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IAD Summer Internship Program 2018

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The Institute for African Development (IAD) Summer Internship program offers summer internships focusing on multidisciplinary approaches to development on the African continent. IAD collaborates with numerous institutions in Africa to provide an effective and solid learning experience for the students. IAD works with partners in Ghana.

The internship program linkages with institutions in Africa have expanded to include Cornell alumni from Africa. Several alumni in Africa provide valuable placements and mentorship to interns. This past summer, intern Tony Zhou (Government '20), under the mentorship and supervision of Tinenenji Banda (JSD, Law 2015), designed a statistical method to discern key factors of court inefficiency in an ongoing five-year study of access to justice in Zambia. Georges Batoussis (ILR '18) worked at Bayport Financial Systems under the supervision of Justin Chola (MBA '99) to evaluate microfinance systems, and Eric Porter (Computer Eng '18) worked with colleagues at the Namibia University of Science and Technology on instituting ways to combat online exploitation of minors. IAD Ghana internships, founded with the collaboration of GapNet and headed by Anthony Akunzule (MPS '99), placed three undergraduates in various organizations this past summer.

The IAD Internship Program provides students with academically related, practical, and personalized fieldwork experience linked to their college major. A small portion of the internship is required service learning where students volunteer in the community in needed areas. It is integral to the student’s education and growth as a global citizen and helps to build awareness of development challenges and community needs where the students are placed.

Overall, the Institute has extended its partnerships with leading institutions in Africa as well as drawing on the rich resources of alumni on the continent to forge rewarding collaboration across disciplines.

 

Engaged Learning

The IAD Internship Program provides students with academically related, practical, and personalized fieldwork experience linked to their college majors.

A small portion of the internship is required service learning, where students volunteer in the community in needed areas. It is integral to each student’s education and growth as a global citizen, and helps to build awareness of development challenges and community needs where the students are placed.

 

Program Requirements

The coordinator of the internship program at IAD maintains contact with the internship site and, where possible, visits the site. The contacts or visits are used to consult with the agency sponsor and to review the intern’s work.

At the end of the internship, the intern is required to submit a report of their work and a reflection of their experience.

 

Criteria

Internships are open to juniors and incoming seniors. In order to apply for an internship, applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed at least two years of college coursework
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and must have attended at least two African Development seminars
  • Meet any specific prerequisites required for the selected program 
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (applicants do not need to have declared a major to be eligible)

Students must accompany their application materials with a recommendation letter from their advisor.