IIP Internships in India
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
About: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. JPAL-SA conducts randomized-control trials to assess the impact of pro-poor policy. The interventions and projects have been designed by professors and researchers from different expertise and well-known and established universities world-wide. The research staff at JPAL-SA, as well as providing inputs in to the research design and at times in the implementation, conducts evaluations of such projects. J-PAL works in many different areas such as early childhood education, urban and rural sanitation, micro-finance, energy renovation, and health.
Project tasks will be assigned based on the technical and language skills of the intern and his or her prior experiences. Previous interns have worked on developing and testing digital questionnaires for a large baseline survey of urban slum residents. Interns have also assisted with creating a pricing model in STATA to determine the appropriate price for sanitation facilities, considering the costs of running a facility, residents’ willingness to pay, and preferred time of day usage for the facility. These interns have gained direct experience in the field trials of international development projects, as well as technical skills with Open Data Kit data collection software and STATA statistical package. They have learned about data collection protocols, ethical issues in consent, and have seen real-world, practical applications of supply and demand. For more information about this project, visit J-PAL's website.
Qualifications: Candidates interested in development economics, global/public health, econometrics / statistics / mathematical modeling are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA or another statistical package preferred but not required. Experience living in, working in, or visiting a developing country in areas outside major cities is an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of a past intern): Intern #1: I worked on an project based in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, two cities in Orissa province in India. The project was both a development project and a research project. We' built toilets in over 100 locations in slums, and then ran randomized controlled trial (RCTs) experiments on different facility management models & pricing among other things. The project required coordination between several different partners, so the toilets were constructed later in the year. Working from Delhi, I was doing lots of background work on the project; I helped create a presentation to the local government on different facility management models, wrote a document that has outlined the decisions taken in the project so far, and started documenting work for the process evaluation. Intern #2: I working on the Bhubaneswar Urban Sanitation project which is working on implementing different interventions (policy experiments) surrounding public toilets in the area. They are partnered with the local municipal corporations to build new public toilet facilities and stage these interventions. My main internship responsibility was to update the model with new data and code a pricing model for the toilets into STATA. In addition, I went to the field and seen the project collect survey data from the facilities. I was also assisting with project documentation...This model will help them accurately estimate the profit-maximizing price for each of the facilities they build, as well as look into the possibility of peak-load pricing for high demand facilities. This is important for the financial sustainability of the facilities...I didn't have any previous experience with STATA, so learning the language for this internship was very rewarding. Also, many of the other employees in the office have been great resources and support!
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Abdul Latif (J-PAL) Intern #1
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Location: Dehradun, India |Uttrakhand,India
About: The Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) was started in 2000 as a series of meetings of village women in the rural area outside Dehrarun, in northwest India. The meetings arose as the women began to think of ways to generate employment. Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, ANKURI empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training (knitting, stitching and embroidery, spinning, and weaving), a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program.
Intern Responsibilities: Based on the program area, IIP interns in the literacy program will provide about children English language classes and soft skills classes; in the medical program, interns will help run the annual medical camp in partnership with local physicians and in the travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize and promote the work of the organization. Specific projects include:
- Development of classroom resources such as flash cards, maps, learning games and lesson plans. Lead classroom-related projects and participate in others.
- Development and enhancement of ANKURI's media and social media presence. Projects for 2016 include continuing upkeep of the Facebook presence, development of program's presence on other social platforms (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Development of business tools and resources for the programs. Maintain and enhance the craft center inventory database and accounts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in teaching, art, communications (including social media), design (including fashion design), community development, theater and/or film are encouraged to apply. Skills in creating/enhancing webpages, and utilizing art skills to make teaching aids, signs, etc. would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: We inventoried finished products, started translating a women's ledger, created resources for the literacy center, taught kids, inventoried the books in the literacy center, supervised other interns, worked on the social media and websites, and looked at ways to advertise ANKURI and assessed its impact through surveys.…I think my work really grounded the organization and made them more aware of how their organization works and how it's impacting the community. I also set up resources for future interns and have found ways to let more people know about ANKURI…I learned how important it is to test a resources out on the kids before assuming that they will love it or it will help them. I learned how to incorporate what I read in the news into daily conversations and also how to make processes more efficient. Intern #2: Our daily work responsibilities were making lesson plans, teaching classes (for about two hours), and making resources such as flashcards for the classroom. In addition, we were given projects such as creating a spreadsheet inventory of all the finished wool products in their craft center, creating an inventory of all the literacy center resources (ie. books, puzzles, stories, etc.), and editing the website. We also conducted a survey created by a previous intern to assess the impact of the organization on the local women… I learned a lot about teaching children, how to work in close cooperation with two others, and how to work under a supervisor when given more vague directions than I've been used to in school, (allowing me to bounce my own ideas and put my input in). Intern #3: We taught English lessons to local kids. We also worked on more long term projects. I was put in charge of making flash cards to correspond with one of the English textbooks, which was a massive job because the book was huge. I also was asked to draw pictures on a map of the world for the classroom, and over the first few weeks I made an alphabet banner to go in the classroom...Throughout this placement, we came up with lesson plans for the kids and then tested them out in the afternoons and wrote what went well and what didn't. We tried to tailor little lessons to each level…So we focused on creating resources for the classroom that were appropriate for the age groups of the kids- anywhere from 4 to 12…We definitely improved the teaching resources for future interns and by the time we left had an actual curriculum planned, with directions for activities and flashcards etc…This experience has taught me how to think creatively about what kids will enjoy doing in class and what they'll get out of activities. I'd never really thought about how teachers prepared lessons or even if they cared what the kids learned, but being on the other side really opens up a new perspective. When teaching the small groups I preferred to sit with the kids rather than stand in front of them, especially with the younger children.
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ANKURI Intern #1
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Location: Bangalore, India
About: Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,500 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. Ashoka’s vision is to create a world in which “Everyone is a Changemaker.”
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on two programs: Venture and Fellowship | Research and Mapping
- Venture and Fellowship - The intern for this program will conduct research, design processes to search and identify social entrepreneurs and nominators, participate in interviews, and map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze the work of the fellows.
- Research and Mapping - The intern will research and map entrepreneurial candidates for senior staff roles and nominators, design processes to strengthen the search process, participate in interviews, and map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze hiring growth at Ashoka.
Qualifications: A background in engineering, technology, management, media or social sciences and an interest in social entrepreneurs and their stories are recommended. Strong research, critical thinking and analytical skills are required. Skills in design, video production, and technology are recommended. Basic knowledge of Hindi would be an asset.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP intern): First, I worked with multiple stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sectors, including Ashoka’s teams in Colombia and Brazil, as well as architectural firms, urban planners, and cement producers throughout India to gain an understanding of self-construction practices around the world and global barriers to entry in the market. Second, I conducted detailed analyses of five primary international cases and developed original models of market engagement within the Indian context. Third, I used this background to assess and segment the Indian self-construction market, valued at roughly 720 billion rupees, and presented my findings, as well as my stakeholder-based entry strategies, to the team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write marketing materials.
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Ashoka India Intern #1.pdf
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Location: New Delhi,India
About: CanSupport is a palliative care organization that has been working with cancer patients since 1996. Its home-based palliative care program is the pioneering model in North India for holistic care of people facing advanced cancer, run by multi-professional teams who have made death their life’s work, striving to add life to days whether or not days can be added to lives. CanSupport's focus is on the less privileged and under-served and all its services are provided free of charge. In addition to palliative services, they also provide a range of supportive services which include an outpatient clinic for pain and symptom management for mobile cancer patients, a confidential helpline, peer support groups, and a day care center for children and adults undergoing treatment.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work directly under the program director and assist with the development, implementation, and maintenance of patient care. Interns will also participate in marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out one or more of the following projects:
- Stories and Publications - This IIP intern will document 25-30 descriptive palliative care stories of cancer patients and their families; develop an illustrated publication with photos or illustrations; meet patients, caregivers, professional teams of doctors-nurses-counselors; draft the stories; outline illustrations and design the layout of the booklet; and then work with a team of a professional editor, illustrator/graphic designer and printer (provided by CanSupport) to publish the booklet. This IIP intern may also be asked to make creative PowerPoint presentations about cancer and palliative care awareness.
- Finance/Accounting - Create standard operating procedures for the CanSupport finance and accounting policies. The aim of the project is to take an accounting process, break it down step by step, and document it in a manner of a flow chart. It must be standardized and easy to understand.
- Marketing and Resource Mobilization - The resource mobilization department focuses on raising charitable donations from individuals and institutions.This IIP intern would help start serious marketing and advocacy initiatives. They would directly assist the Chief Marketing and Advocacy Officer in developing a marketing and advocacy strategy for CanSupport. This strategy will garner both financial and non-financial support from the public, companies, and trusts.
If these projects are completed, the students may be requested to take on additional small projects (e.g. writing patients’ stories, organizing art & craft session(s) with children with cancer, creating a library of audio-visuals/ videos on palliative care training, etc.).
Qualifications: IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. IIP candidates with interests in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing are encouraged to apply. Skills in storyboard, graphic design, illustration, cartooning, film-making and/or video editing would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: I taught English to nurses and counselors, helped with activities at the daycare, assembled educational resources for the staff, assisted with other small tasks, such as editing a grant proposal and creating a brochure for one of the organization's programs. Intern #2: 1.Used computer skills and global health knowledge 2. Children’s day care observation and participation 3. Adult Day care observation and participation 4. Joined teams to observe home visits. Intern #3: I have several projects that I worked on. My first task was to help CanSupport digitize its patient files, which were currently kept in paper form. In order to do this, I worked with one of their engineers to develop an online catalog using forms and spreadsheets. On the side, I also to created presentations to raise cancer awareness, as well as instructive slideshows for the CanSupport teams. I completed a research paper on volunteerism with CanSupport, with some additional information provided by the researcher herself. I also finished working on an online database of patient files, which currently operates a very basic format. The other intern and I also finished a rough draft of a CanSupport case study, which outlined the detailed history of the organization and its executive plans for the future. I learned a lot about the way patient care is handled in India, which offered very different circumstances for cancer patients. Having gone into the field and interacted with patients, of many backgrounds, I also began to view palliative treatment in a new light. I initially did not fully understand the nature of palliative therapy, nor did I have much knowledge of its medical implications; however, I can now see how much of an impact this type of treatment has on terminally ill patients and their families. Furthermore, my supervisors provided me with a lot of information about cancer in India, and it was definitely been eye-opening to learn about the types of carcinogens, as well as other statistics, in this region. Intern #4: I wrote reports and helped create literature to be used in Cancer education workshops.
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CanSupport Intern #1
CanSupport Intern #2
CanSupport Intern #3
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Center for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS)
Location: Surat, India
About: The Center for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield - FLAME University is a research laboratory affiliated with Nuffield College at the University of Oxford and with FLAME University in Pune, Maharashtra. CESS aims to facilitate research in the social sciences through rigorous experimental techniques. An interdisciplinary center, CESS Nuffield - FLAME provides researchers from all over the world the opportunity to investigate topics such as behavioral economics, public policy, and economic development in the context of a major emerging nation. A major feature is its mobile lab initiative: it provides researchers with facilities and support to carry out experiments in the field, particularly in rural settings.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will work on a combination of the following projects:
- Editing and Proofreading Peer-Reviewed Articles - The IIP intern will work closely with Principal Investigators to edit, proofread, and condense research articles. The final product will be a high-quality manuscript ready to undergo peer review.
- Literature Reviews - Alongside Principal Investigators, the IIP intern will develop literature reviews that serve as foundations for further advances in research projects. Topics can cover a wide array of subjects including, but not limited to, economics, public policy, and social psychology.
- Developing the Subject Pool - The IIP intern will work alongside the Research Manager and the Director of International Research Collaborations to enroll new subjects in our subject pool. For this task, Hindi skills would be an asset.
- Video and Publicity - Working closely with the Research Manager and other members of the FLAME University community, the IIP intern will develop a 3-4 minute long video that showcases the center and its research activities.
- Grants and Funding Applications - The IIP intern will identify sources of funding and craft preliminary funding applications for research projects.
- Applications of virtual reality in experimental social sciences - Based on this topic and on a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Sciences, the IIP intern will help CESS India develop expertise in using online virtual worlds and platforms like Second Life to run social science experiments.
Qualifications: IIP candidates interested in computer science, psychology, economics, international development, and public policy are encouraged to apply. Skills in Python or other programming languages, software design experience, and experience with statistical software such as SAS, R, and State would be assets. Proficiency in spoken Hindi or Gujarati would be an advantage but is not required.
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Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS)
Center for Internet and Society
Location: Bangalore, India
About: The Centre for Internet & Society is devoted to policy research and gives feedback to various state departments on programs dealing with access to knowledge, openness, Internet governance, and telecom. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns are expected to conduct research on the topics listed above and to draft documents that can be submitted to various ministries such as the Department of Telecommunications, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development. They will also write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events
Qualifications: Interns are expected to have sound knowledge of (or a willingness to learn) Indian and international laws, strong public speaking skills (including interaction with the media) and should be willing to travel. Interns with a strong background in policy research and advocacy in access to knowledge (IP Reforms), openness (Open Access, Open Content, Open Video, Open Standards, Openness, Free and Open Source Software and Open Data), and Internet governance (Free SpeeBroadband Policies and Spectrum) are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: Published original articles for Centre website; hosted meetings and events; represented the Centre at various distant conferences;conducted research. Intern #2: Regularly blog on events/ideas happening in the world of Internet privacy and Cybersecurity, especially if it has relation to India. Also researched and wrote a report which compares Data Protection laws by nation.
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Centre for Internet and Society Intern #1
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Location: Mumbai, India
About: DMI Group is a leading diversified financial services group that offers products and financial solutions that cater to every segment of borrowers in the market, ranging from the large corporate houses to individuals. DMI Group is comprised of four entities- DMI Finance Pvt. Ltd. (DMI Finance), DMI Housing Finance Pvt. Ltd. (DMI HF), DMI Capital Pvt. Ltd. and DMI Management Services Pvt. Ltd. DMI Finance is the flagship entity of the Group which specializes in offering bespoke credit solutions to suit the needs of growing Indian companies looking to realize the full breadth of their aspirations. DMI Finance has recently ventured into retail lending in order to offer quick personal loans, healthcare loans and consumer durable loans to individuals. DMI invests in opportunities which arise from the needs of healthy, mid-sized Indian companies with limited access to traditional sources of debt or equity financing. The Group operates under a broad charter and takes a flexible approach to structuring appropriate solutions for specific investment opportunities. It seeks to achieve an attractive risk-return profile in situations with above average credit risk by structuring appropriate downside protection. This IIP internship will be broken down into two sections; the first four weeks at DMI’s Head-quarters in Delhi with a focus on Real Estate investing and the next four weeks at DMI’s offices in Mumbai with a focus on non-Real Estate mezzanine investing. The IIP intern would be involved in learning the steps involved in initial credit evaluation of deals under the supervision of the mentors.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP interns will assist in the evaluation of potential investment opportunities, preparation of the Investment Memorandum and in the monitoring of existing investments in the portfolio.
Qualifications: IIP candidates should be motivated, financially numerate, and have interests in finance, development and emerging markets. The IIP intern would contribute to writing Investment Memoranda and therefore, superior writing and analytical skills are also required. Basic knowledge of financial modeling would be an asset.
Location: Mumbai, India
About: Forbes India is the India office of Forbes business magazine. The magazine features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. This IIP internship provides interns with an excellent opportunity to gain a good sense of what it is like to be a journalist in India, especially in the business sector. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Intern responsibilities: The intern will be involved in both the office and the field, researching topics and content for articles, writing and editing articles for the magazine and blog, attending press conferences and launches, and interviewing people for stories.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern #1: Conducted interviews. Wrote for the magazine. Did research. Learned graphic design. Wore the shoes of a journalist. Intern #2: I did copy-editing, proof-reading, reporting and writing. I'm pursued a story of my own on independent music in India...I got great reporting experience, and I learned about how a print publication functions. Intern #3: Copyedited, researched potential story ideas, conducted interviews, accompanied senior reporters in their interviews, attended editorial and pitch meetings, etc. I learned how to pitch a story and how to do the pre-reporting that comes along with a pitch. I also learned about the magazine production process and how all the different departments come together to make a magazine work.
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Forbes India Intern #1
Forbes India Intern #2
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Indian Chamber of Commerce
Location: Kolkata, India
About: The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the largest Industry Association in the East & North-Eastern parts of India which is headquartered in Kolkata, is looking for a suitable Intern who would be responsible for carrying out Economic & Social Research activities and coming up with good quality Reports and Studies focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy / Eastern & North-Eastern parts of India. The intern should have a fair understanding of the Global, Asian and Indian socio-economic scenarios, and should be able to contribute significantly towards framing of future forecasts and trends. He / She would be required to interact and network with relevant stakeholders in the Government, Industry, Media and Civil Society Groups for understanding issues of key importance, and act as a catalyst in the process of change. Sound domain knowledge in sectors / areas like Agriculture & Food Processing, Environment & Climate Change, IT & ITeS, Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, etc. would surely be appreciated.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will conduct economic & social research and develop quality reports focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy. They would be required to interact and network with relevant stakeholders in government, industry, media, social entrepreneurs, and civil society groups to understand issues of key importance and act as a catalyst in the process of change. Examples of possible projects include:
- Study on India-ASEAN Trade & Act East Policy: The IIP intern would be expected to study and alayze issues related to world trade in China and India and and produce a comprehensive report;
- Sector-specific Reports: The intern would primarily focus on services sectors like IT & ITeS, Tourism, Banking & Financial Services, Environment, Agriculture & Food Processing;
- Macroeconomic Report on India as an Investment Destination: With changes made in Indian FDI policy, several other macroeconomic policies and tax structure in India, the country has started attracting significant volume of investment from foreign counties. The intern is expected to work on the macroeconomic profile of the country by putting more focus on some select sectors.
Qualifications:IIP candidates should have a fair understanding of the global, Asian and Indian socio-economic scenarios and should be able to contribute significantly towards the framing of future forecasts and trends. Sound domain knowledge in areas such as agriculture and food processing, environment and climate change, IT and ITeS, banking, finance & capital markets, etc. would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in economics, sociology, public policy, politics, agricultural economics, and the environment are encouraged to apply. Skills in statistical tools required for forecasting and trend analysis would be an asset, as would Hindi speaking and comprehension skills.
Previous work responsibilities (in words of previous intern): Intern One: My first project was a report on the escalation and integration of trade in eastern India with the neighboring ASEAN countries, specifically Myanmar and Thailand. Afterwards I had to work on a report on microfinance in West Bengal. I left this one unfinished so that later interns and employees could use the material I found and others to improve upon it.
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Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
About: The Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) offers services across the life-cycle from newborn babies aged to adults over 50 years of age. It works within the context of an institution and in the community--in urban slums and rural areas of the state of West Bengal. IICP's multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers, work closely with persons with disabilities and their families. IICP seeks to educate and inform persons with disabilities and their families of equal rights and opportunities and to assist them in gaining access to all aspects of life in the community. IICP’s assistive technology center demonstrates the close collaboration between developers of technology and users.
Intern Responsibilities: Possible projects for IIP interns will be: teaching children and adults with disability; physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with instituitions like the National Resource Center for Augmentative and Alternative communication and the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; vocational training; adult day and short stay services; family services; social work; projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. IIP Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interest in human rights, assistive technology for persons with communication difficulties, advocacy and empowerment of marginalized groups, journalism, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, drama, music, art, and/or counseling and social work are encouraged to apply. Photography/video skills are recommended. Film-making skills would be an asset. Basic knowledge of Hindi or Bengali would be an asset but is not required.
Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: In the mornings, I taught the special education department. I worked with students ages 8 to 14 on reading/writing in English and learning basic math skills. In the afternoons, I went to the Adult Day Center where adults with severe disabilities spend their day. There, I was responsible for engaging the students in activities and teaching them basic life skills like how to feed themselves. I was also responsible for feeding those students who cannot feed themselves. In the evenings, I worked on creating teaching aids for the next day's class and worked on a project in the vocational training division to teach the hearing and speech impaired how to cook. Next month, I spent my mornings working full time in the vocational training division, helped the students there build resumes, conducted job interviews, and obtained marketable skills that they can use in a workplace environment (like typing, use of computers, exc.). I then spent my afternoons working with Roshni, the technology department, where I helped develop additional learning aids for the hearing and speech impaired. Intern #2: I worked in the Hindi/English classroom and the LSTU (Life Skills Training Unit) classroom in the Center for Special Education (CSE) in the institute. My projects were to teach communicative English in those classrooms, teach math and English individually for two students, and made a poetry communication board for one student. The communication board was a collection of poems that the students used to learn and recite poetry...I learned how to be more open-minded about different cultures. I was very accustomed to structured schedules and routines in the United States, but I learned how to be more flexible and open to sudden changes...My project was also helping me learn how to teach. I learned how to present the material, what kinds of problems/questions to give them, and how to grab their attention...My communicative English lessons helped the students learn how to interact with people who speak English, especially with foreign visitors who come to the classrooms. The individual math and English lessons for the two students helped them reach several of their academic goals. The communication board was also be used by other students who have difficulty speaking, not only the student that I made it for. Intern #3: I worked in the institute's catering unit alongside people with disabilities. This work included making a picture catalog of all kitchen items, utensils, and appliances to help in the vocational training process; creating a Korean cookbook that is disability friendly to share before leaving; facilitating the daily cooking process and trying to improve understanding between supervisor and vocational trainee during the learning process through the use of my projects...Specifically, I created five pictorial catalogs of Indian spices, vegetables, fruits, utensils & appliances, and dry goods with English and Bengali captions along with one pictorial Korean recipe book that people with disabilities could use in the catering unit...I learned that there is such a thing as a universal language, adapted to intense and fast-paced environments like the kitchen in a foreign environment,and learned about who to turn to when questions arise i.e. navigating the Indian power bureaucracy.
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IICP Intern #1
IICP Intern #2
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Pratham Education Foundation
Location: Delhi and Mumbai, India
About: Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today they reach out to millions of children living both in rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. The Pratham team comprises of educationists, development professionals, media personnel, corporates, workers, activists, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of our children.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to specific Pratham projects pertaining to education and social services. Specific responsibilities include:
working alongside the Fundraising and Partnerships team and brainstorming new partnerships; maintaining the organization's website and blog by collecting materials, designing the layout, and writing impactful case studies for both; and developing content/curriculum for vocational trades and designing PowerPoints, posters, and pamphlets that can be used to display the organization's work to donors and partners.
Qualifications: IIP candidates interested in a career in international development, education, or the nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be comfortable with Photoshop, and video editing. The ability to improvise and to work in a dynamic environment would also be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: My main focus was to create and pilot a system to evaluate the quality and understand the specific strengths and challenges of Pratham Institute’s vocational skilling programs. In order to this, I created surveys and administered them at local centers during my site visits. In addition to this pilot system, I also did quantitative analysis of the center, looking at cost utilization, capacity utilization, and enrollment numbers. These numbers helped inform ways of improving efficiency in the programs. Lastly, I wrote case studies on successful students and helped update their website. Intern #2: My main project was creating a life-skills curriculum that would be taught to all the students as a part of their vocational training course, in order to increase the employment retention rate of the students after they have been placed with a partner organization. Through research, I compiled a number of activities that would make this curriculum more interactive among the students. This curriculum included skills such as self-confidence, gender sensitization, and knowing the rights of employees. In addition to my main project, my work responsibilities included traveling to other Pratham vocation training centers and writing case studies of students, and creating and implementing anonymous feedback from the students. I am learning that understanding the culture is important in interacting with students and with colleagues. Even for my project at work, I learned that cultural nuances make a difference in terms of curriculum content. My work has created a life-skill curriculum that instructors in different verticals (hospitality, healthcare, electrical, beauty, construction, automotive) of the organization can use for their students' training. Before this curriculum, all the instructors had used different resources for teaching soft-skills. Now with this comprehensive curriculum, Pratham can ensure that all the instructors are using a curriculum that includes the most important skills that are essential for the students' success during employment. My feedback analysis is being used to improve the courses. The feedback surveys that I have created can be used at other Pratham centers by my colleagues and future interns.
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Pratham Education Foundation Intern #1
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The Tushita Foundation
Location: Jaipur, India
About: The Tushita Foundation is a trust created by the founders of Tushita Travels with the objective to promote betterment in the living conditions of the less fortunate in India. The project's inception has its roots in the realization of the widening gap between the have and the have-not in the country, so that the Tushita Travel has decided to contribute its knowledge, energy and resources striving to improve the situation. In 2009, the Tushita Foundation has acquired a house in the village of Amber, close to Jaipur, one of the major tourists centers in Rajasthan to which the Foundation wanted to show its recognition. The Tushita Foundation believes that given a proper education and opportunities, everyone can have a chance to succeed in a developing country.
Intern Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching the children who are ages 5 to 15 years old. IIP interns will also be tasked with finding creative pathways to develop the Foundation's activities aimed at empowering the children. The major objective of the Tushita Foundation is to teach English to the children and the teachers by using both traditional methods and more creative ones. IIP candidates will teach grammar, creative writing, and public speaking with proper pronunciation and will have the opportunity to propose a project of interest based on their personal skills and passions in one of the following fields: Humanities: Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy; Anthropology, Classics, History, Law; Religious Science, Sociology, Psychology; Performing Arts and Visual Arts: Theater, Music, Dance, Drawing, Architecture, Painting, Film; Health, Nutrition and physical activities; and Geoscience, Ecology, Engineering.
Qualifications: Interest in teaching various subjects, artistic skills like music, theater or singing would be an asset. As would an interest in teaching health care and nutrition, as these topics are good vectors to teach English and life skills to the children and the teachers. IIP candidates with interests in education, social responsibility and international development are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP Intern): I taught at the Foundation and worked with the local teachers to improve their spoken English and provide fun entertaining classes for the children who come to the foundation. I completed a musical performance involving 150 kids that began with a group of 30 teenagers who performed their own original musical. I learned so much about Indian culture...Times aren't as firm, plans change a lot. There was sometimes a cultural barrier in how we were able to communicate which was something I both realized and tried to remember…I felt I made a positive change in the lives of the children I taught at the foundation. For one thing, the lessons I was able to provide made learning much more fun than what they are used to. If anything I hoped I gave the local teachers more ideas and tools that they can use to teach at the foundation…The great part about the Tushita foundation is that you can bring pretty much any creative project and show it to the kids and it makes a difference.
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Villgro Innovations Foundation
Location: Bangalore, India
About: Founded in 2001, Villgro is India’s foremost social enterprise incubator, focused on solving some of India’s most critical problems through market-based models. Villgro inspires, mentors, funds and incubates innovative social enterprises in four sectors across India: education (includes skill training), healthcare, agriculture, and energy. Villgro is a non-profit organization and an approved Incubator by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Since inception, Villgro has incubated 119 social enterprises and entrepreneurs, provided them with seed funding of approximately INR 140 million; these enterprises have gone on to generate around 4,000 jobs, have secured INR 1194 million in follow-on funding, and have touched over 15 million underprivileged lives.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work with Villgro's health investment team to evaluate potential impact investment opportunities in the sector. This work will include the initial screening for both business viability and impact, detailed market and impact assessment, and other assistance with the diligence process.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest or background in impact investing, public health or finance are encouraged to apply. Strong critical thinking skills would be an asset.
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