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IIP-Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
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: Based in Rome, Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO as a source of knowledge and information, help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry, and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.

Intern Responsibilities: In previous years, IIP interns have interned in the Fisheries and Aquaculture section and the Economic and Social section where they have worked on projects related to post-harvest practices and trade, price domain statistics, and topics related to structural adjustment and management of fishing capacity. Interns have also been placed in the Statistics Division.

Qualifications: Candidates with a background or interests in economics and statistics, policy, natural resource management, and sustainable development are encouraged to apply. Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset as would prior experience with agricultural, environmental, or related statistics.

Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Organized side events for the 38th FAO Conference, where representatives from 191 member countries attended; Composed a 50-page handbook on “Setting Up and Running a Co-management Body in Vietnam,” which will be distributed to Vietnamese fishermen to guide them on how to better manage their fish landing sites with local governments; Initiated revisions on the proposal of World Bank's $10M project on "Securing Biodiversity in China's Dongting Lake Protected Areas"; Translated official documents on illegal fishing from English to Chinese. Intern #2: Updated a country-specific index of fisheries, which a previous intern had made. For example, this meant reading all of the published country reports (and in-process reports) for how much they included fisheries, and other social indicators. Intern #3: Developed programs to systematically reformat, analyze and incorporate data from different UN databases into the FAO STAT Database in Pesticides. Developed programs to systematically process questionnaires from member countries. Analyzed past data. Intern #4: Cleaned data sets, generating new variables using STATA to find insight about small family farms. Compiled data from FAO publications, country agricultural surveys and World Bank public expenditure reviews to create charts, graphs and media for use in the main body of the text and the statistical annex. Intern #5: Researched good practices and worked on creating a framework that assessed land tenure in fisheries. I gained a lot of new knowledge about fisheries and aquaculture in general and saw first-hand how a large international organization runs.  Intern #6: Reviewed literature and developed a methodology for the measurement of the social, economic, and ecological costs of disasters on fisheries and aquaculture...Secondary projects: developing a conceptual framework of disaster impact on capture fisheries and aquaculture based on value chains and livelihoods; and editing documents (progress reports, terminal statements, back-to-office reports)...I learned the process of economic research, how the organization functions at the branch/division/department level...I contributed to the initial stages of a fishery/aquaculture department project involving future plans for disaster impact data collection...I constructed my work around the draft for notes on information system on damages and losses from disasters in agriculture. Intern #7: I created a database containing data from every country pertaining to fishery contribution to GDP, GVA, imports, exports, and production. Through research and a variety of collection methods, I was able to collect a substantial amount of data and create a database from it using both accounting and programming. Used UN data I converted data to a single currency, which I could then use to compare with other known data and compare across countries. Through this analysis, I assessed the validity, accuracy, and precision of the data. I then calculated statistical trends in the data to explain the trajectories of fishery importance around the world and wrote a report with my results...I have learned how to critically analyze data in a practical setting as well as use my love of computer science to do so (by programming rather than simply accounting, I was extremely efficient and my supervisors were very impressed and amazed). Being able to speak with colleagues from all over the world has also been an eye-opening experience. Intern #8: I worked on fact sheets that summarize work from 7 different areas. I also wrote blog entries on a research vessel voyage...I learned how to communicate with many different people and how to work in communications for a large organization. I presented data that highlights the organization's work without presenting opinions or supporting outside sources. I synthesized data from a variety of sources in a concise document...The sheets will be used at conferences for the next 5 years. The blog is up now.

View a PowerPoint presentation by past IIP interns:
Eu Na Noh, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy.pdf
FAO, Italy, Morin, Valerie.pdf
FAO, Italy, Silva Tapia, Jorge.pdf


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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.