IIP Placements in Uganda
||Nansana, Wakiso, Uganda|
|Bayimba Cultural Foundation||Kampala, Uganda
|Fields of Growth
|| Buhoma/Bwindi, Masaka, and Kampala, Uganda
|Women’s Microfinance Initiative||Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, 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.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. It also recognizes the potential of the arts and creative arts industry in Uganda and believes that it offers viable options for self realization by individual artists as well as arts organizations and that it contributes to social and economic development in Uganda. The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent and 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, an IIP intern will be responsible for the execution of an assessment of Bayimba’s past and current arts education programme within the wider Ugandan (and East African) context and make recommendations for the future (competitive) positioning of Bayimba Academy as a separate and distinguished (informal) arts education institution. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include a desk-study to collect and assess information available (research, surveys, policies etc.); meetings with relevant internal/external stakeholders (staff, partners, participants); an environmental scan of (current and future) arts education climate; assessment of Bayimba’s relevance, strengths and weaknesses in arts education; identification of business niche(s) for the future Bayimba Academy and presentation of assessment and recommendations to the full Bayimba team.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry are encouraged to apply. Experience in arts education, cross-cultural communication and relevant software applications would be an asset. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational and collaborative skills.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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: Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator: brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc.
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.
Fields of Growth
Location: Buhoma/Bwindi, Masaka, and Kampala, Uganda
About: Fields of Growth (FoG) aims to harness the passion of the sports community into positive social impact through global leadership development, and service. Founded in 2009, FoG has become a popular non-profit among those that have a passion for international development. Fields of Growth works to harness the passion of the lacrosse community into positive social impact in developing countries. At the heart of their work is service to others in an effort to advance the common good of humanity. They strive to do all their service as a Family of Friends on a Mission of Accompaniment with community partners. So whether it be with their staff at the HOPEFUL school in Uganda or their partners at the St. Patrick’s Foundation in Jamaica, they aim to walk hand in hand with the communities they serve. Part of the Fields of Growth mission is finding sustainable ways to grow sports in the communities it serves. In Uganda this has been done through the university network in Kampala. Six placements have been established for IIP interns, plus two additional placements in Jamaica.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns in Uganda with FoG will work in one of the following areas (tentative dates of internship are June 1-July 30, 2015):
- In Kampala, IIP interns with experience in Women's Lacrosse will run lacrosse practices and coordinate educational events at several all-girls secondary schools. The IIP interns will also assist with the training camp for U-19 Uganda girls national team that is going to be competing in the 2015 FIL World Championships in Scotland.
- In Masaka, IIP interns with experience in Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball and/or Baseball wil run and organize PE classes at the FoG HOPEFUL school and Kkindu Primary and Secondary Schools that will culminate in a mini-world cup competition in mid-July that would seek to integrate learning with athletic competition in an exciting and interactive format. They will also run camps in several subject matters.
- In Buhoma/Bwindi, IIP interns with experience in Men's and Womens Soccer and/or Women's Volleyball will work closely with the Batwa Development Program and local primary and secondary schools to assist their soccer, volleyball, netball, and other educational programs. This location would involve an additional focus on the integration of Batwa Pygmies with the local community through sport and encourage Batwa youth to develop their talents through sport. Similiar to HOPEFUL school location, this internship would also culminate in a mini-world cup competition in mid-July that would seek to integrate learning with athletic competition in an exciting and interactive format.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in service, sports and education are encouraged to apply.
International University of East Africa (IUEA)
Location: Kansanga, Kampala, Uganda
About: The International University of East Africa (IUEA) is a private university. The university draws students from East and Central Africa, and from the rest of the world. IUEA offers many programmes that lead to Graduate, Undergraduate and Post-graduate degrees. The school also offers the International Foundation Program (IFP), special language classes, certificates in short courses, and diplomas that prepare students for both employment and entry into degree programmes. The school’s programmes are designed to ensure that students get maximum expertise in the use of technology, and complete their programmes armed with an excellent education that includes practical experience and skills for employment and entrepreneurship. IUEA is a thriving international community of scholars and students engaged in the pursuit of advanced knowledge, practical skills and humane values. The school celebrates a multi-cultural atmosphere where students from Uganda, Egypt, DRC, Eritrea, Nigeria, the UK and from other countries work together on projects. As an international university, IUEA is dedicated to producing excellent graduates who are masters of their chosen fields of study, highly employable, and capable of creating new products, building new companies as entrepreneurs and serving the global community.Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following programs:
- Teach English: The International University of East Africa (IUEA) has a substantial number of students from French-speaking African countries. These students are currently enrolled in English foundation (remedial) classes at IUEA but need significant help. We will need three to four interns to teach these students English. Specifically, we will like the interns to focus on comprehension. For teaching material, interns will use simple story books and the actual required reading material assigned to the foundation students.
- Teach Computer Programming: Computer science interns will teach basic to intermediate level practicals on Java programming language and on content management Web development and on Android or iPhone programming. Interns are free to determine what applications to program. For example, interns may decide to do robotics programming; design and build an e-commerce Website; design and build an Android or iPhone app to control or manage machines.
- Teach Engineering/Electronics: Engineering/Electronics interns will teach basic to intermediate level hands-on workshops to students with minimal experience of engineering and electronics. Interns are encouraged to determine what workshops to run. For example, interns may decide to run workshops on how to build and control robots; demonstrate the basic principles of solar energy or use the Raspberry Pie to teach students engineering and electronics.
Qualifications: Background or interest in English, Engineering, Computer Science and/or electronics. Skills in java programming, content management based websites, and android development would be an asset but are not required, as would basic fluency in speaking, reading and writing French.
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.