2019 Summer Fellow Placement Opportunities

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The Global Research Institute provides international experiential learning opportunities to W&M students. Through the Summer Fellows Program, we pair highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students with W&M faculty and international organizations to conduct research and promote capacity building around the world. Placement opportunities for summer 2019 are below; application instructions are available here.

2019 Summer Fellow Placement Opportunities
CheckMySchool - Quezon City, Metro Manila, The Philippines | 2 Fellows | 10 weeks
Fellowship Description: CheckMySchool is implemented by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In the Philippines, various unmet needs and gaps in service delivery for public schools persist, particularly those located in poor and disadvantaged areas. Based on DepEd data from SY 2016-2017 mapped by CheckMySchool, 7,312 public schools have no access to water, 3,169 have no electricity, 30,213 have no internet connection, 5,079 schools have over 1:40 classroom-student ratio, and  8,613 schools have over 1:40 teacher-student ratio. These unmet needs and gaps in the delivery of services and facilities negatively affect the school environment, and consequently lower the students’ learning performance as well as their chances to experience the full benefit of the right to accessible and quality education.

To target action in this area, past Summer Fellows helped ANSA's CheckMySchool project create a School Neediness Index, which is being used with government stakeholders and development partners in the Philippines. This year, Fellows will help update and improve the School Neediness Index. There is also an opportunity to develop additional ICT tools, which are important for ANSA’s mission to empower people, as they amplify its reach and systematically document the participatory process.

Upon return to William & Mary, the student is required to enroll in AMES/APIA 385: East Asia Think Tank) in Fall, 2019, a three-credit COLL 300 course where students will share their experience with fellow interns and pursue projects that came out of their experiences in East Asia.

Requested Skills:
  • ArcGIS or other GIS software
  • Experience with app development
  • Education policy analysis
Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduates who are US citizens.
Village Focus International - Vientiane, Laos | 3 Fellows | 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: VFI is a non-governmental organization that aims to strengthen village life by eradicating human trafficking, assuring communities’ land rights, and increasing their food security. Depending on interests and skills, fellows may contribute to several projects:

Open Development Laos:

  • Research and write new content pages to add to the website (on a variety of topics, so can be tailored to interests of fellow)
  • Develop infographics and/or geospatial mapping for ODL
  • Assist with promoting the ODL platform and recruiting new data partners to contribute to it

Protection and Empowerment of Women and Children Program:

  • Lead communications and promotion needs, including promotion of VFI’s social enterprise, which sells products created by trafficking victims and those at-risk of trafficking
  • Write case stories of girls and women currently in VFI’s trafficking shelter
  • Assist with research into trafficking trends in Laos and the legal framework of trafficking across multiple countries, regionally and globally
  • Assist with writing grants and reports to donors, as necessary throughout the fellowship duration

Land and Livelihoods Program:

  • Assist in research on agricultural investment and its effects on forestry/deforestation
  • Assist in research on nutrition, organic agriculture, land titling/registration, and implementation of projects relevant to these topics (Note that VFI is waiting to hear the status of 3-4 projects related to these areas, but it won’t know the exact activities that might be undertaken in these projects until we hear back from a few donors in the next few months.)
  • Assist with writing grants and reports to donors, as necessary throughout the fellowship duration

Upon return to William and Mary, the student is required to enroll in AMES/APIA 385: East Asia Think Tank) in Fall, 2019, a three-credit COLL 300 course where students will share their experience with fellow interns and pursue projects that came out of their experiences in East Asia.

Requested Skills:

  • Strong communication skills – both written (e.g., policy briefs, grant proposals, reports to donors) and oral
  • Research experience (more so with desk-review type research than with interviews or experimental research)
  • Ability to self-start
  • Demonstrated interest in working in the Lao context; interest in human trafficking/gender and/or land issues/agriculture

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduates who are US citizens.

CHOICE Humanitarian Guatemala – Sikaabe, Guatemala | 1-2 Fellows | 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: Struggling from over 25 years of civil war, infrastructure and resources do not exist in the remote, rural areas of Guatemala. CHOICE Guatemala is building long-term programs to provide clean water, latrines, improved living conditions, healthcare, health worker training, and basic education for all ages. CHOICE trains villagers in sound micro-enterprise practices and strategies that can bring economic relief to individual families and entire villages.

Projects are driven by the staff of Choice Guatemala, in a very close collaboration with the local leaders and the community members. Examples of work the Fellow may undertake include:

  • create an online registration system for the hospital that Choice Guatemala continues to support. This would not only cover the registration of patients and track of services and payments, but also home visits and their tracking
  • partner with the Education Leader on enhancing the educational program at Sikaabe
  • enhance an on line inventory and reporting systems that serve the local Choice leadership team as well as staff in USA
  • support activities in the area of agriculture and production of chickens and pigs
  • support general administrative activities to streamline the overall admin processes
Requested Skills:
  • Drive to understand the Guatemalan culture
  • Spanish speaking
  • Computer skills, specifically understanding of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Training development skills
  • Basic understanding of agriculture field work
  • Administrative skills, such as office organization, reporting, etc.

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

CLASP – Nairobi, Kenya | 1 Fellow | 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: CLASP improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances and equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. In off-grid markets, CLASP works to catalyze the uptake of super-efficient off-grid appliances. The largest off-grid program in CLASP's portfolio is the UK DFID funded Low Energy Inclusive Appliances Program. This is a five-year research and innovation program that aims to double the efficiency and halve the costs of a suite of off-grid appliances. A fellow would work closely with our Nairobi-based research lead to implement a range of research projects to better understand the needs of off-grid consumers, how products perform in the field, and what the socioeconomic impacts of these appliances are. This is a new and exciting field and CLASP has positioned itself as a leader. A fellow would have the opportunity to work closely with technology start-ups and other NGOs to collect and analyze the field data coming out of these research projects and draw out key learnings that can be shared with the broader energy access community.

Requested Skills:

  • Experience in cleaning and analyzing data (e.g., using Excel or R)
  • Critical thinking skills to translate analytical outputs into written deliverables
  • Ability to help team members conceive of and develop infographics

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab – Yangon, Myanmar | 1 Fellow | 10 weeks
 

Fellowship Description: The Fellow will mainly be working as a researcher, writer, and data analyst for Open Development Myanmar (Myanmar’s open data platform). They will be working on these projects:

  • Researching and writing data driven articles related to a variety of development related topics in Myanmar (https://opendevelopmentmyanmar.net/topics/budget)
  • Longer term ongoing projects to collect, clean, and publish open datasets related to Myanmar. An example being our collaborative project with civil society partners that track political prisoners who were sentenced due to offenses relating to lack of freedom of expression (https://www.saynoto66d.info/)
  • Collaboratively brainstorm and design new data driven projects with the team, such as an online database that lets the public easily explore the laws and legislation framework of Myanmar

Requested Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Data-driven storytelling (a combination of being able to conduct rigorous data analysis as well as communicate the results of the analysis through data visualizations)
  • Data analysis and data wrangling in python (we mostly use python but R skills are also acceptable)

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

Habitat for Humanity International – Costa Rica | 1-2 Fellows | 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: The Summer Fellow would help produce valuable evidence around how countries are applying the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response metrics. These metrics are one of the few statistically tested tools developed globally that attempt to measure change in preparedness and response programming. The evidence would be valuable to improving Habitat for Humanity International’s (HFHI) work and providing the wider sector with evidence for making informed decisions. HFHI intends to share the results with their peers.

The fellows would be part of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning teams in HFHI’s regional offices. The MEAL team would support the fellow in developing methodologies for making case studies and helping them expand their skills and knowledge. The would also learn how to operate in a variety of different country contexts and cultures.

The fellow would develop a methodology for the case study, conduct in-country field work, data processing and analysis, develop a paper outlining the results of the study, present the paper to a global audience.

Requested Skills:

  • Fluent in spoken Spanish and reading
  • Strong analysis and writing skills
  • Experience processing qualitative data
  • Some experience in conducting research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

Habitat for Humanity International – Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines | 1-2 Fellows | 10 weeks

Habitat for Humanity believe that the youths are today’s leaders who will enable us to achieve inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities and human settlements. Through the annual Habitat for Humanity’s Young Leaders Build campaign, Habitat rallies youths across the Asia-Pacific region to take the lead and motivate their peers to build homes and communities, on a Habitat build site and/or online. The youths also raise awareness and funds and lend their voice in support of adequate, affordable housing. 

As Habitat for Humanity continues to partner with and invest in the youth sector in Asia-Pacific, we are keen to understand attitudes, perceptions, sentiments, and behaviors of young people in general and about housing, non-profit organizations, philanthropy and volunteerism in particular. In line with this, Habitat for Humanity will conduct a youth attitudes and sentiments survey. This research aims to gather quantitative and qualitative data on the following themes: Youth perception of social issues, awareness of housing and land tenure as a social problem or development issue, the importance of supporting causes that aim to solve the housing issues; Youth perception on the role of young people in development, philanthropy, the Sustainable Development Goals; Lifestyles of young people as differentiated by age, gender, geographical location and socio-economic status; Factors that drive the youth to support a particular cause, and the attitudes, behaviors and motivations of youth who give time and money to a cause in which they believe; Behaviors and preferences around volunteering, fundraising, advocating and raising awareness for a cause; and Awareness of Habitat for Humanity as a brand and responses to Habitat projects, messaging and visuals.

The preference is to run the research in all 17 countries and one special administrative region where Habitat has a presence in Asia-Pacific, but this will be narrowed down to key markets in the region as our strategic goals dictate and as staff capacity and other resources allow. 

The Summer Fellow is expected to: Research to recommend the best methodologies and define the scope of the survey; Develop a comprehensive brief based on the Summer Fellow’s recommendations and with inputs from Habitat’s Communications and other relevant departments; Either undertake the research, or help outsource to a suitable vendor, depending on the survey timelines and Habitat’s capacity at the regional and national offices; and Coordinate with the project supervisor and provide updates as needed to the Communications Director, the Habitat Young Leaders Build regional team, and others, as necessary. 

Requested Skills:

  • Relevant training in research design and implementation—training and practical experience in communications research is a bonus
  • Skills in oral and verbal communications
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting
  • The Summer Fellow must be a self-starter, and be good with time management
  • S/he must be results-oriented

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

iMMAP – Bogotá, Colombia | 1 Fellow | up to 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: Hosting a Fellow at iMMAP in Colombia will ensure quality contributions to the information products to be produced in 2019, regarding the humanitarian impacts and the social, economic, and political consequences in Colombia and neighboring countries of the Venezuela migration crisis. The Fellow’s contribution will improve the production of information products, contributing analysis from a political science and/or international relations perspective on the migratory crisis in Colombia and neighboring countries. 

Sample Activities:

  • Production of 1 analytical document on the Venezuela Crisis impact in Colombia and other countries, regarding figures and impacts of the migration flows in 2018 and 2019, with special focus on the humanitarian situation of migrants.
  • Support on the revision and collection of information from different relevant sources, including media monitoring with Meltwater.
  • Support for the preparation of relevant documents (situational reports or specific documents on migration and people affected by the Venezuela situation).
  • Support linking humanitarian analysis with other perspectives of analysis.
Requested Skills:
  • Political science and international relations students with interest and knowledge of migration and displacement.
  • Knowledge of Latin American political and socio economic context, with emphasis in the Venezuela situation.
  • Proper written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Statistical analysis skills and advanced level of Spanish could be an asset. 

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

LEAD Africa - Casablanca, Morocco and Monrovia, Liberia | 1 Fellow | up to 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: Since opening in October 2015, Monrovia Football Academy has operated as an independent and autonomous nonprofit organization with a mission to empower independent and autonomous nonprofit organization with a mission to empower Liberia’s future leaders through quality education and sport. In 2017, the Academy’s Liberia’s future leaders through quality education and sport. In 2017, the Academy’s Executive Director, a few philanthropists, and several advisors were inspired by the Executive Director, a few philanthropists, and several advisors were inspired by the Academy’s impressive impact. Together, they began working on a vision to replicate the Academy’s model in other parts of the African continent. In July 2018, that vision became a reality with the establishment of LEAD Africa. LEAD – an acronym for Leadership, Education, Athletics, Development – will be a network of progressive leadership academies, all of which will be founded by local champions and based on Monrovia Football Academy’s model. An Institute Fellow will support the launching of new academies in Casablanca, Morocco and Harare, Zimbabwe. The Fellow will also help to lay the research foundation for an impact evaluation for the academies in Morocco and Zimbabwe, modeled on the IE conducted in Liberia.

LEAD Africa will be a network of progressive leadership academies that empower Africa’s future leaders through quality education and sport. Each academy will serve underprivileged children at the primary and secondary school levels. The academies will be modeled after LEAD’s flagship institution, Monrovia Football Academy. As the first school of its kind in Liberia, the Academy has been recognized by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as “a unique approach to academic and leadership training that must be watched.” Indeed, the Academy’s evidence-based impact has captured the attention of several philanthropists, prompting the replication of its sport academy model across Africa. LEAD is working with partners in Southern Africa and North Africa to establish two new LEAD academies by September 2019. The GRI Fellow will help with recruitment and processing of students for the new academies. They will also write survey instruments and oversee baseline data collection among incoming students across the new academies as well as among the Monrovia Football Academy.

Requested Skills:

  • Extensive international experience, especially in developing countries
  • Ability to work independently with little direct oversight and to be a “doer”—to be able to get the job done, no matter how trivial or important the task
  • Strong inter-personal skills and be able to effectively manage partnerships
  • Direct experience crafting, implementing and analyzing impact evaluations—including the methodological training and skills to undertake such research.

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

Professor Camilla Buchanan - Narok County, Kenya | 1 Fellow | 5 weeks

Fellowship Description: The Fellow will collaborate with Professor Camilla Buchanan to conduct an evaluation of a sex education program at the Olderkesi Primary School, located in Narok County, Kenya. The long-range goal for this program is to enable the faculty of the Olderkesi Primary School teach a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum based on the UNESCO recommendations. This research will be used to improve the comprehensive sexuality education at Olderkesi and to encourage an increasing involvement of the Olderkesi Primary School faculty in the program. The Fellow will:

  • Collect data on the female students enrolling in the Olderkesi Primary School from 2015-2018
  • Design & conduct individual interviews with current male and female students
  • Design & conduct individual interviews with current faculty and students
  • Conduct a literature search on obstacles to education faced by Maasai schoolgirls and on successful programs to support education of Kenya schoolgirls
  • Collate the GIS-coded data on KCSE scores at primary schools in Narok County

Requested Skills:

  • A background in research design and data collection particularly with human participants
  • An understanding of statistical analysis and proficiency in a relevant coding language such as R or Stata
  • Experience working with both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Strong verbal and written science communication skills
  • Because of the limited time for data collection a strong applicant will also demonstrate a commitment to deadlines and excellent organizational skills

Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students.

International Fund for Agricultural Development - Rome, Italy | 2 Fellows | 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: IFAD seeks two students to conduct two distinct tasks in support of their nascent geospatial data initiatives.  The first selected student will provide support to the IFAD GeoNode, a novel collection of geospatial data sources.  This student will conduct a wide variety of tasks, including identifying novel data sources, reporting on use cases, providing written recommendations on the future of GeoNode, and preparing new layers and maps using GeoNode resources.  The second student will focus on the interactions between IFAD's SDGs commitments and available data to monitor those commitments.  This student will explore examples of how GIS can help illustrate how IFAD is engaged with SDGs, identify shortcomings in currently available data, and provide recommendations for how GIS/Earth Observations can illustrate aspects of development impact.

Requested Skills:

  • Past experience with geospatial data identification, acquisition or analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to rapidly adapt to changing mission scopes and needs
  • Interest and background in environmental science, policy or related fields
Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students who have at least one semester of experience in the GeoQuery research lab.
The Global Environmental Facility - Washington, DC | 1 Fellow | 10 weeks

Fellowship Description: The Global Environment Facility (www.thegef.org) - the largest donor for environmental aid in the world - is looking to conduct geospatial evaluations on a number of project implementations. The GEF is specifically interested in the relationship between land cover change and socio-economic outcomes such as conflict. To conduct these evaluations, the GEF wishes to perform a regional-scale analysis of the area of interest to identify hotspots of change - i.e., looking across an entire country to identify where the largest changes in land cover, conflict, and/or health have occurred. After this stage 1 of the analysis, the GEF then hopes to look at projects they have funded which are close to hotspots to find qualitative evidence of if their presence is helping or harming the situation.

Requested Skills:

  • Past experience with geospatial data identification, acquisition or analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to rapidly adapt to changing mission scopes and needs
  • Interest and background in environmental science, policy or related fields
Eligibility: This position is open to W&M undergraduate and graduate students who have at least one semester of experience in the GeoQuery research lab.