IIP Placements in Jordan
Location: Amman, Jordan
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. The Jordan office launched in 2009. As of September 2012, the Endeavor Jordan portfolio comprises 12 companies and 20 entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Jordanian high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Arabic language skills are not required, but would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF)
Location: Amman, Jordan
The King Hussein Cancer Foundation was founded in 1997 by a Royal Decree to combat cancer in Jordan and the Middle East region. It is a free-standing, independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. KHCF is the legal umbrella organization that provides fundraising and support for the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), the Foundation’s medical arm. The King Hussein Cancer Foundation is dedicated entirely to cancer care. KHCF’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer care to the people of Jordan and the Middle East region; offer access to education, training, and public awareness aimed at the early detection and prevention of cancer; supply access to research in order to decrease mortality and alleviate suffering from cancer with the highest ethical standards and quality of care; provide limited coverage for cancer treatment at the King Hussein Cancer Center for a small annual fee; undertake various fundraising activities to help support and maintain the mission of KHCC as a comprehensive cancer care center of excellence. Interns must have excellent spoken and written knowledge of English; ability to use office-related software (MS Office); an interest in marketing/fundraising/grant writing; and an awareness of the many facets of a multicultural world and a commitment to international public service. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Location: Amman, Jordan
MESIS is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society and the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories. MESIS deals with a variety of issues on the regional level relating to energy, environment, and borders. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts and officials with a view to enhance the role of scientific and technological solutions to the region’s challenges, specifically those that are cross-border by nature. MESIS works on exciting and cutting edge issues that lie at the nexus of science and security issues. Examples include the development of a regional response plan for pandemic outbreaks/biohazard, outbreaks/radiological accidents, the localization of best practices on nuclear security and the testing of infrasound technologies to be used for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty verification regime. This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP interns can be involved in a number of issues. Two previous IIP interns helped implement major international conferences at MESIS. This included working on the logistics-side of the event (budgeting, logistics, protocol, outreach, and customer relations) and the content-side of the event (working to develop language of a code of conduct for a specific scientific discipline in the Middle East, helping to shape the U.S. Federation of Scientists' engagement in the region and interfacing with high level diplomats from Jordan, the U.S. and elsewhere). The MESIS organization is small (about seven permanent staff members) but has a wide network of supporters and deals with high level officials. The team is quite ambitious and driven. All staff members are fluent in English. However, there is still opportunity for IIP interns to improve their Arabic language skills. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, hard sciences, management, marketing, science, and technology. Engineering and computer skills would be an asset, but are not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Royal Scientific Society **NEW**
Location: Amman, Jordan
The Royal Scientific Society is a one of a kind organization in the Arab region. It was established in the early 1970s with a view to build on Jordan’s human resources. Today the RSS has over 25 specialized laboratories in the areas of water, environment, energy, and all major engineering sciences. On the whole it has the largest number of internationally accredited laboratories in the Arab world. It is a relatively large organization with around 600 employees across the Kingdom. IIP interns with the Royal Scientific Society will be working as research assistants in the laboratories. During this experience, the IIP interns will be exposed to high levels of engagement with the senior management of the organization. Specific responsibilities may include participating in laboratory activities in the areas of testing and conformity, supporting and participating in research activities, and participating in environmental monitoring activities. IIP candidates with interests in energy, water, environment, nanomaterial, and/or biotechnology are encouraged to apply. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.