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IIP-Pratham Education Foundation
Delhi, India; Mumbai, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country,Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage.Today, Pratham reaches out to millions of children living both in rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. The Pratham team comprises of educationists, development professionals, media personnel, business professionals, workers, activists, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of children.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to specific Pratham projects pertaining to education and social services. Specific responsibilities include:
working alongside the Fundraising and Partnerships team and brainstorming new partnerships; maintaining the organization's website and blog by collecting materials, designing the layout, and writing impactful case studies for both; and developing content/curriculum for vocational trades and designing PowerPoints, posters, and pamphlets that can be used to display the organization's work to donors and partners.

Qualifications: IIP candidates interested in a career in international development, education, or the nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be comfortable with Photoshop, and video editing. The ability to improvise and to work in a dynamic environment would also be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: My main focus was to create and pilot a system to evaluate the quality and understand the specific strengths and challenges of Pratham Institute’s vocational skilling programs. In order to this, I created surveys and administered them at local centers during my site visits. In addition to this pilot system, I also did quantitative analysis of the center, looking at cost utilization, capacity utilization, and enrollment numbers. These numbers helped inform ways of improving efficiency in the programs. Lastly, I wrote case studies on successful students and helped update their website. Intern #2: My main project was creating a life-skills curriculum that would be taught to all the students as a part of their vocational training course, in order to increase the employment retention rate of the students after they have been placed with a partner organization. Through research, I compiled a number of activities that would make this curriculum more interactive among the students. This curriculum included skills such as self-confidence, gender sensitization, and knowing the rights of employees. In addition to my main project, my work responsibilities included traveling to other Pratham vocation training centers and writing case studies of students, and creating and implementing anonymous feedback from the students. I am learning that understanding the culture is important in interacting with students and with colleagues. Even for my project at work, I learned that cultural nuances make a difference in terms of curriculum content. My work has created a life-skill curriculum that instructors in different verticals (hospitality, healthcare, electrical, beauty, construction, automotive) of the organization can use for their students' training. Before this curriculum, all the instructors had used different resources for teaching soft-skills. Now with this comprehensive curriculum, Pratham can ensure that all the instructors are using a curriculum that includes the most important skills that are essential for the students' success during employment. My feedback analysis is being used to improve the courses.  The feedback surveys that I have created can be used at other Pratham centers by my colleagues and future interns.

View a powerpoint by a past intern:
Pratham Education Foundation, India, Jeon, Grace.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.