We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Uganda Village Project internship program.
Interns will spend 8-9 weeks living and working in a village in rural Iganga District, Uganda, gaining experience in public health, community education, and international development. Interns work in diverse teams composed of Ugandan and non-Ugandan team members. Teams will organize health education programs in the villages, assist in planning and implementing health care and development oriented programs, and work in partnership with local NGOs and community groups to carry out objectives.
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities in several focus areas. Programs and activities are geared toward issues such as water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, malaria, and reproductive health. Specifically, interns will work with communities in our Healthy Villages program.
- Team Leaders: June 14, 2014 – August 12, 2014 (8.5 weeks)
- All Interns: June 16, 2014 – August 10, 2014 (8 weeks)
Application Instructions & Deadline
The deadline for applications for the Summer 2014 internship was on February 1, 2014. We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back later in the year for future applications. For reference, our application consists of two steps:
- 1) Complete the online application
- 2) Submit your resume/CV and essay questions via email to internships (at) ugandavillageproject.org — instructions on both are on the last page of the online application
Note: We do not require nor accept letters of recommendation.
Internship Program Specifics
Our interns work in teams made up of four international interns and two Ugandan interns. Some teams will live and work in new villages UVP has not yet worked in to initiate Healthy Villages programs. Other teams will conduct follow up work in past and existing Healthy Villages communities. Please check back in late December for a description of teams. Interns carry out a variety of activities which may include the following:
- conduct a community health needs assessment
- gather feedback through community meetings on health of the village
- work with sub-county and district officials to improve medicine supply chains
- organize multiple healthcare initiatives (e.g., HIV/AIDS testing days), often in collaboration with outside NGOs, CBOs, and government officials
- work with the local Health Center to which their village is assigned
- collaborate with district health officials to select, recruit, and train a Village Health Team
- plan and implement health education workshops with Village Health Teams (e.g., Safe Water Education days).
- assist in the planning and implementation of a shallow well construction for a village
- lead and carry out monitoring and evaluation for programs
Each intern team is headed by one international “Project and Administration Leader,” and one Ugandan “Project and Implementation Leader.” International and Ugandan team leaders are responsible for coordinating a team of interdisciplinary, international volunteers to collaborate with government and NGO officials to conduct public health programs in the village they live in. Team leaders will be selected by the Internships Coordinator based upon their demonstrated interest and experience in leadership positions. Interns who are selected as team leaders will be notified approximately two weeks after they are accepted into the program.
Team leaders will be responsible for co-leading a multinational team made up of graduate and undergraduate students. Required skills include:
- Excellent leadership, cultural competency, communication, and conflict mediation skills
- Entrepreneurial attitude
- Ability to organize and implement activities for the team
- Detailed accounting of financial records and all activities carried out by the team
Internship Fundraising Requirement
Once accepted, all interns are required to fundraise $2,000 USD for UVP as a program fee, in addition to a deposit of $500, for a total of $2,500 USD. The deposit is refundable upon successful completion of the program. This sum includes a donation towards UVP’s programs in Uganda as well as pick-up and drop-off at Entebbe Airport, orientation costs, room and board, in-country transportation, food, and Uganda-based staffing costs. All interns are required to individually purchase airfare to and from Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Read more about the Internship Fundraising Requirement.
For more information on our Internship Program, please see the links below.