IIP Placements in Kenya
NOTE: All placements in Kenya are tentative as there is a State Department Travel Warning issued for Kenya. Interns will not be placed in a country that carries a State Department Travel Warning.
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 are encouraged to apply for this IIP internship. 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. 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 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). 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.
Location: Kakamenga, Kenya
Tropical Clinics is a non-governmental organization that builds one-of-a-kind health centers in rural areas of Africa and other developing nations. Their organization aims to provide the best medical, therapeutic, nutritional, and psychological care possible promoting the total health of people living in underserved rural communities. Tropical Clinics has several projects that could utilize students’ skills and at the same time provide students with opportunities to enhance their skills. Potential IIP intern projects may include:
- Information technology project: Develop matrix/processes for collecting measurable patient data and create statistical evaluations that can be shared with Tropical Clinics donors and supporters. IIP candidates for this position should have a background and experience in IT and statistics/collecting measurable data.
- Operations project: Work directly with laboratory technicians to fully implement standard of operation procedures. IIP candidates should have a desire to work in global health and familiarity with the implementation process of department operating procedures and experience working with others.
IIP interns will receive support and learn from well trained local medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured activities, interns will gain a comprehensive understanding of best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship and receive a certificate in Global Health Delivery. IIP interns will not only gain knowledge of the electronic medical record, pharmaceutical inventory management, and the business information system but will also gain experience on the healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. IIP candidates with a background and interests in Global/Public Health, Computer Skills, IT, Media, Laboratory, International Development, Social Sciences, Social Entrepreneurship, and skills in IT, Laboratory, Data Management are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.