IIP Placements in Italy
Location: Maccarese (Rome), Italy
Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. They have a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. They deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. This year, Bioversity is offering placements in their headquarters (Maccarese, Italy) as well as in their offices in Malaysia and Nepal. 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. Interns will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research-for-development, particularly 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. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern in Italy.
- Communications and writing: The Communications Unit of Bioversity International works to increase the visibility, awareness, and support of the research and activities of the organization. The unit helps translate science into stories, produce and manage scientific and institutional publications, and manage the messaging of the institution’s digital channels (including website and social media). The IIP intern will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Research on Bioversity International's recent projects, with a special focus on human impact. This research will be the basis for developing stories for different communication channels such as the institutional website and social media channels.
- Assist the communications team in producing communications materials, such as web stories, brochures, photo series, or digital communications.
- Assist the communications team in social media messaging, monitoring, and measurement.
- Assist the communications team in organizing key events and conferences such as the Expo 2015.
IIP candidates with interests in public relations, journalism, environmental studies and international development are preferred. An intern with published work would be an asset, as would interviewing skills, social media management, and a knowledge of design and video editing software.
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Location: Rome, Italy
Based in Rome, Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry, and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. In previous years, IIP interns have interned in the Fisheries and Aquaculture section and the Economic and Social section where they have worked on projects related to post-harvest practices and trade, price domain statistics, and topics related to structural adjustment and management of fishing capacity. Placements for summer 2012 include the Statistics Division. IIP candidates with a background or interests in economics and statistics, policy, natural resource management, and sustainable development are encouraged to apply. Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset as would prior experience with agricultural, environmental, or related statistics. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Organized side events for the 38th FAO Conference, where representatives from 191 member countries attended; Composed a 50-page handbook on “Setting Up and Running a Co-management Body in Vietnam,” which will be distributed to Vietnamese fishermen to guide them on how to better manage their fish landing sites with local governments; Initiated revisions on the proposal of World Bank's $10M project on "Securing Biodiversity in China's Dongting Lake Protected Areas"; Translated official documents on illegal fishing from English to Chinese. Intern 2: Update a country-specific index of fisheries, which a previous intern had made. For example, this meant reading all of the published country reports (and in-process reports) for how much they included fisheries, and other social indicators Intern 3: Develop programs to systematically reformat, analyze and incorporate data from different UN databases into the FAO STAT Database in Pesticides. Develop programs to systematically process questionnaires from member countries. Analyze past data. Intern 4: Cleaning data sets, generating new variables using STATA to find insight about small family farms. / Compiling data from FAO publications, country agricultural surveys and World Bank public expenditure reviews to create charts, graphs and media for use in the main body of the text and the statistical annex.
The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.
Location: Rome, Italy
About: The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, with a focus on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literature. Living Latin in Rome, Paideia’s flagship program, continues to provide the magical experience of learning to speak Latin amidst Rome’s ruins to today's students of Classics. Since its foundation, Paideia has added several other independent programs including a Living Latin in Rome program for high school students Living Greek in Greece, Living Latin in Paris and Caesar in Gaul. In addition to its summer programs, Paideia works with high schools and universities to enhance their offerings in classics in the U.S. and to help them develop study-abroad experiences in Greece, Italy and elsewhere in Western Europe. The Paideia Institute also runs domestic events and conferences for students and teachers of Latin and Greek, operates online classes through Telepaidea, and sponsors a fellowship for a year of study in Rome.
Intern responsibilities: The intern’s main job will be to photo and video document the activities of 3 flourishing study abroad programs and to develop promotional online and print material for marketing and fundraising. Tasks may also include development of Paideia’s online presence and assisting in the general administration of the Institute’s summer programs.
Qualifications: An interest in Classics, a background in photography and design, and skills as a photographer/video editor are recommended.