IIP Internships in Ghana
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.
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.
Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: Here at the IWMI West Africa office, I am working with the research and communications coordinator, assisting in preparing documents, brochures and fliers that showcase the work of IWMI. I have also been doing a lot of field work and visiting demonstration sites that have been set up by IWMI to support their research. Intern #2: I produce infographics supporting the researchers. I write briefs that summarize the research outcomes. I helped analyze all their minority publications...I am learning the need to review what organizations tell the world and make sure it is actually what the organization wants the world to see. Intern #3: At the beginning, my work consisted mostly of helping with translation of communication material from English to French and helping to write workshop report and briefs on research projects for communication purposes. However, over the past three weeks, I have been spending most of my time working on placing a great quantity of data into bar charts and then overlaying them onto the Google Earth world map... IWMI also conducts projects and maintains partnerships in French speaking West African countries and so communication material in French is key to developing those projects and relationships. Finally, my idea of using computer programming to complete the Google Earth project probably saved hundreds of hours of work since it turned out that I had to create more than 7,000 graphs and now need to place each of them on Google Earth...I think what I am mostly learning from my supervisor and other colleagues are the workings of IWMI as an organization and in what ways people deal with their individual work and fit in within wider collective projects and goals. The specific project that I have been working on involves some programming and manipulating Google Earth which are good skills to refine.
View PowerPoint presentations by past interns:
IWMI Ghana Intern #1.pdf
IWMI Ghana Intern #2.pdf