Tanzania internship opportunities — apply now!

The Global Development Institute (GDI) has up to eight funded internships in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Each student is eligible to receive up to $6,500 towards the costs associated with the internship.  The project is made possible by funding received from the Canadian International Development Agency and the Students for Development Program managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

The internship placements are offered in collaboration with the Institute of Human Settlements Studies of Ardhi University in Tanzania. The Institute investigates urban and regional settlement including the impacts of climate change; it also studies settlement upgrading, including infrastructure, housing, community capacity building, and child and youth environments through planning and development.

Who can apply:

Students who have completed 80 credits are eligible. The internships will be particularly valuable for students majoring in Global Development Studies, Geography, Sociology, Business, or Education. The following list identifies some of the skills and areas of knowledge that we are looking for:

If you are studying Geography:

  • GIS mapping skills
  • Computer literacy and computer skills  including social networking, social media, PowerPoint
  • Planning and international development (particularly as it relates to gender equality, sustainable development, small town planning and rural planning)
  • Settlement planning
  • Urban Agriculture Projects
  • International development
  • Climate studies
  • Soils, water, or geomorphology courses an asset

If you are studying Sociology:

  • Social problems of societies
  • Socialization
  • Urban culture
  • Social research
  • International development and underdevelopment
  • Culture and Society
  • Gender Issues
  • Social Inequality
  • Religion, culture, and sexuality

If you are studying Business:

  • Marketing
  • Micro-finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small-business start-up
  • Funding mechanisms
  • Knowledge of agriculture markets would be an asset

If you are studying Education:

  • Philosophy of education
  • Education and child cognitive skills
  • Education for sustainable development – 21 century learning
  • Leadership skills
  • Curriculum development skills
  • Continuing education/ABE an asset
  • ECE/Child psychology an asset

The first four students must be prepared to leave by end of April 2013 and to stay in Tanzania for at least three months.  The permit, formal application and orientation process (including language training) will begin late October. Preference will be given to students who have taken courses in development, have GIS training, experience internationally or regional/historical courses on Africa.  Two to four more students will be selected to go in September 2013.

Please submit a hard copy of your resume and a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and career goals to Dr Garry Fehr and Cherie Enns by noon on Fri, October 12, 2012.  Include three references and an example of a recent paper or project. Please send by e-mail to Cherie.Enns@ufv.ca and Garry.Fehr@ufv.ca

If you are interested in this opportunity, be sure to attend one of the following information sessions:

 Wed, Oct 17
3-3:30 pm Abby A413

Fri, Oct 19
5-5:30 pm Abby D121

Note that the lists are examples areas of focus, and are not limited to these specific items, nor is it necessary for the applicant to have all of the listed skills.

See a story about last year’s participants here.

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