IIP Internships in India
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by conducting rigorous impact evaluations, building capacity and informing policy. J-PAL is providing an IIP placement with their Communal Sanitation Solutions for Urban Slums project. This program seeks to improve the physical infrastructure of community and public toilets, as well as to improve the associated management systems in order to ensure long-term maintenance. IIP candidates interests in development and economics are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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Location: Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India
Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (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. Opening pathways to long-term development of the community is Ankuri’s ultimate goal. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training, a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program. The craft and vocational traiing program trains women in knitting, weaving and stitching. For this program they are looking for IIP candidates who are interested in being designers and trainers. The literacy program provides 20-35 children english language classes and soft skills classes. IIP interns selected for this program should have a passion in education and ideas on how to best upgrade the resources of the program. For the medical program, Ankuri in partnership with Dil Se foundation provides villages in with annual medical camps. IIP interns may help run these camps in partnership with local physicians. The medical camps have provided villagers with access to primary care, cataract surgeries, cervical cancer screening, maternal and child health care and immunizations. Lastly, for their travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize the organization to organizations and individuals both within India and abroad. IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, economic and community development, public health, literacy, and/or education are encouraged to apply. Five placements have been established for International Internship Program, (IIP) interns.
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Location: New Delhi, India
CanSupport is a palliative care organization working since 1996 with cancer patients at different stages of cancer. 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 underserved and all its services are provided free of charge. IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers. IIP interns will work directly under the program director in the development, implementation, and maintenance of various patient care, marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out specific projects, such as program activities for children with cancer (arts and c raft, music, photography projects). This placement is appropriate for students interested in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
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Center for Internet and Society
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. hey will also write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events
Qualifications: Interns are expected to have sound knowledge (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), 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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Location: Mumbai, India
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. IIP interns work in the office and in the field. IIP intern responsibilities include: 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. IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Conducting interviews. Writing for the magazine. Doing research. Learning graphic design. Traveling Mumbai. Wearing the shoes of a journalist.
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Indian Chamber of Commerce
Location: Kolkata, India
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the largest Industry Association in the East & North-Eastern parts of India, is looking for IIP interna who would be responsible for carrying out economic & social research activities and developing good quality reports focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy/eastern and northeastern parts of India. The interns 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. 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. 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. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Examples of possible projects include:
- Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and prospects -
Description: The Government of India has allowed 100 per cent FDI in Single-Brand Retail Trading and has allowed 51 per cent FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trading. The Indian retail market, currently estimated at around US$ 490 billion, is project to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 per cent to reach US$ 865 billion by 2023. With sea change about to take place in the retail sector of the country, analyzing the issues, prospects, and opportunities in the sub-sectors will pave way for identifying sectoral growth. The intern(s) is(are) expected to work on the topic and make an in-depth study & analysis of the issue, beyond which a comprehensive report will need to be made.
- Study on SEZs in India: Issues with land acquisition, Best practices & recommendations -
Description: India was one of the first countries in Asia to recognize the effectiveness of the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) model in promoting exports. Even though SEZ Policy was announced in April 2000, development of SEZ requires land acquisitions & clearances, which is a hurdle towards making any industrial/ manufacturing unit. The intern is expected to work on the topic in detail and find effective measures & best practices to properly implement SEZ policy across states in the country. Alongside, he/she should ideally work on policy-related issues and propose recommendations to achieve the goal.
- Sector-specific Reports - primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, Tourism, Banking & Financial Services, Environment, Agriculture & Food Processing, etc.
- Macroeconomic Report on India as an Investment Destination -
Description: 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. Eventually, some key sectors of the country witnessed changes, in terms of performance, revenue generation & employment opportunities. The intern is expected to work on the macroeconomic profile of the country by putting more focus on some select sectors.
- Prospects of India-ASEAN trade & commerce - Indo-ASEAN trade had grown by over 22 percent in the last six years, with total trade between India and ASEAN rising more than 37 percent in 2011-2012. India –ASEAN two –way trade now stands at around USD 80 billion, and is slated to reach USD100 billion by year 2015. Given the huge potential, a better engagement with the ASEAN markets can actually transform the Indian economy through various backward and forward linkages. The intern is expected to prepare a detailed study focusing on India-ASEAN trade prospects, challenges like infrastructural connectivity, policy recommendations etc.
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Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
Internships at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) will provide a practical experience in disability- related issues, particularly in persons who have cerebral palsy and other neuromotor conditions that lead to lifelong disability. 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 has a multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers who work in close partnership with persons with disability and their families. Through its different services and training programs, IICP seeks to facilitate awareness among persons with disability 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. Possible projects for IIP interns will be: Teaching children and adults with disability; physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with the National Resource Center for Augmentative and Alternative communication; collaboration with the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; vocational Training; adult day and short stay respite services; family services; social work; projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
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Pratham Education Foundation
Location: Mumbai or Delhi, India
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization 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, PhDs, MBAs, CAs, 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. IIP interns will be assigned to specific projects that Pratham is implementing in education and social services. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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.
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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, and specifically working on one or more of the projects below. IIP interns will also be tasked with finding creative pathways to develop the Foundation's activities aimed at empowering the children.
- Project 1: 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. Teaching the teachers will assure that the work the IIP intern will do with the children will become sustainable.
- Project 2: Recently the Tushita Foundation has decided to develop a program on health care including the role of good nutrition and physical activities. The program so far consists of a doctor visit 4 times a year in order to check the children general health status. Simultaneously the Foundation is looking to hire a nurse to take care and follow the health status of the children. The nurse will also teach them the importance of a good health care and nutrition according to the traditional habits of the local community and will educate the teenagers, especially the girls, on how to manage and accept their physical changes at puberty. IIP candidates with interest in the nutrition science and health care could develop a project that will reinforce the work of the nurse. IIP candidates could also implement some sport projects using the wonderful playground/obstacle course that the Foundation has acquired for the well being of the children.
- Project 3: The Tushita Foundation is also very concerned about ecology and therefore is interested in IIP candidates who have a background in environmental studies to teach the benefits of ecosystems. Projects that would address the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment would be of high interest for children and community. The main objective of this project would be to help the students gain awareness of their environment, learn how to manage our natural resources, and protect human health.
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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