Skip to content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
IIP-Hybrid Solar Solutions
Manila, Philippines (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Program Features: Community Service, Entrepreneurship, Field Work, Startup 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:
Hybrid Solar Solutions
About: Hybrid Social Solutions (HSSi) is an award-winning social enterprise that is focused on eradicating energy poverty. HSSi empowers rural and marginalized communities by designing, selling and financing solar-powered technology for improving household quality of life and resiliency/selfsufficiency; augmenting livelihood; and enhancing social services such as education and healthcare. 

Intern Responsibilities: HSSi will have specific projects defined, but the IIP interns may choose between the projects listed. In some cases two interns may team up for the same project. Here are the projects:
  • Marketing - IIP interns on this project will join the marketing team and update marketing materials such as brochures, catalogue, website and customer testimonials. The IIP intern(s) will learn about marketing strategies under the tutelage of the CEO and the marketing team and will gain experience marketing to all the important players in a social enterprise ecosystem: high-profile donors/partners as well as the bottom-of-the-pyramid customers. The interns will also have the opportunity to travel to the field to work directly with locals to collect and produce customer testimonials.
  • Sales and Tech Training - The IIP intern(s) will work with CEO and business development team to prepare training materials and videos for both technicians and salespeople in the field. Throughout this process, the intern(s) will develop a deep understanding of the technical and sales processes of a social enterprise and take on a central role in conveying best practices to HSSi employees. The IIP intern(s) will learn crucial presentation skills and work with a wide variety of people in many departments of the enterprise both at headquarters and in the field.
  • Business Development, Operations - The IIP intern(s) will join our headquarters operations team and work closely with the CEO to streamline several key components of the social enterprise operations. The IIP intern(s) will take the lead on projects including but not limited to: inventory management/warehouse operations (including designing and implementing barcoding systems) and knowledge management (organizing and maintaining all shared company information, ensuring accountability among employees for updating operations information).
  • Business Development, New Programs:
    This IIP intern will work with the CEO to prepare concept papers and grant applications for new programs. This IIP intern will learn about cutting-edge social innovation strategies such as the new Pay-it-Forward and Pay-as-You-Go programs, which involve creative technical and financial solutions to unique challenges faced by social enterprises selling to rural customers. 
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in engineering, ORFE, anthropology, environmental studies/ecology, economics, finance, and/or visual arts are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in solar/electrical products, design, excel/stats, website management, Power Point, video filming/editing would be an asset.

Specific qualifications for each project are as follows:
  • Marketing - Experience with design and marketing would be very helpful in this role.
  • Sales and Tech Training - The IIP intern(s) must have excellent communication skills, and experience in video production is a big plus.
  • Business Development, Operations - The IIP intern(s) must be efficient and organized problem-solvers, and they will gain experience confronting challenges faced by social enterprises and developing businesses in general.
  • Business Development, New Programs -This IIP intern must have excellent written communication skills and an interest in social innovation.


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