IIP Internships in Ghana
IIP offers two types of summer international internships: IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs.
IIP Placements: When you apply to an IIP Placement, you are applying to work at a specific organization within the parameters of the work responsibilities described on our website by the employer and past interns. Therefore, your personal statement should address why you are interested in that specific organization/placement.
IIP-IN Programs: IIP-IN Programs are our new internship programs managed by in-country providers. Each IIP-IN program offers placements in various areas of interest. When you apply to an IIP-IN program, you will not know which organization you will be paired with or the specific work responsibilities. Your personal statement should instead address why you want to work in that country, and in a general area of interest (listed under each IIP-IN description). You will then be interviewed by the in-country staff, and based on that conversation with you, they will find a placement that matches your skills and customize it to your interests.
IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs both lead to internships in specific organizations abroad.
Please note that IIP internships need to be 8 consecutive weeks. The dates will be agreed upon by you and your employer.
IIP Placements in Ghana
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Accra, Ghana
About: IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world-class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s Mission is to provide evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihoods, and the environment. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The interns will be placed 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 for assessment, based on face-to-face interviews; 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.
Qualifications: 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.
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|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: International Water Management Institute (Ghana)|
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 PowerPoints (.pdf) by past IIP interns:
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Kaeme Foundation|
IIP-IN Ghana (UBelong)
This IIP internship is offered in partnership with UBelong. UBelong is an international organization devoted to bringing people together across borders to take action for positive change.
Area of Placement: Human Rights: Supporting efforts to stop child labor
The minimum legal age to work in Ghana is 16, but close to 30 percent of children between 5 and 15 work illegally in the informal sector, according to government statistics. Over a million underage children work in Ghana. Close to the semi-urban community where the projects are located in Accra, children work in the fishing industry in very dangerous conditions and remain unprotected by law enforcement officials. Working children hired by fishermen are denied access to education and are held in servitude to work off their families’ debts. IIP interns in the project work directly with working children and their families, fishermen and schools to stop child labor practices in the area and raise awareness about children’s rights. IIP interns live in a small community outside Accra and work in a nearby fishing village. They will assist a local human rights organization that helps working children to get back to school. Interns will work with project staff four to six hours a day and collaborate on every aspect of the project. Tasks include conducting interviews with child labor victims and the fishermen who hire them, entering and analyzing the data, attending meetings with community leaders to discuss findings, negotiating solutions to rescue children, and writing project reports for donors and the public. IIP interns also participate in the selection of children eligible for scholarships to return to school.
Qualifications: IIP candidates should have the flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing schedule of the project and the creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources.
Area of Placement: Middle School Teaching
Greater Accra is caught in a web of complex problems that negatively affect access to quality education. Deficient infrastructure, overcrowded classes and materials shortages are common problems. There is a 40 percent school dropout rate in the area, mostly affecting girls who leave school to sell goods at the local market. Unemployment is high, forcing many families to seasonal migration, which also affects their children’s school attendance. Children’s malnutrition is another challenge that affects learning. IIP interns work with teachers to help create more interactive and student-centered classrooms. They will bring enthusiasm and engage the students to help them learn, stay motivated, and attend school. IIP interns live and work in a small community outside Accra. They work five to seven hours a day with local teachers to help plan and lead classes for students ages 12 to 15, although there may be students who are older. IIP interns will assist teachers in classroom instruction, grading, assigning homework, and supervising students’ progress. They focus on one of the following topics: computing, English, French, math, natural sciences, or physical education. IIP interns can also get involved in sports activities such as coaching, organizing tournaments, and playing with the students.
Qualifications: IIP candidates should demonstrate the creativity and initiative to lead classes with limited resources. For the position teaching French, an advanced level of French is required. IIP candidates with interests in education and/or professional experience in a field related to the classroom topic are encouraged to apply. Teaching experience would be an asset but is not required.