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IIP-Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project
Khayelitsha, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
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
Duration of Program: 8 or more weeks Program Adviser: Shahreen Rahman
Program Description:
Program Description:
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Organization Overview
The Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Trust has been addressing maternal, child health and nutrition problems in the informal settlements outside Cape Town since 1979. Philani’s vision is a world where pregnancy is safe and every child can develop to his/her full physical and mental potential and reach their 5th birthday. Philani’s comprehensive intervention programs have been developed to fulfill this vision in recognition of the multiple factors contributing to maternal morbidity and mortality, child malnutrition and ill health. We are grateful to have been able to sustain and expand our commitment to South Africa’s mothers and children over the last 40 years in a society with increasing inequalities and unrelenting poverty.

Programs:
  • Nutrition Program:
    • This project aims to provide children with the necessary nutritional support to ensure optimal growth and development. Intern responsibilities may include assistance with the nutrition clinics, stock control and growth monitoring of children in the Philani Educare.
  • Training Unit:  
    • Philani offers a training course in maternal, child health and nutrition to all Philani mentor mothers as well as community health workers from other organizations. Intern responsibilities may include updating the training database and assisting the training manager with administrative tasks.
  • Educare Program: 
    • This program aims to provide high quality preschool education in a stimulating and safe environment and consists of over 300 children aged 2-6 years old. Intern responsibilities may include creating learning materials, assisting in the classroom, playing with the children, assisting with meal times and assisting the educare coordinator with general administration.
  • Income Generation and Skills Development Program:
    • This program provides women with the opportunity to develop skills in silk-screening, print-making, weaving, fresco painting and beadwork which provides an income that gives women economic independence and the ability to support their families. Intern responsibilities may include administrative work in the Philani Shop and assisting with the shop display.
  • General:
    • Responsibilities may include social media updates and administrative tasks / database creation for the procurement officer, executive assistant and outreach administrator.
Internship Description:
Interns at Philani Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Trust will work in Khayelitsha, an African township 25 km from Cape Town city center. Interns will form part of a team committed to the work of improving the health and welfare of women and children in destitute communities.

Qualifications:
  • IIP candidates with interests in nutrition, maternal health, social services and global/public health are encouraged to apply.
  • Skills in computer literacy, report writing and program development would be an asset. Candidates must be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Punctual, good work ethic, positive attitude.


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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 12/09/2019
02/01/2020 06/01/2020 08/30/2020
NOTE: Please note, the start and end dates for each internship will be determined by intern discussion with employer/host organization. Each internship will be at least 8 weeks in duration.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.