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IIP-GENDES, A.C. (Gender and Development)
Mexico D.F, Mexico (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: GENDES, A. C., an acronym of gender and development, is a Mexican civil society organization founded in 2003 by a multidisciplinary group of professionals in the social sciences.  Their organization is committed to using social development to promote gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence. Their efforts include engaging in analysis, intervention, research, and advocacy  to promote - in- alliance with other social actors- egalitarian relationships that contribute to social development. Their vision is to be a reference as an organization in the critical and pro-positive analysis of the exercise of masculine identities that contribute to develop a society based in equalitarian relationships.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns will contribute to one or more of the following programs:Resource Management Program: This project will generate fundraising strategies to achieve the material and operational base for GENDES. The intern would contribute through researching international foundations or other agencies of cooperation based in the U.S., and will provide support for specific steps of the critical path designed for this purpose for instance, contributing to the the translation of projects or other documents required by the agencies and strengthening partnerships with contacts who are responsible for grants at each institution.
  • Resource Management Program:
    This project has as a goal to generate fundraising strategies to achieve the material and operational base for GENDES, the student would contribute through the search of international foundations or other agencies of cooperation based in the US, providing support in specific steps of the critical path designed for this purpose for instance in the translation of projects or other documents required by the agencies and achieving contact with the grant responsible in each institution.
  • Public Positioning Program:
    This Program goal is to position GENDES as an expert and a reference in the issue of masculinities as well as to influence legislation and public policy related to gender equality. One student is needed to strengthen communication tools and social media strategies both in English and Spanish.
Qualifications: Interests in sociology, journalism, political science, gender issues and/or human rights is recommended.  Advanced Spanish (reading, writing and speaking skills) are required.

Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I designed workshops that GENDES can implement in "grupos reeducativos"...I was in regular contact with my supervisor and we discuss potential ideas. I learned what it takes to design a workshop. I also learned a lot about sexual diversity and other gender issues in Mexico...I felt like I was directly contributing to expanding GENDEs' perspectives and ability to help people. Intern #2: The project I worked on involved writing executive summaries in English of the publications that my organization produced. We were trying to expand their outreach beyond Mexico, and since all of the publications were only in Spanish, I read the publications in Spanish and compiled thorough, 8-9 page long executive reports on each publication so that readers in the United States and other English-speaking countries could access the material that we produced. GENDES also held a press conference so I also worked on public representation projects related to that, namely compiled a database of reporters and newspapers we  contacted and/or worked with and sent out invitations and press releases to those who we wanted attend our press conference...I felt that my work has an actual impact because it will be helping GENDES to expand its outreach beyond Mexico and into the English-speaking world. I believe that the work GENDES does it truly very important, and it pleased me to help them expand the readership of the very thoughtful and informative publications that they produce. Also, I actually did a small side project in which I translated a funding request that the organization had filled out, and I noticed that they even included this goal of creating all these executive summaries of their publications in that funding request as one of their major objectives for this quarter. I also wrote up executive summaries in English of all of GENDES's publications. This  involved reading long books and essays in Spanish and then writing up analytical summaries in English. Intern #3: I worked on two project proposals. The first was for the Inter American foundation. The second was for the Nippon foundation for the National Endowment for Democracy. These two projects consisted of implementing a model used to combat domestic abuse into indigenous communities. I also helped co-author another project about migrants.I synthesized information as well as drafted and learned about GENDES general methodologies.  In addition to these responsibilities, I synthesized reports on papers for future use in both English and Spanish. I wrote in both Spanish and English. However, the two proposals that I wrote were in English. I also attended workshops with my supervisor to learn more about the subject we are dealing with...I augmented their proposal output considerably. Furthermore, my expertise in English meant that the work they are putting out is of higher quality..I learned a lot from my direct relationship with my supervisor. She was very attentive, and answered all of my questions. She gave me a lot of supplementary materials to help support my learning. She also took me with her to attend meetings, which was exceedingly helpful when learning about the subject matter. I learned more about the civil society at these meetings and also about the problems facing Mexico in this current moment.

View a powerpoint from a past IIP intern:
GENDES Mexico Rehaut Grace.pdf

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