New IIP Placements
Alpha Partners NEW!!
Location: Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, China
Alpha Partners Education is an organization that provides integrated education services in China. Their mission is to foster creative spirit, critical thinking, and leadership in Chinese high schools, enhancing the collaborative strength and dynamism of Chinese youth as global citizens. They offer a broad range of curricular and extracurricular programs tailored to the personal and academic needs of partner schools and their students. All programs are designed to supplement the Chinese national curriculum and currently reach high schools in over 15 cities. IIP interns will work on three flagship "Pegasus" Model United Nations training programs in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu. These programs comprise a comprehensive range of challenging, holistic learning experiences that are tailored to the needs of 400 high-achieving, globally minded students selected from high schools in over 10 cities nationwide. The IIP interns will work on projects in either of the following two capacities:
- Academic support: In this role, the IIP intern will be given responsibility for the supervision of course development across the three-part curriculum: analysis (subjects including international law, economics, public health, environmental studies), communication (subjects including public speaking, performing arts, debate, negotiation) and creativity (subjects including visual arts, logic theory, critical thinking). This role will also give the IIP intern opportunities to teach, direct, and chair various MUN committees.
- CSR management support: In this role, the IIP intern will be responsible for increasing the social impact of the Pegasus programs. This will involve event planning and management and communication with various public and private institutions to gain sponsorship and publicity. In Pegasus 2012, the CSR management adviser worked with the visual arts teacher to organize a charity auction in Beijing’s 798 Art District, selling student self-portraits to raise money for an organization that uses art therapy to help autistic children in Beijing. This element of the Pegasus programs serves two purposes: it encourages high achieving students to develop stronger social awareness and responsibility while also extending the social impact of initiatives beyond the limited pool of students that are accepted onto the programs.
The IIP interns will be based in Beijing, but will be encouraged to spend time on location in Shanghai and Chengdu. Basic Mandarin is preferred, but not required. IIP candidates should have strong presentation, project planning and management skills. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Arcano Group NEW!!
Location: Madrid, Spain
Arcano is a leading independent advisory services firm with a presence in Europe and the United States. The firm specializes in three areas: investment banking, asset management, and family office. In investment banking, they provide financial advisory services for companies and financial investors in corporate transactions, such as mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, capital increases or IPOs. In asset management, Arcano provides access to diversified and specialized alternative investment vehicles such as Private Equity (through Europe, U.S., Latin America and Africa based funds) and European corporate debt. Arcano currently has more than €1bn in assets under management. In the area of family office, Arcano advises private clients from an independent and global perspective, targeting family businesses and their owners through a multidisciplinary team composed of experts in fields such as finance, tax, legal and investment. IIP interns will be working with the Asset Management group of Arcano. The selected IIP intern will gain knowledge of how private equity works and will create reports and presentations by conducting research on trends and comparative and statistical analyses and by synthesizing the information. IIP interns with interests in finance and economics are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
The Cape Town Edge, ASSITEJ, and Alexander Upstairs NEW!!
(previously listed as The Pink Couch and Assitej)
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Town Edge is a festival within a festival. They bring together productions that show off the lively, diverse, and high quality theater industry of Cape Town and create a vibrant space at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival for them to thrive. ASSITEJ South Africa is the national network of ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Theatre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse/The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People). ASSITEJ is a global alliance linking thousands of theaters, organizations and individuals in more than 80 countries, working in the field of theater for children and young people. ASSITEJ SA links theater practitioners, organizations, schools and companies across the country who share a belief in the transformative difference that theater can make in the lives of young people. ASSITEJ SA focuses on creating access to theater for young people, supporting and developing emerging and established artists, empowering arts’ education, and connecting and advocating for the arts in the lives of young people. The main project of ASSITEJ will be a sister project of Cape Town Edge. Alexander Upstairs is a professional theater. The intern would work on production and marketing, including learning aspects of technical theater (sound, lighting, set, and multimedia. This IIP placement is with all three entities: the Cape Town Edge, ASSITEJ and Alexander Upstairs. IIP responsibilities may include but are not limited to: overseeing productions (including technical dimensions), hands on marketing, the collection and collation of audience data, and the presentation of workshops. IIP interns will have the opportunity to take initiative and run with a number of aspects of the planned projects, depending on their skills and interest. There is also the opportunity to travel to another festival with a production from National Arts Festival, Grahamstown before returning to Cape Town to wrap up projects. Previous IIP interns have created a budget for the performances at the festival, drafted reports for sponsors, contributed website content and managed other festival related logistics. IIP candidates with interests in the performing arts, arts administration, theater, working behind-the-scenes in theater, working with children, and doing workshops are encouraged to apply. Technical experience in running a theater show and knowledge of the backstage workings of a theater would be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Cartesian Capital Group NEW!!
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Cartesian Capital Group is a global private equity investment firm with more than $2 billion in assets under management. With offices in New York, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Warsaw, and Istanbul, they invest globally—with a deep focus on the world’s emerging markets. They invest in a wide range of industries and situations with the single objective of generating superior returns by helping closely-held businesses grow. The IIP intern will be responsible for a range of analytical activities including financial analysis, market analysis, due diligence, and more. This IIP internship will provide an intellectually challenging exposure to Cartesian Capital Group's investment philosophy, strategy, and discipline; a close look at companies in different sectors, and some travel in the region and possibly outside the region. This placement is appropriate for IIP candidates with strong analytic skills (not limited to financial skills; analytic skills from natural or social sciences or other disciplines are also relevant), a passion for learning, independent thinking, and a sense of collaboration. Skills in Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and/or Turkish would be an asset, as would skills in financial modeling. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Center for Health, Human Rights and Development NEW!!
Location: Kampala, Uganda
The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) is an indigenous, non-profit, research and advocacy organization that is pioneering the enforcement of human rights and the justiciability of the right to health in Eastern Africa. CEHURD is looking for an IIP intern to engage as part of its global capacity building strategy in the justiciability of the right to health as a means of enforcing human rights in East Africa. The IIP intern will be engaged across three programs capturing the whole range of human rights enforcement across East Africa. Under Strategic Litigation, the IIP intern will be exposed to contemporary legal mechanisms being implemented to enforce human rights in East Africa; under Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, the IIP intern will be engaged in monitoring, developing and promotion of policies, laws and practices that improve social justice and health in East Africa; and under Community Empowerment, the IIP intern will be engaged in building the capacity of grassroots communities by sensitizing health workers, community based organizations, local leaders and other community stakeholders in health and human rights advocacy. The IIP intern will get an opportunity to work closely with the leading stakeholders in human rights implementation under the multiple regional human rights coalitions CEHURD is part of and will acquire an inside knowledge of the issues pertaining to human rights implementation in East Africa. IIP candidates with interests in public policy and public health are encouraged to apply. Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and knowledge in research proposal formulation and development would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: London, England
ChapmanBlack is an international recruitment company that aims to challenge the conventional recruitment industry model. ChapmanBlack offers a range of unique and technologically innovative recruitment solutions, which help ensure clients are able to attract, recruit, and retain the very best talent. Reporting to the Head of Operations with regular contact with the CEO and senior directors, IIP interns will have the opportunity to see the inner workings of a rapidly expanding organization and be part of the launch of a number of new products and services. IIP intern responsibilities will include business analysis, report writing, competitor analysis, primary and secondary research, and data manipulation. IIP interns will be supported fully in the work that they do and will be shown best practices as well as given the opportunity to place their own stamp on the work required and impose their own influence on the way the business moves forward. IIP candidates should have interest in business and solid IT knowledge. German would be useful but is not essential or required. Strong analytical and research skills would be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Daily NK NEW!!!
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Daily NK is an online periodical founded in 2004 that delivers news from North Korea. The news articles are translated into four languages: English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. They strive to inform the international world about the latest updates occurring within North Korea and to induce genuine changes within and from without the totalitarian regime. In particular, Daily NK aims to broaden the perspectives of the young generation by strengthening the flow of information from North Korea and delivering them across a wide range of communications platforms. IIP interns will have the opportunity to learn about North Korean history, society, politics and the economy. IIP interns also have opportunity to personally interview North Korean defectors and engage in diverse journalistic, educational, research and translation experiences. IIP candidates should have a prior understanding of North-South Korean relations and world politics as well as interest in journalism and writing. Skills in Photoshop and design would be an asset. IIP candidates should be fluent in Korean, and Japanese and/or Chinese would be an asset. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Economic Cooperation Foundation NEW!!
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF) is a policy planning think-tank dedicated to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution; to promote peace, security and prosperity for Israel and its Arab neighbors; and to promote Middle East regional stability. ECF's flagship project was a 1991 European Community program that became the blueprint for the Oslo negotiations. The director of ECF led the Oslo negotiations in their first phase, paving the way to the conclusion of the Oslo Accords, on September 13, 1993. Ever since, ECF has been involved with and contributed to all peace efforts, including the recent renewal of Palestinian negotiations on July 30, 2013. ECF seeks to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and help promote conflict resolution both from the top down and from the bottom up. In doing so, ECF has been called on by all Israel governments--left, right and center; and works closely with all relevant players from the region and beyond, including the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as the U.S., Europe and international and multilateral organizations. The ECF is a non-partisan and non-profit organization. IIP interns' responsibilities differ according to specific projects which could vary from economic development issues for West Bank and Gaza, to regional cooperation with Jordan and Egypt, and security-related arrangements. IIP interns' assignments will include conducting independent research, editing policy proposals and recommendations, drafting briefs/memos on specific issues, contributing to fundraising efforts, and participating in brainstorming sessions with leading experts inn medium-to-long term policy planning, track-II diplomacy, conflict resolution and crisis management. IIP candidates with interests in politics, conflict resolution studies, political economy, Middle East and regional studies, and security studies are encouraged to apply. Skills in Hebrew and/or Arabic would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Forbes India NEW!!
Location: Mumbai, India
Forbes India is the India office of Forbes business magazine. The magazine features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. This IIP internship provides interns with an excellent opportunity to gain a good sense of what it is like to be a journalist in India, especially in the business sector. IIP interns work in the office and in the field. IIP intern responsibilities include: researching topics and content for articles, writing and editing articles for the magazine and blog, attending press conferences and launches, and interviewing people for stories. IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Foundation Amor 2033 Ecuador NEW!!
Location: Yaruqui, Ecuador
Foundation AMOR 2033 ECUADOR is a pilot school in Yaruqui, Ecuador, dedicated to giving thirty street children an education of the mind, body, and soul, along the lines of an innovative pedagogy inspired in part by philosopher Rudolph Steiner. Princeton interns will continue construction of the present school as well as dormitory facilities in the summer of 2014. This is an ideal opportunity for students looking to improve or perfect their Spanish in an interactive and authentic local setting, all the while acquiring hands-on experience, in the design of pedagogical avenues for the 21st century. There are currently 10,000 street children in Ecuador and the Foundation Amor 2033 aims to provide for all their needs over the course of the next 20 years. This is the stepping stone to creating self-governing schools and capitalizing on otherwise lost potential. It will involve manual work, creative thinking, public service (parks, etc.), and collaborative decision-making in a town an hour outside of Quito. IIP interns will be involved in design and construction; pedagogy, communications, public relations, translation, volunteer recruitment, presenting English or academic classes in open classrooms. Basic Spanish is required. IIP candidates with interests in Spanish and teaching are encouraged to apply. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Fundación Salud por Derecho – Right to Health Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Fundacion Salud por Derecho is a non-profit, independent foundation that uses a proactive approach to propose solutions and influence the design and implementation of public policies as they pertain to the right to public health and health care. The mission of Salud por Derecho is to encourage states to exercise their responsibility with people’s health in impoverished countries; to demand fulfillment of commitments undertaken by political representatives; to generate and promote solutions and influence and participate in the design and implementation of public policies to make them effective and to contribute to citizens’ being informed, involved and committed to making the right to health universal. IIP interns will be involved in the monitoring of the current global health situation through reading reports, writing briefings and translating any key documents and assist in the organization, logistical elements of events and working meetings. IIP candidates with interests in international relations, public health, human rights, politics, and advocacy are encouraged to apply. Spanish fluency in reading and writing as well as Spanish speaking skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.
Given Imaging NEW!!
Location: Yoqneam, Israel
A pioneer in the field of capsule endoscopy, Given Imaging has become a world leader in GI medical devices, offering health care providers a range of innovative options for visualizing, diagnosing, and monitoring the digestive system. The company offers a broad product portfolio including PillCam(R) capsule endoscope for the small bowel, esophagus and colon. The company also offers industry-leading GI functional diagnostic solutions including ManoScan(R) high resolution manometry, Bravo(R) capsule-based pH monitoring, Digitrapper(R) pH-Z monitoring, and SmartPill(R) motility monitoring systems. Given Imaging is committed to delivering breakthrough innovations to the GI community and supporting its ongoing clinical needs. The IIP intern will be a part of the Program Management team. Program Management's objectives are to deliver new products according to a strategic plan by leading, managing, and synchronizing product introductions per the established PLCM process of Gate reviews during the entire life cycle of the product. To accomplish these objectives Program Management drives the PLCM process with inputs from Global Marketing, R&D, the Commercial Regions, and Manufacturing. Additionally Program Management leads or supports timely resolution of customer issues with existing products. IIP candidates with interests in software, electrical engineering, and/or finance are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), Public Health Foundation of India NEW!!
Location: New Delhi, India
Routine immunization coverage remains a challenge in many parts of India. The country continues to face a significant burden of morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). In order to support the national goal of improving the quality and coverage of routine immunization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have set up an Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) to provide technical support to the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) for strengthening and revitalizing routine immunization in India.
ITSU augments human resource capacity at the Union Ministry of Health in order to: carry out strategic human resource planning at all levels for immunization; document best practices of immunization programs from within and outside India; support development of policies, procedures and guidelines to improve program management and conduct policy analyses for effective implementation needed to cover how UIP plans for and manages short- and long-term needs (current program strengthening, new vaccine introduction preparedness, future adoption and delivery of new vaccines); develop data-driven decision-support tools and research to provide baseline information for decision support; and identify areas of research that strengthen capacity and generate evidence that informs policy and practice; support development of appropriate guidelines and tools for state-level technical assistance; conduct operations research to identify the role of affordable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools for UIP strengthening in the areas of Social Mobilization, Supply Chain management, operations, and Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) & Adverse Events, and Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance; and incubate, develop and leverage the role of technology in strengthening immunization. Interns with interests in Development Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Natural Sciences are encouraged to apply. Statistical skills would be an asset but are not required. Interns will aid in work related to ITSU’s programmatic and research roles as follows:
- Research – Interns will be expected to review grey and formal academic literature, synthesize findings, and present findings to the team. Areas of research will be determined according to the needs of the organization determined at the relevant time.
- Participate in meetings – Interns will be expected to participate in relevant meetings, take note of proceedings, and contribute as much as possible to discussions.
- Writing – Interns will be expected to produce written material for the organization which can range from research articles to publicity material.
- Field Travel – Where relevant, interns will be included in field visits. It is important to note that most of an intern’s time will be spent in the ITSU office in Delhi.
Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Asia | Impact Investment Shujog (Shujog) NEW!!
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.
Intel Israel NEW!!
Location: Haifa, Israel
Intel has recently announced a new feature called “Intel® Processor Trace." Intel platform validation teams require a visualization aid for internal test tools using the trace obtained from this feature. The IIP intern will develop a tool that will be used internally for visualizing the program flow of the App. This tool must be Windows and Linux compatible. This will be custom to specific needs while maintaining flexibility in its SW architecture. IIP candidates with a background in software are encouraged to apply. IT skills in C++ are required. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas NEW!!
Location: Amman, Jordan
The International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas (ICARDA) implements the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI), which is funded by USAID. This program is currently operating in eight countries in the Middle East. WLI Jordan is seeking an IIP intern to support ongoing research for development activities in rural communities facing severe water shortage. These communities practice livestock production, and the WLI seeks sustainable grazing practices to enable livelihoods for target communities. This IIP internship will be housed in ICARDA’s office in Amman, Jordan. The WLI project focuses building the livelihoods of community members within agrarian communities in the Middle East. In Jordan their target “benchmark” site is in the steppe or “badia,” which receives very little rainfall. The local communities are involved with livestock production in the desert area with poor soils that get further degraded by overgrazing. Social scientists work with the communities to understand the needs and challenges to raising livestock in this area and the biophysical scientists test new techniques for water harvesting to sustainably grow for grazing. In 2014, the WLI is planning to partner with Mercy Corps in Jordan to scale out these technologies to communities across Jordan. The IIP intern will be involved with community development planning to understand challenges to uptake of ICARDA signature technologies. She/he will work to communicate these social/technical barriers to uptake of the technologies so that ICARDA scientists and partners may modify the technology to make it applicable. IIP candidates should have strong interpersonal and writing skills and interests in social or physical science, IT, community organizing, agricultural research, and applied research. Experience with agricultural development will be a plus as would professional proficiency in Arabic, although prior experience with Arabic is not required for success in this internship. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
The Israel Religious Action Center NEW!!
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. IIP interns will learn about many of the challenges facing Israeli society today and take an active role in IRAC’s efforts to build a more just, tolerant, and pluralistic Israeli society. As an integral member of the resource development and overseas communications department, the IIP interns will participate in communicating IRAC’s vision and current activities to the diaspora by helping write and produce content for IRAC’s newsletters, website, online social networks, and blog. The interns will also gain experience in creating online petitions and letter writing campaigns and participate in producing issue papers and press releases. In addition to working in the IRAC offices, IIP interns will have the unique opportunity to observe IRAC’s staff arguing in the Supreme Court and lobbying in the Knesset. S/he will also be able to participate in Freedom Rides and engage in direct social action. IIP candidates should have interests in Middle Eastern affairs and communications. Skills in Hebrew would be an asset but are not required. Graphic design skills would also be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Itau Unibanco NEW!!
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Itaú is the largest Latin American bank and one of the largest banks in the world, with approximately 100,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe. They are a universal bank with a range of services and products serving a varied client profile--both individuals and companies of all sizes, from major transnational groups to local micro-entrepreneurs. In Brazil, Itau Unibanco has nearly 5,000 full-service branches and 28,000 ATMs.They are recognized for their governance practices and their management, which is focused on the generation of economic, social, and environmental value. With shares trading on the São Paulo, Buenos Aires and New York stock exchanges, the company has been a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index portfolio for the past 13 years. Their strategy is shaped by their vision, which is: to be the leading bank in sustainable performance and customer satisfaction. The main project the IIP intern will work on is the “review of policies on credit risk of branches.” The IIP intern will learn the policies of credit risk prevailing and the specifics of branches, evaluate the applicability of policies to branches, and propose improvements/adjustments to policies. IIP candidates with interests and a background in finance or economics are encouraged to apply. Skills in corporate credit, financial products, financial mathematics, and quantitative analysis would be an asset. Portuguese fluency is recommended, along with an advanced level of Spanish. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
A relative veteran startup in the advertising industry, justAd is the developer of the leading self-service platform to create rich-media ads for mobile and tablet devices. The IIP intern will get to experience ‘startup life’ firsthand, working on a variety of projects, from marketing to account management and customer support. justAd manages hundreds of clients in more than 30 markets around the world and takes pride in their superior customer care and professional services team. justAd never misses a deadline for a client, even if that means working through the night. Their team is comprised of talented designers, marketers, and web developers. IIP candidates with interests in business, marketing, and mass communications are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates should be mobile-savy and have some familiarity with the advertising industry (how it works, value chain, etc.), Microsoft Office, online marketing tools (MailChimp, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, etc) and have basic analytical skills. Technical know-how and social media experience would be an advantage. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Mart Ajans NEW!!
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Mart Ajans is a leading publisher of children's comic books in Turkey with over two decades of experience in the business. Candidates should have a strong interest in children's publishing, media marketing, and technology. The intern will be expected to use his/her creative skills to improve the company's digital content with an aim to reach out to kids in the region and Europe. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transition Research
Location: Acornhoek, and Agincourt,South Africa
The MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit is based in the rural north east of South Africa and, together with Wits Rural Facility, is fast becoming a rural research knowledge hub. The Unit has enjoyed the support of its host communities for over 20 years. The LINC Office (community engagement office) of the site has coined the phrase "building a research savvy community" to describe its work. An IIP intern will work together with the LINC office to support the community engagement officers at the site to independently run village level community engagement activities and to write reports on these activities. Specifically, the IIP intern will assist with preparing for a community engagement campaign at a village level, working closely with a local community engagement officer, at the same time training the local officer with some basic computer and filing skills so that in the following year the local officer can arrange the campaign alone. During the campaign, the intern will also work with a different local officer training the officer in how to analyze simple Excel data collected from 2004 on community engagement campaigns, and assisting this local officer to understand how to complete the reports so that the local officer can complete all reports from 2004 by the end of 2013. The IIP intern will also assist the supervisor in starting a paper on the community engagement at the site. In addition, the intern would assist the supervisor in evaluating the activities of the community engagement office, assist in developing a five year plan, and assist in setting up a program of debates in schools as well as "Study Circles" where scientific matters are discussed in small groups in the community. This placement will provide the IIP intern with the opportunity to understand how a health and socio-demographic surveillance site works and will provide him or her with knowledge on a variety of epidemiological and other health and social research projects underway at the site. IIP interns with a particular interest in one of the other projects may also assist with that particular project. IIP candidates with interests in community engagement research, global health, and epidemiology are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates should also have a willingness to learn a few words in the local language XiTsonga. Two placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns. 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).
Pan-African Global Academy NEW!!
Location: Oshiyie, Ghana
The goal of Pan-African Global Academy (PAGA), spearheaded by Carolyn Rouse (Princeton professor of anthropology), was to build an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable high school in Oshiyie, Ghana. Pan-African Global Academy opened in September 2010 and is the first non-technical high school along a 10 km stretch of Aplaku Road in western Accra. The curriculum for the school is project-based and the students immediately apply the skills they learn in the classroom to local development projects. Specific projects may include: 1) Designing a project-based STEM curriculum that reinforces classroom knowledge, meets the national educational standards, and integrates curriculum already being used at the school. Subjects for this project include: integrated science, business and economics, history and social science, engineering and physics, and biology and health; 2) Helping the headmaster design a more robust administrative system to keep track of student progress and educational needs. 3) Evaluating the teachers and determine what they need, in terms of training and resources, to enhance their teaching. IIP candidates should have interests in either social sciences (anthropology, sociology, economics, history, policy, psychology) or in the sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry, EEB, molecular biology, or computer science). Interested IIP candidates should also have some knowledge of what a project-based STEM curriculum is, as well as basic knowledge of administrative systems to track student learning and educational standards. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns on this project; one additional placement has been established for an IIP candidate who will teach a health related curriculum. For this health-related placement the student will work on the Oshiyie Health Education and Health Promotion Project. The goal of this project is to create a community-centered health and public health curriculum which includes: involving students and school community leaders in the development and implementation of the curriculum, developing evaluation tools to assess effectiveness of health education programs; and empowering students to improve the health of their community through community based public health projects. This health-related placement 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).
Para La Tierra
Location: Asuncion, Paraguay
Para La Tierra is a conservation organization located on a nature reserve in the heart of South America, where the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado meet. These two globally threatened habitats are home to a huge biodiversity that has never been studied in Paraguay. Para La Tierra specializes in giving students the opportunity to contribute to what is known about this forgotten part of the world, while they develop and hone their skills as researchers, investigators, scientific writers, presenters, and data analysts. IIP interns will have the opportunity to design and execute their own scientific project based on their own interests while learning new skills from professionals and other students. As an IIP intern, you will gain vital field work experience, scientific fieldwork, and data analysis skills. Options for study include butterflies, frogs, lizards, small mammals, collection methods, camera trapping, etc. You may also have the chance to publish your research in a peer-reviewed journal or contribute to one of Para La Tierra’s field guides. If you are interested, you will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish and get involved in Para La Tierra’s community outreach programs, learning about other cultures and customs. At Para La Tierra, you’ll meet like-minded people and make friends for life while you become a global citizen and skilled scientist. IIP candidates with interests in life sciences and good Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) candidates.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Rakuten is an internet services company whose mission is to empower people and society through the Internet. One of their businesses is the Internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba. This site was created based on the concept of creating a platform that enabled "ordinary people skilled in retail" to open their own online shops. Rakuten Ichiba is a global pioneer of the B2B2C marketplace, which provides the platform, traffic, and expertise to empower small-scale retailers to set up their businesses on the Internet. Through Ichiba, Rakuten aims to introduce consumers to "the joy of discovery" through Internet shopping and to create an environment where merchants and consumers can interact in the same way they might in a real-world marketplace. Beyond their flagship e-commerce business Rakuten Ichiba, the Rakuten Group has expanded into a diverse array of online services, including eBooks and eReading, travel, banking, securities, credit cards, eMoney, portal media, online marketing, and professional sports. The integration of all of their services, which are anchored around their membership loyalty program, Rakuten Super Points, is the Rakuten Ecosystem and the core strategy of their international expansion. Rakuten is currently accelerating the global expansion of the Rakuten Ecosystem into the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, starting with their e-commerce, eBooks and eReading, and travel businesses. There are two areas that are accepting IIP interns business and engineering.
- For the IIP placement in business, the selected IIP interns will work on e-commerce with a focus on cross border trade marketing that includes promotion planning to increase sales of international trading transaction and channel management, and marketing analysis. IIP interns will also work in the area of creative and web design by creating a mobile strategy, working on global creative and web design (design UI for global services, improve site usability and marketing activities, conduct various analysis on global subsidiaries), conduct creative and web design strategy web analytics and web architecture (SEO analysis). Basic information technology skills are required for this placement.
- For the IIP placement in engineering, the IIP interns will work on the affiliate tracking developer, smart device technology, information systems, and a big data prototype. IIP candidates for this placement should have a background in engineering and programming experience in Java or PHP and some Linux/Unix administration experience. Skills in machine learning, NLP, database/search, algorithms for large data, and development experiences of applications for smart devices would be an asset.
Conversational Japanese is recommended. Six placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Rogers Investment Advisors NEW!!
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Rogers Investment Advisors (RIA) is an investment advisor firm. Through its Wolver Hill affiliates , RIA offers a range of financial products and services including a fund of hedge funds, a private equity seeding fund, and specialized hedge fund business consulting. Their team uniquely combines decades of buyside and sellside experience in Hedge Funds, Prime Brokerage and Asset Management. This enables a critical understanding of the key relationships for hedge funds including all of the major Prime Brokers, Administrators, Legal firms and software providers. RIA's differentiated backgrounds have been key factors in a track record of outperformance. Their business lines are: fund of hedge funds, hedge fund seeding and business consulting. This internship offering is a rare opportunity for a highly motivated person to gain an accurate overview of the hedge fund industry as well as to gain critical insights into the due diligence process that underpins the selection, analysis and construction of a successful hedge fund portfolio. RIA views their summer interns as true team members and aim to ensure that they are given real and challenging opportunities to assist the growth of their business. IIP candidates with a strong interest in finance, particularly as regards Asia and an interest in the hedge fund industry are encouraged to apply. Chinese, Japanese or any other Asian language would be an asset but is not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Russian International Affairs Council NEW!!
Location: Moscow, Russia
Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is a non-profit membership organization. RIAC activities are aimed at strengthening peace, friendship, and solidarity between the peoples, preventing international conflicts and promoting crises settlement. IIP intern responsibilities will include creating a database of Russian and foreign experts in different aspects of international relations; running a blog on the RIAC website; preparing articles for the RIAC website, includeing interviewing and contacting Russian experts who cooperate with RIAC; participating in RIAC events; and editing the pre-print versions of RIAC reports and working papers. IIP candidates should have interests in public diplomacy, soft power, non-linear dynamics in international relations, international security, international economy, ICT in international relations, Middle East, Asia-Pacific region,and Russian foreign policy. A basic knowledge of Russian is required. Three placements have been established for IIP interns. Note: Due to current regulations, IIP interns must be Russian passport holders.
Seeds to Sew
Location: Enoosaen and Nyeri, Kenya
Seeds to Sew is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Their goal is for the women and girls in their program to use these job skills to make money and support themselves and their communities. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP interns will work on one of the following two projects:
- Impact Analysis on the Individual and Communities of Skills Training and Income Development Programs: IIP candidates with interests in International Health and Human Services, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Advocacy, and Human Rights issues are needed for summer internship to conduct surveys, assessments, and home visits to continue a longitudinal study on the impact of programs on Seeds to Sew participants, their family members, and their broader community. Basic knowledge of statistics, testing methodologies and analysis would be helpful, willingness to document results not only on paper, but also via photographs and video is a must. This IIP Intern will also help improve Seeds to Sew program operations.
- Socio-economic and Environmental Impact of Foreign Corporate Agriculture on Under-educated, Subsistence Farming Villages in Rural Kenya: This placement is for IIP candidates who are interested nresearch and reporting on both the societal, economic and/or environmental impacts resulting from a foreign-owned sugar-cane factory that began operation in a subsistence farming village in 2011. Taking advantage of an uneducated, impoverished community, the factory leased the land from the villagers at low rates. Given the slow turn-over of sugar cane as a crop, there is limited land to graze cows and grow other vegetables which are important to sustaining families and their livestock. Hence, women are having increasing difficulty in feeding their cows and feeding their families (as there are lower milk & crop yields). IIP candidates with backgrounds in water and soil science, environmental testing methodologies, public environmental policy, global economics, etc are encouraged to apply. The selected IIP candidate must be interested in writing up results for either press or research publication.
Location: Bishanpur village, Kishanganj District
SEEKHO is an Indian NGO that is committed to helping communities build the traditional and life skills they need to thrive. They focus on building an ecosystem, rather than on individual programs, so that the entire community can support one another in common goals. As such, they have programs for all students from preschool to high school, including dropouts. They also train government teachers in best practices for increasing well-being and engage the community through a variety of programs. SEEKHO uses well-being as a means and an end; well-being is an end, as it is an intrinsically valuable goal, and it is a means, as research indicates that well-being supports many other goals that people value, such as academic achievement, good health, and higher future earnings. IIP interns will receive training in SEEKHO's methodology, including Positive Psychology and Education, Design Thinking and Innovation, and Storytelling. IIP intern responsibilities will include teaching (for students with Hindi, this could be lessons on a variety of subjects; for students without Hindi, teaching subjects would include English, computer, sports and arts); creating and implementing a project designed according to organizational needs and IIP intern strengths and interests. Topics may include but are not limited to: impact measurement; storytelling and documentary creation; curriculum design, implementation, and testing. Previous interns helped with strategic planning, developed a framework for engaging the local community, and taught English. Interns will also learn how to navigate a new cultural context, how to engage the community to increase educational outcomes, and how running an NGO at the grassroots level actually works. IIP candidates with skills in Stata and statistical analysis are encouraged to apply. Hindi language skills would be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Sesame Workshop India NEW!!
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the educational organization and wholly owned subsidy of Sesame Workshop, is looking for an intern to assist the Education team with their content and digital initiatives in India. The intern will be expected to work on specific projects for the entire period of the internship and present a report of the findings. The work will be carried out under the guidance of the Vice President-Education & Research. On successful completion of the internship, Sesame Workshop India will give a letter of recommendation based on the performance and initiative. IIP candidates should have: the ability to think out of the box, commitment to work and making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, and sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Smart Agricultural Analytics NEW!!
Location: Beijing, China
Smart Agriculture Analytics is a business intelligence resource that evaluates China's market landscape for foreign agritech suppliers and investors. They enable leading agritech to successfully navigate this difficult market, opening new market channels while helping China's quickly modernizing agricultural system to move toward a sustainable model. The IIP intern will be assigned to assist editorial staff with producing the weekly e-newsletters SAA Weekly and SAA Weekly Premium, to be distributed to suppliers of sustainable agricultural technology and investors of sustainable agritech who are based globally outside of China. Under the direction of the CEO and Managing Editor and in partnership with a local Chinese speaking intern, the IIP intern(s) will be responsible for the following scope of work duties:
- Monitoring news media and compiling relevant articles as relates to the business of agritech
- Remaining informed about Chinese government policy-making as relates to the business of agritech
- Participating in weekly editorial meetings to select articles to be included in SAA Weekly; helping with CN-EN translation, cataloging, writing English language summaries and doing key-point analyses of Chinese language articles
- Participating in review of final submissions from contributing editors
- Mapping out the Chinese media landscape as relates to agriculture business, agriculture policy, and agritech
- Helping develop strategy and timelines for editorial coverage of diverse geographies and issues in China
- Contributing to short- and long-term research projects for various White Papers
- In addition, intern may assist with web page development, web content management, database support, new media activities, electronic document management system (EDMS) projects.
IIP candidates with interests in science, communication, engineering, economics or social sciences, with specific interests in environment issues, food safety, agriculture and/or China are encouraged to apply. Mandarin proficiency is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
SPBR Arquitetos NEW!!
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
SPBR is a renowned architecture firm in Brazil. The IIP intern will contribute to residential and institutional projects and will be assigned specific projects. Knowledge of Autocad and Sketch Up is required, as is Portuguese or Spanish speaking skills. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Street Survivors India NEW!!
Location: West Bengal, India
Street Survivors India is a non-profit organization that established the Jagriti Public School in Katna village in West Bengal, India. This school aims to create learning opportunities for disadvantaged children in slum areas. IIP interns will work on projects in any of the following areas: craft design and small business, child livelihood and justice issues, and education programing integrated with technology. IIP candidates should have knowledge about Indian culture and education and teaching experience. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Swades Foundation NEW!!
Location: Mumbai, India
The Swades Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates with the single-minded focus of empowering rural India. Their organization aims to create a permanent, irreversible change in the lives of 1 million people in rural India in the next 5 years. They work in following verticals: Water and Sanitation; Health and Nutrition; Agriculture and Livelihood; Education; and Community Mobilization.
They seek motivated, empowered IIP interns to undertake meaningful projects in the above areas. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects: Teaching functional computer skills to principals, leadership, and teachers (a computer science background is required for this IIP position); English teaching (IIP candidates should be English concentrators and will be teaching conversational English to strengthen the employment potential of rural youth through English language literacy); Kids Panchyat & Parents Teacher Group, which will include the IIP intern establishing, monitoring, and enhancing the program to facilitate awareness on civic rights and responsibilities amongst children and to facilitate community participation and ownership amongst parents and teachers in the schools; and the Support My School Project in seven private aided schools, which will include responsibilities to assess the impact of school infrastructure on learning especially water storage and filtration toilets, libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, landscaping and greenery, to monitor the efficacy of the program, and facilitate the appropriate utilization of the facilities provided. Hindi is not required but would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in social service, education and community development are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Ujjivan Financial Services NEW!!
Location: Banglaore, India
Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. is a micro-finance organization that provides financial services to urban and semi-urban economically underserved women across India. IIP interns will be involved on a project based on their area of interest and/or expertise. This IIP internship will give the IIP intern an opportunity to be involved in work on developing, planning, organizing projects on a grassroots level to improve the livelihoods of women in underserved communities. IIP candidates with interests in the social sector are encouraged to apply and must be willing to work with the urban and semi urban population that the organization serves. Three placements have been created for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.
Union Internationale des Avocats NEW!!
Location: Paris, France
The Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA – International Association of Lawyers) was created in 1927 and is the oldest professional association, with several thousand individual members as well as more than 200 collective members comprised of bar associations, organizations or federations (representing nearly two million lawyers) from over 110 countries. The UIA’s principal goals are to promote the basic principles of the legal profession, the development of legal knowledge in all areas and the defense of lawyers and other legal professionals in the international context. The association works in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Fluency in French is preferred and additional fluency in Spanish would be a definite plus. IIP intern tasks will include:
- Website: Revision of the contents of the website and suggestions for improvements of the English version of the website
o Setup of a communication plan directed to law students all over the world
o Revision of the promotional brochures of the association in their English version
o Promotion of the Jacques LEROY Prize, an award given each year to a law student
- Law internship: Setup of a law internship project with member law firms
UIA is looking for a motivated, dynamic, flexible and internationally minded IIP candidates. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visagio is a business consulting and information technology firm, specializing in operations strategy, process engineering, organization design, and supply chain and logistics optimization. The IIP intern with Visagio will engage in short-term business and technical consulting projects with Visagio’s clients. Each IIP intern will be assigned to a primary consulting project in a market segment, such as manufacturing, mining and ferrous metallurgy, agribusiness, sugar and alcohol, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, and finance, among others. Throughout the IIP experience, the intern may participate on the following activities:
- Project management: schedule design and implementation
- Business process management: process mapping and modeling
- Organization design: area/department structuring and optimization
- Supply chain: logistics modeling and optimization
- Business planning: business plan development
- Tool development: computer programming
IIP candidates with interests in business, computer science, engineering, and economics are encouraged to apply. Basic speaking, reading, and writing skills in Portuguese and intermediate Spanish skills are highly recommended. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Established in 1993, Viva Rio aims to foster a culture of peace and social inclusion through a commitment to research, field work, and the formulation of public policies. The institution was formed by representatives from several sectors of civil society as a direct response to the growing violence that has plagued Rio de Janeiro. Viva Rio has developed and consolidated activities and projects that have inspired public policy. Several of these policies have been adopted by government, businesses, and other organizations. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are details on the three projects for IIP interns:
- Data Analysis on Preventive (Family) Health Strategy project: Viva Rio’s Family Health Strategy program began in 2009 as a part of the Family Healthy Strategy of the federal government. There, community health agents provide preventive care and orientation for medical assistance to patients at health units or at their homes. Each team serves 4000 people, or about 1000 families. What sets the Family Health Strategy apart are its multidisciplinary teams, developed through management practices, health care efforts, democratic attitudes, participatory awareness working on the ideal of promoting health. Teamwork is the key to communication and the exchange of experiences and knowledge. On each of their 70 family clinics they have an integrated virtual Information system. They generate indicators on tuberculosis cases, HIV, maternal care and other important health issues. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to participate in specific research and help investigate and analyze data on health issues to better understand their reality. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic by the conclusion of their experience. IIP candidates with interests in statistics, operations research, computer science, anthropology, sociology, global health, preventive health strategy, public health systems, data analysis, and information systems are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns for this project.
- Drugs Policy project: In 2009, Viva Rio met with 26 representatives from economic, anthropological, sociological, legal, law enforcement, artistic, sporting, scientific, medical, religious, and business backgrounds to found the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD). The main purpose of CBDD is to forge new paths toward a drug policy that is more efficient and fair. They were also part of the Latin American Commission for Drugs and Democracy and work with a large network of NGOs, think-tanks and governments on discussing drugs related issues. Their National Campaign for changing the Brazilian law on drugs is now in the lobby phase inside the Senate. While they wait for possible next steps, they need to keep pushing forward building up new partnerships and improving some important relationships with crucial stakeholders. They also need to collect more information about how the approaches on drug policy are moving worldwide. In order to base some arguments of their own proposition, they need to make some links between how the drugs policy paradigm is changing worldwide and its impacts on Latin America and Brazil. In that context, they need an IIP intern who can help them monitor drus policy issues worldwide and write some analytical papers on a comparative politics basis. The IIP intern must be interested in drug policy in general, with a special focus on Latin America dynamics. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic at the conclusion of his/her experience. IIP candidates with interests in anthropology, sociology, global health and health policy, drugs policy, and Latin America are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern for this project.
- Project Management project: The Project Management Office of Viva Rio works as an integrating office to create synergy among all projects. Their duties are elaborating, planning, monitoring, evaluation and also all the accountability for the projects. They deal with more than 30 projects on a daily basis. As Viva Rio has grown very quickly in the past few years, the volume of work for the administrative staff has risen considerably. They are constantly in contact with project coordinators to follow up on project activities. As they are co-responsible for a huge part of projects operating in territory, they need to improve their strategy to monitor and evaluate a huge number of projects and programs. In that context, they believe that the IIP intern can help them in developing new and better indicators, as well as new models for collecting better data from field actions. The IIP intern may also have as a task working on this collected data to generate reports, graphics, articles, papers and similar. The projects are on diverse areas, such as education, health, sports, environment and others. IIP candidates with interests in Public Affairs; Anthropology, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Sociology, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation are encouraged to apply. Skills in Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese is a plus. An intermediary level of Spanish on reading/speaking/writing is required. One placement has been created for an IIP intern on this project.
Women’s Microfinance Initiative NEW!!
Location: Bulambuli Village, Sironko District, Uganda
Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization providing small loans and business training and support to impoverished women in developing nations. WMI's mission is to work with village level organizations to provide capital to women in the lowest income brackets so that they can engage in income producing activities. Its goal is to help women living in poverty build assets so that they can stabilize their income and raise their standard of living for their families. The Buyobo, Uganda loan program is the oldest WMI loan program. Located in the Sironko District, about 30 minutes from Mbale, it has over 1,000 clients. It is administered by the Buyobo Women’s Association, through a grant from WMI. IIP interns in Buyobo assist with loan program operations (preparing the documents that include: new borrower tables, loan agreements, loan applications and surveys, issuing loans, and interview borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach at the local school, undertake community projects, and supervise high school interns from the U.S. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture NEW!!
Location: Anhui Province, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture was established by two pioneers in modern architecture education in China. In 1956, during the third nation-wide restructuring of universities and colleges, the College of Architecture was established as a merger of the two departments. There are three undergraduate programs: architecture, urban planning, and landscape, among which urban planning is designated as the national specialty. The school has nine subsidiary institutes together with an innovative national research team for architectural environment and energy consumption control theory in West China, a key lab for architecture technology in West China, and the Shaanxi Research Center of Monuments and Sites Reservation Engineering and Technology. The school maintains the leading position in the following areas of research: human settlement in vulnerable areas in West China, human settlement of underprivileged people, and cultural heritage preservation. In partnership with Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation, they are working to create sustainable infrastructure for bridges in rural communities in Western China. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong that encourages volunteers, especially university student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland China, to build footbridges and village facilities in remote and poor villages in the Mainland with green concepts. Their organization aspires to: foster better communication, mutual understanding and integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland; improve lives of underprivileged villages in remote areas of Mainland China; and inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability. In partnership with local volunteers, IIP interns will build footbridges and village facilities with the villagers and launch small scale village enrichment projects according to local needs. Throughout the project, IIP interns will need to understand the local livelihood, culture and environment; fully utilize local materials; and work closely with villagers to transfer practical skills and knowledge so that the villagers can take charge of maintenance work in the future. Over the past few years, the Foundation has successfully completed multiple bridge projects and one postquake village re-building demonstration. In 2014, specific projects will include:
- Rural demonstration construction in underserved villages: By utilizing locally available resources (especially earth material), IIP interns will help design and build public facilities not only to solve the local's issues in public service and activity, but also to demonstrate to the locals an affordable and sustainable way of rural construction. In mid-2014, a village center will be built by a team involving villagers and student volunteers in Macha village, Gansu Province. They have already completed the field investigation, experimental study, and initial design. Detailed construction design will be completed in early 2014. As proposed, construction will start in mid-2014 and will last for one year for a series of on-site work for building construction, landscape, and other on-site facilities. IIP interns will be involved in this series of on-site work.
- Laboratory design and construction: Wu Zhi Qiao is also a laboratory of MOHURD (the Ministry of Housing in Urban-Rural Construction) and recently received land on its campus to build an office and laboratory. Last summer a team completed the initial design and part of experiments. After further detailed work in the coming months, on-site design and construction will start next spring and last until summer. As planned, recycled containers will be used as structure by working with rammed earth walls. This project will be a great opportunity for an IIP intern to have a hands-on experience while learning about green architecture.
- Design and construction of earth-based villas and landscape: Through the use of earth-based materials IIP interns and local volunteers will work on the construction of a project for a private villa that has been launched recently by the Foundation. This project will rely on locally available material resources like earth and stones.
IIP candidates with interests in architecture and civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Since the earth-based technology is easy to handle, IIP interns can participate not only in the design scheme, construction experiments, and on-site design during construction, but also parts of construction work. Two IIP placements for each project have been established (for a total of six placements created for IIP interns).