IIP Placements in Singapore
IMB is an institute in the biomedical sciences cluster of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR). It started operating in 2007 with a coalescence of research programs from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and the laboratories of the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium. It has been joined by groups from top institutions in Singapore and the U.S. and from the biotechnology industry. The overarching goal of the lab in which IIP interns would be placed is to develop efficient protocols that convert pluripotential hESCs into functional beta cells. If produced in bulk and in a clinically-compliant fashion, these cells could provide an inexhaustible supply of material for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The lab focuses on three general questions: (1) how to produce bona fide DE from hESC; (2) how to assign pancreatic fate to this progenitor population; and (3) how to specifically direct the progressive specification of early pancreatic cells toward the mature beta cell fate. Manpower is apportioned equally among these aims, and successful IIP interns will be paired with a senior member of the lab to pursue one of these fast-moving projects. Applicants should have competency in basic molecular biology and a keen interest in biomedical research. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Additional background information on the project: A renewable supply of pancreatic beta cells would be invaluable for treating type 1 diabetes. However, despite considerable effort, it is not yet possible to generate functional beta cells from human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESC) in vitro. Interestingly, experiments conducted in mice demonstrate that interactions with the surrounding mesenchyme and endothelium orchestrate pancreatic development. The proposed project seeks to identify signals secreted by these tissues and determine how they affect beta cell development. Specifically, microtissues will be generated from different cell types and used to study the interactions between them. The first component of the project involves culturing and differentiating different cell types for inclusion in 3D microtissues. Microtissues will then be treated with inhibitors of signal transduction to determine the dynamics of cell-cell signaling during lineage commitment. The identity and behavior of different cell types will be determined by a combination of gene expression and immunofluorescence analysis and live cell imaging. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to learn a broad range of techniques selected from the following, depending on the placement duration and their interests: hESC differentiation, 3D microtissue generation, gene expression analysis, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy/live cell imaging and R/Python programming for quantitative data analysis.
Location: Singapore, Singapore
IIX is a Singapore-based Social Enterprise (SE) dedicated to creating vibrant social capital markets in Asia Pacific. The company’s three investment capital-raising platforms allow SEs to raise capital by amplifying their social and environmental impact and giving them greater opportunities to scale and expand their work. IIX’s internship program focuses on developing and stimulating products and platforms that will create a more transparent and engaged marketplace for impact investments to take place. One IIP placement has been made available in one of the following departments.
- Investor Relations Team: Assist the Impact Partners team to conduct investor outreach and education. This will include direct engagement with investors, high-net worth individuals, and banks, so fluency in finance is needed. This individual will also work with and assess social enterprises to prepare them for Impact Partners listing (examining financial reports, business plans, understanding capital needs). Marketing deals listed on the platform will also be a key role.
- Social Enterprise/Issuer Team: Work with the Social Enterprise team on evaluating social enterprises, guiding them to become investor-ready and managing their capital raising processes. This work will include financial valuation, social impact assessment, process management, and building trusting relationships.
- Business Development Team: The IIX Business Development team initiates and cultivates important relationships and initiatives that will result in strategic partnerships. The business development team supports the development of new products, services, and projects that IIX is researching and/or test-launching. Outreach to build a local and regional network of ecosystem partners who will contribute and support the long-term sustainability of SEs will also be a critical role. Demonstrated project management skills are required in this role.
- Assessment and Research Team: Conduct research and analysis of the social enterprise sector in Asia. This includes country-wide, sector-specific or ecosystem-targeted research as well as broader policy perspectives. These research efforts culminate in published reports that are widely disseminated across the region. In addition, work closely on refining and implementing the Shujog Assessment, which helps social enterprises measure and communicate their social and environmental impact.
- Marketing and Communications Team: Work with the Shujog team to continue building strategic messaging and initiatives that promote the impact investing and social enterprise space in Asia. Work closely across all functions of both IIX and Shujog to continue building a cohesive and compelling story of how social capital markets will influence sustainable development in Asia.
- Business Development Team: Work with the Shujog Business Development team to initiate and cultivate important relationships and initiatives that will result in strategic partnerships with Shujog. Aid in promoting and developing Shujog products and services that fulfill a need in the social enterprise and impact investment community in Asia.
Location: Singapore, Singapore
aidha is a not-for-profit organization that delivers financial and entrepreneurship education to women migrant workers who want to expand their economic opportunities and build brighter futures for themselves and their families. Inspired by UNIFEM’s National Committee, aidha provides confidence-building, money management, entrepreneurship training, and the micro-credit services necessary to launch small businesses. aidha is looking for IIP candidates who have interests in any of the following areas: business, law, research, marketing, women empowerment, education, and migration issues. Singapore is an English-speaking country, but an intern with Mandarin, Tamil, Bahasa, or Bangla language skills would be equipped to make a unique contribution. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns, who will work on either core team projects, operations and teaching, or an independent project in any of the following five areas:
- Program Development
- Human Resources
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Location: Singapore, Singapore
AWARE, or the Association of Women for Action and Research, is Singapore’s leading women’s rights advocacy group. Since its formation in 1985, it has carried out research into gender inequality and other issues relevant to women and advocated for changes in laws, policies, and mindsets that discriminate against women. AWARE also has a direct services arm and is building its training services. AWARE welcome interns who have an interest in gender issues, sociology, and Southeast Asia and can help in research and advocacy work and/or training programs. IIP intern responsibilities will include assisting in day-to-day operations, including training and communication programs; generating bi-weekly newsletters; primary and secondary research; and report writing. AWARE's current research projects/programs examine the laws, policies, and issues that women face in the areas of human rights (society and work place discrimination), economics (wage), and media (body image). AWARE also hosts a variety of events that range from fundraising concerts, film premieres and outdoor activities to its Annual General Meeting. Therefore, tasks may include connecting with sponsors, organizing guest lists, caterers, sponsorships, marketing campaigns, and communications, writing grant proposals and establishing a network of connectors for private donations. Strong writing ability would be an advantage, as would web/new media skills. The language of this IIP internship is English. Academic background in gender studies, sociology, and/or Southeast Asia/Asia would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.