IIP Internships in Jordan
Endeavor - Jordan
Location: Amman, Jordan
About: Founded in 1997, Endeavor is a global non-profit organization aims to catalyze long term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating the best high impact entrepreneurs around the world. Endeavor searches for high impact entrepreneurs who have the capacity and capability to grow and scale, and support them to reach success. In Jordan, Endeavor aims to create success stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and catalyze the economy. High-Impact Entrepreneurs create thriving companies that employ hundreds, even thousands of people, and generate millions in wages and revenues. These entrepreneurs have the power to inspire countless others as leading role models. Together, these entrepreneurs hold the key to sustained economic growth in emerging markets. Endeavor helps High-Impact Entrepreneurs unleash their potential by providing an unrivaled network of seasoned business leaders, who provide the key ingredients to entrepreneurial success. In Jordan, Endeavor was launched in 2009, and has screened over 600 companies and has a portfolio of 17 companies from various industries.
Intern Responsibilities: 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: drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concepts, innovation, growth potential, and financials; cultivating relationships with Endeavor mentors for synergies with the Endeavor network; designing, managing and monitoring other value-added entrepreneur services as needed; working together with Endeavor Global and other local offices to share best practices and ensure first-class Endeavor experience for all stakeholders; and helping the outreach and communications team to disseminate success stories and other information that would analyze learning among members and foster entrepreneurship in Jordan.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in business administration, finance, sale and marketing, business development, entrepreneurship and/or international development are encouraged to apply. A strong understanding of business operations is recommended. An in-depth knowledge of Jordan's economic, political and business climate would be an asset, as would Arabic language skills.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I wrote profiles of potential Endeavor Entrepreneurs, collected and summarize in a meaningful way as much information about the company as I could. Intern #2: I, along with another intern, helped a consultant working with Endeavor Jordan as he generated data - through qualitative interviews and online data - to put together a report on the state of entrepreneurship in Jordan's IT sector. Intern #3: I worked on company profile, attended company First Opinion and Second Opinion Reviews, as well as answered interviews, and created reports. Intern #4: Drafted International Selection Panel candidate profiles, which required market and business model research. Attended First and Second Opinion Review meetings with Senior Associates, as well as Advisory Board meetings. Offered logistical and social media support for International Selection Panel. Collaborated on industry specific guidelines for candidates’ First Opinion Review meetings...I learned more about the process of building a business, what it means to be an entrepreneur, how to develop connections in different industries, how to conduct myself in the office and take initiative, how to communicate with several offices and schedule meetings.
View PowerPoint presentations from past IIP interns:
Endeavor Jordan intern #1
Endeavor Jordan intern #2
Endeavor Jordan intern #3
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Location: Amman, Jordan
About: Liwwa, Inc. is an early-stage financial services company whose mission is to facilitate access to capital for small businesses. Liwwa, Inc. is an online marketplace lending platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) in the MENA region. As a marketplace lender, Liwwa is cultivating a two-sided network of lenders and borrowers across the MENA region. To that end, Liwwa is developing scalable credit assessment processes and payment tools, as well as a user-friendly online presence. Liwwa is a regional leader in the Fintech revolution, and aims to create job and income growth by helping close the $240 billion capital access gap in the region.
Intern Responsibilities: Specific responsibilities may vary but IIP interns will lead exciting projects in the Fintech space. As the program progresses, IIP interns are encouraged to present ideas for further exploration. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Business Development - Topics include, but are not limited to:
- New market entry research (micro and macro): presenting target market segmentation and scoping out the Fintech regulatory framework, which varies by country; modeling possible currency fluctuations and impact.
- Strategic analysis and planning: drafting and executing new company-specific strategies and partnerships. These range from building an improved model for online money transfers and researching new providers, to a gamification approach on their website user interface.
- Policy creation: tailoring and extending policies where applicable for new markets.
- Marketing and advertising: testing new ATL and BTL media, and developing new concepts for leveraging owned channels (referral programs).
- Credit Office - Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Analyzing credit data and financial statement to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money.
- Preparing reports that include the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money
- Conferring with credit association and other business representatives to exchange credit information
- Generating financial ratios, using computer programs, to evaluate customers’ financial status
- Research - IIP interns will contribute to Liwwa's efforts to understand the drivers of job and income growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.Their current projects range from micro-economic studies on the local impact of Liwwa loans, to macroeconomic research on how oil prices affect the Jordanian credit cycle, to experimental studies estimating the demand for Islamic finance products in the United Arab Emirates. Responsibilities will be tailored to each candidate's skills and interests, but may include:
- Developing new research ideas, hypotheses, and study designs.
- Reviewing and synthesizing existing research.
- Performing quantitative data analysis and econometric modeling.
- Synthesizing research findings into papers, presentations and blog posts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in economics, politics or other social sciences are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates should be self-starters with strong leadership and communication skills, who can show flexibility in terms of the projects they manage. A basic understanding of Fintech is preferred. An interest in Arabic culture and language would be an asset. For the research position, familiarity with quantitative research methods would be an asset. For the credit office position, spoken and written fluency in Arabic is required since the credit officer intern will be assessing borrower documents that are all in Arabic.
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Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Location: Amman, Jordan
About: Established in 2002, MESIS is an NGO based in Amman, Jordan. It is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan and Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Though it is a scientific organization, very few of the staff members are scientists by training. MESIS deals primarily with chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks. These risks are not only a result of deliberate actions but can be accidental or natural. This is why it is important that civil society is involved in addressing these risks. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts from government (military and civilian) or otherwise (academia and private sector) to raise awareness about these threats and build capacity to deal with them. Since these threats are cross-border by nature, MESIS also looks to promote regional cooperation in these areas, thereby promoting the role of science and technology collaboration in bringing people together. 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/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.
Intern Responsibilities: This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP intern can be involved on a number of different issues. Interns will be assigned specific tasks but will also have a choice to pursue other work that is related to MESIS's mission. Work responsibilities will include: arranging, planning, and implementing major international conferences, training programs, and scientific experiments. The intern’s involvement may cover budgeting, logistics, PR, or customer relations; developing funding proposals and meeting with prospective donors; arranging and/or attending high level meetings with local or foreign dignitaries; and preparing meeting material, presentations, and memos on specific topics of interest. Interns also may have the opportunity to work on one of the following three projects:
- Network for Radiation Monitoring- MESIS administers a network that seeks to develop common standards on radiation monitoring across the Middle East. It is important to develop such standards across the region and then try to raise them. MESIS manages this project which includes managing data sharing, hosting the website, managing communication between network members, and organizing its annual workshop. Aside from policymakers and scientists from the region, it includes participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, and the US Department of Energy, among others. An IIP intern could be involved in any number of activities on this project. This includes the content side such as being an official rapporteur for the annual workshop, designing the agenda for the year in consultation with donors, developing the metrics by which the workshop is assessed, or developing workshop reports and policy memos for regional partners in government and the Arab League. It may also include administrative tasks like managing the news and events section on the website, arranging logistics for the annual workshop (airlines, agenda, local transportation and other vendors), and managing budgets and price quotations.
- Site Assessment- MESIS manages a project to ensure that there are standards in place at facilities that use low-level radioactive sources. These include hospitals who used radioisotopes for cancer treatment and academic institutions that use radioactive sources to calibrate equipment. The idea behind the project is to ensure that the overlooked side of radiological and nuclear security (the soft underbelly) is not overlooked. An IIP intern could conduct site assessment visits with members of the staff, be responsible for developing the reporting and documentation of the site visits, and be involved in communicating with a variety of stakeholders.
- News for Stakeholders- MESIS tries to ensure that its website is constantly updated with news that is of interest to our stakeholders. An intern may be requested to research and write short pieces of news that might be of interest to our stakeholders and run the analytics for each story. This will help determine which stories to select in the future. Previous interns have helped implement major international conferences at MESIS.
Qualifications: Candidates with a background in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, human or hard sciences, management, marketing, and a specific interest in science and technology or broader interest in the role that science and technology can play in furthering regional stability are encouraged to apply. Basic Arabic would be an asset but is not required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My work responsibilities included research on a number of subjects including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear security, the creation of an online certificate program for students to raise awareness and the level of education on biosafety and biosecurity threats, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, and my own independent research on MERS-CoV, more specifically whether the vast difference in the occurrence of cases between Saudi Arabia and its neighbors comes as a result of natural, unpreventable factors or government policy failure. I also assisted in arranging the logistics for workshops we hosted with outside parties. Intern #2: I had a wide variety of different tasks and projects that were influenced by my different interests. I was responsible for helping with logistics of conferences, writing news blurbs for the organization's website, doing research analyzing the various chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear risks in different countries around the region, and I conducted an independent research project on communicable diseases in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. Intern #3: I did research on CBRN issues in the Middle East and North Africa to help MESIS make more detailed risk assessments of different countries. I also helped with conference logistics, such as writing letters to various organizations, budgeting, and sometimes I sat in on and offered (albeit limited) feedback on translations of slides. I filled in various databases about MESIS associates and participants so the organization has a complete record of people who support them and whom they should invite back for conferences. I wrote news blurbs for the company website on current CBRN issues. I pursued an independent research project on governmental and nongovernmental responses to health care crises in Syrian refugee camps...I learned a lot about the role of different governmental and nongovernmental organizations for CBRN and health care issues in the Middle East and North Africa and about regional political dynamics. I have also learned about difference nuances of Arab culture, as MESIS prides itself on being able to best present CBRN issues (which are often very sensitive topics) specifically to an Arab audience. We've spent a lot of time discussing Jordanian politics (both domestic and foreign relations/policies) and current events in the Middle East, such as ISIS gaining access to chemical weapons and the Iran nuclear deal...My research on CBRN issues has allowed MESIS to extend its capacity as an organization. My independent research and research on CBRN issues will allow MESIS to have even more of an advisory capacity on CBRN issues, as it can now make better risk assessments of different CBRN issues in MENA countries and can be more aware of the ongoing Syrian refugee health care/communicable disease crises.
View Powerpoint presentations by past IIP interns:
MESIS Intern #1
MESIS Intern #2
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Middle East Scientific Institute of Security Studies|