• The objectives of the Internship Program are:

    1. Provide interns with experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for future employment in organizations;

    2. To increase employment opportunities by promoting awareness among students of the advantages of research in providing evidence based decisions and policies;

    3. To provide opportunities for students to increase their awareness, deepen their understanding and engage in reproductive and child health systems in post-conflict settings;

    4. To contribute to the advancement of The Initiative's mandate (provide research evidence to improve policymaking and program development to Rebuild reproductive and child health systems in post-conflict settings)

    Student interns require at least 16 hours or more per week for a specified period not less than 2 weeks and not more than 8 weeks (extendable). The supervisor should take into account the student’s class load against internship expectations .Work must be relevant to student’s academic and career path.

    Internships are neither financially remunerated by the initiative nor by the partners. Instead, internships provide students with the opportunity to earn valuable first-hand experience.

    It is expected that internship tasks will be of a substantive and academically relevant nature. While the specific nature of tasks and final product may differ between offices, work assigned should engage students with learning opportunities that challenge the student intern. While some administrative and clerical tasks are a part of every job, it is expected that such tasks will be a part of well-rounded learning experience.

    The initiatives typically require the confidentiality of employees in regards to data and information. We emphasize to students that they must demonstrate professional discretion, and high regard for the work environment, and may sign a confidentiality agreement with the imitative. As part of their overall academic evaluation, the initiative interns are expected to keep a private logbook of their experiences. The logbook provides a general sense of what they are working on, as well reflections on what they are learning in the work place. The logbook is shared only with the supervisor as a means to more accurately assess what the student has made of his or her learning experience.

    Generally, the student will discuss learning and career objectives with the supervisor. The student intern and internship supervisor will collaborate to determine the objective and job description. This could include internship responsibilities, tasks, projects to be completed, new assignments, acquisition of new knowledge or skills, and types of learning opportunities. The more specific and purposeful the Learning Agreement is, the more useful it is to the student. However, it is recognized that the direction of an internship can change significantly over the work period. Therefore, the agreement is understood as an expression of intent and not an immutable contract.

     

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