1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
TEXFAD Vocational Business Incubator About: TEXFAD leads Uganda in developing innovations-based sustainable enterprises. It is a nonprofit organization that works with institutions to promote their innovation with a focus on utilizing local, sustainable resources such as banana fiber. TEXFAD provides support to both professional and community sectors including universities, vocational schools, and local community initiatives. It facilitates networking and partnerships, creates market access, helps with product development, and organizes the sharing of equipment and facilities. TEXFAD also provides technology development services to start-up companies. TEXFAD has focused on using simple technology to produce affordable, high quality, environmentally friendly products using natural materials found in Uganda. It plans to expand its sustainability and business initiatives in the future with the goal of ultimately improving the quality of life of the Ugandan people.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will contribute to a project that uses banana fiber (a cheap, raw, abundant Uganda material) to create innovation products. IIP interns will be assigned to the weaving sector of the company and will conduct site visits, evaluate the products and collaborate with the team to come with a new product using banana fiber that can be produced and commercialized. The IIP intern will also help draft a business plan for this product, contribute to marketing strategy, meet important partners of the organization, and attend the company trade fair.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in business, art, sustainability and environmental studies, marketing, and product development are encouraged to apply. Experience in small business would be an asset but is not required.