IIP Placements in Uganda
Location: Nansana, Wakiso, Uganda
Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan, which for over 40 years 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. The center was also visited by their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan in June 2012 to commemorate 50 years of good relations between Japan and Uganda. In order to advance their efforts in Africa, Ashinaga operates the“Ashinaga Uganda Rainbow House.” The main responsibility of the IIP interns at this location is to prepare high school graduates for entrance examinations, essay writing, the application process and interviews for university. IIP interns may also be responsible for other administrative tasks. IIP candidates with interests in education and social work are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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
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. This summer, IIP interns will together be responsible for the execution of a comprehensive stakeholder analysis (in Kampala as well as various up-country locations), collecting views and perspectives about Bayimba's performance, relevance, strengths and weaknesses, as the external component of a wider Organizational Capacity Assessment exercise that will inform the development of Bayimba's next Strategic Plan (2016-2020) and further strengthen Bayimba's overall programs and activities. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include preparing tools and discussion guides for interviews, creating a list of internal and external stakeholders, carrying out one-on-one interviews with stakeholders, drafting a final report with perspectives on Bayimba's performance, relevance, strengths and weaknesses,attending staff meetings and presenting and discussing the findings with the full Bayimba team. IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and interests in the creative industry are encouraged to apply. Experience in stakeholder identification, cross-cultural communication and interviewing, data processing, and relevant software applications would be an asset. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational and collaborative skills. Two placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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
Digital Solutions (DS) is a Ugandan-based software development company. The company builds custom applications mainly for the telecom industry for 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. 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. This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in computer science. Software development in C, Python, Ruby, or Java is required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program intern.
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
Fields of Growth (FoG) aims to harness the passion of the sports community into positive social impact through global leadership development, service and growing the games. Founded in 2009 FoG has become a popular non-profit among those that have a passion for international development. Fields of Growth emphasis is 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. At the very core of the Fields of Growth mission is the desire to serve and uplift in a spirit of human solidarity. 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. They couple the word servicewith the words Mission of Accompanimentand solidarity because the word service can sometimes communicate the wrong message – one of superiority. In an interdependent world we know that when we are in service to others, we are very consciously in service to ourselves. Ubuntu- “I am because of who we all are.” 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. IIP candidates with interests in service, sports and education are encouraged to apply. Eight placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns (six in Uganda and two in Jamaica).
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 that have lacrosse teams. 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 and netball programs, as well as, 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.
Women’s Microfinance Initiative
Location: Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, Uganda
Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization providing 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. It is administered by the Buyobo Women’s Association, through a grant from WMI. 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. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.