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IIP-Bioversity Italy
Rome, Italy (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 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: Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization.  Bioversity International delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team. IIP interns will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research-for-development, particularly sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, writing reports and producing public awareness materials and specifically will work on one of the following two projects:
  • Project 1 - Integrating Gender in Forestry Research (Literature Review, Data Analysis and Communications): The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP FTA) aims to enhance the management and use of forests, agroforestry and tree genetic resources across the landscape, from farms to forests. This internship will contribute to the implementation of the CRP FTA Gender Strategy. The Gender Strategy is a tool for guiding researchers and their partners in integrating gender in research and action. The Gender Strategy views gender integration in research as a fundamental part of doing good science and approaches gender as a cross-cutting theme within the CRP FTA.  The IIP intern will survey and collate documents and studies that complement activities on gender and forest management conducted in the CRP FTA. The IIP intern may also analyze original data on gender and forest/tree management from one or more of Bioversity’s large collaborative projects in Central Asia, India or Burkina Faso. This work will give visibility to the importance of integrating gender into forestry research, to methods for doing so, and to Bioversity’s CRP FTA gender-related research and activities .Specific responsibilities will include surveying available literature/studies related to gender and forests, trees and agroforestry (FTA) in terms of: traditional knowledge related to FTA, gendered FTA management practices and skills and gendered access to FTA resources and benefits. The IIP intern will also produce concise factsheets and/or tools on gender and FTA for CRP FTA scientists and will present a short seminar on activities carried out during their experience.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in gender studies, rural sociology, anthropology, geography, environmental studies, international development studies, with familiarity and knowledge of gender and natural resource management issues are encouraged to apply.  Skills in writing, communication and analysis would be an asset.
  • PROJECT 2: Communications Intern – Communications Unit, Strategic Partnerships and External Engagement: The project is improving efficiencies of communication outputs through enhanced campaigns and social media. IIP intern responsibilities include:
    • Research on Bioversity International’s recent projects, with a special focus on results. This research will be the basis for developing stories for different communication channels such as the institutional website, and social media channels.
    • Assist the communications team in producing communications materials, such as web stories, brochures, photo series or digital communications, including drafting content, picture research, and uploading content into the CMS and the newsletter.
    • Help produce regular traffic analysis reports, and carry out daily customer service requests.
    • Support the coordination and development of event campaigns, and during and after event reports.
    • Add and help maintain the media database and image bank (including sourcing metadata) and assist Communication specialists with media and institutional requests.
    • Support the reviewing of relevant reports and other materials as assigned with the goal of sourcing statistics and other usable content for external communication purposes
    • Assist in the curation of Bioversity International-specific content for the CGIAR Research Programmes.
    • Assist the communications team in social media messaging, monitoring and measurement. 
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in economics, agriculture, ecological studies, public relations, journalism, environmental studies and international development are encouraged to apply. For the research position, skills in mathematics and statistical methods is required and knowledge of econometric modeling and programming skills would be an asset.  For the communications position, skills in social media and research skills to develop stories would be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I was a part of the communications team responsible for helping in writing, producing, and managing the brand and the media output of the organization. I worked on several projects in collaboration with team members and on my own, including being able to pursue my own interests and ideas for helping the department and overall organization. I produced a social media report for the previous six months of analytical data, developed an internal survey to strengthen the bonds between Communications and regional offices, and helped plan and execute events, from the 40th Anniversary celebration to others. Intern #2: I wrote a literature review of scientific papers that described and quantified the relationships between biodiversity and its relationships to pest/disease control and pollination in agroecosystems. I began the internship expecting to make a draft, but I ended up sticking with the project until the paper got published. I learned that I like combing through sources and finding important information and learning new things about the world around me. Intern #3: I was responsible for a combination of day-to-day communications tasks (social media posts, powerpoints, website work, proofreading, photoshop tasks, launching new strategy, events for expo 2015, flickr), as well as several long term projects.  I also worked on rewriting (and coding) pages on the NUS website related to Marketing Diversity and Minor Millets...It was great to be a part of a team- even just participating in regular meetings were really helpful.  I learned quite a few practical skills (working in Typo3, html), as well as gained experience working in an organization.  Intern #4:  I conducted literature reviews on the status of agrobiodiversity in Southern Bangladesh and key areas of The Philippines. Intern #5: I worked on the data analysis and the literature research for a paper about fruit tree forest management practices in Kyrgyzstan. I also worked on sorting data from key informant interviews and focus group discussions from three communities for a global research project (GENNOVATE) studying traditional gender roles and agricultural innovations. I also completed an assessment and briefing detailing the Gender Research Fellows Program from 2013-2014. Lastly, I wrote an article for a magazine called Farming Matters. I learned generally what it is like to work in research-for-development, about overlaps in the fields of both social science and biophysical science, about how it is to work as part of a team of researchers. I further developed my own writing, reviewing, analyzing, and research skills.

View PowerPoint presentations by past IIP interns:
Bioversity International,Italy,Merrill,Anne.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.