IIP Placements in South Africa
Council of Scientific Institutional Research (CSIR)
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
The CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development, and implementation organizations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation, and industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. The organization is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Two IIP placements are with the Earth Observation Research Group.
The Earth Observation Research Group is a leading group that researches remote sensing of the environment in South Africa. Its core mission is to: 1) develop new remote sensing-based products and applications combining existing and new sensor technologies and in situ data in a novel manner; 2) integrate the new generated knowledge in monitoring systems for the improved use of natural resources and decision-making processes. The research uses LiDAR, SAR, and optical systems at various scales to map tree structure, biodiversity, vegetation productivity, nutrient content, water cycle and develop models to improve understanding of spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem services. This IIP placement provides IIP interns with the opportunity to conduct research on remote sensing in South African landscapes.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Researched the effect of atmospheric turbulence on optical systems such as orbital angular momentum carrying Laguerre-Gauss beams and Long Distance Bessel Like Beams using a Spinning Pipe Gas Lens. Presented findings at the 2012 IONS-Africa student conference and published results in the Journal of Optics.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
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.
Jabulani Rural Health Foundation/Zithulele Hospital
Location: Zithulele Village, a remote part of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa
The Jabulani Rural Health Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by four doctors. Its focus is on healthcare, education, poverty relief, environmental issues, and care for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Jabulani serves a large Xhosa community of ~140,000, the majority of which lives in extreme poverty. Jabulani’s health care mission supports the development of Zithulele Hospital and its surrounding clinics; helps improve access to quality health care; supports specific health care projects, including care for those affected by HIV/AIDS; and improves nutrition through education and support. The IIP intern will assist Jabulani and the hospital with a variety of practical projects ranging from assistance with data capture and data analysis, to conducting basic, practical, clinically-oriented research that will help them better understand the community and its health needs. IIP interns will also be able to embark on research projects that may include but are not limited to community surveys establishing what access people have to water and sanitation, research investigating whether early childhood development and health are related in the community, health awareness in high school students, and follow up on twins born at Zithuele Hospital. This IIP internship is based in a remote, low-resource area of South Africa. IIP candidates with interest in health and community development and experience in basic research methodology are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. 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).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Work Project: Quality Improvement of Zithulele's Waiting Mothers' AccommodationProgram (WMA, a maternity waiting home). Day-to-day responsibilities: Conducted and later analyzed half hour individual interviews with new WMA mothers as well as mothers in the outlying community; Took action to improve WMA based upon mothers' feedback; Designed and distributed posters and pamphlets to tell mothers about WMA; Travelled out to clinics to speak to nurses regarding the WMA program; While there I also had some free time to shadow physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists etc., as well as help out with some of Jabulani's office work(but all of this was by my own choice and not necessarily dictated as a work responsibility per se.
MRC/ Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transition Research
Location: Acornhoek, and Agincourt,South Africa
The MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit is based in the rural north east of South Africa and, together with Wits Rural Facility, is fast becoming a rural research knowledge hub. The Unit has enjoyed the support of its host communities for over 20 years. The LINC Office (community engagement office) of the site has coined the phrase "building a research savvy community" to describe its work. An IIP intern will work together with the LINC office to support the community engagement officers at the site to independently run village level community engagement activities and to write reports on these activities. Specifically, the IIP intern will assist with preparing for a community engagement campaign at a village level, working closely with a local community engagement officer, at the same time training the local officer with some basic computer and filing skills so that in the following year the local officer can arrange the campaign alone. During the campaign, the intern will also work with a different local officer training her in how to analyze simple Excel data collected from 2004 on community engagement campaigns, and assist this local officer to understand how to complete the reports so that the local officer can complete all reports from 2004 by the end of 2013. The IIP intern will also assist the supervisor to start a paper on the community engagement at the site. In addition, the intern would assist the supervisor to evaluate the activities of the community engagement office and assist in developing a five year plan. This placement will provide the IIP intern with the opportunity to get to understand how a health and socio-demographic surveillance site works and will provide him or her with knowledge on a variety of epidemiological and other health and social research projects underway in the site. IIP interns with a particular interest in one of the other projects may also assist with that particular project. IIP candidates with interests in community engagement research, global health, and epidemiology are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created 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).
Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project
Location: Khayelitsha, South Africa
Interns at Philani Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Project will work in Khayelitsha, an African township, 25 km from Cape Town city center. Interns will be part of a team committed to the work of improving the health and welfare of women and children in destitute communities on the outskirts of Cape Town. Philani has an integrated comprehensive health program with home and clinic based maternal and child health interventions, preschools, skills and income generating programs alongside scholarship, orphans, and building programs. Intern responsibilities may include editing and managing the Philani website, writing newsletters and life stories for reports and funding proposals, helping to manage monitoring, evaluation and research programs, working with women in the skills training and development programs to design and develop new products for income generation, assisting the manager of the preschool and child development programs, and/or assisting the manager of the health and wellness programs. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. 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).
The Pink Couch and ASSITEJ NEW!!
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
The Pink Couch is a South African theater company that aims to make theater that gets young people excited in the performing arts by creating work that is not only topical and relevant, but also enjoyable and entertaining. ASSITEJ South Africa is the national network of ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Theatre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse/The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People). ASSITEJ is a global alliance linking thousands of theaters, organizations and individuals in more than 80 countries, working in the field of theater for children and young people. ASSITEJ SA links theater practitioners, organizations, schools and companies across the country who share a belief in the transformative difference that theater can make in the lives of young people. ASSITEJ SA focuses on: creating access to theater for young people, supporting and developing emerging and established artists, empowering arts’ education, and connecting and advocating for the arts in the lives of young people. This IIP placement is with both the Pink Couch and ASSITEJ. IIP interns will have an opportunity to take initiative and run with a number of aspects of the planned projects, depending on their skills and interest. Two of the projects that the IIP interns might participate in are the running of two collective venues at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, namely the Cape Town Edge and the ASSITEJ Family Venue. The IIP interns will be encouraged to take part in: collection of audience data at both collective venues at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; collation of this data, hands on help with marketing of both collective venues at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; and overseeing productions in a particular venue. There is also the opportunity to travel to another festival with a production from National Arts Festival, Grahamstown before returning to Cape Town to wrap up the respective projects. Previous interns have created a budget for the performances at the festival, drafted report for sponsors, contributed website content and managed other festival related logistics. IIP candidates with interests in theater and arts administration are encouraged to apply. Technical experience in running a theater show would be an asset.
PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
PRICELESS-SA is a country-based initiative based at the Wits School of Public Health. Its work is largely in the area of health economics, with a focus on economic evaluation as it is focused on the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. Its main goals are to ensure that priority setting for health care systems is based on good evidence; to support the development of specific evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing/scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently--in other words provide good value for money; and to develop local capacity to perform and interpret cost effectiveness analysis and related work. The IIP interns will work with a dynamic research team on topics that include maternal and child health interventions and chronic diseases (including vascular disease, diabetes, HIV) with a specific focus on strengthening the delivery of interventions at the primary health care level and the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. The focus of the work is on the role/use of cost effectiveness and related evidence-based approaches in setting priorities for health interventions and maximizing their impact. IIP intern responsibilities would include undertaking systematic reviews of the literature to find data for use in burden of disease and cost-effectiveness studies; contributing to burden of disease analysis (using GBD methodology) for chronic diseases; finding and extracting data for costing of health care programs and interventions in South Africa; grant-writing; and assisting with cost-effectiveness analysis. IIP candidates with interests in global health in low/middle income countries and particularly in the area of non-communicable diseases are encouraged to apply. Strong numerical skills and journalism experience would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. 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).
Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
SAMRO Foundation is a non-profit organization that is the social investment and music education arm of SAMRO, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation. The aims and objectives of the SAMRO Foundation include the promotion of the national arts through sponsorships of various kinds, encouraging excellence in the arts through education, facilitating economic participation in the creative economy, influencing cultural and arts policy by means of research and advocacy, and promoting living cultural heritage. The IIP intern will be responsible for the following: organizing and conducting workshops on various issues surrounding preservation and promotion of music open to artists, music schools, and universities; organizing small scale exhibitions on certain South African composers and their works, within the scope of the SAMRO Music Archive; conducting research on South African composers in order to compile comprehensive profiles for exhibitions and workshops; assisting the team to further develop the current Music Archive Marketing Strategy; and strengthening the SAMRO Foundation online marketing communication, especially the website and social media presence. IIP candidates with interests in marketing, communications, music and the creative industries (arts, culture and heritage) are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in project management, research, and/or archival databases would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.