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Interested in international development and technology? Looking for internship opportunity here in Cambridge or abroad? Check out these internships offered through a USAID cooperative agreement grant that supports Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) with the involvement of the MIT Public Service Center (PSC).
We are partnering with the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation to offer CITE-PSC Internships working with USAID and NGO partners.
Work with development organizations like USAID and Mercy Corps during summer 2014. You could conduct market research or take part in an e-internship either at one of our partner locations around the globe or in Cambridge! We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented, curious students to help generate, prioritize and test/assess products designed for the developing world. Travel, accommodations, and modest living expenses are covered through an internship stipend. Contact Chris Pilcavage for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 20 at noon
Apply using the application materials and guidelines for the PSC Internships: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/
The Community Partner Internships will follow the "value-added" model of PSC internships: Students will work as assigned by their supervisors, and while doing so, learn about additional organizational needs and assets that match their skills and interests. Interns may then request that the additional tasks be added to their assignment. If supervisors agree, students can complete their initial work and the value-added work, gaining additional experience that suits their interests, and adding substantial value to the partner organization.
The Internships are designed to benefit all concerned:
- Community partner organizations gain the help of MIT student interns during the summer
- Communities in need will benefit from work outcomes
- Participating students gain great work experience, ties with important international development organizations, knowledge about careers in international development, understanding about cultural contexts, international experience (in some cases), and insight into public service through organizations
- CITE and PSC gain insight from student communications as well as stronger relationships with important partner organizations
We want graduate or undergraduate students who have the following attributes:
- Interest in international development through technology
- Interest in apprenticeship experience with a partner organization
- Great communication skills, written and oral
- Knowledge about one or more of the component aspects: technology, user interface, cultural appropriateness, evaluation, marketing, product dissemination
- Knowledge or interest in WASH a plus
- Highly reliable self-starter
- General ability to work well with other people, in teams and independently
- Availability to be on-site for 4-8 weeks during Summer 2014
- Preferably, availability for Fall 2014 interactions with CITE class (TA or RA)