RA Internship Opportunities
Every year, several of our research assistants meet the internship requirement for their Korbel School degrees by working with our partners. These internships demonstrate the value of real-world experience, build our students’ understanding of how to use and apply IFs, and extend the reach of our research. Our research assistants were invited to apply for the following internships during the 2016-17 school year.
STRATEGIC POLICY UNIT OF THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The Strategic Policy Unit is a group within the UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. Its responsibilities include the research and analysis of global policy, identification of key development trends, and engagement with external partners. Interns for this group are tasked with providing research in support of the Strategic Policy Unit’s goals. This work includes analyzing data on a wide range of sustainable development issues, collecting data and conducting quantitative analysis with the use of modeling tools, and providing support for policy papers, reports, and speeches. Through this position interns have the opportunity to assist the UNDP in its contribution to global policy debates and key development processes.
THE LEARNING CONTRACT FUNDED BY USAID-UGANDA
This internship is located in Kampala, Uganda, where interns from the Pardee Center collect and enter data into IFs to inform USAID-Uganda about their program design, management, and assessments on a subnational level. Interns perform tasks including data management, manipulation, visualization, and some descriptive data analysis.
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The African Futures Project is a collaboration between the Institute for Security Studies and the Pardee Center. The ISS is a Pan-African think tank established to focus on human security issues. This internship was created to support the African Futures Project through the use of the International Futures model. Interns are tasked with training researchers on the use of the IFs model. They also coauthor papers in the African Futures Project series and contribute to other ongoing projects.
US ARMY FUTURE STUDIES GROUP
The US Army Future Studies Group conducts research and analysis using data and modeling tools, including the International Futures model. Interns from the Pardee Center are assigned individual research projects to support the group’s agenda. The research topics cover a wide breadth including long range forecasting, modeling and simulation. Interns also contribute to literature reviews, collection of statistical sources and media images, and written analysis of research findings. Pardee research assistants are especially valuable in this position because of their knowledge of the IFs model and their experience with analysis.
AFRICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
The African Leadership Academy’s mission is to identify and develop young African leaders. In pursuit of this goal the ALA and the Pardee Center partnered this year to design a unique internship opportunity connecting the ALA to the IFs network through the design and implementation of educational programming, professional development, and outreach. Through this internship, an IFs intern will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on a vibrant learning community dedicated to fostering the growth of African leaders. The intern will lead the design and implementation of the ALA-IFs project, coordinate installation of IFs hardware, and advise students.