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: Montpelier, France and Kampala, Uganda
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity’s headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. This year, Bioversity is offering placements in their headquarters office, as well as, in their offices in China, Costa Rica, France/Uganda, Malaysia, Nepal, and Uganda. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods. IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials. IIP candidates with interests in agricultural sciences or socioeconomics are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern in France/Uganda.
Here is a description of the IIP placement in France/Uganda:
- Production of cultivar pages on East African Highland bananas: This IIP internship takes place in the French and Ugandan offices of Bioversity International. For the first month the intern would be based in Uganda, where Bioversity has an office in Kampala, to meet with experts, including IITA and NARO scientists and farmers. The second month would be spent in Montpellier, where the central office for the commodity crops program is located. The IIP intern responsibilities will focus on research on East African highland bananas (EAHB), which comprise a group of closely related cultivars domesticated in East Africa. In Uganda, the second largest producer of bananas after India, EAHB cultivars are a staple to an estimated 10 million Ugandans, with 66% of the country’s urban population depending on them. They are largely grown in smallholder production systems located in the western and southwestern highland regions of the country. Bioversity scientists have been studying this important group of bananas since the 1990s. In Uganda, they have identified more than 80 cultivars that they classified into 5 clone sets. Through their subsequent work, they also collected information on their local names in various parts of East Africa. The aim of this IIP internship is to produce Musapedia pages on the clone sets and selected cultivars based on their economic and cultural importance. Musapedia is an online compendium of banana knowledge hosted on the ProMusa website (www.promusa.org/musapedia). At the end of the project, the IIP intern will produce a blog post for the ProMusa blog. This IIP placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in biology, agricultural sciences, and/or communications. Skills in reviewing and synthesizing scientific content would be an asset. French language skills would be useful.
Center for Health, Human Rights and Development
Location: Kampala, Uganda
The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) is an indigenous, non-profit, research and advocacy organization that is pioneering the enforcement of human rights and the justiciability of the right to health in Eastern Africa. CEHURD is looking for an IIP intern to engage as part of its global capacity building strategy in the justiciability of the right to health as a means of enforcing human rights in East Africa. The IIP intern will be engaged across three programs capturing the whole range of human rights enforcement across East Africa. Under Strategic Litigation, the IIP intern will be exposed to contemporary legal mechanisms being implemented to enforce human rights in East Africa; under Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, the IIP intern will be engaged in monitoring, developing and promotion of policies, laws and practices that improve social justice and health in East Africa; and under Community Empowerment, the IIP intern will be engaged in building the capacity of grassroots communities by sensitizing health workers, community based organizations, local leaders and other community stakeholders in health and human rights advocacy. The IIP intern will get an opportunity to work closely with the leading stakeholders in human rights implementation under the multiple regional human rights coalitions CEHURD is part of and will acquire an inside knowledge of the issues pertaining to human rights implementation in East Africa. IIP candidates with interests in public policy and public health are encouraged to apply. Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and knowledge in research proposal formulation and development would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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.
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.