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IIP-La Casa de Ronald McDonald Argentina (IIP-IN Argentina, Puentes Abroad)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Intensive Language, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
La Casa de Ronald McDonald Argentina (IIP-IN Argentina, Puentes Abroad)
About:
For the past 23 years, the Association of Ronald McDonald Houses seeks to create, implement, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.  The Argentine affiliate of this important international nonprofit organization is La Casa de Ronald McDonald Argentina.  La Casa seeks to provide support to children in intensive care of hospitals and to their families.  La Casa operates four homes to house families during the hospitalization of their children, two parents’ rooms in the intensive care units of hospitals, a family room in neonatology, a mobile unit for the promotion of healthy habits, and a mobile pediatric unit.  These initiatives have reached 102,000 children and their families in Argentina.
 
Intern Responsibilities: La Casa offers three internship opportunities: Communications and Research, Fundraising, and Family Support. 
  • The Communications and Research Intern will create communications materials to promote the work of La Casa online, in print, and in the community.  The intern will also have the opportunity to conduct research on topics related to family care centers in order to share best practices. 
  • The Fundraising Intern will take on the International Cooperation Project within the Fundraising Department.  The aim of the project will be to detect and analyze possible international sources of funding for the nonprofit.  This will require a systematic review of existing foundations, agencies, and institutions that grant funding for nonprofits like La Casa in order to identify possible donors for La Casa.  The intern will then also work together with the program directors to craft grant proposals, including a description of the current state of public health and socioeconomic factors in Argentina, a description of La Casa’s work and impact, and the project plan.  The goal of the intern’s project is to help La Casa increase and diversify its funding, thus allowing greater impact in its work. 
  • The Family Support Intern will work together with the staff of the house in order to provide a comfortable and caring setting for the families living there.  Responsibilities related to the House functioning include attending to family inquiries, helping families check in and check out of their accommodations, coordinating play and education activities for younger and older siblings, receiving and sorting donated items, and providing general assistance to the parents. 
Interns may be able to do projects in two or three of the opportunities above, depending on intern skills and organizational needs.
 
Qualifications: This internship has a strong focus on education and social work but would also be a good fit for students interested in nonprofits, early childhood development, and/or communications.  The ideal candidate will be dynamic, proactive, enjoying working as part of a team, and adaptable. Conversational Spanish is necessary, and advanced Spanish is preferred.
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/11/2017 02/28/2018 TBA TBA