, target audiences and aims of the different products/activities; setting up the methodology, based on face-to-face interviews, for assessing these; undertaking this analysis (travel in the allocated country may be required), analyzing the results, and participating in a workshop, presenting these results and making recommendations for future marketing and communications. IIP candidates with interests in communications, science, agriculture, environmental studies, or development are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting surveys, interviews, and data analysis would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Pan-African Global Academy
Location: Oshiyie, Ghana
The goal of Pan-African Global Academy (PAGA), spearheaded by Carolyn Rouse (Princeton professor of anthropology), was to build an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable high school in Oshiyie, Ghana. Pan-African Global Academy opened in September 2010 and is the first non-technical high school along a 10 km stretch of Aplaku Road in western Accra. The curriculum for the school is project-based and the students immediately apply the skills they learn in the classroom to local development projects. Specific projects may include: 1) Designing a project-based STEM curriculum that reinforces classroom knowledge, meets the national educational standards, and integrates curriculum already being used at the school. Subjects for this project include: integrated science, business and economics, history and social science, engineering and physics, and biology and health; 2) Helping the headmaster design a more robust administrative system to keep track of student progress and educational needs. 3) Evaluating the teachers and determine what they need, in terms of training and resources, to enhance their teaching. IIP candidates should have interests in either social sciences (anthropology, sociology, economics, history, policy, psychology) or in the sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry, EEB, molecular biology, or computer science). Interested IIP candidates should also have some knowledge of what a project-based STEM curriculum is, as well as basic knowledge of administrative systems to track student learning and educational standards. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns on this project; one additional placement has been established for an IIP candidate who will teach a health related curriculum. For this health-related placement the student will work on the Oshiyie Health Education and Health Promotion Project. The goal of this project is to create a community-centered health and public health curriculum which includes: involving students and school community leaders in the development and implementation of the curriculum, developing evaluation tools to assess effectiveness of health education programs; and empowering students to improve the health of their community through community based public health projects. This health-related placement is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).