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Competitive Internships

The Office of International Programs offers limited opportunities for special internships in cooperation with partners abroad. These programs are competitive as placements are limited and we provide generous funding support. These placements are generally best suited for upper-level students with previous professional and/or leadership experience. Previous international experience or a high-level of maturity and independence are also desired.

Please note: program dates may change to accommodate changes to the Rollins academic calendar.

The mission of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is to educate students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development and empower awareness, collaboration, conversations and personal growth. The GLI brings students, educators, and community leaders to East Africa on immersion experiences that engage deeply with locals and focus on education and job creation. The GLI operates two campuses in Uganda and is engaged with a number of social impact initiatives in Uganda and Rwanda.

The following internship placements are available for summer 2020:

  • One or two placements at the Entusi center on Lake Bunyonyi focused on education and early childhood education.  Interns will work on the following projects with support from Prof. Sharon Carnahan: work with teachers to create learning materials for classrooms using local and recycled materials; helps improve existing school libraries or create new ones by providing donated books, organizing materials, cleaning spaces, and creating shelving; work with teachers to create lesson plans, recycled materials, and activities based on the storybooks about African themes; create books from recycled materials; provide supplementary English language exposure in schools by reading storybooks and co-leading discussions with teachers and/or provide after school tutoring in English.
  • One placement at the Entusi center on Lake Bunyonyi focused on school and family gardens and nutrition.  The intern will work on the following projects: assist with the manufacture and sharing of “bag gardens” to grow greens in family homes and assist in the development of gardens at each school, focusing on sorghum or marketable products, to buy or make porridge for children.
  • One placement at the Entusi center on Lake Bunyonyi focused on marketing.  The Marketing intern will be responsible for developing a comprehensive marketing strategy for Entusi. The end result should be a plan to market Entusi to all sorts of individuals and groups and create content for Entusi to use on social media and print.  Specific responsibilities include: spending time getting to know the Entusi ethos, staff, and projects, managing the Entusi social media accounts with Raymond Bokua, and developing comprehensive marketing strategies for Entusi (to expats, locals, any potential business).
  • One placement at the Entusi center on Lake Bunyonyi focused on an audit of the current community development projects. The intern will be responsible for making an audit of the operations of all of Entusi's Community Development projects that include: Agriculture, School boat, Merchandise, Recycling center and Entusi General Business Operations. The intern will also look at Finances, Operations, Staff affairs and impact in the community.
  • One or two placements in Kampala with Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) focused on supporting their programs spanning subjects of: sexual and reproductive health, peer education, and decreasing stigma around HIV/AIDS. This intern will support RAHU’s community events, media/outreach, and other program areas as needed. There will be potential opportunities to travel outside of Kampala with the RAHU team to attend rural community outreach events, working with their Ugandan Peer Educators. Intern(s) may also have the opportunity to write articles for RAHU’s newsletter or other publications.

Program Details:

  • Program Dates: July 4 to August 8.  Interns will engage in a one-week immersion introducing them to Uganda and GLI before beginning the 4-week internship.
  • Credits: This program is not credit-bearing.  Students can choose to enroll in the Rollins Internship course for credit for an additional fee.
  • Eligibility: Rollins students graduating December 2020 or later. 
  • Program Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, 3 journal entries, and a final report on the internship.  Interns must also commit to helping promote GLI programs and prepare future interns.
  • Compensation: Rollins covers the following costs for the interns: on-site transportation, health and emergency insurance, accommodation, most meals on-site, and travel/activities associated with immersion experience.
  • Additional Costs: Rollins will provide a stipend to assist with the following additional costs: Airfare (estimated at $1500), East African tourist visa ($100), a few meals and personal expenses (estimated at $100-$150), immunizations (estimated at $350), passport, and souvenirs/personal entertainment.
  • Visa: US citizens are required to obtain a visa.  The Yellow Fever vaccination is also required.
  • Application Deadline: February 17, 2020.  Apply via RIPA in Foxlink. Application materials include a cover letter and resume expressing interest in one or more of the placements, one academic reference, a Statement of Purpose, and other forms.


 

 

Internship placements are available with the organization Better Lives in Tanzania.  Interns must have participated in Prof. Chong's field study to Tanzania or be accepted to the program for 2020. 

The following internship placements are available for summer 2020: Interns will work on one or more of the below projects depending on their skillset and community partner needs.

  • BMI Collection Primary Schools: Collect and Record height and Weight data from all students in standards 1-6. Commute to Kahe primary schools serviced by Tupendane, take height and weight measurements for each student in standards 1-6. Digitize information and run through suggested statistics compare to Grades and attendance and present to schools. Placement Deliverables: Data points for student name, standard #, height, weight, and statistics (based on our forms), analysis, and presentation.
  • Solar Product Research: Research different companies that provide solar products and propose companies offering the best solutions. Better Lives may support partner organizations to give microloans to families to purchase recommended products. Commute to different companies in Arusha and Moshi to discuss solar options. Work with BL staff to develop ROM repayment loan proposals. Placement deliverable: 3 fit-for-purpose, lowest total cost of ownership options for loan.
  • Solar Pump Research: Research solar water pumping systems that could be used at primary schools and local family farms in Kahe. Propose a system design to Better Lives and Tupendane. Commute to different companies in Arusha and Moshi to discuss solar options. Work with BL staff to develop ROM repayment loan proposals. Placement deliverable: Specifications for a fit-for-purpose, low total cost of ownership system.
  • Water System Continuous Quality Improvement: Interview users of the Mkyashi Water Project. Make suggestions to improve service and report on system benefits to users. Conduct interviews with users of the Mkyashi Water Project. Understand how the system has benefited their lives. Understand how the system can be improved and make formal suggestions to improve the system. Placement Deliverable: 7-10 ABCD detailed stories with pictures to promote on website and annual report.

Program Details:

  • Tentative Program Dates: May 29 to June 26
  • Credits: This program is not credit-bearing.  Students can choose to enroll in the Rollins Internship course for credit for an additional fee.
  • Eligibility: Rollins students graduating December 2020 or later. 
  • Program Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, 3 journal entries, and a final report on the internship.  Interns must also commit to helping promote this internship program and prepare future interns.
  • Compensation: Rollins covers the following costs for the interns: on-site transportation, health and emergency insurance, accommodation, meals on-site, cell phone SIM card and minutes, and travel/activities/equipment associated with internship. Rollins also offers additional need-based stipends of $200-400 to offset other additional costs.
  • Additional Costs: Airfare (estimated at $1500), Tanzanian visa ($50), some meals and personal expenses including during the couple days between the end of the field study and the beginning of the internship (estimated at $200-$350), immunizations (optional but estimated at $350), passport, and souvenirs/personal entertainment.
  • Visa: US citizens are required to obtain a visa. 
  • Application Deadline: February 24, 2020.  Apply via RIPA in Foxlink. Application materials include a cover letter and resume expressing interest in one or more of the placements, one academic reference, a Statement of Purpose, and other forms.

Limited placements may be available to support ongoing work in the Dominican Republic on access to clean water.  Interns must have participated in Professor Bernal's field study to the Dominican Republic or be accepted to the program for 2020.  Please contact International Programs for more information.