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Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No 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
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Organization Overview

x-runner, a social enterprise that provides accessible alternative sanitation solutions in peri-urban areas of Lima. It currently brings privacy, health and dignity to more than 4,000 people, in 800 homes distributed in more than 150 communities in vulnerable areas south of Lima. The business model consists of awareness campaigns on sanitation, the installation of a dry bath inside the home, training in the use of the bathroom, the weekly collection of waste and its final disposal, together with a customer service guarantee for the best experience. In return, users pay USD 12 per month. Currently, this payment covers operating costs, but not sales expenses that would allow the service to be taken to more families.
x-runner is a pioneering project in the region and together with five other organizations in the world it is redefining the way of thinking about sanitation in highly populated urban areas.

Emzingo's leadership and social impact program provides an opportunity for students to consult for nonprofits and social enterprises while undergoing an intensive leadership and personal development curriculum. Interns in Peru will be placed into teams of 3 or 4 students to assist nonprofits and social impact startups solve a key strategic challenge, implement new programs, or conduct research. Emzingo will assist interns to design and oversee the development of their projects, and each team will also be paired to a project mentor with significant relevant knowledge in the field. Projects touch a wide range of topics from health to education to economic empowerment.

IIP interns will act as consultant on behalf of Emzingo and will have the opportunity to be paired with a local organization, X-Runner, a social enterprise that provides a sustainable sanitation solution to families in the community.

Intern Responsibilities: 

The challenge that x-runner has is to get allies on different fronts, from institutional donors and government entities to the general public that allow solutions to be scaled up. For this, it is necessary to make a communication plan that allows different stakeholders to understand the problem, how x-runner is part of the solution and how they can also be from their positions. This communication plan should consider the message, the different audiences and the communication channels, as well as some communication opportunity windows such as World Bath Day or World Water Day.

Interning at this organization is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in learning about how to empower a community to take control of their health and who would like to gain experience in business development, impact assessment, communications and/or health. The organization seeks a highly-organized candidate who is eager to learn, take on real responsibilities and be sensitive to other people’s situations. No specific academic background is required, but a candidate who can manage uncertainty and independence is best suited. The IIP candidate must be comfortable in a culturally diverse setting and want to make a difference. Spanish is considered an asset.

This internship is offered in collaboration with Emzingo.

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