IIP Internships in Mexico
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GENDES, A.C. (Gender and Development)
Location: Mexico, D.F., Mexico
About: GENDES, A. C., an acronym of gender and development, is a Mexican civil society organization founded in 2003 by a multidisciplinary group of professionals in the social sciences. Their organization is committed to using social development to promote gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence. Their efforts include reflection, intervention, research, and advocacy methods to promote - in- alliance with other social actors- egalitarian relationships that contribute to social development. Two placements have been created for IIP interns.
Intern Responsibilities: Interns will contribute to one or more of the following programs:
- Resource Management Program: This project will generate fundraising strategies to achieve the material and operational base for GENDES. The intern would contribute through researching international foundations or other agencies of cooperation based in the U.S., and will provide support for specific steps of the critical path designed for this purpose for instance, contributing to the the translation of projects or other documents required by the agencies and strengthening partnerships with contacts who are responsible for grants at each institution.
- Public Positioning Program: This program goal is to position Gendes as an expert and
a reference in the issue of masculinity as well as to influence legislation and public policy related to gender equality. One student is needed to strengthen English spoken communication tools such as an English version of our website and executive reports for our publications.
- Methodology Program: The Methodology Program concentrates all activities on direct attention to our clients. There are different choices according to the existing subprograms. The first would be to integrate to the activities regarding re-educational groups for batterers, also supporting the training team in their workshops for different audiences such as public servants and other NGOs. For the first choice a MALE student is required as not to damage the batterer re-educational process, social sciences background are desired but all backgrounds could participate in this intervention model. The support needed is the systematization of the group sessions carried out in Gendes.
Qualifications: Interests in gender issues and human rights is recommended. Advanced Spanish: reading, writing and speaking skills are required.
|For UPDATED Information on SUMMER 2016, click here: GENDES|
Instituto del Rincon / The Corner Institute
Location: Malinalco, Mexico
About: Located in the municipality of Malinalco, a historically Aztec region in the highlands southwest of Mexico City, the Corner Institute works in partnership with community members to help remove obstacles to development and provide the training and tools needed for the people of this region to thrive. Since 2005 the Corner Institute’s work in educational and economic development has given priority to helping the families and children of migrants from the region. This has allowed the organization to focus their efforts on assisting the families and children in greatest need, to help them solve problems before they become family-fragmenting crises, while generating new earning opportunities for area youths, migrants’ widows and returned migrants. Their six program areas include: Programs for migrants' children, crisis support for migrants' families, local job creation, community capacity-building, educational exchange projects, and research and analysis in the areas of migration and development. Three placements have been created for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: Projects will be developed in collaboration with members of the Corner Institute team. Interns may choose to work on one or more of the following projects:
- Participation in organizing and helping with the teaching of El Rincón’s summer program for the children of migrants to the U.S., including preparation of the 2015 program and visits to the local middle school to explain the program and invite youths to apply. The program consists of two daily modules: one in communications (English and Spanish, including journaling and story-telling with photos and drawings, with supplementary vocabulary in Náhuatl) and the other in crafts, with a particular focus in the woodcarving Malinalco has been famous for since the time of the Aztec empire (teachers are drawn from Malinalco’s master sculptors).
- Developing a script, filming and editing a video about El Rincón’s work, appropriate for posting on websites to develop interest in and support for our work.
- Updating and improving El Rincón’s website.
- Designing and launching a Kickstarter-type project to provide a boost to one or more of our job-creation programs (our coffee-roasting project in particular could use help getting up to speed).
- Depending on current need and the intern’s skills, an internship could include assisting with one of our migrants’ crisis cases (such as locating local families’ missing relatives, etc.).
Qualifications: Intermediate level Spanish is required (spoken and written). IIP candidates with good communication skills, an interest in community development, and excellent writing abilities are encouraged to apply. While there is no required academic background, the most likely backgrounds for this internship will be in the arts and humanities. An interest in visual arts or photography would be an asset.
|For UPDATED Information on SUMMER 2016, click here: Instituto El Rincon|