New IIP Placements
Location: Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India
Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. Ankuri’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. Opening pathways to long-term development of the community is Ankuri’s ultimate goal. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training, a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program. The craft and vocational traiing program trains women in knitting, weaving and stitching. For this program they are looking for IIP candidates who are interested in being designers and trainers. The literacy program provides 20-35 children english language classes and soft skills classes. IIP interns selected for this program should have a passion in education and ideas on how to best upgrade the resources of the program. For the medical program, Ankuri in partnership with Dil Se foundation provides villages in with annual medical camps. IIP interns may help run these camps in partnership with local physicians. The medical camps have provided villagers with access to primary care, cataract surgeries, cervical cancer screening, maternal and child health care and immunizations. Lastly, for their travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize the organization to organizations and individuals both within India and abroad. IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, economic and community development, public health, literacy, and/or education are encouraged to apply. Five placements have been established for International Internship Program, (IIP) interns.
Associação do Conselho Gestor de Esporte e Lazer do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (ASCAGEL)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About: ASCAGEL is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to participate in youth and community development through sports by attempting to change behaviors for people from at-risk communities. ASCAGEL has created a specific methodology for intervention in social projects by using sports. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- “Esporte RJ” Project- IIP interns will develop and implement sports activities, as well as, events related to health, the environment and social interaction at ASCAGEL’s sports centers which are implemented in public spaces, such as parks, fields or spaces assigned as schools, churches, etc. Each center offers free classes to people of all ages and specific activities for children and seniors. This opportunity will make possible for the IIP intern to experience situations of community mobilization and see how initiatives like these develop effectively in places characterized by violence and a low human development index.
- Research and management- The IIP intern will work on the evaluation team of ASCAGEL. This team is responsible for preparing the evaluation reports of all projects, taking care of the construction of the assessment tools, its application, the data collection and analysis. This team also conducts research that generates scientific articles and publishes findings in reputable journals in the area of sports and social development. It is also the team that is responsible for preparation projects: development of justification, building objectives, evaluation indicators, etc. This opportunity will give an IIP intern insight into how the Socials Projects are development in Brazil.
Qualifications: A background/interest in sociology, social assistance, sports, public health and/or the environment is recommended. Advanced Portuguese speaking skills are required.
Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
Location: Santiago and San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)
# of placements: 2 placements
About: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is a worldwide project; the synthesis of early visions of astronomers in its three partner communities: Europe, North America and Japan. ALMA is a fusion of ideas, with its roots in three astronomical projects: the Millimeter Array (MMA) of the United States, the Large Southern Array (LSA) of Europe, and the Large Millimeter Array (LMA) of Japan. The data produced during an ALMA observing run, as well as their calibrations, will be stored in the ALMA Archive. All ALMA scientific data will be subjected to a proprietary period of one year since the date when they were distributed to the Principal Investigator. After the proprietary period, the data will become public and any investigator can retrieve them by means of an archive request.
Intern responsibilities: ALMA has as part of its central weather station manay sensors: temperature, pressure, wind speed/direction, humidity plus specialized ones (a stand alone water vapor radiometer, a seismometer and an oxygen monitor). The oxygen monitor is a device that measures the column density of O2 overhead and turns that into various data streams every hour most notably a temperature profile. ALMA plans to start incorporating this data stream into ALAM datasets but before during that, the proper functionality of the device needs to be verified. The IIP interns will have the opportunity to work with ALMA astronomers and help participate/ lead through: reolcating the Oxygen Sounder to the Central Weather Station, verifying the data acquistion/functionality, performing the regular preventive maintenance, derving the temperature profiles according to the manual and by developing script to automatically visualize data on the ALMA weather page, (http://weather.aiv.alma.cl).
Qualifications: Coding abilities in Python would be an asset, as would an interest and knowledge in astronomy.
Location: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
# of placements: 2
About: Banregio is a young Mexican Bank founded in 1994. It focuses primarily on the SMB market and is one of the most profitable banks in Mexico. It has embarked on an aggressive growth initiative in the past 5 years, resulting in presence in 18 states and over 40 cities. Banregio recognizes that innovation will greatly disrupt traditional banking in the next 5 to 10 years, so it launched BanregioLABS. BanregioLABS is Banregio’s Innovation lab. It is focused entirely on creating a better user experience. However, BanregioLABS recognizes that not all innovation will come from within, so it hosts a co-working space where both start-ups and entrepreneurs can work together and collaborate in a variety of ways. BanregioLABS hope to be catalysts to change and disruption in the financial tech scene with the end goal of always delivering a better user experience.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or both of the following two projects:
- Big Data: As a bank, there is a sea of information that is generated every day. From credit card readers, ATMs, online banking, every transaction tells us a little bit about our customers. In the near future, data scientists will be a bank’s best paid employees. In the same way that that today’s data scientists shape Facebook’s News Feed or Twitter’s, so will bank products in the future be determined by data scientists. This project will challenge the IIP intern to think about different ways in which a bank can use its customer data to design new products.
- Analytics: BanRegio recognizes that it has a responsibility to help its business customers make sound financial decisions. This responsibility extends to giving them the proper tools they need to grow their business. With that in mind, BanRegio is developing a suite of services focused on customer analytics that is intended to help them grow their sales without the need to invest heavily in other providers
Location: Shanghai, China
Collective Responsibility is is one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation, and responsible leadership. Founded with the fundamental belief that that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst, and facilitator between stakeholders. Through consulting, research, training, and enabling cross-platform discussions, they aim to: create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia; develop tangible interests, engagement and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal); build bridges between local and foreign resources to ensure knowledge transfer, program scalability and growth; and develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises. IIP candidates with interests in sociology, economics, civil affairs, environment, or other sustainability-related fields are encouraged to apply. Advanced Mandarin is recommended but not required. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Possible projects for IIP interns include:
- Researching social, environmental, and economic issues
- Development of knowledge base is key to inform and advise corporate decision makers.
- IIP interns will be tasked with a research project (in-line with his/her educational background and interests) which will then be used in other programs, events, and key highlights sent to Collective Responsibility's member network.
- This can include primary research in Shanghai, as well as office-based research.
- Some research will be done individually, but interns are encouraged to work as a team.
- Conduct interviews and write profiles of people and programs
- To understand the requirements of Collective Responsibility's clients, they meet and speak with them about the challenges they are facing as well as the opportunities that they have identified but need help with executing these meetings.
- IIP interns will help with designing and conducting interviews with leaders in corporate sustainability, and then writing up the interviews to be published on the website and newsletter.
- IIP interns will also research and add to a database of sustainability leaders to interview across Asia-Pacific.
- Assist in developing a partnership strategy
- Working with the business development team, IIP interns will be involved in development strategy with corporate and academic partners across the Asia-Pacific region.
- IIP interns will help find new opportunities, and create proposals for current and potential clients.
Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
# of placements: 2
About: Comunidad Connect is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire communities to become actively involved in sustainable development. Their organization offers programs in medical health, clean water, environmental responsibility, youth development and cultural exchange. Through some early grants, volunteerism, and a shoestring budget, Comunidad Connect restored a neglected community space into a bustling multi-use recreational facility coined the Sports Park, and launched the town’s first municipal recycling program, which served as the basis for the environmental stewardship aspect of CC, Campo Verde. Comunidad Connect continues to enlist the support of volunteers, which has evolved into the Sustainable Tourism program, and has enabled CC to expand its purpose to include community health promotion. Their clinic now provides primary care to thousands of rural Nicaraguans.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work on one or both of the following projects:
- Impact measurement and documentation: The IIP intern would be responsible for compiling critical project data via home visits and site visits, as well as documenting qualitative data via interviews, photos, videos, etc.
- Book club development and community outreach: In 2015, CC will begin several educational projects in Los Robles, Jinotega. This project involves the development of book clubs in schools and in the community. The IIP intern will work with teachers and local health volunteers to promote reading in school and at home. This will feed directly into a larger strategy to promote and support youth development in this community of 2,000 people.
Qualifications: Background/interest in Latin American studies, information technology, systems engineering, documentation/film-making, marketing, education, public health, medicine, nursing, and/or sports recreation. Advanced Spanish (writing, speaking, reading skills at 200 level or above) is required. Skills in social media content development/management and film-making/editing would be an asset.
Fields of Growth
Location: Kingston, Jamaica and Kampala, Uganda
Fields of Growth (FoG) aims to harness the passion of the sports community into positive social impact through global leadership development, service and growing the games. Founded in 2009 FoG has become a popular non-profit among those that have a passion for international development. Fields of Growth emphasis is to harness the passion of the lacrosse community into positive social impact in developing countries. At the heart of their work is service to others in an effort to advance the common good of humanity. At the very core of the Fields of Growth mission is the desire to serve and uplift in a spirit of human solidarity. They strive to do all their service as a Family of Friends on a Mission of Accompaniment with community partners. So whether it be with their staff at the HOPEFUL school in Uganda or their partners at the St. Patrick’s Foundation in Jamaica, they aim to walk hand in hand with the communities they serve. They couple the word service with the words Mission of Accompaniment and solidarity because the word service can sometimes communicate the wrong message – one of superiority. In an interdependent world we know that when we are in service to others, we are very consciously in service to ourselves. Ubuntu- “I am because of who we all are.” Part of the Fields of Growth mission is finding sustainable ways to grow sports in the communities it serves. In Jamaica, it is being done through the high school network. IIP candidates with interests in service, sports and education are encouraged to apply. Eight placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns (two in Jamaica and six in Uganda).
IIP interns in Jamaica with FoG will work in one of the following areas (tentative dates of internship are June 15-August 1, 2015):
- In Kingston, Jamaica, IIP interns with experience in Men's and Women's Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field and.or Lacrosse will assist in running a summer educational camp program and coaching their respective sports at Dupont Primary School and St. George's College. IIP interns will also assist with short-term volunteer groups from high schools and colleges around the U.S.
IIP interns in Uganda with FoG will work in one of the following areas (tentative dates of internship are June 1-July 30, 2015):
- In Kampala, IIP interns with experience in Women's Lacrosse will run lacrosse practices and coordinate educational events at several all-girls secondary schools that have lacrosse teams. The IIP interns will also assist with the training camp for U-19 Uganda girls national team that is going to be competing in the 2015 FIL World Championships in Scotland.
- In Masaka, IIP interns with experience in Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball and/or Baseball wil run and organize PE classes, at the FoG HOPEFUL school and Kkindu Primary and Secondary Schools that will culminate in a mini-world cup competition in mid-July that would seek to integrate learning with athletic competition in an exciting and interactive format. They will also run camps in several subject matters.
- In Buhoma/Bwindi, IIP interns with experience in Men's and Womens Soccer and/or Women's Volleyball will work closely with the Batwa Development Program and local primary and secondary schools to assist their soccer, volleyball and netball programs, as well as, other educational programs. This location would involve an additional focus on the integration of Batwa Pygmies with the local community through sport and encourage Batwa youth to develop their talents through sport. Similiar to HOPEFUL school location, this internship would also culminate in a mini-world cup competition in mid-July that would seek to integrate learning with athletic competition in an exciting and interactive format.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Location: Bogota or Barranquilla, Colombia
About: IPA is an international non-profit research organization that works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate "what works" in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. IPA Colombia is the organization's newest office and is currently implementing three randomized controlled trials. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Flexible Credit Study - The Flexible Credit study aims to contribute to current research and practice in microfinance by designing and testing the viability and impact of improved loan products. IPA will conduct a randomized control trial (RCT) to rigorously test the impact on take-up, usage, and welfare of offering loan products with added elements of flexibility and lower costs.The IIP intern may learn how to and program electronic surveys and promotion instruments using SurveyCTO/Open Data Kit, learn how to and create Stata do files in order to clean data and create reports to monitor the operation and adjust implementation, learn how to and implement back checks and high-frequency checks on incoming survey data, and gain a macro picture of how an RCT is implemented.
- Using Tablets to Increase Financial Capabilities at the Base of the Pyramid - The study Using Tablets to Increase Financial Capabilities at the Base of the Pyramid seeks to evaluate the impact of a scalable and cost-effective technology-based tool for achieving the financial inclusion of potentially millions of recipients of conditional cash transfers in the Latin America and the Caribbean region and beyond. This study will assess the impact of a tablet computer-based financial education app, the first of its kind in the world, which was designed specifically to increase the financial capabilities of those at the base of the pyramid. It will also test the additional impact of reinforcement by mobile-based nudge messages. The IIP intern may learn how to and create Stata do files in order to clean data and create reports to monitor the operation and adjust implementation, learn how to and implement back checks and high-frequency checks on incoming survey data, and gain a macro picture of how an RCT is implemented.
- Secured Transactions Reform - The Colombian government, with support from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an international development organization that focuses exclusively on the private sector, is introducing a new Secured Transactions Reform, which will provide a legal framework for the use and enforcement of movable collateral. IPA's Secured Transaction Reform study seeks to understand whether the Secured Transactions Reform has an impact on firm-level outcomes such as sales and employment. In order to do that, researchers assign a randomly selected group of firms to receive extra encouragement to apply for loans under the new regulation. Out of a sample of 1000 SMEs across three Colombian metropolitan areas (Bogotá, Cali, and Medellín), 500 firms are randomly selected to receive additional information and encouragement to apply for a loan secured with movable collateral. The remaining 500 firms will serve as the comparison group.The IIP intern may learn how to and create Stata do files in order to clean data and create reports to monitor the operation and adjust implementation, contribute to the design of the encouragement intervention, and gain a macro picture of how an RCT is implemented.
- Project Development and Policy - IPA's Project Development and Policy work consists of finding a match between researchers’ interests and findings, the work of implementing organizations or policymakers, and funders. IPA is currently interested in developing projects in the fields of post-conflict and state-building, financial inclusion, support of small and medium enterprises, and education. The IIP intern may perform desk research on the landscape of different policies (such as post-conflict) and interventions (such as financial access products) in order to identify opportunities for interventions. The intern may also support outreach to policymakers by creating documents that summarize the findings of various impact evaluations, or create concept notes that propose new projects.
IPA is seeking an IIP intern that is passionate about creating evidence that policymakers can use in order to combat poverty. Candidates should have completed basic economic coursework, demonstrate interests in social/economic impact evaluation, microfinance, and financial inclusion. Knowledge of STATA would be an asset and a working level of Spanish is required, while fluency in Spanish is preferred.
International University of East Africa (IUEA)
Location: Kansanga, Kampala, Uganda
# of placements: 2
About: The International University of East Africa (IUEA) is a private university. The university draws students from East and Central Africa, and from the rest of the world. IUEA offers many programmes that lead to Graduate, Undergraduate and Post-graduate degrees. The school also offers the International Foundation Program (IFP), special language classes, certificates in short courses, and diplomas that prepare students for both employment and entry into degree programmes. The school’s programmes are designed to ensure that students get maximum expertise in the use of technology, and complete their programmes armed with an excellent education that includes practical experience and skills for employment and entrepreneurship. IUEA is a thriving international community of scholars and students engaged in the pursuit of advanced knowledge, practical skills and humane values. The school celebrates a multi-cultural atmosphere where students from Uganda, Egypt, DRC, Eritrea, Nigeria, the UK and from other countries work together on projects. As an international university, IUEA is dedicated to producing excellent graduates who are masters of their chosen fields of study, highly employable, and capable of creating new products, building new companies as entrepreneurs and serving the global community.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following programs:
- Teach English: The International University of East Africa (IUEA) has a substantial number of students from French-speaking African countries. These students are currently enrolled in English foundation (remedial) classes at IUEA but need significant help. We will need three to four interns to teach these students English. Specifically, we will like the interns to focus on comprehension. For teaching material, interns will use simple story books and the actual required reading material assigned to the foundation students.
- Teach Computer Programming: Computer science interns will teach basic to intermediate level practicals on Java programming language and on content management Web development and on Android or iPhone programming. Interns are free to determine what applications to program. For example, interns may decide to do robotics programming; design and build an e-commerce Website; design and build an Android or iPhone app to control or manage machines.
- Teach Engineering/Electronics: Engineering/Electronics interns will teach basic to intermediate level hands-on workshops to students with minimal experience of engineering and electronics. Interns are encouraged to determine what workshops to run. For example, interns may decide to run workshops on how to build and control robots; demonstrate the basic principles of solar energy or use the Raspberry Pie to teach students engineering and electronics.
Qualifications: Background or interest in English, Engineering, Computer Science and/or electronics. Skills in java programming, content management based websites, and android development would be an asset but are not required, as would basic fluency in speaking, reading and writing French.
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Location: Mexico, D.F., Mexico
# of placements: 2
About: ITAM is a private, non-profit institution of higher education that focuses on training leaders in the social, engineering and managerial sciences. ITAM is one of the leading institutions in its areas of expertise and prepares its students for key roles in both the private and public sectors.
Their institution has a full-time faculty of more than 200 professors, with credentials similar to those found in faculties from leading international educational institutions.
Interns Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on a project in the area of ethnomathematics. During the first three weeks the IIP interns will be given an introduction to the basics of cultural mathematics, numeration systems, art, calendars, games , etc. The next week will be dedicated to the planning of several visits to indigenous groups (Otomies, Mazahuas, Nahuatls) in Central Mexico (area surrounding Mexico City), in order to study the mathematical content of original documents, such as codices. These visits will be carried out on weeks 5 and 6 of the internship. Finally, in the last two weeks the IIP interns will write a final report on the case study of one of the indigenous groups visited.
Qualifications: Mathematics concentrators and students with interests in ethnomathematics and anthropology are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must be able to understand and read basic Spanish. Analytical and writing skills would be an asset.
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
# of placements: 2
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be Ruby on Rails teaching assistants. Each intern will serve on a small team of teachers that will instruct about 25 students, who themselves will be college students from both America and South Africa. The intern be in charge of assisting students with their coding homeworks and projects during the course and will be involved in improving curriculum and homework activities for the course.
Location: Accra, Ghana
The Kaeme Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to build families and protect vulnerable children in orphanages in Ghana and to provide service volunteers with a deeply meaningful experience that will remain with them for a lifetime. Their vision is for every child in an orphanage to find a healthy loving family. IIP interns will work in orphanages building profiles on institutionalized children. These profiles are used to help the children into loving families, whether that be through reunification, extended kinship care, foster care or adoption. IIP intern responsibilities may also include data collection, interfacing with staff, assisting with child interviews, and oral hygiene education. IIP candidates with interests in international relations, public health and/or social work are encouraged to apply. French language skills would be an asset. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: TBD, Jamaica and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Metabolic is a cleantech development and systems consulting firm. They design and implement holistic and replicable systems for agriculture, cities, and industry. In their work they focus on: building new products and seeding new companies devoted to providing self-sufficiency; providing systemic environmental consulting to companies and governments; transforming communities and urban infrastructure to self-supporting and sustainable; and expanding a software engine to model environmental solutions and find symbiotic opportunities. IIP candidates with interests in biotech, cleantech and software projects are encouraged to apply. While Metabolic welcomes candidates with non-technical backgrounds who would contribute to education programs, design products and collaborations with entrepreneurs, candidates with a strong technical background and a passion for sustainability would be preferred. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
At their field site in Jamaica, the IIP intern will contribute to the work of the Metabolic Foundation. The Metabolic Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on community development and DIY open-source hardware solutions for things like energy production, sanitation and water and nutrient recycling. Metabolic Foundation does two main things, both of which an IIP intern or interns would be expected to assist with.
- The first is community development. Metabolic Foundation works with communities to identify key problems and find open-source solutions for energy, water, sanitation, and shelter that will fit their needs.
- The second is a database and set of solutions around open-source hardware that can improve the quality of life of people, particularly those living in dense impoverished urban areas. The activities include designing and prototyping new technologies that utilize local materials and skills, coordinating with international partners and funders, and working with different local groups to build and implement technologies.
In their Amsterdam office, IIP interns will contribute to one or more of the following projects:
- Metabolic Academy - Metabolic Academy is Metabolic’s education arm. They work primarily with children from 10 - 18 to teach them environmental science, systems thinking, clean technology, and applied science. Students work in hands-on environments to learn by doing. Activities of IIP interns include: Assisting the design of programs and program materials; Assisting the education of students through hands-on activities; Building relationships with international partners and working on sustainability education and STEM programming (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics); and building relationships with local and national parties focused on sustainability education, interactive exhibits, and science programs.
- Symbioticulture - Symbiotic Agriculture, or Symbioculture, combines the best elements of permaculture with mycology, clean technology, and aquaculture. It focuses on maximizing agricultural production using closed-cycle design, sustainable technologies, layered cropping, and biological synergies that replace pesticides. Activities of IIP interns include:
Designing experiments for bio-processing of human and organic waste; Designing experiments for agriculture production using aeroponics and layered agriculture; Constructing prototypes and implementing chosen designs; Carrying out experiments and writing reports; and working with the funding team to apply for the appropriate R&D funds.
- Strategic Consulting - Metabolic works with cities and companies to fundamentally transition the way they operate towards a more circular and sustainable model. They provide service packages called Urban Metabolisms, which helps cities design and prepare for new urban infrastructure. They also provide a service around disruptive innovation that helps new and established companies, as well as sector and industry-related stakeholder groups, incorporate the latest technology and business models into a more sustainable strategy and set of operations. Activities of IIP interns include: Research in many topic areas; Analysis of large quantities of data; Material flow analysis; GIS analysis and mapping; Stakeholder management assistance; and visioning regarding urban development and company strategy.
- Cleantech Integration & Technical Consulting - Metabolic works on conceptualizing and implementing ecological engineering that make neighborhoods, buildings, and other built-environment projects self-sufficient for their own resources. The process involves modeling systems and applying proven clean technologies in an integrated package that fit well together and are appropriately scaled. Activities of IIP interns include: Systems modeling and analysis; Technology analysis and research; Supplier relationships and Stakeholder analysis.
Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha (NM AIST-Arusha) is one in a network of Pan-African Institutes of Science and Technology located across the continent. These institutes, which are the proud brainchild of Nelson Mandela, envisioned to train and develop the next generation of African scientists and engineers with a view to impact profoundly on the continent’s development through the application of science, engineering and technology (SET). The institution seeks to stimulate, catalyze and promote intensification of agricultural production, and value addition to the various natural products (agricultural, mineral, etc) produced in Tanzania and the Eastern African region. Other main thematic areas to be covered by NM AIST-Arusha include Energy, ICT, Mining, Environment and Water. In collaboration with Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (a faculty member of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University and as well as a faculty member of their institute) NM-AIST created the, “Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science research program on Computational Mathematics, Modeling and Analysis of Biological, Bio-inspired and Engineering Systems.” This project that was supported by the NSF and USAID has helped increase STEM capacity in Tanzania through research projects that has benefited new advances in potentially providing scientific and engineering solutions to real-world problems from the areas of food security, environment, education, water and global health. Through these projects the participants have been able to work directly with the appropriate governmental agencies in Tanzania, to collect data that has helped validate their models and help create better infrastructure. The proposed IIP internship projects will help create the much needed awareness to pursue multidisciplinary real-world problem solving using STEM and in turn help increase STEM majors in the country. IIP internship projects will include the following:
- Test preparation and Science and Engineering projects (robotics and mobile application development): Two IIP interns will work with K-12 students and teachers as well as college bound brilliant underprivileged students from schools in different parts of Arusha on preparing them for taking competitive entrance exams by teaching them the necessary quantitative (math) and verbal (English) skills required to excel. They will also work with the students to create innovative Science and Engineering projects, mobile application development and robotics based approaches to create innovations that can help address some real problems in the society. The IIP students will work with students at the local schools including Il Boru school, Massai Girls School, Nambala Primary school, Orkeeswa and help them as mentors. These K-12 students will be given an opportunity through this interaction to learn about the various STEM areas that they can pursue later on in their career. This will also give a chance to the Princeton IIP interns to develop a mentorship experience.
- Development of novel sensor networks to track rhinos and elephants: Illegal poaching of rhino’s and elephants is becoming a major threat in Africa. Many systems have been developed, but with different engineering trade-offs that meet only the needs of domestic animal applications. However, there is no reported designed, intelligent system that can monitor rhinos and elephants at the panic stage before being killed by the poachers. Hence, there is a need of developing an intelligent sensor tracking system so as to solve the problem of rhinos and elephants poaching. Two Princeton IIP interns will work with faculty members and graduate students at NMAIST on developing novel sensor networks with wireless design architecture and mobile to monitor and track the movement of these animals and come up with solutions to stop illegal poaching in Africa. Students must be ready to travel with the research group to collect data required for the project.
IIP candidates with interests in tutoring, coaching, teaching, mentoring and/or in STEM fields are encouraged to apply. Skills in research, hands-on design (engineering) and lab experience (in the fields of biology, chemistry or bioengineering) would be an asset. NMAIST is a graduate and post-graduate institution and brings some of the best motivated students in the Sub-Saharan region to come study at the institution. The IIP intern should be open minded, must be ready to work in groups and be ready to adapt to work on projects that will require their STEM expertise.
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
# of placements: 3
About: NRG Solutions is a renewable energy start-up looking for ways to empower people in Cambodia with clean energy solutions. NRG has two main areas of focus: They are starting to build a national distribution network for clean energy products and efficient appliances to reduce energy poverty in rural Cambodia and improve people’s lives by providing appropriate solutions. They also have an engineering team who tailors larger rooftop solutions to both urban and rural customers throughout the country. NRG has installed 13 rooftop systems ranging from 300W-4KW, mostly in schools, clinics, hospitals, private homes, and other small businesses.
Intern responsibilities: Interns will be able to choose their projects based on their skills and background. The projects listed below are examples of projects that are currently in progress:
- Research and Development: The intern will be part of the research and development team. This may involve taking information from our field staff, understanding the problems that people face, and trying to identify or develop a solution to these problems. The intern will also have to consider the financial feasibility, logistics of the supply chain, from purchase, to delivery, to after sales maintenance of the solutions.
- IT and Software Solutions: This project will have to do with the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution on over time. Specific tasks under this project could be as basic as improving the website and database, to more complicated tasks such as developing mobile apps and even applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern may assist our project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will be asked to help in any phase of the project and might be involved in different project at different phases at any given time. When not assisting the project manager in these tasks, the project engineer will be looking at ways to improve our engineering processes and design tools.
- Business Development: The intern will spend more time with the managers and director understanding the business and looking at the business model, supply chain, marketing strategy, financial planning, to help the business be more effective and sustainable.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering, as well as renewable energy, business, marketing/communications, fundraising, accounting, and/or web development are encouraged to apply. Experience in Solar Energy Specific software, web programming, CRM software, financial modeling, or marketing would also be an asset.
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 five years. They work in following verticals: Water and Sanitation; Health and Nutrition; Agriculture and Livelihood; Education; and Community Mobilization. Their organization seeks 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.
Location: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
About: A private university established in 1969, recently located to brand new facilities in Monterrey. The university focuses on humanities and vocational education with special emphasis on computer science and English. Four placements have been established for IIP interns (two for each project).
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one of the following projects:
- Defining the future of the University: U-ERRE – Two IIP interns will first gain an understanding of the country, state, city, the university, the present state of education at U-ERRE and its environment. Next, the interns will work on helping define the future of education at Grupo Topaz. Then the interns will design and present a work model for the future of U-ERRE and Grupo Topaz.
- Defining the context for online / blended adult learning systems for Latin America: Two IIP interns will first gain insight into the context of online/blended adult learning systems for Latam. Then the IIP interns will develop and present a concept model for online/blended adult learning systems for Latam.
Qualifications: Beginning to intermediate Spanish is required. Candidates with interests in education are encouraged to apply. IIP Interns will receive expert guidance but will have full responsibility of the project and are expected to work with creativity and high levels of analysis.
World Food Programme
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Active in Ecuador since 1964, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has proven expertise in supporting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations (indigenous people, afro-Ecuadorians, refugees, women and children), managing emergencies, empowering women, protecting the environment and developing national and local systems and capacities in food assistance programmes. IIP candidates with interests in international relations, communication, political science and languages are encouraged to apply. Skills in writing, editing and translating would be an asset. An advanced level of Spanish is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
IIP interns will work on one of the following two projects:
- Visibility: The IIP intern will write/edit/translate articles/life stories for the web and other media on the basis of interviews or already collected material and two-page documents describing ongoing projects for resource mobilization purposes. Select photos to go with document. Research for blogs/media that would be interested in publishing such pieces, in Ecuador and abroad, as well as, news/articles/stories published on WFP in Ecuadorian media, including web pages. In addition, the IIP intern will translate/edit documents destined to the public, donors or potential donors and assist in organization/production of visibility events.
- Knowledge Management: The IIP intern will translate/summarize studies or evaluations into two-page documents for information and resource mobilization purposes, as well as, other internal documents. In addition, the IIP intern will assist in production/editing of publications.
Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
The Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-governmental organization dedicated to transforming Zambia into a prosperous nation by empowering people through sustainable socioeconomic development. The Institute brings together local and global experts to identify and implement innovative solutions to Zambia’s social, economic, and technological problems. They offer need-based merit scholarships to the most brilliant underprivileged high school students through their Breaking the Chains of Poverty in Zambia Scholarship Program. Their unique, multifaceted approach to alleviating poverty promotes education in synergy with entrepreneurship and innovation, information technology, health, agriculture, and renewable energy. The Institute has achieved tremendous growth by expanding its scholarship program to 49 students at 13 schools across five cities since its launch in 2010. They plan to expand the program to 100 students next year and ultimately impact 6,000 students (top percentile) by 2020. Three graduating classes with 60 students have successfully completed high school with some of the highest scores in the nation. These students are realizing their hopes and dreams and have been awarded scholarships to study at universities in Zambia, Russia, and China. IIP candidates with interests in tutoring, coaching, computer science, and solar technology are encouraged to apply. Skills in SAT preparation, software development, and constructing solar energy systems would be an asset. Five placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- SAT Preparation - IIP interns will teach students math and English skills and then mentor them in the college application process
- Renewable Energy Program, Solar Technology - IIP interns will conduct workshops using the We Share Solar curriculum and Solar Suitcase, train students in solar technology, contribute to the illumination of off-grid households via solar home lighting systems, provide practical training lessons in installing community-level solar applications such as computer labs and water pumps, empower beneficiaries through education and capacity building, and will mobilize citizen-sector support for efforts to eradicate energy poverty. For this project, IIP interns will also install We Share Solar suitcases at power deficient schools in townships.
- Software Development Program - IIP interns will provide students with foundation education in software development and promoting entrepreneurship that capitalizes on emerging technology and markets.
- Exposure - IIP interns will give students exposure to current information on technologies that include web development, mobile development, networking, robotics, and other areas of computer science and communications.
- Mobile Development - IIP interns will teach students how to create simple mobile applications that help their communities and can be monetized to generate revenue. These lessons will be based on Google App Inventor which is being used all over the world to teach novice software developers of all ages how to create applications that run on the Android platform. Since the Android platform powers some of the best smart phones available, students will be able to reach a worldwide audience with their creations.
- Robotics - IIP interns, over the course of the internship,will teach students how to develop software for inexpensive robots that can be constructed from educational kits. Leveraging Mindstorms robots that emerged out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a teaching tool for secondary school students, the program will provide students with tangible and engaging hardware that motivates learning.
- Entrepreneurship - IIP interns will help in crafting the future leaders of Zambia by emphasizing entrepreneurial thinking in order to galvanize students into creating successful businesses. In order to create innovative solutions and technology, students must first become familiar with existing technology to better understand their capabilities and limitations. Exposing students to a variety of technology serves to broaden their understanding while allowing them to develop novel ideas based on their own ingenuity.