IIP Internships in Uganda
Location: Nansana, Wakiso, Uganda
About: Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan. For over 40 years, Ashinaga has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have lost one or both parents due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Ashinaga (U) is a day center in Uganda, which was officially opened by His Excellency President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda in 2003. It has been providing psychosocial and educational support to some 800 AIDS orphans in Nansana Town Council of Wakiso District since 2001. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The main responsibility of the IIP interns at this location is to prepare high school graduates for entrance examinations, assist with essay writing, and help students navigate the application process and interviews for university. IIP interns may also be responsible for other administrative tasks.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in education and social work are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Most of what I did had to do with helping the Ugandan students submit the strongest applications possible when they apply. As a result, I was involved mostly in: SAT math tutoring, SAT essay writing tutoring, application essay writing tutoring, Common App help, advice, teacher counselor recommendation help, transcript-getting help, leadership, goal setting. I also helped teach the Critical Reading and Writing portions of the SAT, though this was primarily the job of the other intern. I participated in weekly staff meetings, Saturday Care programs (occasionally), Ashinaga home visits, and more.
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|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Ashinaga Uganda|
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. The organization is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent. Over the past several years it has sought to organize a wide range of activities to develop the creative arts industry in Uganda. One placement has been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: This summer, IIP intern will be responsible for one of the following projects:
- Assistant Online Radio Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the development of an online broadcasting outlet that aims to increase the provision of quality information about arts and culture. Specific responsibilities will include: carrying out competitive/environmental analysis; identifying technical options for online set-up; developing options for attractive programming; making recommendations for staffing and developing annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, and Media Coordinator. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Charity Lottery Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the set-up of a charity lottery that would generate income and provide financial support in the area of arts and culture in Uganda. This IIP intern will help to carry out a feasibility study and develop an initial plan for the set-up of a charity lottery in support of arts and culture development. Specific responsibilities will include: identifying options for legally sound set-up of a charity lottery, presenting options for lottery modalities, making recommendations for legal set-up, making recommendations for staffing and developing an initial annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director and the Head of Development. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Membership Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in enhancing Bayimba’s general membership program as well as establishing the Bayimba co-op as a separate but closely linked artist cooperative initiative. This IIP intern will help to enhance Bayimba’s membership programs. Specific responsibilities will include: assessing the current membership program and co-op, determining the rationale for membership programs vis-à-vis other objectives/initiatives, identifying options for improvement general membership program, and developing a strategy for Bayimba co-op development. This IIP intern will work closely with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, staff members currently in charge of membership, and the Bayimba co-op team. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry, organizational development, membership development, and/or media development are encouraged to apply. Experience in strategic business planning and development would be an asset. A good candidate would have good cross-cultural communication skills and experience with relevant software applications. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational, and collaborative skills.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Researcher: developed framework for measuring the economic impact of music festivals in East Africa, which involved survey creation, interviews, and marketing; helped with logistics at music festivals (ticket sales, information); launched an artists' cooperative which gave Ugandan artists a vehicle for sharing performance opportunities, equipment, and skills/knowledge; transcribed speeches at associated events. Intern #2: I was the Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator. My responsibilities included brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc. Intern #3: The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is in the process of creating its own creative arts academy that it hopes to launch in 2017, the year the new curriculum for O-level (secondary school) students begins, where creative arts is one of the required subjects. In preparation for this, my main project was to conduct an external analysis on all forms of arts education in Uganda, with a focus in Kampala. Essentially, I gathered information on the competition and found challenges they've run into and heard advice they offered. I compiled a list of 100+ groups from governmental departments, official universities, international high schools, organizations/NGOs, individuals providing lessons, and international embassies that may provide funding. From there, I interviewed as many of these groups as possible gathering information such as the type of content they provide, the class structure, the demographic of students, the costs & funding, the resources, and future plans. At the very end, I wrote a report with all my findings together... In terms of work, as internet isn’t used nearly as much here and as people aren’t as reliant on it, I’ve learned the power of talking to people directly – especially when trying to schedule meetings. Also, I’ve noticed the unhealthy relationship with stress people have in the United States. Back home, it almost feels as if you always need to be stressed, or at least show that you’re stressed, in order to feel like you’re doing something productive. The work environment is much more relaxed here, in terms of punctuality as well as atmosphere, yet you know everyone is very busy and is accomplishing something each day. It really puts what I’ve accepted as normal into perspective. Intern #4: I had two separate projects. One was working with consultants that they've hired to see which direction to take the production business in. I traveled with them to various production companies to interview them about best practices, and I also collaborated with them on a strategic recommendation for 2016-2018. My other project was making a quarterly report for the productions business (this is their profit making arm). I researched global and Ugandan economic climates to make suggestions about ways to move forward and correct issues from last quarter. I also looked at yields of the business' investments and strategies for those moving forward...I'm learned a lot about the complexities of running an organization of this size, especially with a limited staff. There's pretty much one person for every department who does everything in that department, so we were crazy busy when we were preparing for a regional festival. I also learned more about how what I learned in economics class actually applies to businesses and how the things I learned in the classroom translate into the real world, which is to say a lot differently. Developing economies are tricky to navigate when developing a business.
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|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Bayimba Cultural Foundation|
Location: Entebbe, Uganda
About: Digital Solutions (DS) is a Ugandan-based software development company. The company builds custom applications mainly for telecom industry clients in Africa, Asia, and the United States. The IIP intern will join the DS team as it seeks to meet demanding client expectations. DS’s work involves significant research and innovative approaches to application building. One placement has been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP intern responsibilities may include: co-leading a team as programmer on existing projects; programming skills transfer/lead on in-house training for staff; helping in the maintenance of system development process and controls; and providing an independent quality assurance on existing applications to improve security, quality of execution and to ensure up-to-date documentation. Specific projects may include MMS Gateway Development, Dynamic SIM Toolkit application development, and NFC programming.
Qualifications: This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in computer science. Software development in C, Python, Ruby, or Java is required.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Designed, implemented, and tested a framework to manage communications with many types of mobile-to-mobile devices, written in Python.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Digital Solutions|
Women’s Microfinance Initiative
Location: Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, Uganda
About: Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization that provides small loans and business training and support to impoverished women in developing nations. WMI's mission is to work with village level organizations to provide capital to women in the lowest income brackets so that they can engage in income-producing activities. Its goal is to help women living in poverty build assets so that they can stabilize their income and raise their standard of living for their families. The Buyobo, Uganda loan program is the oldest WMI loan program. Located in the Sironko District, about 30 minutes from Mbale, it has over 1,000 clients. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns in Buyobo assist with loan program operations (preparing the documents that include: new borrower tables, loan agreements, loan applications and surveys, issuing loans, and interview borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach at the local school, undertake community projects, and supervise high school interns from the U.S.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): On most days I taught the administrator of the loan program and her subordinates how to use a computer. I taught them how to scan documents and then organize them in folders on the computer and set up a budget. I advised the coordinators on how to improve the program. I also gave Microsoft Office lessons to the administrator of the local clinic.
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|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Women's Microfinance Initiative (WMI)|